Employment Opportunities

Mental Health Counselor/ Prevention Specialist
Student Counseling Center
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Under the umbrella of the University’s Administrative Services Division, the Student Counseling Center (SCC) provides clinical mental health counseling to Hampton University undergraduate and graduate students. The Mental Health Counselor/Prevention Specialist position’s emphases in addition to mental counseling are promoting behavior health and resilience in general, and prevention education programming around anxiety, depression and suicide. Such programming requires pro-active outreach to the campus community in classrooms, residence halls, forums and other special events. Attendance at diverse campus events is expected, which involves occasional evening and weekend hours, as do regular participation in a ‘24-7’ emergency on-call rotation and sharing the advisement of four (4) separate student peer educator groups: the Peer Counselor Organization, Summer Peer Helpers, Violence Against Women Prevention Student Peer Advocates, and Depression OutReach Alliance (DORA) Helpers.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide short term individual and group counseling

  • Develop, implement and evaluate suicide awareness and prevention programming as well as other potential typical college mental health challenges

  • Participate in developing, implementing and evaluating varied campus-wide psychosocial workshops, class and residence hall presentations, mental health screening days, and other events

  • Maintain up-to-date, complete confidential client records

  • Comply with federal, state and Counseling Center confidentiality and privacy regulations

  • Share after-hours on-call duty

  • Work evening and weekend hours as needed

  • Track voice and email throughout the day

  • Prepare routine and special reports on work activities

  • Assist with advisement of student peer educator groups

  • Attend and participate in guiding the Peer Counselor overnight training week-end

  • Participate in the Center’s strategic planning

  • Participate in developing proposals for grants and contracts

  • Adhere to all University and Student Counseling Center regulations

  • Active participation in SCC staff meetings and various University Committees is required.

  • Complete other duties as assigned



  • At least master’s degree in clinical social work, mental health counseling or related program;

  • Be either licensed by the VA Dept. of Health Profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or able to attain licensure within one year from hire;

  • At least one year of providing individual and/or group mental health counseling with late adolescent/young adult individuals and groups with a range of DSM-V disorders, preferably in a college setting;  and  

  • Demonstrated expertise in the development and implementation of suicide prevention-education programming;

  • Availability to work nights and weekends, as needed for evening and weekend campus programs and emergency on-call coverage.  


Additional requirements are


  • Excellence in Standard English verbal, writing and presentation skills;

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities;

  • History of positive interpersonal interaction;

  • Comfort with professional collaboration at multiple organizational levels; and

  • Facility with Microsoft Office programs.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit in one complete packet a letter of interest, resume, and an Application for Educational Support Staff Employment to the:

Office of Human Resources

Hampton University

Hampton,VA 23668.

  *No phone calls

**Incomplete applications will not be considered

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