Counselor, Full-Time, 2-Year Special Appointment, AAUP

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) seeks candidates for a full-time, 35 hours per week, 2-year special appointment, counselor position. SCSU 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 anti-racism and social justice.


Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of approximately 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.


A part of the Division of Student Affairs, the SCSU Counseling Center supports the anti-racism and social justice mission of the university and is committed to growing the multicultural competence and ethnic and racial diversity of the counseling center staff. The goal for this position is to better understand the lived experiences of students from underrepresented populations and be more accessible and relatable to students from marginalized groups. We are particularly interested in hiring an individual with knowledge and experience of working with diverse students populations, including BIPOC students, students who identify as LGBTQIA+, students from low income backgrounds, undocumented students, first-generation college students, and/or international students.


Under the supervision of the Director of University Counseling Services, the counselor will provide direct culturally responsive and identity-informed psychotherapy to students with diverse clinical concerns within a time-limited treatment model. The counselor 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.


Candidates for this position must have a Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field, or a Doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology and be currently licensed as a mental health provider by the State of Connecticut. A minimum of three years of experience in direct service is required. The successful candidate will be an active team member who is strong holistic and developmentally oriented practitioner with solid experience in the promotion of wellness and life skills within post-secondary populations. They will share Southern’s commitment to anti-racism and social justice.

Preferred experiences of the candidate include:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the lived experience BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ young adults or students, particularly in predominantly white institutions.
  • Experience providing culturally proficient clinical services to diverse and underrepresented populations, reflecting an understanding of the ways in which race, ethnic identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, privilege and oppression affect therapeutic service delivery.
  • Experience providing time-limited counseling, mental health crisis assessment, and group counseling.
    • Spanish speaking.
    • Five or more years’ experience providing psychological services in a university counseling center.

Candidates from marginalized groups or groups historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Provides short-term, individual and group counseling to promote mental health and adjustment in students. Areas include personal, career, crisis, and academic counseling.
  • Identifies mental health emergencies and intervenes in order to promote the safety of students and others.
  • Provides consultation services in order to help university community better understand mental health and psychological issues.
  • Maintains professional license inappropriate field of mental health.
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.
  • Adheres to Article 7 of the AAUP contract, which defines counselors’ duties and responsibilities, and Article 4.8.2 of the AAUP contract, which defines special appointments.

To Apply

For priority consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Christine Thornton at on or before 01/15/2021. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. For additional information on the position including job responsibilities and requirements, visit the SCSU employment website at


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 strongly encouraged to apply.