Staff Counselor with BIPOC Student Focus (Level 3 or 4) Diversity

Penn State Harrisburg,

Counseling & Psychological Services (Student Affairs)
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Last Posted:

Mon, Oct 3rd, '22



Start Date:


Last Updated:

Sun, Oct 9th, '22

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  • Full Time

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the 12-month position of Staff Counselor with BIPOC Student Focus at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). We are seeking a mental health provider who has training and expertise in the needs of students who identify as Black/African American, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC).

  • Provide brief individual, couples, and group counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, and case management services for undergraduate and graduate students seeking help for emotional and behavioral concerns.

  • Assist with individual and group mental health counseling services for BIPOC, AAPI, Latinx, and/or LGBTQIA+ student populations.

  • Develop and lead mental health outreach programming with a focus on BIPOC student groups. 

  • Partner with supervisor and other campus staff to coordinate urgent mental health crisis services.

  • Consult with the campus community on issues of care and concern.

  • Participate in CAPS graduate training program activities such as providing trainee seminars and contributing during the trainee selection process.

  • Assist in peer educator programs and activities (Mental Health/Wellness Ambassadors).

  • Actively participate in professional associations and training sessions.

  • Maintain current, accurate, and timely clinical documentation in accordance with state and federal law, professional ethics, as well as CAPS policies.

  • Participate in CAPS and university committees as assigned.

  • Participate in clinical supervision and weekly clinical case consultation at CAPS.

  • Have high cultural competency in clinical, outreach, and training experience serving diverse populations, with a professional focus on the needs of BIPOC students.

  • Provide psychological programs and mental health services to Penn State Harrisburg students.

  • Participate in supervising graduate-level trainees and training student peer educators and supervising counselors seeking licensure (if independently licensed).


Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The college is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York, and Harrisburg International Airport is located within minutes from campus. The college is the largest and most comprehensive of Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses. An undergraduate college and graduate school, Penn State Harrisburg offers more than 75 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and is the only campus, along with University Park, to offer programs from the associate to doctoral levels. The college also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout Penn State. At the transfer level, Penn State Harrisburg serves students from all Penn State campuses and from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. The college enrolls 5,000 students in residence. Reputation is Penn State Harrisburg’s hallmark – nationally accredited programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university. We are Penn State in the Capital Region.

The college’s academic units are divided into five schools: Behavioral Sciences and Education; Business Administration; Humanities; Public Affairs; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. The college employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and staff, and roughly 500 part-time employees to carry out its mission to be a premier college of The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about the college please visit


Level 3

  • 0+ years of related experience

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Social Work or related discipline

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Level 4

  • 3+ years of related experience

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Social Work or related discipline

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Overall Experience:

  • Licensed or license eligible in Pennsylvania as a Social Worker or equivalent in Psychology or Counseling.

  • Minimum of six months of specialized focus and commitment to providing mental health services to BIPOC communities in a clinical setting (may include practicum/internship experience).

  • Knowledge of relevant cultural factors and the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of BIPOC students.

  • Evidence of commitment to racial trauma-informed clinical practice and multicultural identity modeling within a social justice framework.

  • Evidence of cultural competency, advocacy, and commitment to authentic relationship building serving diverse populations.

  • The ability to work independently in the United States is required for employment.

Candidates must provide successful Child Abuse Reporting clearances, FBI Fingerprinting, and state criminal background checks prior to hiring. 

  • Bilingual or multilingual clinical skills are preferred.

  • Understanding of applied socio-cultural clinical implications.

  • Direct clinical experience serving BIPOC student populations is highly preferred.

  • Some experience working in a university/college counseling center.

  • Experience working in brief individual and group psychotherapy within a high-volume clinical setting with clients presenting in acute distress.

  • Experience leading community-based outreach initiatives.


This position is classified as a level J salary band. Please click on the following link to view compensation range:


A cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your education and experience:

  • Meet the minimum qualifications (and, as applicable, the preferred qualifications)

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described in the posting.

  • Curriculum vitae or resume including work history, education, and training.

  • Contact information of three professional references (one current or past supervisor recommended).

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

For more information about CAPS, please visit our website: