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Staff Counselor

Health and Counseling


 The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) is looking for a compassionate and driven 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. This position reports to the Director of Counseling Services. 

 A successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: providing direct clinical services to Asian American, Pacific Islander, LatinX, indigenous/first nations, LGBT+ or other underrepresented groups, substance use, eating disorders, autism spectrum, or trangender and non binary identifying people.  

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. 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. The annual salary for this position is $64,612.00 

This is not a remote position since Reed is a residential campus and community is important to education. 

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.
  • You have strong clinical and crisis management skills. 
  • You have an understanding of trauma and trauma awareness.
  • You understand the developmental challenges of late adolescent aged students. 
  • You are passionate about your work and your area of expertise.
  • 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 and you are not afraid to challenge the system.
  • You are aware of your audience and adapt your communication style appropriately.
  • You have at least one year of experience providing services to clients.
  • You have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counselor Education, Marriage and Family Therapy or related field. 
  • You have a current Oregon license (LCSW, LPC, LMFT). 

What You’ll Do

  • Provide culturally responsive and identity informed individual and group counseling. 
  • 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. 
  • Develop and foster strong professional relationships with Reed staff and programs that focus on serving students with marginalized identities (e.g. Multicultural Resource Center and Community-engaged learning, etc.)  
  • Develop, evaluate and modify treatment plans for students who present 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  of clinical 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 achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked 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.