Adjunct Counselor - MHCS

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, NY

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Category:: Adjunct Positions - Non-Teaching Faculty
Department:: Mental Health & Counseling Services/SAIS Division
Locations:: Valhalla, NY
Posted:: Jun 24, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time
Ref. No.:: HERCACMHCS62421
Position ID:: 132717

About Westchester Community College:

Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college. Westchester Community College is more than just the county's largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.

Job Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of college students. Studies have found that the majority of students feel that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the course of the pandemic. Students in these studies report increased stress, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, reduced social interactions, and interrupted sleeping patterns, among many other symptoms. Westchester Community College recognizes and strives to meet the holistic needs of students to promote their academic and personal success.

Under supervision of the Acting Director of the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services, the successful candidate will provide direct mental health services to WCC students. This position's primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for students experiencing emotional or psychological distress at assigned WCC locations and via teletherapy services.
  • Utilizing an evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical approach in case formulation, assessment, and treatment skills.
  • Providing risk assessment and crisis intervention to students, including safety planning and collaboration with community resources when necessary.
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of students in accordance with HIPAA, FERPA, and all state laws and guidelines.
  • Adhering to one's professional Code of Ethics, as well as all laws and regulations related to provision of mental health services.
  • Attending all team meetings, including individual and group supervision.
  • Engaging in continuing education practices relevant to clinical setting, population, and best practices.
  • Navigating electronic record keeping system and completing notes in a timely manner.
  • Establishing relationships with community resources and organizations in order to help provide appropriate referrals.
  • Providing consultations for, and serve as a resource to, college faculty, staff and administrators regarding appropriate and effective methods for responding to students of concern.
  • Creating and executing workshops/programs to educate college community members on mental health topics impacting the community, including the impact of COVID-19 on students' mental health, and skill-set development for appropriate response.
  • Serving as one of the College's Title IX confidential resources.
  • Serving as a member on college interdisciplinary committees as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field of study from an accredited institution. Licensed in New York State as a mental health professional (LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, or equivalent licensure). At least 1 year of post-licensure professional experience. The successful candidate must also display strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff. Demonstrated experience and effectiveness providing clinical services to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience working in a college counseling center, particularly in the community college setting. Demonstrated experience and effectiveness providing clinical services to historically underserved populations, including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, non-traditional students, and other marginalized student populations. Ability to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented, inclusive, and highly accountable environment. Ability to travel to multiple WCC campuses throughout Westchester County. Ability to communicate in non-English second language (both written and verbally).

Additional Information:

WORK SCHEDULE: Four days weekly, Monday - Friday, totaling 28 hours per week. Some night and weekend work may be required.

HOURLY RATE OF PAY: $45.32 per hour. No benefits.

Application Instructions:

Applicants interested MUST apply online by submitting a letter expressing interest in this position, a resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references. Please login to: in order to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents. The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with the position ending in May 2022.

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

The College will provide equal opportunity in all of its employment practices to all persons without unlawful discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, membership in any reserve component of the armed forces, or use or non-use of lawful products off College premises during nonworking hours, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.


Working at Westchester Community College

Mission and Goals

Westchester Community College is more than just the county’s largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.


Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college.


There are approximately 12,000 full- and part-time college credit students. Continuing education students bring the total number served by the college each semester to more than 20,000. Precise statistics about the college's enrollment history can be found in the Institutional Research & Planning pages.


Westchester Community College’s faculty and professional staff have received more SUNY Chancellors Awards for Excellence than any other community college in the system. More than 98% hold masters or doctorate degrees in their fields. Student/faculty ratio is 16.1:1.

Veteran Friendly Campus

The college, which opened in 1946 in order to train and educate veterans, welcomes those who have served our country. We are considered a "Veteran Friendly Campus" due to our extensive services for those who have spent time in the military.


The college offers more than 50 associate and certificate programs. We have three types of associate degrees in 36 subject areas: the Associate in Arts for students transferring to four-year institutions in the liberal arts; the Associate in Science for those transferring to four-year institutions for business, math, science or health careers; and the Associate in Applied Science for those preparing to seek immediate employment, change careers or transfer. In addition, certificate programs typically requiring between 15 to 33 credits are offered in approximately 20 career fields.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Division is the largest such unit in the entire SUNY system. It offers courses for people of all ages considering career choices or changes or personal development; customized training for businesses; innovative programming for older adults; an exciting arts and culture series open to the public.


The Harold L. Drimmer Library / Learning Resource Center contains 110,000 volumes and 600 periodical titles, as well as more than 19 million searchable records and entries from 97 electronically-linked libraries.

Career & Transfer Center

The Career & Transfer Center helps students assess career options, plan career and curriculum, take steps toward transfer to a four-year college, prepare for job interviews, and locate and obtain jobs before and after graduation.

Child Care

Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College (Valhalla campus) provides year-round, fully licensed and accredited care for children of students, faculty, staff and other working parents. Ages six weeks - five years.


Intercollegiate teams for men are fielded in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, and baseball. Women's intercollegiate teams include tennis, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The Westchester Community College Fitness Center provides access to cardiovascular equipment, universal, nautilus, and light free weights, pool, and tennis courts. College athletics also include intramural sports.


Valhalla (main campus); extension sites in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Shrub Oak, Mahopac, Ossining, Port Chester and Peekskill (Art Workshop) and White Plains (Art Workshop).

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