Coordinator of Multicultural Counseling

Rank: Administrator IV
Search Number: S23-003
Job Posted: 1/13/2022

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

As a professional member of the Counseling Services staff, the Coordinator for Multicultural Counseling fills an essential role as a direct mental health service provider to all students with a special focus on underrepresented students. The Coordinator uses broad generalist clinical skills to assess and intervene with a wide range of presenting student concerns within a time-limited treatment model. The Coordinator provides initial triage and intake assessments, group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, assessments regarding danger to self or others, referrals, outreach, psychoeducational workshops, and consultation. Additionally, the Coordinator of Multicultural Counseling engages in meaningful outreach activities with appropriate community partners and cultural student groups intended to promote increased access for services, and provides multicultural competency training for her or his clinical colleagues.

Position Responsibilities

Provides direct clinical services including individual, group, and/or couple psychotherapy, initial evaluation and ongoing assessment, triage screening, and providing appropriate referrals.

Provides leadership for Counseling Services to provide culturally-proficient clinical services. Coordinates culturally responsive outreach, training, and liaison activities, and provides services to diverse and underrepresented populations, including students of color, international students, and/or students who identify as LGBTQIA.

Provides substantial direct outreach service to campus community with focus on diverse populations typically underserved by mental health services. Supports faculty and staff in their mission to educate students by providing programmatic and educational consultation, as requested.

Serves as liaison with campus partners (e.g., Multicultural Center, LGBT SAGE Center, International Education, Student Health and Wellness, Student involvement and Leadership Development, University Access Programs, and Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy, and Supp01t Center,) that address wellness development from a diversity perspective.

Works with student organizations and other groups of students to promote the health and wellbeing of underrepresented students.

Provides clinical training and supervision in the center's graduate clinical internship program.

Provides community intervention programming for various groups, organizations, and departments within the University and engages in university-level mental health prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts.

Assumes responsibilities within Counseling Services, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University as assigned by the Director. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

May supervise staff as needed.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.


Master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or related field and four years of counseling experience or related experience required. Candidates with doctoral degrees are encouraged to apply. Currently licensed as a mental health provider by the State of Connecticut or license eligible within 12 months.

Demonstrated multicultural competence. Clear evidence of experience with a commitment to social justice issues, including but not limited to, providing services for college students who are racial minorities, first-generation, international, LGBTQIA, and/or who have disabilities. Preferred qualifications include: Experience providing psychological services in a university counseling center; experience providing training and clinical supervision to graduate interns; experience and skills with use of technology to enhance services and for electronic record keeping, scheduling and data collection; outstanding interpersonal skills demonstrated in speaking, listening, and writing. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.


For full consideration, please submit a cover letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Christine Thornton at by February 10th, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff.  People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.