Senior Counseling Advisor

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Posting title
Senior Counseling Advisor

Roles and responsibilities
Must be authorized to work in the United States
W2 with full benefits
Some travel may be required
Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen  

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Human Resources Advisor to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term position which offers:
- Competitive salary
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
• Advise trainees on issues that impact success in research environments including, but not lim-ited to, wellness, resilience, diversity and inclusion, identity formation, stereotype threat, the impact of imposter fears and other cognitive distortions, and problems resulting from cross cultural mentoring.
• Meet individually with trainees and staff to discuss wellness and emotional health issues; as-sist trainees with developing wellness strategies before stressful issues are encountered.
• Participate in the coordination of services for trainees dealing with acute stressors, includ-ing workplace conflict, family issues, emerging identities, and health concerns.
• Develop and deliver wellness/resiliency workshops.
• Facilitate small group discussions, including leading guided mediations and/or journaling sessions.
• Write blog posts on wellness and resilience topics.
• Develop educational materials around wellness and resilience.
• Support the work of the NIH anti-harassment program by working collaboratively with colleagues in the OITE, leaders in other NIH offices, and off-campus colleagues and partners.

Required Skills:
• Master’s Degree or doctoral degree in a field such as clinical or counseling psychology, social work, HR management, student services, or a related discipline
• Minimum of four years of relevant experience in counseling or advising; health, wellness, and/or resilience training, or student services
• Demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues and proven ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups; experience serving a diverse community
• Previous experience working with students (high school, college, and/or graduate/professional school students), providing counseling, student health, and/or social work support
• Well-developed understanding of normal and abnormal human development
• Experience advising individuals who are highly emotional or experiencing crisis
• Experience with mental health crisis intervention and management, e.g., suicide prevention and intervention, sexual assault survivor support, crime victim advocacy, and responses to food insecurity, and/or homelessness
• Experience applying best practices for and current knowledge of legal/procedural regulations related to management of trainees in crisis
• An understanding of, and appreciation for, the process of scientific research and its stresses
• Commitment to counseling/advising ethics
• A warm and engaging manner that projects acceptance and respect
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral
• Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations
• Independence, initiative, thoroughness, and attention to detail
• Ability to multi-task and work in a highly interactive team environment
• A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office and the ability to master new computer applications and content management systems easily

Desired Skills:
• Knowledge of major issues in STEM education and career issues specific to biomedical training from the postbac to postdoc levels
• Working knowledge of college development and mental health resources
• Experience providing consultation to college faculty, staff, and administration

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