Staff Psychologist – Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP) Coordinator (116 views)

Harrisonburg, VA
January 23, 2024

Staff Psychologist – Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP) Coordinator


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Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

The Counseling Center (CC) at James Madison University (JMU) is accepting applications for a Staff Psychologist. The CC has a commitment to diversity and multi-culturally competent professionals with the awareness, knowledge and skills required to work effectively with a diverse clientele and to enhance the CC’s diversity mission.

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The Staff Psychologist is a 12-month continuing position that provides short-term individual, group and crisis counseling, after-hours coverage, consultation services and outreach programming, and training and supervision of graduate students and doctoral interns. This position will involve the coordination of the Counseling Center’s Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP).

Responsibilities associated with this role include:

  1. Collaborating and consulting with JMU and Harrisonburg partners and Counseling Center clinicians in the provision and coordination of services and referrals for students who have experienced sexual violence
  2. Providing trauma-informed individual and group clinical services to survivors
  3. Providing training on appropriate response to survivor needs to various constituents and support at prevention and awareness-building events (e.g. Take Back the Night)
  4. Developing and maintaining close relationships with campus and community partners and mental health resources
  5. Managing the Program’s budget.
  6. In compliance with Center policy, the Staff Psychologist will maintain timely and accurate documentation of all clinical and clinical support activities.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology and be licensed (preferred) or license eligible as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Preference for candidate to be licensed within the Commonwealth of VA within one year.
  • Previous training and/or experience in a college mental health setting, including experience providing services to survivors of sexual assault and trauma.
  • Interest and/or experience collaborating with other departments or offices on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated skill in working well under pressure to prioritize and manage multiple complex clinical situations.
  • The candidate should also possess well-developed counseling and clinical supervision skills, a collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect and trust towards colleagues.
  • The energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of the role while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships, a self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals.
  • A demonstrated commitment to multicultural competency, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.