Staff Counselor

Colby College,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Apr 28th, '21


Open until filled

Start Date:

Preferred start date of August 2, 2021

Last Updated:

Wed, Apr 28th, '21

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  • Full Time

Colby College invites applications for a staff counselor position in Counseling Services. We are a collegial, diverse department who engage one another and our campus partners with mutuality and shared enthusiasms for the dynamic community of highly engaged students, faculty, and staff with whom we have the privilege to work. Our staff are committed to continually developing the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with an ever-changing and diverse College community. Further, Counseling Services is a very busy center; like most college counseling centers, clinical acuity and associated demands can be high. Nevertheless, we are a team for whom the sacredness of each clinical encounter is not lost among these demands of care.

The staff counselor’s responsibilities at Colby include a balance of individual and group counseling, consultation, crisis management, mentorship and supervision of trainees, and creative, intentional outreach and prevention programming to the campus community. As college counseling staff are increasingly sought to support students in this rich and tumultuous developmental stage, it is incumbent upon counseling center professionals to have interdisciplinary facility with complex, multifaceted, intersectional student identity development. As such, the staff counselor will strive to imbue their work with both explicit and implicit commitments to the lens of intersectionality.

This full-time, 10-month position has a preferred start date of August 2, 2021. Onboarding for our professional staff is intentional, scaled to the ability/interests/experiences of the professional, and completed in the context of its own intersectional and developmental frame. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Provide individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for a diverse population of undergraduate students
  • Work collaboratively with staff and student leaders to develop and implement innovative and effective psychoeducational programming
  • Provide clinical consultation for faculty/staff, students, and concerned others
  • Engage in outreach and liaison efforts with the broader campus community, with an emphasis on building relationships with Colby students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups
  • Serve as an ambassador of the intersectional frame on human development in interactions/outreach across campus
  • Provide mental health related trainings on campus, including student hall staff trainings and gatekeeper trainings
  • Serve on a limited on-call rotation; provide backup coverage to contracted, after-hours crisis support provider 
  • Keep complete, timely records of clinical activities
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 55 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

  • Doctoral degree in clinical/counseling psychology, or master’s degree in social work or counseling required
  • Licensed, or license eligible, as a psychologist, clinical social worker, or professional counselor in the State of Maine required
  • Experience and proficiency in working with a diverse client population, including, but not be limited to, addressing issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, and issues related to resources and access
  • A generalist professional orientation with solid clinical skills and the ability to assess and treat a wide range of presenting concerns
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Creative energy around and enthusiasm for working with students in a small, liberal arts college community
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • At least one year of experience working with emerging adults in a college mental health setting, including experience developing and presenting innovative psychoeducational programming strongly preferred

A competitive salary, benefits, and professional development funds are provided.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Staff Counselor (Counseling Services) - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME  04901-8855