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PT Temporary Mental Health Counselor/Black Student Support Specialist

Apply now Work type: Temporary Part Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title PT Temporary Mental Health Counselor/Black Student Support Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Enrollment and Student Services Division and the Counseling Center support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The PT Temporary Mental Health Counselor/Black Student Support Specialist is a member of the senior staff clinical team, serving as a part-time therapist who specializes in the mental health and well-being of Black and African American students.


Duty: Provide direct clinical service (70%)

  • Provide culturally informed, time-limited clinical services to university students in the form of individual counseling for a diverse student population across the spectrum of developmental and mental health issues, with special attention to issues commonly experienced by Black and African American students.
  • Apply skills and techniques of evaluation, assessment of risk of harm to self or others, psychometry, and psychotherapy.
  • Diagnose according to the current DSM.
  • Intervene in student mental health crises.

Duty: Complete required support activities (20%)

  • Maintain accurate and timely case documentation.
  • Provide case management as needed for clients seen for assessment and clients in caseload.
  • Coordinate treatment and services with both on-campus and off-campus professionals.
  • Communicate with students’ families, when appropriate, in response to crises and to facilitate off-campus care.
  • Network with community professionals and relay current information to Counseling Center staff.

Duty: Participate in office administrative activities (10%)

  • Participate in Counseling Center administration activities including staff meetings and committees.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in mental health discipline.
  • Independently licensed in the State of Washington as a mental health care provider by the start of position.
  • Ability to provide brief individual therapy.
  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy and outreach to Black and African American communities.
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience facilitating Emotional Emancipation Circles or other racial healing circles.
  • Experience providing group therapy.
  • Graduate of a CACREP-accredited or CSWE-accredited graduate program.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included).
Salary Estimated monthly salary (10 hours/week) range: $1,233 - $1,576
Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter clearly explaining their interest in the position, why they are a strong candidate to join our team, and how they meet all of the required qualifications for the position. Applicants must include their licensure information. 

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Application review will begin immediately, position is posted until filled. Desired start is September 2021.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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