College Counselor/Social Worker


College Counselor/Social Worker

Position Title: College C0unselor/Social Worker

Department: Student Services

Accountable to: Dean of Student Services

Opening Date: February 3, 2017

Closing Date: May 22, 2017

Salary: $34,143 – $37,030

SUMMARY OF WORK: The College Counselor will assist the student(s) to identify, mitigate and/or remove factors (personal and/or non-personal) that are impeding college success. This includes assisting students to address life situations that affect their mental health and academic performance. The College Counselor, in confidence, will assist students to handle immediate crisis situations and/or make referrals to appropriate community providers. The Counselor should also have experience providing workshops that address national and local mental health issues.


Nature of Work: The primary responsibility of this position is to be available to informally meet with students who have issues affecting their personal/academic performance; if necessary refer them to appropriate agencies.

Personal Contacts: This position requires intensive contact with current students on a daily basis. It also requires frequent contact with faculty, staff and community referral agencies.

Supervision Received: The College Counselor is supervised by the Dean of Student Services, through meetings, email and department meetings.

Essential Functions: The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; counsel and guide students; identify at-risk students; follow laws and policy; understand and apply regulations; assist in the development of written policies and procedures effecting the counseling area; develop and maintain records; compile data; prepare reports; and effectively use computer.


  • Inform students about the services provided through the counseling office.
  • Participate in student orientation sessions, classroom presentations, assessment interpretations, and outreach activities.
  • Knowledgeable in therapeutic techniques used to address depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, trauma, low self-esteem and grief.
  • Provide social counseling to the college student population.
  • Responsible for maintaining an in-service plan, and then conducting assessments of the inservice plan through pre and post test methods to assure effectiveness.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local agencies for referral purposes.
  • Provide counseling services to student referred from faculty, staff and student services, arranging for appropriate services to meet student needs.
  • Participate in local training opportunities that will benefit students (i.e. Wellness Conference).
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of mental health issues through newsletters, trivia, workshops, etc.
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality.



  • This position requires knowledge of the principles, objectives, and philosophy of counseling, academic and vocational guidance, and student support services in relation to the college program. Must be able to demonstrate empathy with the college student clientele and have the ability to relate to the full range of the students’ aspirations, abilities, and educational backgrounds. Demonstrated sympathy to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the TMCC student population. Understanding. Must be knowledgeable of HIPAA and FERPA privacy laws.
  • Knowledge of the Native American population and Turtle Mountain culture.


  • This position requires well-developed communication and organizational skills and the interpersonal relations skills appropriate to regular and intensive interaction with students. Must be able to listen without being judgmental, perform multiple tasks and operate all types of office equipment.


Bachelors Degree in mental health or related field (i.e. Social Work, Counseling) – Masters preferred; must be licensed or license eligible in North Dakota as a social worker or counselor. The position requires 3 years’ experience in the field with clients; preferably at an institution of higher education. Work in a Native American community is preferred.

How to apply:

Submit a letter of application, resume AND online application (available below); copy of college transcripts (must indicate highest degree earned); and three (3) current letters of reference. Work experience must be reasonably documented. Applicants claiming Indian Preference (CDIB) and/or Veterans Preference (DD214) must provide documentation.

Employment Application (1.41 MB PDF)


Holly Cahill, Human Resource Director

Telephone: (701)477.7939


*Turtle Mountain Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. It is the general policy of the college to give preference to qualified American Indian applicants as allowed by the Indian preference provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

Persons who are at least ¼ degree and wish to claim Indian preference must submit a copy of their tribal Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Agency enrolled.