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Student Affairs/ Wellness - Mental Health Counselor

D'Youville University
Buffalo, NY
Closing date
May 7, 2024

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Student Affairs
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Employment Type
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College / University

The highly visible incumbent is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of D’Youville University and the Division of Student Affairs while serving as a mental health advisor for the campus and licensed mental health provider/educator for the student population. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives amidst an ever-changing and unpredictable work environment and will have demonstrated skills in the areas of mental health, counseling interventions, student support, holistic wellness and preventative programming. This position will work very closely with a fellow mental health counselor and numerous campus partners to ensure that programming and outreach within The Wellness Lodge aligns with current best practices. Evening and weekend hours may be required when the University is in session to manage workload and attend meetings and functions. The primary focus of the Mental Health Counselor will be to manage immediate student crisis situations, develop and implement mental health workshops for the campus community, serve as the mental health advisor for the division, refer students to local care resources as needed, and to connect students with the care services provided to them through TimelyMD. This position will have an opportunity to maintain a caseload of student clients if needed but scheduled clinical services are not the focus of this position. Aligning with the university’s goals, the Counselor will facilitate outreach programs and collaborate closely with campus partners to support holistic wellness. This 12-month position is expected to work closely with all units within Student Affairs to ensure that the University is “student-ready” and that every student has the opportunity to be engaged outside of the classroom.

  • Promote TimelyMD “Saints Care” as the main provider of mental health care to all students,
  • Serve as a licensed D’Youville representative to receive student case information from TimelyMD mental health providers,
  • Provide at maximum of ten student counseling sessions per week to include clinical services, assessment, consultation, and/or referral,
    • Students requiring more than six 45-minute counseling sessions per semester must be referred to TimelyMD and/or an established mental health community partner,
  • Coordinate with services offered within the D’Youville Health Professions Hub to ensure all students receive holistic care,
  • Dedicate at least eight hours per week to student educational program development and administration,
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to graduate assistants within the Wellness Lodge,
  • Work closely with the Office of Student Development & Advocacy on delivery of drug and alcohol assessment and education,
  • Develop and deliver student leader mental health training for various University departments,
  • Maintain and organize confidential student records,
  • Serve on various campus committees as needed as a mental health advisor,
  • Serve as a campus mental health advisor to faculty and staff as needed,
  • Maintain bi-weekly on-call responsibilities for professional staff consultation needs.

  • Demonstrated experience working in mental and/or holistic wellness,
  • Thorough knowledge and proven track record in Student Affairs or Community Organizing, including policy development, programming, and student development,
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, and writing skills necessary, including the ability to represent the University in a positive way to diverse populations,
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting personal wellness,
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating psychoeducational workshops and/or trainings.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop linkages with community partners through significant outreach efforts to support student success in and out of the classroom,
  • Ability to innovative and create programs that support student wellness, leading to increased persistence and graduation rates across diverse student populations,
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals on campus and in all areas of the community to accomplish student life objectives,
  • Ability to make sound professional judgments, often under deadline pressure, when dealing with student related issues,
  • A proven ability to identify and address problems, exhibit competence in identifying and interpreting needed areas of assessment, display sensitivity regarding personnel matters and the ability to participate effectively in short and long-range planning.


  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work or closely related field from a college or university accredited by a US Department of Education or internally recognized accrediting organization,
  • New York State Licensure to practice mental health counseling

  • Appropriate and applicable professional experience within Student Affairs or relevant fields showing progressive responsibilities.

  • Possess the ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations,
  • Handle multiple tasks and priorities at once while solving problems and thinking innovatively,
  • Administrative, organizational, supervisory, and budget-management skills,
  • Extended periods of sitting, standing, stair climbing, maneuvering objects of substantial weight,
  • Must possess a student-centered personal philosophy and an amazing sense of humor.

Work Remotely - No

Work Location: Buffalo, NY

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year

Additional Salary Information

The salary range reflects our good faith and reasonable estimate of the possible compensation at the time of posting, the role and associated responsibilities, and the experience, education, and training of the selected candidate.

About the Institution:

D’Youville is a highly regarded private university and research institution with a rich history located on the vibrant West Side of Buffalo adjacent to a growing downtown with year-round cultural events and outdoor recreation. While preparing students for the 21st-century, D’Youville excels at helping students reach their career goals as change agents, doing well for themselves and their communities by doing good. Under the leadership of President Lorrie Clemo, the university is moving boldly forward through a dynamic and integrated planning process to strengthen the institution and positively impact the student experience and surrounding community.

Founded in 1908, the Grey Nuns named the college after the Patron Saint Marguerite D’Youville and committed to making it a compassionate place of learning for those from underrepresented populations. That commitment and tradition continue today. D’Youville was the first college in Western New York to offer baccalaureate degree programs for women. With a long Catholic history, D’Youville welcomes students of every culture, background, and faith and is a place where different faith traditions can be openly shared and respected. Coeducational since 1971, D’Youville strives to expand opportunities for diverse learners, including adults, first-generation, low-income, and other students historically underrepresented in higher education.

Today, D’Youville features an urban, growing campus community of 3,000 students and offers more than 50 majors in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral studies including advanced certificates and accelerated learning programs. Featuring degrees in healthcare, business, and the liberal arts, D’Youville encourages students to balance their learning with activities that integrate community service with coursework. D’Youville’s proud graduates have the academic strengths necessary for careers that make a difference and the skills to be leaders for the world. All job offers are contingent upon legal authorization to be employed in NYS as determined by NYS DOL. To learn more about D’Youville, please visit

D’Youville University continues to grow its commitment to Diversity, EQUITY, and Inclusion. Remaining true to the teachings of our Patroness, St. Marguerite d’Youville, we seek to selflessly and compassionately contribute to humanity by improving the lives of individuals and society through education. D’Youville University was founded to extend a hand to those in need and equip them, through education, with the skills necessary to change the world.

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