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Staff Counselor

Health and Counseling

The Staff Counselor is a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), or licensed professional counselor (LPC) who provides short term counseling/therapy and crisis intervention to a vibrant community of Reed College students. As members of the Student Life Division, Staff Counselors also work with campus departments such as Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR), Sexual Health, Advocacy, and Relationship Education (SHARE), and the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) to provide outreach services to students who identify as members of historically targeted, minoritized, marginalized, and/or under-represented communities. Staff Counselors ensure that issues of equity and social justice are considered in all assessment, treatment, referral, and outreach services provided. In discharging these duties these clinicians are keenly sensitive to issues of gender and gender identity, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, socioeconomic status and other multicultural, intersecting identities and have demonstrated experience and skill in working with young adults from diverse backgrounds. 

All the staff counselors’ activities are performed within the standards and ethical principles of their professional organization, as well as applicable legal mandates for mental health professionals in the State of Oregon, and in service of the Reed College mission.

This is an exempt position working 10 months out of the year, August through May. Typical working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $61,500, depending on licensure. 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), 18 days of paid vacation, paid holidays and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You retain the interests of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc., at all times at the very core of your work with students and other staff.
  • You demonstrate skill in working with the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults including mood disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related presentations.
  • You are self-aware and continue to develop your awareness, understanding your own social positioning, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege.
  • You have strong crisis management skills, including the ability to work with high acuity students with complex mental health needs such as substance use and abuse issues, suicidality, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and sexual assault.
  • You have demonstrated experience and expertise in multicultural counseling, Black student issues, gender and sexuality, particularly with trans and non-binary populations, substance use and abuse issues, men and masculinity, eating disorders and anxiety disorders, working with survivors of sexual assault.
  • You have some experience with group therapy, outreach and prevention campaigns.
  • You are able to utilize a trauma-informed approach with students from minoritized and marginalized backgrounds and displays an ongoing commitment to equitable and inclusive practices. 
  • You are collaborative, using excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills with colleagues across multiple disciplines.
  • You are experienced and knowledgeable providing a broad range of psychotherapy and counseling methods within a time-limited scope of service, including best practices in college counseling.
  • You have experience working with electronic health records, Medicat preferred.

What You’ll Do

  • Completes intake assessments and engages in individual and group counseling and psychotherapy utilizing a brief treatment model.
  • Designs and implements multiculturally-oriented and inclusive outreach programs, therapeutic groups, and skills-building workshops.
  • Develops, evaluates and modifies treatment plans for students presenting with concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use and abuse, and disordered eating. 
  • Counsels students on relationship problems, family concerns, academic difficulties, and issues related to intersecting identities.
  • Participates 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.
  • Provides mental health consultation for various campus departments and divisions, with a focus on multicultural inclusivity and cross-culturally relevant programming. 
  • Conducts case management and case disposition, risk assessment, and crisis intervention for students with a wide range of presentations. 


MA, MFT, MSW in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or related field or a PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with a valid and unencumbered professional license in the state of Oregon. A minimum of 1 year experience, with 3 years preferred, providing counseling and psychological services with demonstrated clinical experience using a brief therapy model. Previous experience working in a college counseling or higher education setting preferred.

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.

Reed College’s goal is to reply 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.