Mental Health Counselor

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Company Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

Read a message from State University of New York at Fredonia's President.

Job Description:

The Counseling Center at The State University of New York at Fredonia seeks a full-time, 10-month Mental Health Counselor (Counselor, SL3) to join our team beginning the 2017-2018 academic year.  The mission of the Counseling Center is to promote intellectual, social, and emotional development that fosters academic and personal success within the context of a global and culturally diverse society.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Reporting to the Director of Counseling, the successful candidate will:

  • The Mental Health Counselor will have specific interest and experience providing clinical services for and outreach to students who are often marginalized and minoritized. While there is a focus on working with students of color, international, MOGII/LGBTQ*, first generation, and students with disabilities, this clinician will provide services to ALL students. Responsibilities include providing individual and group counseling, treating students with developmental and mental health concerns.
  • ?Maintain strict adherence to the ethical principles, standards, and guidelines of the American Counseling Association and state laws, rules and regulations of NY State Office of the Professions, and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement preventive, educational, and outreach programming to students who are often marginalized or minoritized. Includes occasional evening and weekend service.  
  • Provide embedded clinical services in the Intercultural Center and work with the Director of the IC to provide outreach and mentoring to students.
  • Provide crisis counseling with students in need of immediate intervention; conduct mental status assessments and make appropriate recommendations regarding student psychological welfare and substance use behaviors. Rotating emergency on-call hours are required.  
  • Keep timely, appropriate, and accurate clinical records; demonstrate computing skills, proficient typing skills, and comfort using electronic medical records and scheduling software.  
  • Provide consultation to the campus community, including staff, faculty, parents, and students; work in support of campus efforts through service on committees and projects.
  • Participate in departmental meetings, group supervision, and continuing education; continuously seek to improve the quality of services.
  • Serve a diverse population of students in an inclusive and multiculturally competent manner.  
  • Participate in committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession.
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.



  • NYS Licensed Counseling or Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or full license (LMHC) or license eligible as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York within two years of hire date (completed Master's degree in a mental health discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with supervised practicum/internship at the graduate level).
  • ?Experienced clinician with a demonstrated commitment to outreach and clinical services to students who are often marginalized or minoritized.
  • Experience providing clinical services for college students of color, first-generation, international, MOGII/LGBTQ* and students who have disabilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in brief psychotherapy and group therapy.
  • Experience in crisis intervention and consultation.
  • Experience in providing outreach and psychoeducational programming, particularly with underserved and vulnerable populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university, division, and profession.


  • Internship in a college counseling center; recent college or university counseling center clinical experience;
  • ?Interest and experience in working with a diverse college student population.
  • Self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals.
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and handle spontaneous work demands.
  • Demonstrated collegial and collaborative relationships and a commitment to equity and inclusivity.
  • Excellent oral, written and organizational skills.
  • Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement.

Additional Information:

This is a UUP-represented, SL3, full-time, 10 month, term appointed, permanent track position beginning August 2017.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by May 22, 2017 will be given full consideration.  Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Personal Philosophy of Counseling

Note: After submitting your Resume/CV, the subsequent page gives you instructions that enable you to upload the additional, required documents.

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Posted: 5/1/2017
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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