Coordinator of Indigenous Student Mental Health & Wellness

Oregon State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Sep 8th, '21



Start Date:

1/20/2022 (flexible)

Last Updated:

Wed, Sep 8th, '21

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  • Full Time

Counseling & Psychological Services is seeking one Coordinator of Indigenous Student Mental Health and Wellness. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty positions. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Oregon State University’s (OSU) Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is strongly committed to affirming diversity in a broad sense, to treating all with dignity and respect, and to opposing discrimination, prejudice, and oppression. Because OSU is a predominantly and historically white institution (PWI), it is especially critical that we center the experiences and needs of students and staff with marginalized identities, and that we provide comprehensive, holistic support that is specifically designed to meet those needs. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and strongly 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, inclusive, and just community.

The primary purpose of this position is to support the success of Indigenous students (Indigenous to the Americas and Pacific Islands) at OSU through the provision of clinical services, consultation, outreach, programming, and advocacy. The Coordinator of Indigenous Student Mental Health & Wellness is a 12-month full-time position that reports to a member of the CAPS senior leadership team (which includes the Executive Director, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Assistant Director of Training, and Assistant Director of Mental Health Promotion).  This work must be informed by a thorough and nuanced understanding of the unique lived experiences of Indigenous students, particularly in white-dominated institutional spaces.  Understanding the impact of racial trauma, anti-Indigeneity, Indigenous identity development including Two-Spirit and intersecting identities, intergenerational trauma, settler colonialism, and white supremacy culture will be critical to success in this position.

As a member of the CAPS team the Coordinator of Indigenous Student Mental Health and Wellness also provides clinical services to the OSU student population at large, and may also provide training to CAPS’ doctoral interns and practicum trainees.

CAPS is committed to providing a range of culturally responsive services to help students succeed. These services are designed to help students understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance, foster resilience, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices. We do this by providing consultation, single session interventions, psychoeducation, web-based support, crisis support during business hours, group counseling, and brief individual and relationship counseling when indicated. Additionally, if long-term care is needed we will make referrals to health care providers in the community.


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.


Two years of experience providing mental health services to Indigenous clients.

Ability to clearly communicate & apply to practice knowledge of the mental health impacts of systemic racism and Anti-Racism on Indigenous people.

Masters of Social Work, Masters of Counseling, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, Doctorate in Psychology, or similar degree from a counseling/clinical accredited program.

Eligible for licensure as LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, or doctorate in clinical/counseling psychology in the state of Oregon within 2 years of employment.

Strong commitment and demonstrated ability to enact principles of social justice; dismantling Anti-Racism and navigate layers of identity experienced by Indigenous students, including but not limited to connection to ancestral land, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, class, and nationality.

Experience providing outreach programming focused on the holistic mental health needs of Indigenous 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 clients’ 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.


Experience consulting/liaising with campus and/or community partners serving Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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.


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