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Care Advocate

Central Michigan University

Job Description

Care Advocate

Position Number: 68050
Type of Recruitment: External

Position Summary:
This position acts as a consultant to the Office of Residence Life when concerned for the health, safety, and well-being of students living on campus. In order to support staff and students, the Care Advocate (CA) provides staff consultation and training, assists with crisis intervention, provides case management support for students, and collaborates with staff to implement proactive prevention efforts. The CA may also provide personal and group counseling.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree, preferably in social work or counseling.
One year of experience in personal counseling.
Licensed or eligible to be licensed as a mental health provider in the State of Michigan.
Comfort with consultation model, crisis intervention, triage, and case management.
High degree of personal and professional integrity, a strong sense of ethics, and respect for privacy and confidentiality.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and strong human relation skills.
Willingness to serve on university committees aimed at prevention of mental health issues.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working in higher education, preferably within residence life, student conduct, crisis management, or case management.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive and confidential situations.
Strong documentation and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities.
Ability to maintain neutrality and work under stress.
Knowledge of case management system software (e.g. Advocate).

Duties & Responsibilities:
Provides support, consultation, and information to Residence Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, and Multicultural Advisors.
Provides assessment (triage) for students in crisis or needing support, including appropriate referrals to university or community mental health services.
Provides short-term case management to support student well-being and engagement.
Provides continued updates on students of concern to Residence Life professional staff and Care Team.
Provides information to students about campus and community resources and information on current mental health topics.
Consults with parents of students seeking information about student well-being and support services.
Maintains appropriate documentation i.e. clinical notes and core service stats.
Provides individual and group counseling services for students.
Provides monthly reports and an end of the year annual report on the CA core service activity.
Brings to the attention of Residence Life (CA Program Manager or Assistant/Associate Director) any serious university situation which may impact students in a negative way.
Participates with University-wide prevention programs related to alcohol abuse/misuse, eating concerns, mental health awareness, etc.
Attends Residence Life staff meetings as needed.
Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised:

Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level:
Pay Range: Per pay estimate: $2,375 - $2,825
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Residence Life
Position Status: Regular
Position End Date:
Employment Status: Full Time
FTE: 0.75
Position Type: 9 month (Academic Year)
Weekly Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm; evenings and weekends as necessary (9-month position).
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Posting Ends:
Open Until Filled: Yes

About the Department:

About CMU:
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU Leadership Standards:
Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.

Message to Applicants:
Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

To apply, visit https://www.jobs.cmich.edu/postings/37502

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE).
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CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.
CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Email: titleix@cmich.edu

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