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Adjunct Counselor

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 9, 2022

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Department Statement

Colgate University is a special place to work and offers many unique opportunities, including the ability to work with and among world class faculty and staff at a highly selective residential liberal arts institution. This position provides an opportunity to become familiar with the variety of regular positions that are available at the University, as well as the ability to add employment at a distinct University to your resume.

Successful candidates for this position will earn sick leave, paid time off, free parking, and a University ‘Gate Card that provides access to fitness facilities, athletic and cultural events, as well as a discount on many items at the University Bookstore.

This type of appointment is not approved to work more than 999 hours per year for all positions combined. Should incumbents work more than a total of 999 hours in a year the appointment may not continue beyond one year of service.


Reporting to the Assistant Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, the Adjunct Counselor is responsible to work with a team of counselors to provide individual mental health therapy to students. The Adjunct Counselor is responsible for conducting intake counseling sessions and walk-in hour interventions. Additionally, the Adjunct Counselor will provide consultation to faculty and parents as well as help with administrative talks as needed.

As Adjunct Mental Health Counselor, this position is primarily responsible for providing confidential counseling/psychological services to students as a member of the Counseling & Psychological Services team. Areas of focus include responsibility for:
  • effective provision of clinical services via individual therapy;
  • assessment of student mental health needs through clinical interview and symptom inventories, as needed;
  • appropriate and effective crisis assessment and response;
  • high quality treatment measured by overall improvement in symptoms and client self-report;
  • client satisfaction with treatment and timely response and provision of services;
  • expert consultation and information to other administrative staff, faculty, and parents;
  • confidentiality and maintenance of records in compliance with professional standards;
  • clinical services following ethical standards, and in compliance with state law;
  • continuity of care between on-campus and off-campus resources regarding individual student mental health care, coordination with office case management resources;
  • where appropriate, advocacy for student mental health needs;
  • as appropriate and needed within scope of C&PS services, facilitate group therapy offerings to college students.
Mental Health: Demonstrated expertise, experience, and academic credentials/certifications in mental health at the counselor level. Theory- based and practical expertise across a broad range of mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse). Commitment to affirming identity development in diverse populations (racial, gender, international, and sexual orientation). Demonstrated expertise in crisis management.

Counseling: Demonstrated expertise and counseling skills sufficient to provide psychological and counseling services focused on the needs of college students. Ability to direct, diagnose, and provide counseling as a generalist on a broad range of issues/problems.

Multicultural Knowledge / Intersectional Identities: Knowledge sufficient to effectively engage students on issues of diversity. Demonstrated ability to be a strong advocate for diversity with proven ability to work with diverse populations. Competent in conceptualization of intersectional identities within and outside of clinical work, to support students in the goals of identity development and thriving within the context of a small, private, residential, rural liberal arts college.

Personal Accountability for Results: Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Effective Communication: Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Problem Solving and Decision Making: Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Change Management: Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental areas; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Leadership and Teamwork: Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Creativity and Innovation: Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion: Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Sustainability: Understands the impact of decision-making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • Minimum of a master’s degree in mental health counseling, social work, clinical/counseling psychology
Preferred Qualifications
  • Licensed in mental health service-delivery in NY
  • Experience counseling young adults, adolescents, or college populations
  • Commitment to social justice advocacy and diversity work
  • Interest or experience in working with diverse student populations
  • Interest or experience in leading group therapy
  • Interest or experience working with trauma survivors

Minimum of a master’s degree in mental health counseling, social work, clinical/counseling psychology

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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 Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition.

Colgate attracts world-renowned faculty in a breadth of subject matters as well as innovative leaders in higher-ed administration, all dedicated to building on an educational tradition that has prepared generations of Colgate graduates for success. 

Colgate is deeply invested in employees’ success, and we all work together to ensure that students receive the premier education that is at the University’s core.

The Colgate campus, ranked as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is a place where students develop lifelong bonds with each other, faculty, and staff.

Colgate is located in the village of Hamilton, a community of about 3,800 residents who enjoy downtown’s art galleries and restaurants and who take pride in the many historic homes and public buildings.

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