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Staff Counselor - Bilingual

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 26, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Health Services
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Full Time
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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Staff Counselor - Bilingual (Mandarin) position. The Staff Counselor is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-5. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Amherst College is a highly selective, small liberal arts college with a diverse body of about 1800 students. Over 43% of our students are national students of color, an additional 10% are international; 40% come from very low income families; 15% identify as LBGTQ+; and 18% have registered disabilities with 2/3's being mental health or learning disabilities. The Bilingual Staff Counselor position takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

The Counseling Center provides a variety of services to help students address the personal and academic challenges and difficulties they face. These services are designed to help students (1) overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope effectively with them, (2) understand themselves better (3) create and maintain satisfying relationships (4) improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, and (5) make healthy and satisfying life and career choices.

The Bilingual Staff Counselor is a 12-month full-time position that reports to the Director of the Counseling Center. The primary purpose of this position is to enhance student success by providing excellent clinical services in Mandarin, as well as in English. In addition, this position provides consultation to Amherst community members and preventative and educational outreach initiatives with an emphasis on working with our communities of color and international communities.

The position relates to the College's mission by directly intervening with students to help them manage problems or skill deficits that may otherwise lead them to drop out of school or cause disruptions in their functioning in other areas of their college life. This position works collaboratively and cooperatively with community and college departments that serve students.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
  • Counseling - Provide individual, group, and couples counseling/psychotherapy to students including appropriate assessment methods, diagnosis, and brief treatment; provide urgent care and crisis intervention; maintain up-to-date files, written reports, and job-related data commensurate with current standards of the profession. Must be able to conduct counseling in Mandarin, as well as in English
  • Mental Health Promotion - Design and implement mental health promotion activities, including workshops, outreach programs, and liaison relationships designed to foster student success. Place special emphasis on working with communities of color and international communities.
  • Consultation - Consult with members of the Amherst community - including faculty, administration, staff, parents, and students -regarding the mental health needs of students. Consult with on-and off-campus health care providers, including Student Health Services, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and private practitioners, Office of Student Affairs' case management, etc. to help coordinate care.
  • Training/Supervision - Provide training and supervision for Post-Doctoral Fellows, Pre-doctoral interns, and/or Practicum Students by co-leading psychotherapy groups, teaching seminars, providing rotation training in the area of interest, and/or providing individual clinical supervision.
  • Administrative - Attend and participate in regular on-call rotations (about 2-3 weeks per semester) and case conferences; maintain and promote the highest ethical and professional standards commensurate with training and licensure; pursue professional development in service of the responsibilities of the position and the profession.

The College is willing to sponsor a successful candidate who requires an H-1B visa to be employed in the United States.

  • Earned doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or related field from an APA-accredited program and internship OR Masters in Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited program is required.
  • Currently licensed, or eligible for licensure in the state of MA as a Psychologist within 18 months of employment, OR as a LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, or related license in the state of MA within 6 months of employment
  • Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced environment
  • Fluent in Mandarin as well as English, and capable of conducting psychotherapy in both languages
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse student body in culturally competent ways
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with community development and/or mental health promotion
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings

  • Work experience in college or university settings and/or in community mental health
  • Interest in working with international students
  • Group therapy experience
  • 3-5 years of post-degree experience

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements.

This opportunity can accommodate H-1B visa holders.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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