Coordinator of Black/African-American Student Mental Health & Wellness

Oregon State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Sat, Feb 6th, '21


March 3, 2021

Start Date:

June 1, 2021 (flexible)

Last Updated:

Sat, Feb 6th, '21

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  • Full Time

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Oregon State University enthusiastically invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Coordinator of Black/African American Student Mental Health & Wellness. The primary purpose of this position is to support the success of Black/African-American students (including Black students that identify within the African diaspora) at OSU through the provision of clinical services, consultation, outreach, programming, and advocacy. This individual will work collaboratively with community and university agencies that serve Black/African-American students.


The creation of this position is a part of CAPS’ ongoing commitment to centering the needs of marginalized students in our community. This work must be informed by a thorough and nuanced understanding of the unique lived experiences of Black/African-American students, particularly in white-dominated institutional spaces. Understanding the impact of racial stress, racial trauma, anti-Blackness, Black identity development, white supremacy culture, monoracism/multiraciality, and systemic racism will be critical to success in this position.


Oregon State University is one of 73 land-grant universities in the United States. The school is also a sea-grant, a sun-grant, and space-grant institution, making it one of only four U.S. institutions to obtain all four designations. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. Faculty and staff are known for their collaborative spirit and innovation, and students are passionate problem solvers. At OSU and around the state, you’ll find a caring community with a commitment to making a difference.

OSU is located in Corvallis, a thriving community consistently ranking among the nation’s top 5 college towns and top 20 places to live. Corvallis lies between the beautiful Oregon Coast and majestic Cascade mountains, and is just a 90-minute drive from Portland. It is the perfect place for anyone who enjoys culture, nature, and outdoor pursuits.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


·        2 years of experience providing mental health services to Black & African American clients.

·        Ability to clearly communicate & apply to practice knowledge of the mental health impacts of systemic racism and Anti-Blackness on Black/African-American people.

·        Masters of Social Work, Masters of Counseling, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, Doctorate in Psychology, or similar degree from an accredited program.

·        Eligible for licensure in the state of Oregon in respective discipline within 2 years of employment.

·        Strong commitment and demonstrated ability to enact principles of social justice; dismantling anti-Blackness; and navigate layers of identity experienced by Black/African-American students, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, class, and nationality.

·        Experience providing outreach programming focused on the holistic mental health needs of Black/African-American people.

·        Experience providing brief therapeutic interventions.

·        Experience providing crisis assessment and support services for high-risk clients.

·        Experience balancing multiple simultaneous demands in a fast-paced clinical setting.

·        Demonstrated ability to consult with multiple stakeholders and clients’ families regarding students’ mental health needs.

·        This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.


·        Substantial experience consulting/liaising with campus and/or community partners serving these populations.

·        Experience providing mental health services in a higher education setting/in a college counseling center.

·        Currently licensed.

·        Two years of post-graduate professional counseling experience.

·        Experience providing group therapy.

·        Experience contributing to a multidisciplinary clinical team.

·        Experience advising, consulting, and/or mentoring Black/African American youth or community organizations. 


The anticipated salary range starts in the mid-60s or higher depending on skill, education, and experience. CAPS is committed to offering a competitive and equitable salary to qualified candidates.

Included in the initial compensation package will be a stipend for moving-related expenses. 


CV and cover letter.  To review the posting or apply, go to (applications will not be accepted via email). For questions, please contact Terrance Harris at or Sahana Prasad at . Position closes on March 5, 2021. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.