Coordinator of Black/African-American Student Mental Health and Wellness

Corvallis, Oregon
Mid-60s or higher depending on skill, education, and experience
Feb 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Oregon State University enthusiastically invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Coordinator of Black/African American Student Mental Health & Wellness. The primary purpose of this position is to support the success of Black/African-American students (including Black students that identify within the African diaspora) at OSU through the provision of clinical services, consultation, outreach, programming, and advocacy. This individual will work collaboratively with community and university agencies that serve Black/African-American students.

The creation of this position is a part of CAPS’ ongoing commitment to centering the needs of marginalized students in our community. This work must be informed by a thorough and nuanced understanding of the unique lived experiences of Black/African-American students, particularly in white-dominated institutional spaces. Understanding the impact of racial stress, racial trauma, anti-Blackness, Black identity development, white supremacy culture, monoracism/multiraciality, and systemic racism will be critical to success in this position.

Required Qualifications

  • 2 years of experience providing mental health services to Black & African American clients.
  • Ability to clearly communicate & apply to practice knowledge of the mental health impacts of systemic racism and Anti-Blackness on Black/African-American people.
  • Masters of Social Work, Masters of Counseling, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, Doctorate in Psychology, or similar degree from an accredited program.
  • Eligible for licensure in the state of Oregon in respective discipline within 2 years of employment.
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated ability to enact principles of social justice; dismantling anti-Blackness; and navigate layers of identity experienced by Black/African-American students, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, class, and nationality.
  • Experience providing outreach programming focused on the holistic mental health needs of Black/African-American people.
  • Experience providing brief therapeutic interventions.
  • Experience providing crisis assessment and support services for high-risk clients.
  • Experience balancing multiple simultaneous demands in a fast-paced clinical setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult with multiple stakeholders and clients’ families regarding students’ mental health needs.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial experience consulting/liaising with campus and/or community partners serving these populations.
  • Experience providing mental health services in a higher education setting/in a college counseling center.
  • Currently licensed.
  • Two years of post-graduate professional counseling experience.
  • Experience providing group therapy.
  • Experience contributing to a multidisciplinary clinical team.
  • Experience advising, consulting, and/or mentoring Black/African American youth or community organizations.    

Salary and Benefits

The anticipated salary range starts in the mid-60s or higher depending on skill, education, and experience. CAPS is committed to offering a competitive and equitable salary to qualified candidates.

Included in the initial compensation package will be a stipend for moving-related expenses.


To review the posting or apply, go to (applications will not be accepted via email). For questions, please contact Terrance Harris at [email protected] or Sahana Prasad at [email protected] . Position closes on March 5, 2021. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.