Company Name:

Grand Valley State University


Allendale, Michigan

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Adult Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Counselor, Therapist

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Entry Level

Required Education:

Master's Degree

Date Posted:

January 8, 2019

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Psychologist - University Counseling Center


Summary:  This position is a generalist clinician providing individual, group, and crisis counseling services and campus outreach prevention services. In addition, the administrative responsibility of the coordinator of referral services is to implement and document systems for follow-up with students who have been referred to community resources.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology, masters in social work or counseling, or comparable degree by start date. For doctorate candidates, APA-accredited program and internship
  • License eligible as a psychologist, counselor, or clinical social worker in Michigan (to be licensed within two years of hire)
  • Experience and comfort working and collaborating with agencies, departments, hospitals, and other community systems of care
  • Commitment to working with diverse student populations in an affirming environment
  • Strong clinical, collaborative, and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology and license eligible as a psychologist in Michigan
  • Two years of clinical experience with a university/college population
  • Experience in a counseling center providing an APA-accredited psychology internship and other training programs
  • Experience providing mental health or preventative programming, outreach, and psychoeducation
  • Experience providing service to diverse student populations (e.g., students of color, LGBTQIA students, student veterans, and students with disabilities)

Responsibilities - Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership as the coordinator of referral services, including:
  • Schedule phone appointments for students who need additional referral information, meet with students to overcome barriers to accessing community resources, and assist in scheduling appointments with off-campus providers as needed
  • Assist and collaborate with staff in treatment and disposition planning for students with complex mental health needs, particularly for those students who are frequent users of urgent-care appointments
  • Identify and document the network of campus and community services to meet specific needs related to academic stress, legal issues, mental health services, financial support agencies, food services, etc.
  • Update and refine the online referral database (in conjunction with the coordinator of case management), as well as evaluate outcomes of UCC referral services
  • Build liaison relationships with off-campus mental health providers, private practitioners, hospitals and inpatient units, and other community partners.
  • Provide culturally sensitive individual and group counseling over a broad range of difficulties and diagnoses, including:
    • Psychological, social, or other difficulties that interfere with students academic success
    • Crisis intervention management, including occasional afterhours on-call coverage for the on-campus population
    • Provide consultation and outreach activities to the university community
    • Provide training in an APA-accredited internship and potential supervision to doctoral psychology and masters level social work interns
  • Participate in Division of Student Services activities pertinent to student well-being, including serving on university committees
  • Participate in national/regional professional organizations and activities
  • Other duties as assigned by the director 
  • Work hours are 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., with one day served at Pew Campus

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. There is an excellent fringe benefits package.

Department/Division: University Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs. The center is accredited by IACS and has an APA-accredited doctoral internship in psychology. The center is well integrated within the university and has strong supportive partnerships across campus, with access to excellent student affairs leadership. Center staff are innovative, multidisciplinary, collegial, and invested in training and working collaboratively to ensure quality delivery of services to a diverse student body. For additional information about the center, please see University Counseling Center.

Campus: Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University is a relatively new university with an enrollment of over 25,000. Committed to excellence, Grand Valley offers students personalized attention through relatively small classes and excellent student services. GVSU's main campus is located in Allendale which is about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 12 miles east of Lake Michigan with its beautiful beaches. The 1,237-acre campus includes both rolling hills to the west and deeply wooded ravines to the east. The city of Grand Rapids combines a diverse economy, strong public/parochial schools, outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent health care to create a high quality of life for area residents.

Application Deadline Date: Application deadline is February 11, 2019. Preferred start date is September 2019.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and vita. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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