Part-time Staff Counselor


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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street


Company Description:
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA was named one of U.S. News and World Report's Top Public Schools in 2018.

Part-time Staff Counselor
North Adams
Part Time
Mental Health
Master's Degree

The Part-time Staff Counselor provides individual and group counseling, development of treatment plans, crisis intervention, and consultation/outreach as well as psychological assessments, intakes, and appropriate referrals. Promote and support the philosophy, policies, and procedures for collegiate counseling and holistic wellness that incorporate equity, anti-oppression work, and social justice concepts and principles that support student wellbeing. Complete required clinical documentation in a timely manner. Assist in coordinating care and related client follow-up with medical professionals, off campus mental health professionals, family, and other support networks. Consult with supervisor and staff on a regular basis. May perform other related tasks that are a part of the department's operation, including developing and delivering campus communications or presentations, outreach to campus constituencies, trainings, consultations with faculty and staff, and other duties as assigned.  



  • Provide counseling services to MCLA students, including individual, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, and case management.
  • Develop and provide educational outreach programs for residence halls, campus organizations, and departments, teams, classes, or other campus groups.
  • Provide consultation and referral services to the entire campus community, including faculty, staff, students, and family members or other support networks.
  • Consult with staff psychiatrist in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy clients.
  • Consult with families and student support networks, physicians, faculty, academic dean, residence life staff, off-campus counseling services, other campus offices and students with appropriate authorization to provide quality care to students.
  • Assume after-hours on call responsibilities on a rotating basis for crisis response and intervention.
  • Collaborate with other staff members in group supervision and in developing policies and procedures for Counseling Services.
  • Pursue opportunities for professional development including relevant college student mental health trends and topics.
  • Conduct community-based intervention programming as requested by the campus community, including orientation sessions for new students and families, informal support spaces, psychoeducational workshop presentations, and emergency support services.
  • Participate in ongoing active educational outreach programs.
  • May serves as a liaison to other campus departments or academic programs.
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation of client records in accordance with professional standards, state, and federal laws.
  • Adhere to relevant ethical and legal standards including FERPA, HIPAA, professional governance bodies, and state boards.
  • Some evening and weekend hours should be expected, especially involving crisis intervention rotation, expanded student clinical hours, and outreach activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of MCLA's student body.
  • Collaborate with the diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals on training and education and employ best practices to support the mental wellbeing of traditionally minoritized populations.
  • Participate in ongoing clinical staff training within a social justice framework.
  • Participate in assessment related to the state strategic plan for racial equity.
  • Hold a completed master's degree in social work, counseling, or related field from an accredited program or doctoral level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA accredited program.
  • Currently licensed as an independent mental health provider (e.g., psychologist, licensed clinical professional counselor, or licensed independent clinical social worker) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Three years of experience in counseling, including formulation and implementation of counseling and treatment plans with young adults.
  • Clinical skills compatible with a brief treatment model and experience in assessment, individual and group counseling, and crisis intervention.
  • Commitment to creating a just and inclusive community, intercultural competency, and enthusiasm for working in an institution committed to access and social justice.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and at-risk individuals.
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives, programs, and responsibilities while ensuring clinical excellence while providing direct services.
  • Innovative leadership practices and exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including oral, written, listening, and presentation skills.
  • Use sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive mental health issues with confidentiality and discretion.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a college counseling center or clinical experience with a college aged population is preferred.
  • Knowledge of college student development and mental health issues specific to college students.
  • Knowledge of higher education principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Experience working with a diverse population in a fast-paced, stimulating environment.
  • Interest in collaborating and working effectively with professional staff, faculty, students, and administrative staff, both on and off campus.

Additional Information:

This is a Part-time counselor position paying $27.00 per hour, 15-18 hours per week.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.  The Centers for Disease Control recommendation is that everyone aged 6 and up should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they've received any original COVID-19 vaccines.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. Should you need to request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please email Barbara Chaput, Chief Human Resources Officer. 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is deeply committed to fostering a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We provide equal access to educational, co-curricular and employment opportunities for all applicants, students, and employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, veteran status, or membership in any other legally protected class. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment.  

Inquiries about Title IX, Equal Opportunity, or ADA/504 and other non-discrimination policies may be directed to MCLA's Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both. 

Patrick Connelly 
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer 
375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247 
Phone: (413) 662-5127 

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights  
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424  
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172 

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