Embedded Counselor (Three Positions)

Virginia Tech,

Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Fri, Jul 17th, '20


Review of applications will begin August 3, 2020

Start Date:

September 1, 2020

Last Updated:

Fri, Jul 17th, '20

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  • Full Time

The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center has three positions open for Embedded Counselors.  The Center invites applications for a mental health clinician to serve in one of the three following Colleges – the Pamplin College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science.  Located in the College, the embedded counselor will serve a dual role of providing direct clinical and educational services to students while also providing consultation and training opportunities for the faculty, advisors and staff of the college.   The position will report to the director of the counseling center and will also coordinate with respective Dean of the College.


The embedded counselor will provide direct clinical services to undergraduate and graduate students of the college including initial consultation and assessment, individual counseling, and make appropriate referrals for psychiatric consultations and group therapy.  The embedded counselor will be available for drop-in hours, programmatic offerings for students, and informal consultations.  Within the college, the embedded counselor will be available for consultation with faculty, advisors, and staff regarding student mental health concerns.  Additional activities may include participation in orientation for new students, faculty, and staff; educational programming in suicide prevention; attendance at department and college meetings; and other collaborations to be determined.

 The Cook Counseling Center is a vibrant and growing multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals who work and thrive in a fast-paced environment providing focused treatment to all full-time students of Virginia Tech.  Embodying the Virginia Tech Principles of Community (www.inclusive.vt.edu) and committed to inclusivity and social justice, the center provides support to over 5,000 student per year through a full range of mental health services including individual and group counselling, psychiatric evaluation and medication, outreach and educational trainings (www.ucc.vt.edu).  The center has a central location with satellite operations and embedded counselors on the Blacksburg campus, in our Roanoke facility, and in the coming year on the Northern Virginia Innovation campus.  The center is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services and its internship training program by the American Psychological Association; additionally, the center provides training opportunities to third-year psychiatric residents and practicum students in counseling. 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.


About Virginia Tech:  As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world.  Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).  Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus, educational and research facilities across the state, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus.

 About Blacksburg:  Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, is special because of its access to the Appalachian Trail, the Washington-Jefferson National Forest and resources for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and climbing.  Blacksburg and Montgomery County have excellent schools, and the town has been rated as a top ten place to raise a family –Bloomberg Businessweek rated Blacksburg as the best place in the United States to raise children.  Blacksburg is a high-tech “wired’ community with the adjacent Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center home to 100 technology-based companies.


·         Applicants will be licensed or license-eligible in the their mental health field and must hold the appropriate degree for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia, e.g., doctoral degree for psychologists, master’s degree for counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work.

·         Experience in providing focused therapeutic interventions with a multidisciplinary team.

·         Experience and interest in collaboration with academic departments, faculty and staff.

·         Training and experience in delivering culturally competent interventions.


·         Experience in working with undergraduate and graduate students.

·         Familiarity with educational demands of a college of science.

·         Ability to speak a foreign language, e.g., Spanish, Mandarin.

·         Experience in outreach and educational programming, e.g., suicide prevention gate-keeper programs.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Interested applicants must complete the online faculty application at www.jobs.vt.edu, job #513835 and submit a cover letter, resume or vita, and a list of three references as attachments to that application. For full consideration, applicants are urged to apply by August 3, 2020 and review of applications will begin immediately.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Christopher Flynn at flynnc@vt.edu during regular business hours.