Staff Counselor - Athletics Mental Health Specialist

East Carolina University   GREENVILLE, NC   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on May 23, 2023
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Staff Counselor - Athletics Mental Health Specialist


Position Number



Initial Screening Begins



Recruitment Range

$65,000 - $73,904


Organizational Unit Overview

The Division of Student Affairs actively supports the University’s missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students’ developmental needs throughout their collegiate experiences and promotes students development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation. The Division of Student Affairs provides a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to: Assist students in developing respect and appreciation for individual differences, interpersonal civility, and human rights. Enhance the learning environment, facilitate retention, and optimize the student experience. Accommodate the diverse needs of all students. Support a community environment that is welcoming, safe, and secure. Assist students in meeting their basic needs for housing, nutrition, and physical and emotional well-being. Provide the means for students to become active participants and leaders in their own learning. Assist students in developing logical thought processes and sound decision-making skills. Assist students in developing an appreciation of the arts. Moreover, the division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Through collaboration, the division provides programs and services that are grounded in theory, assessment, and sound practice.

The purpose of the Center for Counseling & Student Development is to assist students in addressing developmental and personal issues that may impede academic performance. The Center offers counseling services to enrolled students at no cost beyond what the student pays in tuition and fees. Counseling services include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and outreach.


Job Duties

This position provides specialized counseling services to ECU student-athletes. This individual provides counseling and crisis services, relevant training, consultation, and educational outreach services to student-athletes, coaches, and athletics department staff. This position will interact on an as-needed basis with student-athletes, parents, department personnel, physicians, faculty, deans, resident life staff, and on/off campus counseling services when appropriate to provide quality care. This position oversees the delivery of clinical services provided to student-athletes in a collaborative effort to enhance the personal, academic, and athletic success of ECU student-athletes. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of philosophies, policies, and procedures of counseling service operations for student-athletes. In the performance of duties, this position will utilize the following: integrity, strong communication skills, ability to manage conflict effectively, awareness of potential safety concerns, collaborative approach, solid decision making and problem-solving skills, emphasis on and commitment to providing quality service, and adaptability.

Reporting to the Center for Counseling and Student Development Director, the individual serving in this position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

Position Duties:

Counseling duties (60%)

Ø Counsel individuals and groups regarding personal, social, career and academic development

Ø Provide crisis intervention services including screening, consultation, and safety assessment

Ø Provide counseling and limited follow up services as needed

Ø Make referrals to other providers and agencies as appropriate

Ø Conduct evaluations for student-athletes in individual and group settings. Provide crisis management, triage, and walk-in emergency services. Maintain appropriate clinical records

Ø Consult with parents, department personnel, physicians, faculty, deans, residence life staff, on and off campus counseling services, and other individuals when appropriate in order to provide quality care

Ø Consult and collaborate closely with the ECU Sports Medicine Staff, including athletic trainers and physicians
Ø Attend and participate in clinical Care team meetings and other staff meetings as requested


Outreach duties (20%)
Ø Plan, conduct, and evaluate outreach programs and services designed to facilitate student development and work cooperatively with university colleagues in developing and implementing quality programs.

Ø Participate in ongoing professional development
Ø Provide psycho-educational programs related to mental health and wellness for student-athletes and other members of the ECU Athletics Department

Ø Supervise mental health treatment, prevention, and education programs

Other duties (20%)

Ø Abide by all written policies, procedures, and guidelines of East Carolina University, the Department of Athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and all applicable conferences or associations

Ø Build quality relationships and work collaboratively and professionally with Athletics Department, Pirate Club and University staff, students, and all constituencies and stakeholders

Ø Perform other duties as assigned

Ø Nights, weekends, holidays, extended hours, and travel may be required in performance of duties


Minimum Education/Experience

Ø Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology or marriage and family therapy, or terminal degree in another appropriate human services field

Ø Licensed in the State of North Carolina in relevant field, or licensed in another state and eligible for North Carolina licensure

Ø At least three years counseling experience

Ø Demonstrated knowledge or experience in working with student athletes

Ø Experience providing counseling and crisis services and providing quality outreach programming

Ø Demonstrated ability to counsel a diverse student population and demonstrated competency in adapting to a variety of student/client backgrounds and cultures to provide effective counseling and treatment


License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation

Candidates must be licensed/license eligible in their particular field in the state of North Carolina


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Ø Doctoral degree preferred in counseling, social work, psychology or marriage and family therapy, or terminal degree in another appropriate human services field

Ø Degree in sport psychology

Ø Demonstrated experience and expertise in short-term counseling

Ø Demonstrated interest in and experience working with college students including diverse and/or underrepresented college student populations

Ø Demonstrated ability in outreach programming

Ø Demonstrated consultation skills

Ø Knowledge of current research in the field of sport psychology, counseling and college student development

Ø Experience working with student-athlete population in a Division I athletics department

Ø Interest/experience treating eating disorders and providing alcohol and other drug assessments and counseling

Ø Experience working in a college counseling center setting
Ø Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ø Demonstrated knowledge and experience managing professional boundaries and ethics


Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or


Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.