CS Therapist, BIPOC Focus Specialist Premium

Portland State University,

PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling
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Last Posted:

Thu, Jun 23rd, '22


Open Until Finalists Identified

Start Date:

Starting date is negotiable, but ideally as soon as possible.

Last Updated:

Thu, Jun 23rd, '22

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  • Full Time

The CS Therapist, BIPOC Focus Specialist is a licensed mental health provider who has interest in working at a university counseling center serving diverse student populations. They provide specialized clinical services (brief individual psychotherapy, group therapy, initial consultation/triage, and emergency services), outreach and consultation services. Specifically, we are seeking a mental health provider who has training and expertise with the needs of Black/African American, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC). Experience and knowledge about relevant cultural factors and the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of BIPOC students is required, and direct clinical experience with these student populations is highly preferred. 

Ideal candidates for this position are those who have strong generalist skills for working with the university student population across the spectrum of developmental and mental health issues, as well as expertise in understanding the impact of racial trauma.  Ideal candidates would also have experience and interest in working with students who have intersectional and LGBTQIA+ identities. This position may supervise Master’s and Post Master’s level students in training (e.g. Social Work, Counselor Education) as needed. 

The CS Therapist, BIPOC Focus Specialist works collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team of professionals committed to meeting the diverse mental health needs of a global student community. They are an active participant in staff and clinical team meetings, professional development and clinical in-service activities, as well as involvement with Student Affairs programs/activities and university-wide committees/projects.

We know that personal lived experiences and identities impact our professional work and the ways in which we engage with our students, colleagues, and campus partners. As this position is focused on working with BIPOC students, having one or more shared identities is invaluable. Thus, we highly encourage members of these groups to apply.

To Apply: 

To view the complete posting and apply, go to https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/career. Click on the Apply Here, select Admin, and navigate to CS Therapist, BIPOC Focus Specialist.


Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.

More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

The PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is a nationally accredited healthcare facility that offers medical, counseling, dental, and health promotion/education services to the students of PSU. The center consists of over 100 clinical and administrative staff, and there are currently 20,000 students eligible to use SHAC services. For more information about SHAC, please go to our website:  www.pdx.edu/health-counseling.

SHAC strives for inclusive and equitable hiring practices. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our healthcare team. All SHAC staff participating on search committees have completed PSU’s Inclusive Hiring Workshop.

  • Advanced degree in a mental health discipline (e.g., counseling, psychology, social work, or related field)
  • Current Oregon license (Ph.D, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, LMFT) or license eligible within 3 months of hire
  • Minimum of one year of specialized focus and commitment to providing mental health services to BIPOC communities (may include practicum/internship experience)
  • Experience providing therapy to communities affected by racial and/or historical trauma
  • Experience in developing and implementing outreach programs to BIPOC communities
  • Bilingual or multilingual counseling skills
  • Clinical supervision experience
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) with colleagues and clients
  • Experience working on an interdisciplinary team of health and mental health professionals

**The selected candidate may choose their preference of either a 9-month or 12-month position.

The starting annual salary rate for a 12-month position for Master’s level will be $64,368 and for Doctoral level will be $74, 484.

The starting annual salary rate for a 9-month position, academic year position for Master’s level will be $52,767 and Doctoral level will be $61,056.

PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

For a comprehensive view of all PSU benefits, go to https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/benefits-overview. See the Total Compensation Calculator and the Benefit Deduction Estimator to view employee and employer-paid share of PSU’s medical, dental, and vision plans.

  • A cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your education and experience:
    • (a) meet the minimum qualifications (and, as applicable, the preferred qualifications), and
    • (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described in the posting.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including work history, education, and training.
  • Contact information for three professional references (one of which is a current or past supervisor)