Assistant or Associate Specialist (Psychologist)
University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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To begin July 1, 2013, pending position clearance and availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • This position is responsible for providing the leadership and developing a vision for a quality, accessible, and culturally responsive mental health service for an increasingly diverse student population at UH West Oahu. As being the initial full-timer and sole mental health professional on campus, the clinical psychologist will be responsible for crafting the short-term and long-term objectives and programs for mental health services. Simultaneously, the clinical psychologist will provide direct individual and group counseling services to students to maximize their potential to benefit from the college environment, and consultative services to the campus to support and promote the development of emotionally and mentally healthy students. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following.
  • Direct Client Services
  • 1. Develop, implement, and evaluate individual counseling and psychotherapy to students to maximize their potential to benefit from the college environment and to experience academic success.
  • 2. Design, implement, and evaluate group interventions including counseling, psychotherapy, and support to help students establish satisfying personal relationships and become effective in interpersonal processes.
  • 3. Conduct intake interviews to help support students in assessing and overcoming specific deficiencies impacting college success. This includes administering and interpreting appropriate psychological tests and other assessment techniques to foster student self-understand and decision-making.
  • 4. Perform crisis counseling and drop-in services.
  • 5. Perform necessary charting and data collection/data recording requirements, acting in accordance with professional practice, APA code of ethics, state of Hawaii laws and administrative rules governing the practice of psychology.
  • 6. Conduct consultative services for faculty, staff, and others to help foster a campus environment that supports and promotes the development of emotionally and mentally healthy students.
  • 7. Oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of a marketing plan for mental health counseling programs and services. Strategies may include, but are not limited to: on-line and print media, classroom presentations, outreach to students and student groups, orientation programs, informational resource fairs, etc.
  • 8. Work in cooperation with faculty, staff, and others in academic departments, University offices, and the community to continuously improve and assure responsiveness of mental health counseling programs and services that respond to, and/or accommodate changing student demographics and attendant needs. This includes making appropriate referrals off-campus and soliciting expertise from sources external to campus.
  • Administrative Services
  • 1. Manages and directs facilities, services and operations related to mental health counseling programs and services.
  • 2. Exercises budgetary direction and accountability for delegated accounts. Elements of this role include, but are not limited to:
  • a. Oversee the development and management of the operating budget and other financial plans for areas of responsibility.
  • b. Regularly review monthly cash, encumbrance and expenditure and other fiscal reports to monitor proper revenue streams and expenditure flows.
  • c. Report budget variances to supervisor, department staff, and other University offices as required.
  • d. Monitor all purchasing decisions for areas of responsibility.
  • e. Facilitate and/or prepare all fiscal paperwork required for budget expenditure and revenue collection according to University policies and procedures.
  • f. Ensure the fiscal integrity of the mental health counseling programs and services by maintaining generally accepted cash handling controls and accounting or auditing standards, and by upholding appropriate internal controls to promote fiscal soundness and accountability.
  • 3. Develops, interprets, implements, and revises, as needed, appropriate policies and procedures governing mental health counseling services, programs, and facilities, working closely with appropriate University offices and others to review and evaluate such policies and procedures.
  • 4. Develops, interprets and updates, as needed, operational manuals for mental health counseling services, programs, and facilities in cooperation with appropriate University offices and others.
  • Other Duties
  • 1. Provides management skills and knowledge to include serving in absence of supervisor.
  • 2. Participates via institutional and/or personal membership in various national professional associations appropriate to the position (e.g. American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, American College Personnel Administration, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, etc.).
  • 3. Serves as a member of the section’s and division’s team, providing administrative direction for sectional and divisional projects and activities as appropriate, including, but not limited to: professional staff training and development, student retention efforts, and other related projects.
  • 4. Serves and provides leadership on University-wide committees, planning efforts, and programs appropriate to the position.
  • 5. Assumes other related duties as assigned.
  • Assistant Specialist Minimum Qualifications
  • 1. Master’s Degree and 30 additional credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing in counseling or clinical psychology; completion of APA-accredited internship; and licensed or license eligible as a psychologist in State of Hawaii, with licensure needing to be attained within 18 months of start date.
  • 2. The equivalent of three years of clinical experience in university counseling services or equivalent mental health setting providing psychological direct services to young adults and adults. A pre-doctoral psychology internship may count as one year equivalent.
  • 3. Functional knowledge of the purposes and objectives of student development and/or student academic success programs, including developmental issues and problems typical of college students, of first generation college students, and of minority students underrepresented in higher education.
  • 4. Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, practices, procedures, techniques, and concepts related to student development and/or educational advising support, including career assessment, learning disability assessment, or college success and adjustment.
  • 5. Demonstrated ability to evaluate and intervene with severely disturbed young adults and adults.
  • 6. Demonstrated skills in providing outreach and prevention services.
  • 7. Demonstrated skills in consultation with professional and non-professional colleagues.
  • 8. Demonstrated ability and proficiency in psychological assessment and timely production of assessment reports.
  • 9. Ability to plan, organize, and lead administrative and organizational processes as applied to the management, strategic visioning, and analysis of operations, services, programs, and policies.
  • 10. Ability to work outside normally scheduled work hours, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays, and to work a variable work schedule as necessitated by program requirements.
  • 11. Comprehensive knowledge, ability, and sensitivity to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, instructional division leaders, staff, students, and others from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • 12. Functional knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to, the ethical standards of counseling professional practice.
  • 13. Considerable knowledge of, and ability to, interpret and apply legal and policy provisions pertaining to counseling, psychology, and related mental health practices.
  • Associate Specialist Minimum Qualifications
  • 1. Doctorate Degree from a college or university of recognized standing in counseling or clinical psychology; completion of APA-accredited internship; and licensed as a psychologist in at least one state, with Hawaii licensure needing to be attained within 6 months of start date.
  • 2. The equivalent of four years of clinical experience in university counseling services or equivalent mental health setting providing psychological direct services to young adults and adults. A pre-doctoral psychology internship may count as one year equivalent.
  • 3. Functional knowledge of the purposes and objectives of student development and/or student academic success programs, including developmental issues and problems typical of college students, of first generation college students, and of minority students underrepresented in higher education.
  • 4. Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, practices, procedures, techniques, and concepts related to student development and/or educational advising support, including career assessment, learning disability assessment, or college success and adjustment.
  • 5. Demonstrated ability to evaluate and intervene with severely disturbed young adults and adults.
  • 6. Demonstrated skills in providing outreach and prevention services.
  • 7. Demonstrated skills in consultation with professional and non-professional colleagues.
  • 8. Demonstrated ability and proficiency in psychological assessment and timely production of assessment reports.
  • 9. Ability to plan, organize, and lead administrative and organizational processes as applied to the management, strategic visioning, and analysis of operations, services, programs, and policies.
  • 10. Ability to work outside normally scheduled work hours, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays, and to work a variable work schedule as necessitated by program requirements.
  • 11. Comprehensive knowledge, ability, and sensitivity to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, instructional division leaders, staff, students, and others from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • 12. Functional knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to, the ethical standards of counseling professional practice.
  • 13. Considerable knowledge of, and ability to, interpret and apply legal and policy provisions pertaining to counseling, psychology, and related mental health practices.
  • Desirable Qualifications
  • 1. Experience with assessment initiatives and student learning outcomes.
  • 2. Skilled in team-building and developing collaborative partnerships.
  • 3. Ability to be flexible and adaptive in a fast-paced, challenging and changing environment.

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