Iowa City, Iowa

The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked medical school where students learn to become accomplished clinicians and top-flight researchers and educators. Students come to Iowa to study medicine in a program that uses case-based learning as the basis of their education. With its emphasis on problem-solving skills, early exposure to patients, and enhanced community-based experiences, UI medical students typically earn impressive scores on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and successfully “match” with top-quality residency programs around the country.

The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Department Summary:

The Medical Student Counseling Center in the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine serves approximately 700 medical and physician assistant students.  The Center provides counseling services and outreach programs to enhance medical and physician assistant students’ mental health and well-being, fostering personal, academic and career success in a confidential and safe environment.  The Center is committed to professionalism, excellence, and creating an inclusive community within the Carver College of Medicine.

Position Summary :

Address psychological/mental health needs of medical and physician assistant students through individual, group and/or couples counseling. Offer individual and group career guidance. Collaborate with Learning Specialist as needed to support student academic success. Develop and implement outreach programming aimed at improving students’ well-being including coordinating suicide prevention and gatekeeper training programs, the monthly Mental Health Matters newsletter, and the Peer Mentor Program. Complete disability accommodations intakes and take part in coordinating accommodations.  Advocate for the needs of students from a range of diverse groups within the healthcare enterprise. Collaborate with other mental health professionals in planning and providing services.  Consult with administrators, faculty and staff in supporting students. Participate in OSAC-sponsored activities and serve on committees as assigned.  Participate in learning community and student outreach activities to promote the counseling unit in the student population.  Occasional weekend or evening hours required for some special events programming. 

Position Responsibilities :

1)  Counseling and Assessment : Determine and address emotional and behavioral needs of medical and physician assistant students through individual, group and/or couples counseling. Manage emergent crises. Facilitate prevention efforts aimed at enhancing psychological health and well-being.

2)  Disability Accommodations : Coordinate disability accommodations for assigned qualifying students, as determined by the Disability Accommodations Committee, in accordance with federal law.

3)  Career Counseling : Provide individual career guidance. Create and implement career development and decision-making workshops. Collaborate with faculty to provide information and mentorship on specialty selection and residency match. Develop initiatives to supplement the Careers in Medicine program provided to students by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Serve as instructor for Career Life Planning elective.

4)  Outreach : Promote Medical Student Counseling Center services to students and provide information about services to members of the Carver College of Medicine/ UIHC community and external constituencies. Offer psycho-educational programming for students designed to improve wellbeing and support mental health. Coordinating suicide prevention programming and provide QPR gatekeeper training.  Develop and oversee publication of a monthly Mental Health Matters newsletter.  Coordinate the Peer Mentor Program.  Participate in activities, events, and committees as a representative of the Medical Student Counseling Center and as a member of the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum.

5)  Advocacy:  Demonstrate competency in working with students, faculty and staff from a full range of diverse groups. Respond to student concerns on both an individual and systemic level and offer appropriate resources. Contribute to building and sustaining a culturally sensitive and responsive learning environment through personal reflection and professional development; individual, group, and community interactions; and assessment of counseling center policies and practices.

6)  Consultation : Collaborate with other mental health professionals in planning and providing services and making appropriate referrals. Assist administrators, faculty and staff in meeting the needs of students while maintaining essential professional boundaries.

Design and present psycho-educational sessions for students enrolled in the Introduction to Medical Education at Iowa program.

Develop, implement, and monitor curricula for faculty advisors aimed at enhancing their general and career counseling skills (workshops, written materials, etc.)

Develop, implement and monitor curricula aimed at enhancing medical students’ psychological health and well-being (stress management, balancing family and career, maintaining relationships, substance use, gender-based concerns, etc.

In conjunction with College of Medicine, University and National resources and organizations, work with the director to develop, disseminate, and update College of Medicine policies, protocols, and guidelines regarding medical and physician assistant student mental health.  Provide information to internal and external constituencies on responding to academic and mental health needs of professional students.  Serve on pertinent committees as assigned.

ICARE Values:

I nnovation: We seek creative ways to solve problems.  Contributes original and resourceful ideas in brainstorming sessions. Sees opportunities for creative problem solving while staying within the parameters of good practice.  Thinks in terms of desired outcomes, not just reactive, quick solutions. 

C ollaboration :  We believe teamwork is the best way to work. Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables. Responds in a prompt and friendly manner to requests and inquiries.  Demonstrates flexibility by adapting to changes in priorities and the work environment. 

A ccountability: We behave ethically, act openly and with integrity in all that we do, taking responsibility for our actions. Meets assigned deadlines without additional prompting by supervisor or others. Displays a positive and professional image of UI Health Care to others.

R espect: We honor diversity and recognize the worth and dignity of every person. Works effectively with individuals from all backgrounds.  Demonstrates tact and diplomacy when resolving conflicts, addressing concerns directly with the individual(s) involved.

E xcellence: We strive to achieve excellence in all that we do.  Contributes to a positive work environment through their interactions with others.  Takes initiative to learn higher level skills that enhance ability to contribute to the organization.  Looks for opportunities to help move a project along; volunteers to help others with projects or assignments.

University Competencies:

Positive Impact/Achieving Results : Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

• Extensive: Ensures time, resources, energy, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace. Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for reaching goals and desired results; ensures team is developed to address future needs. Ensures compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents. Demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus :  Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.  Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

• Extensive: Enhances service by seeking ways to add value to customer interactions/services. Demonstrates sincere concern and takes responsibility when a customer complains, even if the cause of the problem lies elsewhere. Listens to feedback without defensiveness and uses it to enhance communication effectiveness. Communicates in alternative ways to accommodate different listeners.

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity :  Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

• Extensive: Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships within and outside of own area and background. Identifies and resolves disagreements/conflicts in early stages. Promotes a safe, equitable, respectful environment in which concerns can be addressed effectively. Recommends changes to work practices and policies to promote transparency and approachability.


Clinical and administrative supervision is received from the Director of Medical Student Counseling Center and the Assistant and Associate Deans for Medical Student Affairs and Curriculum.


Functional and administrative supervision is exercised over assigned support staff and peer mentors.

Classification Title:  PJB3 Senior Behavioral Health Clinician

Department:  Medicine Administration–OSAC (Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum)

Pay Grade: ­5A

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The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including 24 days paid vacation per year to start and paid sick leave. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: .

Percent of Time:  100%

Staff Type:  Professional & Scientific

Type of Position:  Regular

Driver’s License required : No

Application Process:  In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position. Job openings are posted for a minimum of  14  calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on September 25th. For questions or additional information, please contact Doreen Thomas ( or Jessica Frahm ( .

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential check.

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization. Position Qualifications:

Education Required

A master’s or doctoral degree or equivalent education and experience in counseling psychology, counseling, counselor education, or related field is required.  A Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology or a closely related field is desirable.  The successful candidate must be licensed or license eligible in the state of Iowa as a psychologist, mental health counselor, or mental health professional in a closely related field.  Possession of a valid State of Iowa mental health provider license is required at time of hire, except for Psychologists who must obtain a license within 12 months of hire date. License must be maintained as a condition of continued employment in addition to degree specified. 

Experience Requirements

1) Reasonable, independent experience (1-3 years) working as a psychologist, professional counselor or mental health professional in a closely related field.

2) Experience serving a college or graduate student population – providing counseling, academic advising, career guidance and/or outreach programs.

3) Demonstrated skill at building and maintaining helping relationships – counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, and/or supervision.

4) Demonstrated skill at building and maintaining collaborative, collegial relationships – teamwork and leadership.

5) Expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning; and the capacity to implement therapeutic interventions.

6) Evidence of a commitment to diversity and competence in working with a range of people from diverse groups.

Desirable Qualifications

1) Experience providing counseling to graduate and professional students or healthcare professionals.

2) Experience developing outreach or psycho-educational programming.

3) Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are desirable.

4) Reasonable (1-3 years) experience in public speaking within a university setting is desirable.  The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gend

Iowa City, Iowa

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