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Staff Counselor: Black and African American Student Focus

Health and Counseling


The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at Reed College is accepting applications for a Staff Counselor - Black and African American Student Focus, who focuses on providing services to support the success and mental well-being of Black/African-American students through the provision of clinical services. These services include conducting initial assessments, providing individual and group therapy/workshops, consultation, outreach, programming, and collaboration with campus partners. As with all Counseling Services staff, this position serves as a generalist, providing a full range of clinical services to the larger Reed student population. 

The creation of this position is a part of Reed College’s commitment to antiracism and social justice. The successful candidate has a comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of Black/African-American young adults or students, particularly in predominantly white institutions. Understanding the impact of racial stress, racial trauma, anti-Blackness, Black identity development, multiracial identity, and systemic racism will be critical to success in this position.

Candidates from marginalized groups or groups historically underrepresented in higher education are highly encouraged to apply. 

This is a full-time, exempt, 10-month position August through May with regular working hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting annual salary for this position is $61,500. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays and many other campus amenities.

Who You Are

  • You are excellent at building rapport with Black clients. Your clients trust you. 
  • You are committed to rebuilding trust and maintaining trust, once established.
  • You prefer to incorporate non-Western ideology and philosophy in your approach to psychotherapy, i.e. awareness of integration of body, mind, and spirit; awareness of somatic practices; appreciation for the power and value of the collective and collective healing.  
  • You are committed to building and fostering community. 
  • You are self-reflective. Others would say you are able to reflect on past mistakes and understand the harms that have occurred, then take that information, sit with it and move forward purposefully.  
  • You are collaborative and excited to work closely with the multicultural resources center, peer mentors, peer health advocates, and other campus partners.
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • You are committed to social justice and intervening in acts of anti-Blackness. You are not afraid to challenge the system.
  • You show compassion. You are empathic with an innate desire to help young people.
  • You understand with enthusiasm the unique challenges facing college students, and understand the impact of those challenges in being a Black student. 

What You’ll Do

  • With a focus on Black/African-American individuals, incorporate an understanding of the ways in which race, ethnic identity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, privilege and oppression affect therapeutic service delivery.
  • Provide culturally responsive and identity-informed individual and group counseling, with prioritization of clinical service provision to Black/African-American students. Completes intake assessments and engages in individual and group counseling and psychotherapy utilizing a brief treatment model.
  • Design and implement multiculturally-oriented and inclusive outreach programs, therapeutic groups, and skills-building workshops, with a focus on holistic wellness of Black/African-American students.
  • Foster strong professional relationships with Reed staff and programs who focus on serving students with marginalized identities (e.g. Multicultural Resource Center, Community-engaged learning, etc.)  
  • Provide mental health consultation for various campus departments and divisions, with a focus on multicultural inclusivity and cross-culturally relevant programming, helping the Reed community better understand and support the mental health needs of Black/African-American students. 
  • Develop, evaluate and modify treatment plans for students presenting with concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use and abuse, and disordered eating. 
  • Participate in after hours on-call crisis intervention during the academic year on a rotational basis with other counseling providers and occasionally on an as-needed basis.
  • Complete administrative responsibilities in a timely manner, including preparation for clinical work and completion of necessary documentation utilizing the electronic health record.

Qualifications

LPC, LCSW, MA, MFT, or MSW in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or related fields; Or a PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. And one year of experience providing mental health services to Black & African-American clients.

Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Oregon in the respective discipline within one-year of employment.

Experience providing outreach programming focused on the mental health needs of Black/African-American people with an applied understanding of the stages of Racial Identity Development of Black/African-American people. Demonstrated strong clinical and crisis management skills, including ability to work with high acuity students with complex mental health needs.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following: 

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Initial review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021 and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.