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Assistant Director of the Counseling Center - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives

Fort Lewis College
Colorado, United States
$70,000.00 - $70,000.00
Posted date
Nov 12, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary 

The Counseling Center staff works collaboratively as a team, serving students and their mental health needs. As a training center, we also train graduate level interns to become mature, experienced, and self-aware in the application of counseling skills. The Assistant Director of the Counseling Center - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives will provide culturally responsive clinical mental health services, while also focusing on campus-wide initiatives to reach and support historically underserved and currently oppressed students. This position will have the opportunity to grow the department’s current initiatives in collaboration with campus Affinity Centers and growing relationships with colleagues and students. Demonstrated experience in working with individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds is essential. Experience with rapid assessment, risk management, and brief therapy are also crucial. Must have the capacity to practice independently, to collaborate effectively with individuals of different backgrounds and abilities, and to provide skilled supervision of clinical staff as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work. 
  • Currently fully licensed as a mental health professional in the state of Colorado or licensed in another state and license-eligible in CO. 
  • Five (5) or more years post master’s experience in mental health counseling with an understanding of a traditional college-aged population. 
  • Demonstrated experience in providing culturally responsive services to a diverse client population. 
  • Knowledge of racial and ethnic identity development, social justice, race-related disparities in access to healthcare, and strategies for promoting equity and inclusivity in a higher education environment. 
  • Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with campus partners, student groups, and area mental health resources, and to interact effectively with members of the college and local communities on a daily basis. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and the ability to engage professional staff and students at different levels of knowledge and experience on challenging issues. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated ability to provide bilingual clinical and outreach services to the campus community. 
  • Previous experience working in a university/college counseling center. 
  • Candidates from minoritized groups in higher education are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Experience in dynamic group process.  
  • Substance use disorder treatment experience.  
  • 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. 
  • Commitment to ongoing development of anti-oppressive clinical practice, sensitivity, and humility, including introspection and examination of implicit biases and intersectionality. 
  • Evidence of skill in offering clinical supervision to graduate level students and consultation to mental health professional colleagues. 
  • Evidence of skill in effectively assessing, intervening, and providing appropriate follow-up care for students facing mental health emergencies. 
  • Evidence of skill in offering consultation to faculty, staff, parents and students. 
  • Ability to assist in needs assessment and outcome evaluations. 
  • Asks questions, seeks assistance, takes responsibility to eliminate the source of problems. 
  • Demonstrates competence with legal and ethical mandates of confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Maintains proper appearance and personal conduct for the employee’s particular job. 
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a team environment. 

Major Responsibilities 

Clinical Duties: 

  • Provide culturally responsive psychotherapy services to students including, triage assessments, individual/couples therapy, and group therapy to college students, as both scheduled appointments and in open/drop in formats.  
  • Respond to mental health crisis as needed and provide 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. 
  • Keep accurate and timely computerized records on all contacts with clients. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships and collaborate with campus departments and community partners. Make referrals as appropriate and necessary. 
  • Attend departmental and campus community meetings/events as appropriate and requested. 
  • In cases of campus emergencies, participate in crisis intervention work. 

Service and Outreach to College Community:  

  • Visioning, implementing, and evaluating equity efforts of the Counseling Center, including collaboration with & consultation to with other departments/divisions engaged in DEI goals across campus. 
  • Identifying and implementing strategies for increasing students' mental health literacy and access to services.  
  • Identifying and implementing strategies for reaching and supporting underserved and minoritized students. 
  • Develop and implement the oversight of Outreach activities on campus, with a focus on reaching our minoritized students (i.e., presentations, website). This may include community outreach, though campus and student needs take priority. 
  • Collaborate with clinical staff and graduate trainees to facilitate and participate in professional development seminars focused on DEI initiatives. 
  • Participate as a member of the Student Engagement Team. Serve on relevant committees and task forces as assigned or requested by Director, Vice-President for Student Engagement, other college administrators, faculty, or staff.  
  • Participate as member of the larger Fort Lewis College Community. Attend campus meetings, graduations, and pertinent campus event. 

     Consultation and Supervision Duties: 

  • Consult with college administrators, family members, faculty, staff, and students concerning mental health issues and particular client needs (honoring confidentiality). 
  • Provide supervision/consultation to staff and/or counseling trainees as requested by the Director and/or other Assistant Director(s). Teach, review, and sign-off on trainee documentation. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Assistant Director of Clinical Services as necessary and appropriate. 
  • Assists in creating and sustaining an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates staff and client differences.  

     Administrative Duties: 

  • Oversee outreach schedule and ensure outreach activities are marketed appropriately and in a timely manner. 
  • Assist with policy decisions. Update the Policy and Procedures Guide as needed/requested. 
  • Assist with publications. 
  • Know and follow the Policy and Procedures Guide. 
  • Take and/or share duties in Director’s absence. 

     Professional Development

  • Through workshops, reading, emails, or professional organizations, keep updated on the standards of practice and treatment modalities for counselors. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. 
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508. 
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC (Fort Lewis College) 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. 


The salary for this position is $70,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

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 December 12, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

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. 

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