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First-Generation Counselor and Outreach Specialist

  • Location: Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Professional
  • Start Date: 2021-10-26
  • Job Ref: 21-23527
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

College is currently operating under the model which is a pilot program allowing for a remote component to work schedules where operations support that model

Two-year grant funded temporary agency position. First year is part-time (21 hours a week) through June 30, 2022 with the ability to expand to fulltime (35 hours a week) from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.


Provide mental health counseling and crisis intervention services to students. This position will have significant responsibilities for performing campus-wide outreach activities

As the First-Generation Counselor, this staff member will work closely with the Multicultural Specialist to play a key role in helping the Center to effectively serve our underrepresented students, reduce stigma, and increase access to counseling services with a specific focus on first-generation college students. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the unique experiences and challenges of first-generation college students and create programming to provide support, guidance and skills to help students succeed academically and emotionally.


Conducts clinical assessments & makes referrals to community-based services when appropriate

Conducts individual and group counseling

Provides crisis intervention to students

Writes clinical case reports and notes

Provides prevention and educational outreach services regarding mental health related issues

Assists the Multicultural Specialist with liaising to other College units that focus on first- generation students such as the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance (EDIC), EOF Program, First-Generation Advisory Committee and the Women's Center and collaborates on outreach activities to reduce stigma and increase access to counseling services

Engages in meaningful outreach activities with multicultural student groups and LGBTQ+ student groups intended to promote increased access to services

Consults with other departments within the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs on mental health issues

Hours may vary depending on the needs of the department and College and will include certain evening hours for outreach programming and holidays when classes are in session. Occasional weekend work (e.g., College Orientations, First-Year Student Move-in Day, Admitted Students Day) will be required.



Minimum requirements - licensed Master level professional with degree in mental health, psychology, or social work (LCSW, LPC) or Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.


Minimum three years of counseling experience

Preference given to applicants who have worked in a college counseling center

A Doctoral degree may be substituted for two years of required work experience

Demonstrated attentiveness to intersectionality and multicultural competency

Experience providing culturally-proficient clinical services to diverse and underrepresented populations, including students of color, international students, and/or students who identify as LGBTQIA.

Experience providing time-limited counseling

  • Demonstrated strong clinical skills in individual counseling essential
  • Demonstrated strong clinical skills in crisis intervention
  • Experience in mental health prevention and outreach
  • Good interpersonal skills