Company Name:

Princeton University


Princeton, New Jersey

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:


Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Master's Degree

Date Posted:

September 30, 2019

Outreach Counselor, Tigerwell


The Campus Life Division at Princeton University has received a multi-year monetary gift focusing on undergraduate and graduate student health and wellbeing. This gift supports TigerWell, an initiative that is multi-faceted and involves engaging Campus Life as a whole in promoting wellbeing. UHS administers TigerWell, which includes skills-building, outreach, events, professional development, and program assessment and evaluation. The TigerWell team, consisting of two current Outreach Counselors, the Project Manager, and UHS's Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS), in coordination with Campus Life leaders, works to bring the vision for the Initiative to reality. Because of the centrality of the position's clinical and compliance functions, UHS offices will be emphasized in this description; despite this emphasis, this position is conceptualized as a campus-wide position that serves Princeton students through coordinated responsibilities and actions with the Graduate School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Davis International Center, and Campus Life units.

This position builds on existing mental health interventions by staffing newly created “satellite” offices, which will serve as health and wellbeing outposts embedded within Princeton's student life community. The outreach activities conducted in these satellite spaces will be coordinated with other new wellbeing promotion projects within the TigerWell Initiative. The satellite offices will promote greater student access to traditional forms of mental health services as well as serve as designated spaces for targeted group and community outreach interventions related to student mental health and wellbeing.

The position provides direct clinical services to our undergraduate and graduate student population, including urgent care and crisis intervention, psychological evaluations, time-limited individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment, on call services, campus liaison, mental health education and promotion, and community referral services. Also, UHS has an active Infirmary that provides 24 hour health coverage. As such, this mental health position involves the provision of limited primary after-hours, on-call coverage, assigned at the discretion of the CPS Associate Director.

The outreach counselor is responsible for providing direct short-term counseling and crisis intervention services to students, consultation to staff and administrators, and coordinated evidence-based mental health promotion programming (e.g., skills-building workshops) in partnership with staff and student groups in two satellite offices. Each satellite office will be open two days a week. We expect that one of these offices will require evening hours two days a week. The satellite offices will be in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Graduate College, which is the hub of graduate student residential life on campus, subject to change based on student needs. The counselor will be responsible for establishing an office in those locations, integrating with the student community in those locations, and working closely with staff both at the site and with other offices that have wellbeing-related functions.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a significant campus prevention, outreach, and training background, and in addition to licensure as a clinician, it is preferred that they will hold an advanced degree in public health or the equivalent credential to support their population-based educational work.

Because this is a new position, the counselor must also demonstrate skill in planning and managing the launch and implementation of new wellbeing-related educational curricula, and be adept at establishing solid collaborative relationships with staff and administrators from other departments. The particular skill and knowledge set will be informed by a strong understanding of the developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults. The counselor will also show specialized knowledge and expertise in working with graduate students and students from diverse backgrounds, specifically international students.

UHS hires individuals of all backgrounds. We build on our staff's diversity--recognizing, valuing, and appreciating the different perspectives, talents and energy of all. UHS invites all its employees to make a valuable contribution in this regard. We firmly believe that being an inclusive and culturally responsive community is one of the foundations of a vibrant, relevant organization. We aspire to develop the mindsets, knowledge and abilities to build equitable and inclusive systems, teams and culture. Accordingly, it is an essential requirement of all UHS personnel that they have the ability to work in an unbiased manner with a population diverse in its ethnicity and cultural background.

**This is a two year term position with the possibility of extension. **


Clinical Care (40%)
  • Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment, psychological evaluations, and urgent care and crisis intervention within two satellite counseling and educational spaces.
  • Serves on an on call-after hours rotation with other CPS staff.
  • Performs specialized evaluations for students of concern: these include administrative, readmission, exit, and post-hospital evaluations
  • Uses clinical data to inform diagnostic assessments (DSM-V) and treatment planning
  • Effectively manages the clinical operations of two satellite counseling and educational spaces.

Wellbeing Promotion, Outreach, and Consultation (40%)

  • Engages in evidence-informed campus outreach and community education related to mental health promotion with a particular focus on social connectedness and skills-building (e.g., mindfulness practices, promoting a growth mindset, contextualized self-care, etc.)
  • Coordinates outreach programming with the Director of Health Promotion & Prevention Services and the the Project Manager for TigerWell to maintain open lines of communication, reach initiative goals, prevent duplication of services, and evaluate the success of the satellite offices.
  • Serves as a mental health consultant to other University partners and stakeholders within the communities of the satellite offices.
  • Partners with student groups such as the Graduate Student Government, Peer Health Advisers, and UMatter Fellows to implement and promote services and events.
  • Attends residential, academic, or co-curricular events in the communities within which the counselor is physically located.

Performs other duties as assigned (20%)

  • Involved in other initiatives, projects, and activities, as assigned by the Director of CPS, the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services, or in partnership with other Campus Life staff.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in social work or doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA)-approved doctoral program
  • Completion of APA-approved clinical internship or equivalent
  • New Jersey State licensure or license-eligible
  • Advanced understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults.
  • Demonstrated excellence in developing, facilitating, and evaluating evidence-informed prevention and outreach programming on wellbeing
  • Evidence of experience in developing and managing new clinical initiatives or systems of care
  • Demonstrated excellence in creating solid collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and partners
  • Evidence of the provision of culturally informed mental health care, and attunement to the manifestations of psychological problems across different cultural backgrounds, identity configurations, and genders
  • Specialized knowledge and expertise in working with graduate students (Doctoral and Master's-level)
  • Specialized knowledge and expertise in working with international students
  • Knowledge of New Jersey's psychology licensure standards and federal regulations (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA) pertaining to health care organizations (including clinical records, patient privacy and confidentiality, treatment of minors) as well as relevant accreditation standards (e.g., Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a university mental health service or a comparable healthcare system
  • Advanced degree in public health or the equivalent credential.
  • Evidence of professional contributions (such as presentations at professional and academic conferences, publications, and/or form of scholarship), and experience in writing and success in securing grant-related funding
  • Thrives in an energetic, diverse work environment, and skilled at effective interactions with college-age populations, international students, parents, faculty, and college administrators
  • Familiarity with total work systems (such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and Baldrige National Quality Program); and reviewing and analyzing data
  • Be knowledgeable in principles and methodologies (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act, Root Cause Analysis, measurement, data collection, and analysis) needed to support Quality Improvement projects and activities and/or willing to attend UHS-based Quality Improvement basic training within first 6-months of hire.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer ( and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW (

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