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Staff Counselor

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
  • Job Code
    174988112

Amherst College


Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Regular
Full time
JR2643

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Staff Counselor position. The Staff Counselor is a full-time, year-round position starting at $84,531-commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

About the Counseling Center and Amherst College

The Counseling Center provides a variety of services including individual and group counseling, psychiatry services, case management, mental health promotion and preventative services, consultation, and teaching. These services are designed to help a diverse set of students overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope effectively with them, understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices. The Counseling Center operates within a developmental philosophy and a brief therapy model, and this position must work with a diverse student body within these two frames.

Amherst College is a highly selective, residential liberal arts college with a very diverse body - almost 50% are students of color from the US; 10% are international; 40% come from low-income families; 18% identify as LBGTQ+; and 20% have registered disabilities with 2/3's being mental health or learning disabilities. Consequently, this clinician must be able to provide culturally appropriate interventions and understand how systemic forms of oppression that students face, both historically and currently, intersect with and impact mental health.

About the Position:

The Staff Counselor is a 12-month, full-time position that reports to the Associate Director of Clinical Services. An essential role for this clinician will be to support student communities of color by providing clinical and educational services to help students address the mental health and developmental challenges they face in their personal and academic lives. The Counseling Center provides a variety of services including individual and group counseling, psychiatry services, case management, mental health promotion and preventative services, consultation, and teaching. These services are designed to help students overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope effectively with them, improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the intersections of their identities, create and maintain satisfying relationships, foster a sense of meaning and purpose, and make healthy life and career choices. The Counseling Center operates within a developmental philosophy and a brief therapy model, and candidates must demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse student body within these two frames.

In light of the Counseling Center's deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this position provides a unique opportunity for the clinician to hone their multicultural clinical skills in support of the overall goal of mental health and wellness in students from marginalized communities.

Summary of Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include conducting evidenced-based, culturally appropriate intakes and clinical assessments, individual and group counseling, urgent care, on-call services1-3 weeks a semester, and coordinating care with our psychiatric staff and case manager. This staff member will need excellent clinical skills as a generalist, as well as specialty skills in working with adolescents and young adults. This must include experience working with typical mental illnesses that emerge in this stage of development (e.g. bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and other major mental illnesses) as well as the normative developmental concerns college students typically experiences (e.g. identity, relationships, and meaning and purpose). Because more than half the students we serve are of color, international, and/or queer, this staff member must be highly skilled in working with racial identity development and intersectionality, and understand the ways in which systems of oppression affect students' mental health. In addition to clinical services, this position also provides preventative and educational outreach initiatives. We value wrap-around care, and candidates must be comfortable working across disciplines.

This position, along with all the Counseling Center staff, works toward building and sustaining a center that meets the needs of both individual students and the College community as a whole. We recognize that all of our practitioners bring different gifts and try to assign work from a strengths-based perspective, thus allowing people to grow professionally in ways that best fit their talents and skills. Strong commitments to (1) holistic approaches to student development, (2) understanding current issues facing students of color in historically white institutions (3) interdisciplinary treatment models, (4) the development of on-going, personal and professional multicultural competence, (5) collaboration across the College community and (6) a strong work ethic are necessary to succeed in the position.

Qualifications

Required:
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or related field from an APA-accredited program and internship OR Masters in Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited program is required.
  • Currently licensed, or eligible for licensure in the state of MA as a Psychologist within 18 months of employment, OR as a LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, or related license in the state of MA within 6 months of employment.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional counseling experience
  • Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse student body in culturally competent ways using trauma-informed practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in addressing race and racism
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings


Preferred:
  • Experience working with diverse populations including, but not limited to: communities of color, LGBTQIA, people of different ethnicities and International status, first generation, low-income, people with disabilities, and/or intersectionalities of these identities.
  • Work experience in college or university settings and/or in community mental health
  • Group therapy experience with students of color


Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure itmeets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2022-04-23 Expires: 2022-05-24

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