Mental Health Counselor

Colorado, United States
$47,250.00 - $50,250.00
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Mental Health Counselor works closely with a supportive team who are responsible for responding to the mental health and wellness needs of the diverse student body at Fort Lewis College, a Native American-serving institution located in Durango, Colorado. The Counseling Center also offers a robust clinical training program for graduate-level counseling and social work interns to learn to become mature, experienced, and self-aware in the application of counseling skills. As a team, we value enhancing the lives of students, team members and interns and the wider campus community in an inclusive, culturally responsive manner. The Counseling Center is strongly motivated to develop a team of talented mental health professionals who accurately reflect and represent the significant compositional diversity of our student body. 

Students: Roughly 3229 undergraduate students and 79 graduate students make up the student body, and just over half are students of color. About 1/3 of students are the first in their family to go college, and first-year students enter with a high school GPA of 3.26, on average. 41% of students are Native American or Alaska Native, representing 177 Tribes and Native Alaskan villages. 46% of students are from Colorado. 47 US states represented. 15 countries represented. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or Mental Health Related Field.  
  • Currently licensed in Colorado or eligible to be licensed in Colorado within 2 years.  
  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy to individuals, groups and/or couples (graduate-level clinical internship experience ok.)  
  • Demonstrated extensive involvement with, and understanding of Native American, Black, Asian, Latinx, veteran, disabled and/or LGBTQIA+ communities.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Two or more years post-master's experience in mental health counseling.  
  • Experience in providing supervision and consultation to mental health trainees.  
  • Substance use disorder treatment experience.  
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with and respond to multiple constituencies both at the college and in the community.  
  • Demonstrated experience in providing services to a diverse client population with cultural responsivity.  
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to a team-oriented work environment.  
  • Demonstrated abilities in leadership, openness and flexibility.  
  • Personal skills of stress tolerance, non-defensiveness and ability to receive and respond to feedback.  
  • Organizational and computer skills to manage timely and appropriate documentation.  
  • Fluency in Spanish or Native American language.  


Major Responsibilities 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.   
  • Provide culturally responsive individual, couples, and group therapy to college students, through both scheduled appointments and open/drop-in formats.  
  • Conduct mental health triage and crisis intervention work to include possible after-hours emergency services.  
  • Conduct behavioral assessments, including follow-up counseling with students.  
  • Provide mental health consultation for parents, staff, and faculty.  
  • Supervise and facilitate training of graduate level mental health trainees.  
  • Keep accurate and timely computerized records on all contacts with clients.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships and collaborate with campus departments and community partners.  
  • Attend departmental and campus community meetings/events as appropriate and requested.  
  • Provide and/or supervise mental health outreach activities to campus as appropriate and requested.  
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508. 
  • Produce and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary range is $47,250 - $50,250, dependent on experience, for this full-time (40hrs/week), 9 month position (mid-August thru mid-May) plus a comprehensive benefits package. Position can be negotiated to 32hrs/week if desired. 

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by June 27, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Applicants who advance in the search will be asked to interview on July 9th or July 12th by video conference. 

Anticipated start date is August 9th, 2021. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 

   * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.