Senior Counselor – Trauma Specialist

Binghamton University,

University Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Fri, Apr 16th, '21


Open until filled.

Start Date:

June 15 preferred, but flexible.

Last Updated:

Fri, Apr 16th, '21


Senior Counselor – Trauma Specialist


Position Description:

Binghamton University's Counseling Center (UCC) seeks a Senior Counselor – Trauma Specialist for a full-time 12-month renewable position with benefits.  This is a specialist position for candidates with interest or expertise in treating trauma, especially survivors of sexual assault or other interpersonal violence.  This senior counselor will be a liaison from the UCC to the Violence, Abuse, and Rape Crisis Collaborative (VARCC), a new collaborative space on campus to provide coordinated response to interpersonal violence. The position will also involve some generalist clinical work at the UCC with a range of issues.  Duties of the position include short-term individual and group counseling, crisis work, initial assessment, consultation, and an occasional rotation with after hours emergency/crisis response.  Counselors provide some outreach, psycho-educational workshops (sometimes after hours), liaison/consultant relationships, and may be involved with supervision and training of interns. All clinical staff positions involve some administrative duties and roles. We are seeking applicants who are committed to multicultural awareness, knowledge, understanding, and responsiveness in serving our culturally diverse student population. The State University of New York and Binghamton University are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.


Minimum Qualifications:

·       Master’s degree in mental health or related field, or in a doctoral program in mental health or related field with expected graduation no greater than 1 year from date of hire.

·       Licensure or eligibility for licensure to practice in New York, which could include being in final year of doctoral supervision toward licensure.

·       Training and experience working with survivors of trauma, interpersonal violence, and/or sexual assault

·       Generalist clinical skills in assessing and intervening with a range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology in treatment

·       Willingness to work in a time-limited model of care.

·       Strong multicultural awareness, knowledge, understanding, responsiveness, and skills to work with culturally diverse student populations.

·       Ability to handle a busy caseload in a dynamic environment.

·       Availability and willingness to participate in occasional evening or weekend activities.

·       Proficiency in oral and written communication skills, giving presentations, and leading group discussions.

·       Strong work ethic and a willingness to collaborate.

·       Commitment to a developmental philosophy toward both clients and trainees.

·       Ability to handle spontaneous work demands while undertaking projects that require advance planning.

·       Commitment to a proactive student development perspective involving an active relationship with the campus community

·       Team-oriented, “user-friendly” approach to students and university staff


Preferred Qualifications:

·       Advanced mental health license or credential: LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, or related advanced license; or Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or related field.  ABD’s will be considered; doctoral supervision for licensure can be provided

·       3-5 years experience working with survivors of trauma, interpersonal violence, and/or sexual assault. 

·       Experience in a university or college counseling center setting

·       Active participation in relevant professional organizations



Commensurate with experience and credentials.


About Binghamton University:

Binghamton, one of four university centers within the State University of New York, was named the premier public university in the northeast by The Fiske Guide to Colleges "because of its outstanding academic programs. . . and its commitment to undergraduates." Binghamton University enrolls about 17,000 students in programs leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.  The student body is highly diverse with a large international student population.  There are students from all 50 states and from over 100 countries.


Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging our students academically, not financially. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds college experience.

Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university - rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative -- while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community.  Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, work one-on-one with an exceptional faculty that includes innovative scientists and groundbreaking scholars. They take advantage of special academic opportunities like combined degrees, foreign language study groups and an unparalleled international education program.

The University consists of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the School of Management, the Decker School of Nursing, and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Graduate School administers advanced-degree programs in these schools, but both our undergraduate and graduate students are taught by the same outstanding faculty. Twenty-six specialized research centers, along with three institutes for advanced studies and a GIS CORE facility, attract scholars from around the globe to Binghamton's modern campus.


The campus is spread across 887 acres on a wooded hillside above the Susquehanna River in the Binghamton suburb of Vestal. The University received top recognition in The Princeton Review's second annual "green rating" of colleges -- one of only 15 colleges honored.  The on-campus Nature Preserve boasts 190 acres of protected forest and wetlands with hiking/biking/running trails and a six-acre pond.


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About the Binghamton Area:

Binghamton is located in the Southern Tier of New York near the Pennsylvania border at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The area is proud of its many beautiful parks and outdoor recreation centers. The confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers help sculpt the landscape with lush scenery and a variety of wildlife.  Binghamton is the county seat of Broome County and is the principal city and cultural center of the Greater Binghamton metropolitan area (also known as the Triple Cities), home to a quarter million people. Binghamton is within easy driving distance to the NY Finger Lakes region (to the west) and the Catskill Mountains (to the east).  Located in the heartland of New York State, the Greater Binghamton area is rich with lively cities, and quaint villages. Downtown Binghamton offers a world-class opera company, a symphony orchestra, movie theaters, clubs, incredible restaurants, bars and professional hockey and baseball teams.


Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.


Please also note that the Deficit Reduction Program for United University Professionals represented faculty and staff is in effect, which impacts paychecks.  This, along with other payroll information, can be found on our website or by calling Human Resources at 607-777-6625 or 607-777-2129.


To apply:

Persons interested in this position should apply online.  Please submit:

Resume, Cover letter, and Contact information for three professional references.

To apply, follow this link and select "Apply now" at the bottom of the page.


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Application deadline:

Open until filled. 


Starting Date:

June 15 preferred, but flexible


For questions contact:

Emily Panigrosso, Ph.D.


Questions about the position can be directed to this email address, but please do NOT submit applications to this email address.  Applications should be submitted online as described above.  Questions about the application process can be directed to Human Resources at the number above.


The State University of New York and Binghamton University are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.