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Senior Counselor

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Budget Title
Senior Counselor

Campus Title
Senior Counselor

Student Affairs, Division of

Counseling and Wellness Services

Staff Sub-Type
Staff & Administration

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Salary Range
$63,664 - $69,000

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Position Summary

Senior Counselors deliver clinical services, consultation, outreach and preventive programs that address the psychological and behavioral needs of the student population. Positions are full-time 12-month or with an 11-month obligation available. Services include: diagnostic assessment and evaluation; evidence-based individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, case management; crisis and emergency intervention, referrals to outside providers, workshops, presentations, and other outreach activities. Expectations include working as part of a multidisciplinary team providing mental health treatment, consultation, crisis counseling and prevention services in the areas of mental health. To learn more about the College or the Counseling Center, please visit

As a university employee, this position includes NYS retirement benefits, attractive Health Care options, including dental and vision insurances, and paid parental and family leaves. This position also offers paid time off, consisting of holidays, vacation and sick days, supportive of work-life balance along with tuition assistance in addition to other benefits offered by the University. Please inquire for additional details.

Major Responsibilities

Major Responsibilities:
  • Provide individual and group counseling to students
  • Conduct initial assessments
  • Make appropriate referrals to psychiatric and other campus and community personnel
  • Provide outreach and consultation to campus and larger community, including faculty, staff, families, students and other stakeholders
  • Participate in annual orientation and in training for student staff
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed
  • Supervise trainees as needed
  • Follow current ethical and legal guidelines to assure standards of practice
  • Maintain current license in field
Job Requirements:
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and handle spontaneous work demands
  • Commitment to and interest in working with a diverse student population and ability to demonstrate multicultural competence
  • Consistently demonstrate knowledge and skills in time-limited psychotherapy
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Computer literacy
Functional and Supervisory Relationships

The Senior Counselor will report to the director of Counseling & Wellness Services, and will work closely with staff from Health Promotion, Student Health Services, Disability Services, Career Services, and Residence Life and Housing.

Required Qualifications
  • A master’s degree in counseling, psychology or social work
  • Professional license to practice and use the professional title in New York State of Licensed Mental Health Counselor ( LMHC ), Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW ) or Licensed Psychologist (LP). (Note: within 6 months of appointment may be considered if currently licensed in another state);
  • At least three years of clinical experience providing short-term mental health treatment or referral for clients for LMHC, LCSW or LP applicants; LMSW applicants with six years of clinical experience providing mental health treatment will also be considered.
  • At least one year of experience in crisis intervention and consultation
  • At least one year of experience in providing outreach or psycho-educational programming, particularly with under-served and vulnerable populations.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA accredited program and who are fully licensed as a psychologist in the State of New York within six months of hire (e.g., already licensed in another state);
  • One year, full-time equivalent, APA approved internship in a college counseling center;
  • Recent college or university counseling center staff experience
  • Evidence of computer literacy
  • Experience in providing clinical supervision
  • Experience working with and serving diverse populations.
EEO Statement

The State University of New York at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/ EEO / ADA ) employer. The university actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the university.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. Are you licensed in a state other than New York and eligible for New York State licensure within 6 months of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Are you licensed as a mental health professional in the State of New York, and able to practice independently under said license?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Please share your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and briefly describe your commitment to treating others, at all levels of the organization with fairness and respect.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References Contact Info. ONLY (minimum of 3)
Optional Documents


 SUNY Cortland

From your first steps on campus, you’ll feel the spirit of Cortland. It’s an energy that extends from the classroom to competition to the community.

SUNY Cortland stands out as one of New York’s top public universities — a medium-sized school that offers academic strength across 68 majors, a high quality of student life and a degree that pays back graduates.

Reputations in teacher education and health-related majors laid the foundation for exciting new programs related to business, natural sciences, the arts and specialized professional fields.

Our students, faculty and staff members are invested in the world around them. Whether it’s a class assignment, independent research or a passion project, Red Dragons look to make a difference.

With more than 1,400 employees, we are the leading employer in the City of Cortland and in Cortland County, and we’re also one of the most desirable places to work.

Job seekers will find competitive salaries, outstanding benefits and an invigorating work environment with full access to Cortland’s exceptional recreation and fitness facilities, library and other resources.

We offer full- and part-time employment in academic, administrative and staff positions, plus a wide range of employment opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students, including graduate assistantships.

Also offering employment opportunities on campus are two affiliated organizations, Cortland Auxiliary and the Research Foundation of SUNY.

Cortland Auxiliary is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides the SUNY Cortland community with food services and the Campus Store, to name a few. 

The Research Foundation for SUNY is a private, nonprofit educational corporation that administers externally funded contracts and grants that support research and discovery for and on behalf of SUNY Cortland. The Research Foundation offers professional, research, day care, tutoring and clerical employment opportunities.

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