Licensed Student and Family Counselor
Our bold vision is that one day, all students in Durham, regardless of the color of their skin and the amount of money their parents have in their pockets, will be able to succeed. In order to make this vision a reality, Student U’s mission is to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Student U aims to combat systemic racism and structural inequities by walking with students from the fifth grade through college graduation as they beat the statistics and become leaders in our community. The three components of Student U programming - an intergenerational college access-success pipeline, leadership development for students, families and staff, and an open source model of sharing our lessons learned is our contribution to creating a Durham where all children can succeed.
Student U recognizes the important role that social and emotional health plays in a student’s readiness to be engaged in learning and college-bound. We would like to hire a licensed Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor, to provide direct services to students and families through individual, group and family therapy. This individual will also work to ensure students and families are connected with resources and services in the community, and advocate for the well-being of students inside and outside of Student U programming. The individual must have mastery in strength-based models of intervention with adolescents and families and a core belief that all students can succeed. We anticipate that this person will spend 50% time doing direct work with students and families, 20% programming/staff training, 20 % administrative work and 10% in team meetings.
Clinical Practice/Direct service with students and families
- Develop and implement as appropriate treatment plans for students on caseload
- Maintain a tiered caseload based on need of approximately 25 families, where students ranging in age from rising 5th grade to college students are identified clients
- Communication about social work role and supports offered to Student U staff and community partners
- Maintain referral structure and efficient response time for each referral
- Provide assessment with student, family, and other relevant reporters
- Further clinical knowledge in evidence-based practice based on symptom cluster of caseload
- Serve as lead crisis interventionist as it relates to the social emotional health of our students and coach the Student U team through those situations.
Linking and support services
- Maintain working knowledge of referral and support services in the community to effectively link individual students and families with appropriate services, including mental health services if appropriate
- Manage health partnerships with community and coordinate health services within Student U programming
- Effectively link individual students and families with appropriate services, including mental health services if appropriate
- Provide home visits to families who are disconnected from programming and support the family in finding solutions to barriers of participation
Supervision and Team Work
- Participate in both administrative and clinical supervision
- Facilitate weekly multidisciplinary and intervention meetings with program staff about students on caseload
- Ability to provide clinical supervision to MSW-level interns, if appropriate
- Coordinate with program staff about disconnected families
- Provide training to program staff on developmental theory, approaches to working with families, and identifying mental health concerns within the academic context
- Assess community-based evaluation and needs assessments in order to advocate for program-wide changes
- Based on trends in student needs and community-based evaluations, create proposals for program wide activities and programs to enhance Student U’s social-emotional health programming.
Dispositions, skills, and qualifications:
- Spanish fluency preferred
- A belief in and high commitment to Student U’s vision, mission, values and problem statement.
- A commitment to and passion for supporting students and families in need utilizing an empowerment framework
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to flex communication style to multiple environments
- Ability and willingness to work some evenings during peak programming season and few Saturdays per year and be on-call in student crisis situations
- Experience managing student crisis response and stabilization processes.
- Deep commitment to teamwork and collaboration
- Ability to develop strong relationships of trust with students, families and colleagues. Demonstrated ability to build relationships at all levels of an organization and work successfully within them
- Knowledge of theory and practice in the area of adolescent development and age-appropriate intervention strategies
- Current and valid driver’s license and automobile insurance
- Ability to organize time effectively to meet assigned work demands
Desired Education and Experience:
- Masters in Social Work, with clinical licensure. North Carolina preferred or Masters in Counseling with a clinical licensure.
- Cultural competency and experience working Black and Latinx communities on issues of mental health and social emotional well being
- At least three years of relevant work experience working with youth and families
- Experience supervising MSW-level interns is preferred
- Experience working in education and knowledge of Durham community is preferred
Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Equity & Child Safeguarding Policy
- Student U is committed to fostering an inclusive culture within our organization where people from various backgrounds can participate fully and equitably, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission.
- Student U has a commitment to ensuring the safety of our students. All staff will participate in the Darkness to Light Training, which is a child safeguarding training to help them understand why it is necessary to safeguard and protect children and to be fully aware of the procedure for reporting concerns.
Benefits and Salary: Salary for this position is competitive and depends upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
To Apply: Please apply online. A complete application will include résumé, cover letter, and two professional references (including one from a direct supervisor). Only complete applications will be considered. Applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis.