Addiction and Prevention Coordinator Diversity

Penn State Harrisburg,

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
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Last Posted:

Fri, Jun 28th, '24


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Start Date:

August 8, 2024

Last Updated:

Fri, Jun 28th, '24

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  • Full Time

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the 12-month position of Addiction and Prevention Coordinator, Mental Health Counselor – Senior Professional at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). We are seeking a trauma-informed mental health clinician who has training, expertise, and experience counseling with the unique needs of clients who present as high-risk and or with addictive behavior concerns that may include substance misuse (alcohol, other drugs, or nicotine), a combination of misused substances, or behavioral addictions (including but not limited to): gambling, gaming, internet use, sexual activity, exercise, food, and eating restriction. Reporting to the Director of Counseling and Disability Resources, the Coordinator provides mental health support services and prevention programming to students with focus on addictive behaviors and high-risk mental health presentations at Penn State Harrisburg.

The successful candidate will have high cultural competency in clinical, outreach, supervision, training, and experience serving diverse populations, with professional experience providing trauma-informed addiction counseling and serving high-risk clients from historically marginalized identities. The Coordinator will develop and provide addiction and psychological prevention programs and trauma-informed mental health services to Penn State Harrisburg students. This position trains and supervises our NASPA certified peer educator’s student Peer Advocates for Wellness Services (PAWS) Ambassadors program at CAPS in collaboration with Student Health Services and Student Disability Resources. The Coordinator also participates in supervising graduate-level trainees and supervising counselors seeking licensure (if independently licensed).

CAPS supports students through high-quality and accessible responsive care and prevention. We promote students’ diverse well-being through psychological, outreach, case management, and consultation services. We provide training to emerging mental health professionals and supervision to those seeking licensure. We are committed to excellence in psychological services by promoting student safety and identity affirming emotional growth and academic success.

CAPS, a unit of Student Affairs, is committed to the holistic growth of our students. Inclusion, diversity, and equity are the cornerstones of the mission and goals of Penn State Harrisburg Student Affairs. To honor our diverse student population, we value that personal lived experiences and identities impact our professional work and the ways in which we engage with our students, campus partners, and community. As our CAPS department is focused on working with identity intersectionality of our diverse students, having one or more shared diverse identities is valued and we highly encourage members of these groups to apply.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide brief trauma-informed individual, couples and group counseling, assessment, crisis counseling, and case management services for undergraduate and graduate students seeking help for emotional and behavioral concerns, with focus on addictive behaviors and high-risk concerns.
  • Coordinate provision of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Cannabis Screening and Education for College Students (CASECS) curriculum at CAPS for residential students referred in violation of substance use policies.
  • Train and supervise the certified Peer Advocates for Wellness Services (PAWS) Ambassador student workers that assist with outreach, peer education, and promotion.
  • Develop and lead addiction and mental health outreach prevention programming.
  • Partner with supervisor and other campus staff to coordinate urgent mental health crisis services.
  • Participate in counselor duty or “on call” access coverage during regular business hours.
  • Assist director with coordinating clinical coverage schedules.
  • Consult with faculty, staff, parents, and others on issues of student care and concern.
  • Participate in CAPS graduate training program activities such as providing trainee seminars and contributing during the trainee selection process.
  • Maintain current, accurate and timely clinical documentation in accordance with state and federal law, professional ethics, and CAPS policies.
  • Prepare campus DFSCA Biennial Review Report under Health Wellness and Promotion department.
  • Participate in CAPS and university committees as assigned.
  • Participate in clinical supervision and weekly clinical case consultation at CAPS.
  • Independent licensure in Pennsylvania or ability to obtain independent state licensure within 6 months of hire.
  • Actively participate in professional associations and training sessions.

The college’s academic units are divided into five schools: Behavioral Sciences and Education; Business Administration; Humanities; Public Affairs; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. The college employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and staff, and roughly 500 part-time employees to carry out its mission to be a premier college of The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about the college please visit

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

For more information about CAPS, please visit our website:

  • Masters’ degree or higher in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work from an accredited program.
  • Licensed or license eligible in Pennsylvania as a Social Worker or equivalent in Psychology or Counseling.
  • Strong trauma-informed clinical skills.
  • Experience in handling crisis situations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Team oriented and highly collaborative.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail.
  • Direct clinical experience serving clients with addictive behavior and high-risk concerns.
  • Experience and knowledge of relevant cultural factors and the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of identity-specific students.
  • Evidence of cultural humility, advocacy, and commitment to authentic relationship building serving diverse populations.
  • Ability to work independently in the United States is required for employment.
  • Candidates must provide successful Child Abuse Reporting clearances, FBI Fingerprinting, and state criminal background checks prior to hire. 
  • Appropriate licensure must be obtained/maintained according to PA laws.
  • Bilingual or multilingual clinical skills.
  • Supervision experience and program coordination in a mental health setting.
  • Experience in a university counseling center.
  • Experience working in a time-limited model of care with clients presenting in acute distress.
  • Familiarity with BASICS/CASECS programs.
  • Experience and strong interest in providing outreach presentations and psychotherapy clinical group work.
  • Experience with providing mental health services to identity-specific communities in a clinical setting (LGBTQ, BIPOC, Latinx/Latine, APIDA, international, First Generation).
  • Independent licensure in Pennsylvania preferred (LPC, LCSW, LP).
  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, or the Masters Addiction Counselor (MAC) designations.
  • Experience with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) trainings.
  • NASPA Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Trainer Certification. 

The salary range for this position, including all possible grades is:

$61,800.00 - $89,600.00

Salary Structure - additional information on Penn State's job and salary structure.


A cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your education and experience:

  • (a) identify your interest in the role of Addiction and Prevention Coordinator,
  • (b) meet the qualifications (and, as applicable, the preferred qualifications),
  • (c) share your contribution to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and belonging, and
  • (d) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described in the posting.

Curriculum vitae or resume including work history, education, and training.

Contact information of three professional references (including one current or past supervisor).