Staff Counselor, Black Specialist

Reed College,

Health and Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Wed, Dec 9th, '20


This position is open until filled with an initial application review date of January 11, 2021.

Start Date:

Anticipated start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

Last Updated:

Wed, Dec 9th, '20

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  • Full Time

The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at Reed College is accepting applications for a Staff Counselor - Black Specialist, who focuses on providing services to support the success and mental well-being of Black/African-American students through the provision of clinical services. These services include conducting initial assessments, providing individual and group therapy/workshops, consultation, outreach, programming, and collaboration with campus partners. As with all Counseling Services staff, this position serves as a generalist, providing a full range of clinical services to the larger Reed student population. 

The creation of this position is a part of Reed College’s commitment to antiracism and social justice. The successful candidate has a comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of Black/African-American young adults or students, particularly in predominantly white institutions. Understanding the impact of racial stress, racial trauma, anti-Blackness, Black identity development, multiracial identity, and systemic racism will be critical to success in this position.

Candidates from marginalized groups or groups historically underrepresented in higher education are highly encouraged to apply. 


Located in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience. Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. Reed cultivates an inclusive learning environment by bringing together students, staff and faculty with a variety of experiences and expertise. The reed community works together to foster critical thought, responsible citizenship and community engagement.


LPC, LCSW, MA, MFT, or MSW in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or related fields; Or a PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. And 1 year of experience providing mental health services to Black & African-American clients.

Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Oregon in the respective discipline within 1-year of employment.

Experience providing outreach programming focused on the mental health needs of Black/African-American people with an applied understanding of the stages of Racial Identity Development of Black/African-American people. Demonstrated strong clinical and crisis management skills, including ability to work with high acuity students with complex mental health needs.


This is a full-time, exempt, 10-month position August through May with regular working hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting annual salary for this position is $61,500. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package.


Click on the url link below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Initial review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021 and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.