Become a CIR

Application Process

Applications are not currenty being accepted.

Summary of Position

Responsibilities of the Counselors-In-Residence (CIR) encompass:

  • General consultation and referral services
  • Staff training and consultation
  • Recruitment and supervision of counseling interns (CI)
  • Developmental programs for residents

Primary responsibilities include consultation with students in response to personal, social, institutional and developmental needs.

It is also expected that CIRs provide weekly supervision of counseling interns in conjunction with counseling and psychological services senior staff as assigned.

In addition, the CIR advises and trains the residence hall staff regarding the psychological needs of the students. This includes strategies to intervene for various situations that may take place in the halls.

Based on the residence hall staff or student assessed needs, CIRs serve as a resource or presenter on topics including, but not limited to

  • Eating disorders
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Alcohol/substance abuse

CIRs carry an average caseload of 8-10 clients at a time.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related field and be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

Applicants should have at least one to two years of experience in clinical counseling and adhere to ethics and professional standards.


It is expected that the CIRs have a flexible schedule and are available for periodic training during the summer months and for staff meetings during the academic year.

The amount of time devoted to any one area varies week to week, but does not exceed graduate assistant expectations of 20 hours per week.


The assistant director for student outreach provides administrative Housing supervision for the work of the CIR.

A Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) senior staff is responsible for supervision of CIR interaction with students and clinical services.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information sexual orientation or gender identity.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Background Check/Drug Screen Statement

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background, sex offender registry check and drug screening background check.

A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position.

Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.