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Job Title: First Steps Coordinator (10.5-month position)
Department: Counseling Services
Reports To: Director of Student Counseling
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Code: E-2, professional

The First Steps Coordinator is instrumental in promoting mental health, suicide awareness, and alcohol and other drug education on-campus, with a goal of reducing stigma associated with all of them. The First Steps Coordinator provides workshops, trainings, and counseling services to assist students understanding of and management of mental health concerns, to help promote student’s success on campus. The First Steps Coordinator collaborates with partners on and off-campus to enhance services provided to students. This position works closely with the Director of Counseling on maintaining First Steps grant-related requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

• Educate campus staff and students on mental illness and substance abuse in a manner that increases the likelihood of increasing
students’ knowledge of both areas.
• Create a stigma-free environment for students who experience mental or substance abuse issues so they can readily get assistance
and feel supported.
• Provide mental health and substance abuse workshops and other trainings for students throughout the year to improve students’
knowledge in both areas.
• Utilize outside agencies to enhance the College’s ability to promote a stigma-free campus.
• Create suicide awareness and prevention trainings on campus to reduce the potential for suicidal behavior.
• Participate in other agency trainings, such as QPR, to better assist students with any questions and concerns.
• Become a trainer for QPR to promote suicide awareness and prevention beyond the time of the grant.
• Assists students to understand, manage, and navigate, social, emotional, and cognitive challenges, in pursuit of individualized,
academic success.
• Maintain confidential counseling records and gather salient data, such as demographics and components of care, following applicable
state, federal, and ethical guidelines (e.g., as specified by licensure/credential, FERPA, and clinical training).
• HIPAA designated employee with responsibility to administer and handle the Personal Health Information of College students in a
confidential manner.
• Serves on the Wellness Committee to promote overall well-being of students.
• Assist with salient surveys and other reporting requirements related to the grant and other reporting entities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Ability to work well with others.
• Regular attendance is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
The First Steps Coordinator has no supervisory responsibilities for Maryville College staff. This person may work with Master’s level Counseling interns on specific projects under the supervision of the Director of Counseling.

Education and/or Experience:
Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or closely related field. Minimum of two years of clinical experience, preferable with college students. Knowledge of mental health and substance abuse issues facing many college students. Demonstrated professional prevention and support experience with substance abuse. Minimum of one year experience developing, implementing, and facilitating trainings and workshops targeted to contemporary college students. Knowledge of Title IX and Campus SAVE Act a plus.

Language Skills:
Demonstrated ability to read and interpret grant related materials. Demonstrated ability to write succinct, accurate, and thoughtful reports and correspondence. Demonstrated ability to speak effectively and responsively before groups of students, staff, faculty, families/guardians, community members, and alumni.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to compute, capture, assess and utilize data. Ability to translate data to graphs, written documents, and verbal presentations. Demonstrated experience with budgets.

Reasoning Ability:
The ability to process significant amounts of data in a short period of time, to apply a clinical lens and a “common sense” understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form and/or provide others with instructions in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in unpredictable situations. Demonstrated ability to collect and interpret data and use it in strategic planning.

Computer Skills:
Familiar with a variety of software systems, including Microsoft and Google. Ability to create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets as needed. An understanding of electronic health records a plus.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Valid Tennessee driver’s license.
License eligible in Tennessee, as related to Master’s degree (e.g. Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Clinical Social Worker).

Other Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work occasionally after hours or on weekends for student related activities; ability to work overtime when needed.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. This may be in an office setting, virtually or in locations across campus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, though at times the work may be situated in noisy or busy environments (e.g. residence halls), or online. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Required: All applicants must apply through the Maryville College Careers portal website on the page of the desired position.
Maryville College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about working at Maryville College, please visit our Careers at MC webpage.

Maryville College encourages all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Questions may be directed to the Employee COVID-19 Coordinator and Director of Human Resources, Keni Lanagan,

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on loans received under the Willian D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Maryville College is a non-profit institution and as such is a qualifying employer under the PSLF Program. Other individual stipulations apply. See for eligibility criteria.

Full Time

Maryville College

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. The Counseling Center is looking for someone who wants to promote mental health and substance abuse awareness on campus.