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Staff Counselor: Intersectional Student Focus

Health and Counseling

The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at Reed College is accepting applications for a Staff Counselor - Intersectional Student Focus who focuses on providing services to support the success and mental well-being of students who identify at the intersection of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual  +  and Black/African American, Indigenous/First Nations, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and other underrepresented students through the provision of clinical services. These services will 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 individual will also be 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. This successful candidate has a comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC young adults or students, particularly in predominantly white institutions. Understanding the impact of homophobia, transphobia, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, racial stress, racial trauma, and systems of oppression 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 self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • You are committed to community engagement, both within the campus community and the larger Portland area to help clients access resources. It is important to you to go beyond the traditional treatment room. 
  • 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 developmental stages of a college student and the challenges that arise. 
  • You have demonstrated understanding of trauma and trauma awareness pertaining to  intersectional students. 
  • You have a well-grounded understanding of the issues that LGBTQIA and students of color face with a strong skill set to address these issues.
  • You understand specific issues related to this work, such as marginalization, social inequities, prejudice, discrimination.
  • You are committed to social justice and advocating for students. You are not afraid to challenge the system.
    You are team-oriented and working in an interdisciplinary setting helps you thrive.  
  • You are collaborative. You look forward to working with departments such as the Multicultural Resource Center and  Disability Access Resources. You like partnering with others who are not clinicians.  
  • You are able to identify and communicate the mental health impact of discrimination of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC people. 

What You’ll Do

  • With a focus on LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC 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  LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC students. Complete intake assessments and engage 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  LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC 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  LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC 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.


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 services to LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC clients.

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

Experience providing outreach programming focused on the mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC people with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and intervening in acts of discrimination against marginalized groups. 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 12, 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.