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Staff Counselor

Health and Counseling


The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at Reed College is accepting applications for a Staff Counselor who focuses on providing services to support the success and mental well-being of students. Clinical services will include conducting initial assessments, providing individual and group therapy/workshops, consultation, outreach, programming, and collaboration with campus partners. We have two open staff counselor positions we hope to fill. This position reports to the Director of Counseling Services. 

This successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: substance use, eating disorders, Autism, providing direct clinical services to indigenous/first nations, LatinX, Asian American, Pacific Islander or other underrepresented groups. 

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 working August through May with regular hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Annual pay for this position is $62,730. 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.

Who You are

  • You show compassion. You are kind and empathic to both clients and colleagues with an innate desire to help people.
  • 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 understand with enthusiasm the unique challenges facing college students, and understand the developmental stages of a college student and the challenges that arise. 
  • Demonstrated strong clinical and crisis management skills, including ability to work with high acuity students with complex mental health needs.
  • You have demonstrated understanding of trauma and trauma awareness.
  • You have a well-grounded understanding and interest of your area of expertise and 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, International Student Services and Disability Access Resources. You like partnering with others who are not clinicians.  
  • You have one year of experience providing services to clients.
  • You are licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Oregon in respective discipline within one-year of employment.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide culturally responsive and identity-informed individual and group counseling, with prioritization of clinical service provision to  your specific area of expertise.
  • 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  students.
  • Incorporate an understanding of the ways in which identity, privilege and oppression affect therapeutic service delivery. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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?
  • How do you think your clinical focus will contribute to the counseling team at Reed?

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. 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 is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.