Division of Student Affairs

Job Description 


Position Title:    Student Counselor/ Social Worker

Department:      Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services

FLSA Category:  Exempt                              


Working Relationships:


  • Reports to: Director of Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services


  • Works closely with: Faculty, employees, DMH/Millikin Clinic Medical Staff, athletics, diversity and inclusion staff, Student Affairs team, Public Safety, community mental health agencies, and students/parents/families. 


  • Directly Supervises:  N/A


Job Summary:  The Student Counselor/Social Worker typically oversees a caseload of approximately 100-150 students. The Counselor/Social Worker supports the Director of Student Mental and Behavioral Health Service and other members of the treatment team by coordinating intake, assessment, and treatment (individual & group); providing proactive follow-up by alerting the treatment team when the student is not improving, supporting medication management, and facilitating communication with members of the treatment team. The Counselor/Social Worker also offers brief counseling (using evidenced-based and trauma informed techniques) and helps facilitate changes in treatment if warranted. As a team member within Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services, the Counselor/Social Worker is engaged in direct clinical service work up to 75% of the time.




All employees are expected to uphold the values of the University.  At Millikin University, we value:


  • Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
  • Civil debate
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Dignity and respect for individuals
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Advancement of the greater good



Primary Responsibilities: 


  1. Utilizing a trauma-informed approach, provide short-term individual and group counseling for students.


  1. Provide case management and crisis intervention for high-need students.


  1. Serve as liaison to inclusion and diversity staff, providing psychoeducation outreach programming for BIPOC students and helping to remove barriers to accessing mental health services.

a. Liaison with BIPOC student groups, attending periodic meetings of the various student organizations.


  1. Employ assessments to best manage student cases and influence proper referrals.


  1. Assist staff in implementation of student conduct related prevention and diversion programs, as well as residential outreach and educational programming, including seminars and workshops to address preventative and developmental needs of students.


  1. Support on-call staff and provide after hours on-call support on a rotational basis. 


  1. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services to advance the mission of Student Affairs and student welfare.


Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in counseling or social work is required, as well as clinical licensure inIllinois, minimum LPC required, LCPC/ LCSW licensure is preferred
  • Excellent clinical skills for diverse and high stress populations
  • Previous experience working directly with BIPOC students in an educational environment
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention and management
  • In-depth understanding of the changing demographics and behavioral health needs of college students and adolescents
  • Ability to work in partnership with staff, faculty, administrators, and student leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills and a good understanding of cross-cultural communication
  • Demonstrated understanding and strong commitment to diversity and inclusion 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment, meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and reprioritize projects as needed.


Other Skills Preferred:

  • Experience in the development and creation of innovative student service programs.
  • Experience in academic plans and working with students with disabilities.
  • Understanding of student development with competence in departure theory, involvement theory, and other student development theories.
  • Experience with alcohol and other drug treatment and programming.
  • Multicultural Counseling/Psychology Certificate or other diversity related certifications.


Work Environment:


Manual Dexterity:  

  • Dexterity to operate a keyboard.


Physical Effort:  

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasionally lifting 25 lbs. or less
  • Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping


Working Conditions:  

  • Typical working conditions found in most administrative work areas.