Intercultural Specialist (Counseling and Psychological Services)

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks an Intercultural Specialist to serve as a clinical staff member within Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This role provides clinical, educational, outreach, and consultation services specifically relevant to the needs of racial and ethnic minority students, in addition to generalist responsibilities. Services include routine psychological intervention, prevention, and postvention programs and services to the college community, primarily to students.

The Intercultural Specialist is a highly valued member of the campus community who provides programs and services that address cultural issues and identity development, severe mental health issues, as well as problems that are developmental and preventative in nature. This position also provides routine clinical services such as initial assessment, individual and group therapy, and case disposition and is responsible for crisis intervention; serving in an on-call rotation; develops, implements, and evaluates educational and prevention outreach programs; in limited circumstances, provides consultation to faculty, staff, students, parents/families, and other mental health/health care providers; and participates in department and college meetings and committees.

We seek a candidate whose professional experience is aligned with advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities. CAPS provides a range of mental health services to support the unique needs of art and design students, which include objective and non-judgmental counseling, individual and group therapy, 24/7 crisis referral services, as well as tools and resources to build campus-wide awareness/understanding of mental health issues. Learn more about RISD Health and Wellness .

Essential Functions
  • Provides routine counseling services in the form of individual, group, and couples counseling; initial assessments; crisis appointments. Using RISD’s EMR system, prepares documentation of services provided. Ensures record-keeping and clinical services are in regulatory and ethical compliance and meet accreditation standards.

  • Develops, recommends, coordinates, and delivers, as approved, multicultural outreach programs, services, training, and professional development on behalf of Counseling Services. Collaborates with campus partners to create and align opportunities that deepen the awareness and ensure the inclusion of minoritized populations. Evaluates the effectiveness of services, outreach, and training in issues of diversity, identity, and inclusion.

  • Participates in case conferences, psychiatric case conferences, and staff meetings in Counseling Services.

  • Serves in the on-call (after hours and weekend) coverage rotation.

Depending on Intercultural Specialist level, the successful candidate may also:
  • Provides training and clinical supervision for Counseling Services' trainees

  • Provides consultation and outreach services to the RISD community.

  • College committee service and other duties.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience
  • Demonstrated competency providing clinical services for diverse clients, including international populations and clients along the gender and sexual orientation spectra

  • Demonstrated experience providing clinical services for the wide range of presenting issues seen in college students, including assessing and managing risk and the treatment of serious concerns with direct support and guidance from senior staff. Appreciation and knowledge of intersecting identities, the process of identity development (intersectional identity development), and how this varies between individuals

  • Experience developing and delivering multicultural outreach programs, services, training, and professional development.

  • Demonstrated ability to actively engage in clinical practice with students in ongoing counseling (with individuals, couples, groups), in crisis intervention, and in outreach programs

  • Ability to manage a very full caseload within a time-limited clinical setting

  • Experience in the use of electronic/medical records systems; must be computer literate

  • Knowledge of college student development theories and practice

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative manner. Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Requires minimum of 1 to 8 years of relevant counseling experience with demonstrated knowledge and experience working with people from marginalized groups and the issues they face as they navigate within dominant culture(s) and between cultures required. RISD has three levels of Intercultural Specialist and level placement will be determined by years of relevant counseling and complexity of experience, in accordance with job description(s).

  • Master’s or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in counseling, psychology, social work, mental health, or a related field required. Licensed or license eligible in the State of Rhode Island (must be able to file for license within 3 months of hire)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a college or university counseling center

  • Passion for and commitment to social justice. Familiarity with a variety of cultures (both international and domestic). Training or experience with issues such as racial fatigue, code-switching, and impostor syndrome. Clinical experience working with immigrant, and or refugee populations

  • Experience providing training and supervision in an APA-accredited training program

  • Fluency in multiple languages, preferably Mandarin and Cantonese



Work Schedule:

35 hours per week; 12 months per year

Employment Status:

Full-Time, Regular, Exempt


09/AD, 10/AD

Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume (required)

Cover Letter (required)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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