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Mental Health Counselor

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, NY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Non -Teaching Faculty Positions
Department:: Mental Health & Counseling Svcs. Dept./Student Affairs Div.
Locations:: Valhalla, NY
Posted:: Feb 15, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: MHC21524
Position ID:: 172707

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 Mental Health & Counseling Services Department creates a campus environment that is safe, growth fostering, and prioritizes the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of the college community. The Mental Health & Counseling Services Department offers confidential, individual and group mental health services in addition to campus-wide programming, intended to provide support, education, and healthy ways of coping with stressors and struggles.

The Mental Health Counselor will work with the student population to conduct mental health assessments, provide short-term individual and group therapy, make appropriate long-term referrals, and provide case management for students with a broad range of complex mental health concerns. The incumbent will:

  • Provide counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and group counseling for students experiencing emotional or psychological distress;
  • Develop programming and workshops to educate the student body about mental health issues, resources, response, and advocacy;
  • Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and administration about appropriate and effective methods to respond to students in distress. Will create periodic workshops to educate members of the community on relevant mental health issues and provide recommendations for evidence-based responses;
  • Establish partnerships and serve as liaison with mental health agencies, non-profits, community stakeholders, and other service providers.
  • Assess students experience mental health crisis and provide clinically appropriate intervention to establish safety and connect to appropriate resources. Collaborate to develop appropriate system(s) of care for students in crisis and/or students requiring additional support services;
  • Serve as one of the College's Title IX confidential reporters.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Mental Health Counselor must hold a Master's Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field and have current New York State licensure to practice in good standing (i.e.: LMSW, LCSW, or LMHC). At least 2 years professional experience in mental health field is required. The successful candidate must be effective functioning in a fast-paced, team-oriented, inclusive, and high accountability environment. This position also requires excellent knowledge of the field and the ability to clinically assess, evaluate, and refer students to on and off-campus resources. Knowledge and commitment to the goals and mission of the community college and evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students required, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom. The demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse staff is also required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; PsyD or PhD in Counseling Psychology OR LCSW or LMHC with 5+ years higher education experience.

Additional Information:

POSITION EFFECTIVE: The position will remain open until filled.

SALARY & BENEFITS: The starting salary is $66,144. Additional compensation with seniority steps maximize at a salary of $77,639. Benefits include comprehensive health coverage, a choice of defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, generous leave benefits, and access to tax sheltered annuities and a deferred compensation plan.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online by submitting a letter expressing interest in this position, a resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of hire. 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. Priority will be given to applications received by March 8, 2024.

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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