Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Director of Counseling Services.  This is a benefits-eligible, 10-month position (August 1 to May 31) working 40 hours per week beginning August 2, 2021.  The Assistant Director will provide short-term mental health counseling to NWU students and will assist in the design and implementation of outreach/educational programming to students, faculty, and staff of the University.  The Assistant Director will maintain relationships with outside referral sources in order to facilitate appropriate referrals for students as needed.

The position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive package with health, vision and dental insurance benefits, retirement benefits, a generous holiday and vacation schedule, and undergraduate tuition remission for employees’ dependents among other benefits. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University is a private university serving 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and committed to a liberal arts education. Located in Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska, and with an instructional location in Omaha, NWU offers programs for traditional and adult undergraduate and for graduate students.


As a licensed practitioner and Assistant Director, the incumbent will:

  • Provide short-term counseling to students on a variety of mental health issues.
  • Maintain relationships on campus and with outside resources in order to facilitate appropriate referrals for students as needed.
  • Coordinate post-hospitalization interviews for students.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Counseling Services and campus security, respond to student or campus emergency/crisis situations, and complete risk assessments as needed.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of outreach/education programs to students, faculty and staff.
  • Respond to faculty/staff requests for programming.
  • Develop and maintain records of each student contact and ensure confidentiality of treatment records.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree in mental health counseling, social work, or related field required.
  • Current Nebraska license in good standing as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner required. Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) strongly preferred.
  • Minimum two years of experience (post-degree) in mental health counseling. Proven experience in providing counseling services to college-age students strongly preferred.
  • Excellent counseling, crisis intervention, and risk assessment skills/knowledge regarding college student/young adult mental health and well-being.
  • Strong ability to facilitate interpersonal relationships and communicate with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and referral sources.
  • Experience designing and implementing outreach programming on a university campus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity, and ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Must be available to occasionally work after hours and/or on a weekend for crisis intervention, campus-wide crisis, or selected outreach activities.
  • Must have leadership ability to handle difficult scenarios from strategy to inception in counseling efforts with students.
  • Must possess strong professional communications skills including one-to-one interpersonal relationships, business and communications writing, technical documentation, and public speaking in small group settings.
  • Must be able to listen to, engage, and influence clients, synthesize and relate complex information, and analyze communication problems and opportunities.
  • Must have excellent and timely record keeping practices compliant with center policies and applicable state laws.
  • Must have high degree of accountability, organizational, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to independently implement and follow through on projects.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn the guidelines, policies, and rules associated with the academic functions of the University as well as new technologies and/or software programs for scheduling and documentation.

Commitment to Diversity:

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.  

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume, a diversity statement as a writing sample, and the names of three professional references at the following URL: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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