Staff Counselor/ Therapist

Otis College of Art and Design,

Student Health and Wellness
Last Posted:

Wed, May 5th, '21


Position will remain open until filled.

Start Date:

Preferred start date: July 1st 2021 Final start date: August 30th 2021

Last Updated:

Wed, May 5th, '21

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  • Full Time

Job Summary:

The Staff Counselor/ Therapist provides multi-culturally attuned clinical counseling services (i.e., therapy, assessment, crisis management, consultation, and outreach) to undergraduate and graduate students at Otis College. The Staff Counselor/Psychologist works collaboratively with the Counseling Director and Student Health & Wellness Center staff to facilitate and support overall student wellness and success. The ideal candidate is passionate about working with a diverse creative student population and takes a collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues. This is a 12 month position, some weekend hours may apply. This position reports directly to the Student Health & Wellness Center Counseling Director.



  • Maintains a multicultural perspective and sensitivity throughout all levels of his/her/their work.
  • Provides short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and case management.
  • Uses clinical assessments as applicable to formulate diagnostic impressions and to track students' symptoms and progress in treatment.
  • Works with the Student Health & Wellness Center team to develop preventative outreach activities, screening programs, workshops, classes, and other                services for students on a variety of health and wellness topics (i.e., depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc.).
  • Provides consultation services for parents, faculty, and staff members regarding student related wellness and mental health issues, as requested.
  • Determines, with supervisor, those students requiring a higher level of care and/or referrals and assists students in connecting with referrals as needed.
  • Maintains timely and comprehensive counseling records in an electronic health record database.   
  • Responds to acute student mental health crises, sometimes involving hospitalization of the student.
  • May handle after-hours student crisis telephone calls as back-up to the supervisor in their absence.
  • Maintains mandatory licensing requirements on an annual basis.
  • Attends and participates in staff development programs, department related meetings, and other college assemblies.
  • Maintains appropriate network of professional contacts and currency with professional organizations and publications.
  • Attends and participates in professional conferences.
  • Represents the College and/or department, as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution and national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to educate a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals--empowering them to shape the world. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney. 


An advanced degree in clinical or counseling psychology (i.e., MFT, MSW, PhD/PsyD) from an accredited educational institution is required.

California licensure is required. (No Associate or pre-licensure)    

  • Previous experience with providing clinical supervision to mental health trainees.
  • Professional experience working with substance abuse prevention and intervention.
  • Professional experience in working with eating disorders and sexual assault.
  • Previous experience in carrying a high case load of 25 clients weekly on average.
  • Experience in conducting outreach presentations to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining a team environment.

  • Previous experience in working in a college/university counseling center environment.

Salary commensurate with qualifications, experience, and licensure

Salary Range

Master Level: $63,000-67,000


Completed online application.


Cover letter.