Staff Psychologist/Counselor in Intercollegiate Athletics Diversity

Northern Illinois University,

Athletics/Counseling and Consultation Services
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Last Posted:

Wed, Sep 13th, '23


Priority Review date 10/2/2023; applications received after this date are welcomed but will be considered as needed.

Start Date:

11/1/2023, TBD during the hiring process

Last Updated:

Wed, Sep 13th, '23

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  • Full Time

This CCS Staff Psychologist/Counselor position will provide embedded mental health services within NIU Athletics while also providing services at CCS. The position is structured to provide the equivalent of four days of services per week (30 hoursto student-athletes under the direct supervision of the Director of Athletics Counseling. The position includes the equivalent of one day per week (7.5 hours) at CCS for the provision of services to the general student population, the NIU community, and the CCS training program.


Northern Illinois University is located in DeKalb, IL, 65 miles west of Chicago and 30-40 miles from many west suburban communities. With a current enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the mission of NIU is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation, and world. More than 50% of undergraduate students in fall 2022 identified as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), and those who identified as Latinx or Black comprised nearly 38% of students. More than 50% of undergraduate students identify as first-generation students and half of graduating classes are transfer students. CCS clients reflect this diversity and the percentages above closely match the percentages of clients seen for mental health support.


CCS is part of the Division of Student Affairs and contributes to the mission to support the academic and personal success of NIU students as we promote their welfare and persistence through the college experience in preparation for their lives after graduation. Staff in the Division of Student Affairs are committed to serving students as they implement core values of student-centered service, collaborative partnerships focused on student success, inclusive communities striving for equity and social justice, professional growth and competency development, and ethical and efficient stewardship of resources.  

CCS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and we offer an APA accredited doctoral internship program with three internship positions. We also offer a practicum training program for 3-5 students each year. CCS staff embrace all aspects of diversity and promote awareness, sensitivity, cultural competence, and advocacy across all services as well as in our work with campus and community partners. CCS is a collaborative and team-oriented work environment that values self-care, work/life balance, and having fun while doing this important and challenging work. 

  • Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology for Staff Psychologists OR master’s degree in counseling, Social Work, or related field for Staff Counselor.
  • Licensed in the field or eligible for licensure within 18 months of hire.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in providing mental health services to student-athletes.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in providing mental services to diverse clients with diverse concerns.
  • Previous experience providing supervision to graduate-level trainees and doctoral interns.
  • Previous experience in a university counseling center.
  • Certification by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Commensurate with education and experience.


A letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references with contact information should be uploaded to Preference will be given to completed applications received by 10/2/2023; applications received after this date are welcomed but will be considered as needed.

Questions or inquiries can be directed to Anna Forba, Administrative Aide at