COUNSELING SERVICES COORDINATOR

University of Washington

Seattle, WA, USA

Full time

Higher Education

Jan 22

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About the job

As a University of Washington (UW) employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state, and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills, and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities, and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty, all of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.


For over 50 years, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) has advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion at the UW, a campus that sits on tribal land. Through our programs and partnerships, we create pathways for diverse populations to access postsecondary opportunities, nurture and support their academic success, and cultivate a campus climate that enriches the educational experience for all. This legacy of work continues to drive excellence at the UW and together, we help the university work toward its vision for becoming a more just and equitable campus community.


The UW has an outstanding part-time opportunity for a Counseling Services Coordinator. Champions Program provides holistic support for undergraduate students who have experienced foster care and students experiencing unaccompanied homelessness that receives the Passport Scholarship, ensuring academic success and preparation for lifelong achievement after graduation from postsecondary education. Additionally, the UW Champions Program hosts the biannual Future Champions Invitations (FCI), a two-day, overnight event that gives high school-aged youth in foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth an opportunity to learn about college admissions and experience college life by spending the night in our residence halls, meeting current Champions students and going to a UW football game.


Under the supervision of the UW Champions Program Manager, the Counseling Services Coordinator will support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Champions Program participants through building community, engaging students in campus life, and helping to connect students with campus and community resources. This includes assisting with the identification of Champions-eligible students on campus, facilitating regular community-building activities for students, and coaching students using the Fostering Success Coaching Model.


The University of Washington Champions Program is a voluntary program that supports students who have experienced foster care or unaccompanied homelessness. As such, this position requires knowledge and skills related to trauma-responsiveness, including but not limited to building resiliency in students both individually and as a group. Often this means being patient with students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, disorganization, or any number of normal responses to childhood trauma. Working with Champions students requires acknowledgment and destigmatization of these experiences and how it affects their lives. However, a core belief of the Champions Program is that students are capable of incredible growth despite their challenges, and a focus on growth, or a growth mindset, is key to the success of Champions students.


Further, as a result of their traumatic experiences, Champions students are often weary or oppositional to authority figures. Important to the success of the program is knowing how to engage students using non-positional authority to gain their trust and encourage them to seek help when needed. This includes being trustworthy, responsive to student inquiries, and engaging with students in the method and manner in which they prefer to be engaged. Anti-Oppression Lens.


Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Champions students are also normal college students who enjoy collaborative, peer-driven activities with a good dose of fun! Having fun is a key outcome for the Champions Program and is particularly important for Champions students who may be under a great deal of stress and often don’t have a traditional support structure to help manage this stress. Additionally, and like any college student, Champions students also often need help organizing their lives and navigating complex bureaucratic systems including that of the University, State, Federal, and other systems. They are also adept at social media and technology users and engagement with students on these platforms is a key part of outreach and general communications for the program.


Program staff do not work with Champions students in isolation; this position also has responsibility for ensuring accurate, consistent, and friendly support in a timely manner not only to current students, but to university staff, community organizations, and other influences who interact with the University of Washington. The position requires a high level of collaboration across university departments and youth-serving organizations across the State of Washington.


The Counseling Services Coordinator will work with university staff, faculty, and community partners to serve UW Champions participants. Working closely with other members of the Champions Program team, this position will provide consistent outreach to students as well as coordinate and implement successful retention and graduation strategies for Champions Program students.


Responsibilities

  • Provide consistent, individualized outreach to students and coach them in life skills including problem-solving, self-advocacy, time management, and goal obtainment. Maintain student records and assist students in identifying and obtaining resources as well as navigating bureaucratic processes.
  • In consultation with the Champions Program Manager and the Champions Student Advisory Committee, plan and implement regular community-building activities for program participants, creating social media and email campaigns to engage students.
  • Work collaboratively with Academic Advisers and community support staff to support students' attainment of basic needs, services, and academic goals.
  • Attend training and workshops as requested. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements


Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Education, Counseling, Communication or related field and minimum of 2-years of experience in youth engagement and development work. Demonstrated history of working with a diverse, multi-cultural student population, which includes working with low-income, first-generation, and/or students who experienced foster care and/or homelessness. Experience communicating effectively over social media platforms and texting services such as Remind; facilitating groups of young people in community-building activities; navigating bureaucratic systems; using Microsoft Office suite


Additional Experience

  • 6+ months experience with event planning and scheduling/reservations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications (Outlook, Word, and Excel).
  • Experience working with a CRM or database system.
  • Strong demonstrated communication skills; both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated success or interest in working with diverse populations, such as international students, first-generation students, transfer students, and students from communities underrepresented in tech and information professions.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and work effectively under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Prior customer service experience and demonstrated professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired Experience


Master’s degree in social work, higher education administration, counseling, or related discipline; experience working with local and federal programs supporting youth who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness; familiarity with Motivational Interviewing, Healing-Centered Engagement, and Harm Reduction


Application Process


The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


Application Process


The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


As a University of Washington (UW) employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state, and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills, and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities, and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty, all of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.


Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .


Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.


The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.


The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu .


COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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