Ave Maria University

Job Posting for Position of COUNSELOR


Posted:  05/24/2021:  Accepting applications until filled
Location: Ave Maria, FL
Category: Mental Health Counseling
Employee Type: Full Time Employee or two part-times to equal one FTE
Classification:  Exempt Professional
Experience: 2 – 4 years
Education: Master’s Degree

Ave Maria University is accepting applications for a full time mental health Counselor.  The University will also consider two part time candidates as well.

Reporting to the Director of Residence Life/Dean of Students, the  Counselor provides direct clinical mental health counseling services to students in all university programs, including intake assessments, individual, couples, and group counseling, and crisis intervention. Counseling Services is a unit within the larger Division of Student Affairs at Ave Maria University that offers a range of confidential services to support the mental health needs of students, and provides outreach and prevention services to guide students in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Provides direct clinical services within a predominantly short-term model.
Performs risk assessment and crisis intervention.
Facilitates referrals to community providers for students requiring specialized or intensive, long-term treatment.
Develops and presents outreach programs to students on a variety of topics related to mental health and wellness.
Maintains accurate and timely documentation for all clinical interactions and consultations.
Follows policies and procedures consistent with state mental health laws and ethical guidelines.
Participates in continuing education and professional development activities consistent with state licensure requirements.
Participates in direct supervision and case consultation meetings.
Performs other job-related duties and special projects as required.
Master’s degree in psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or clinical social work.

Must be licensed in the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Clinical Social Worker, or able to secure licensure within one month of employment at Ave Maria University.

A minimum of two years of post- graduate experience is required. Experience providing counseling services in a university counseling center is preferred.

Expertise in clinical assessment, crisis intervention, and the prevention and evidence based treatment of mental health concerns relevant to a college population. Must have a strong commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church and be committed to providing counseling services that are reflective of Christianity. Proficiency in using electronic health record systems, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

TO APPLY: Online applications through the University’s talent management portal link provided below are required.  Have all requested application materials prepared in advance.

Please upload your resume, cover letter addressed to the attention of Mr. Ryan Welch, Director of Residence Life/Dean of Students, and list of three references with their contact information by copying and pasting the below url to your web browser:  


Ave Maria University provides an excellent benefit package to full time faculty and staff.

Ave Maria University does not discriminate in employment opportunities, practices or the terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.  The University offers thirty undergraduate B.A./B.S. degrees in addition to an M.A. and Ph.D. in theology, and is located in Southwestern Florida in the town of Ave Maria.

For more information about Ave Maria University please visit our website:   www.avemaria.edu

The town of Ave Maria is Southwest Florida’s newest hometown, built around the Ave Maria University and the Ave Maria Parish.  A small, safe, and family oriented community with affordable housing, yet just 45 minutes away you will discover all the treasures of Naples, Florida with its sugar-sand beaches, cultural attractions such as Artis Naples, the Sugden Community Theater, and a large array of shopping and dining choices.   For more information on the community please visit this link:  http://www.avemaria.com/community/location

About Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.”