Black and African American Specialist

Northern Arizona University,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Mon, Nov 9th, '20


Until filled

Start Date:

January 31, 2021

Last Updated:

Mon, Nov 9th, '20

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  • Full Time

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks to fill a Black and African American Specialist/Mental Health Clinician position in Counseling Services (CS) within Campus Health Services (CHS). The successful candidate will be an experienced psychologist, counselor, or social worker with established clinical, outreach and training experience serving diverse populations, with a professional focus on the needs of Black and African American individuals. This individual will provide psychological programs and services to NAU students, with a focus on meeting the needs of Black and African American students, including multiracial and indigenous Black and African American individuals. The ideal candidate will be able to approach clinical service provision from the perspective of Black Psychology and culture and with sensitivity to other intersecting identities. This individual will have the opportunity to strengthen outreach connections with diversity partners on campus, including the Office of Inclusion: Multicultural & LGBTQIA Student Services, Student Support Services, Black Student Union, and others. This individual will also provide training in diversity and inclusion to Counseling Services staff, doctoral interns, doctoral practicum students, and master's level trainees.

NAU is currently engaged in an Organizational Growth and Effectiveness Initiative, which focuses on positioning the University for future success of its operational practices. As a result, some aspects of this position may be subject to change, such as, but not limited to: duties, titles, and reporting structure.

Special Information: This position includes occasional evening and weekend hours for provision of on-call coverage and outreach/educational programming.


NAU is a state university with a student population of 21,000 on the Flagstaff campus and over 8,000 students through distance learning programs. The NAU Flagstaff campus is located at 7,000 feet elevation at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks, 140 miles north of Phoenix, and 74 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff enjoys a four-season climate that appeals to a wide diversity of individuals.


Counseling Services is one unit within an integrated Campus Health Services department, along with Medical Services and Health Promotion. Counseling Services is staffed with professionals from a number of different disciplines and has a strong value for multidisciplinary collaboration. Counseling Services offers a growing training program for students in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counseling and Clinical Psychology doctoral programs. Counseling Services serves the NAU community through our direct services to students, as well as in consultation with other individuals and departments on campus and the provision of educational outreach presentations.


·         Licensed or license eligible in the State of Arizona as a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker within 12 months of hire date. Appropriate educational credentials in support of license

·         Demonstrated competency providing clinical services, outreach and training for diverse campus populations

·         At least 9 months experience in service provision to Black and African American individuals

·         Demonstrated multicultural competence and commitment to diversity and inclusion in organizational development.

·         Demonstrated experience providing clinical services for the wide range of presenting issues seen in college students, including risk assessment and management, and the treatment of serious concerns (e.g., eating disorders, personality disorders)

·         Demonstrated ability to approach clinical service provision from the perspective of Black Psychology and culture


·         Experience in a college or university counseling center

·         Experience providing training and supervision

·         Strong outreach and consultation skills

·         Experience providing process group therapy

·         Familiarity with Liberation Psychology, Critical Race Theory, and Multicultural and Feminist approaches to treatment

·         Highly effective interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to actively engage in clinical practice with students in ongoing counseling (with individuals, couples, groups), in crisis intervention, and in outreach programs

·         Ability to manage a full caseload within a time-limited clinical setting

·         Commitment to an integrated model of healthcare

·         Experience in the use of electronic/medical records systems; must be computer literate

·         Knowledge of college student development theories and practice

·         Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds, with specific experience in working with Black and African American individuals

·         Awareness of and commitment to NAU’s Affirmative Action Plan goals, Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy


Commensurate with education and experience 


Please complete an application through the NAU Human Resources website ( Job ID # 605123: Black and African American Specialist/Mental Health Clinician. In addition to the required electronic NAU application, please upload the following supplemental application materials: letter of interest, a current vita, unofficial graduate transcripts, copy of any active professional license, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three current professional references. Application materials are to be submitted electronically, scanned in the order listed above and uploaded as a single PDF or Word Document. Please email questions to Dr. Megan Gavin, Chair of Search Committee, Counseling Services, 


If you need assistance completing your application, there are instructions available online at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in building 91 on the NAU campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.