Part-time Counselor With a Focus on Working With Black Students - CAPS - Mills College

Mills College Oakland, CA
Job Description:

Mills College, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is looking to hire one part-time, hourly, therapist with expertise in working with Black identified clients. We are seeking clinicians who are strongly committed to social justice and passionate about providing services to a diverse, primarily young adult population. This role entails working 10-14 hours per week during the academic year.

Representative Duties:

Under the supervision of the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the counselor provides a variety of mental health services in conjunction with the Division of Student Life. This position includes three general areas of responsibility, with a primary focus on providing direct service to Black students:

1) Clinical Services

Be part of a team committed to providing culturally affirming and responsive treatment to a diverse student population. Responsibilities include:

* Provide short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention services, and risk assessments

* Plan, coordinate, and facilitate group therapy

* Provide after-hours on-call responsibilities on a rare, as-needed basis

* Provide appropriate off-campus referrals, as needed

* Prepare and maintain confidential records in accordance to legal and professional guidelines

2) Teaching and Supervision in our Training Program

Prepare the next generation of therapists to provide individualized treatment through a social justice lens:

* Provide direct supervision and feedback to predoctoral psychology trainees

* Cultivate a training environment in which power, privilege, and marginalization are explored

* Model reflective practice around your identities/experiences and their impact on treatment

* Teach and help develop didactic curriculum

3) Coordination of Outreach and Community Engagement

* Work with Coordinator of Outreach and Community Based Intervention to conduct needs assessments and implement initiatives to enhance access to and the provision of culturally affirming services for Black students on campus

* Facilitate and/or support the work of community healing spaces such as the Black Healing Circle

* Provide outreach and training to students, faculty, and staff; and build liaison relationships on and off campus, including with outside community based mental health providers

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

* Be part of a team committed to: communicating openly and directly, giving and receiving growth-oriented feedback to colleagues, working towards cultural humility

* Perform related duties as assigned


Candidates must first and foremost demonstrate a commitment to the Mills student population and to learning and understanding about the communities and backgrounds of the school's students.

* Expertise, experience with, and affinity for providing culturally responsive and affirming clinical services to Black identified clients

* Experience with and commitment to providing culturally affirming services to historically marginalized groups including, Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ / gender nonconforming populations, and students of all abilities

* Experience providing psychotherapy to adolescent and/or young adult client populations

* Skills in assessing risk and providing services to high risk client populations

* General understanding of APA or related professional standards, guidelines, laws and ethics


* Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

* Effective time management, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently

* Organized, detail-oriented, able to take initiative and multitask

* Creative, resourceful, and able to problem-solve

* Be open, positive, and respectful to others with the intention of creating an inclusive environment

* Knowledge of basic computer skills and willingness to learn new computer programs

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience providing supervision to trainees

* Expertise in areas related to young adult populations

* Experience providing clinical services on a college campus preferred, but not required

* Experience providing mental health related outreach programming

* Clinicians of diverse backgrounds including: clinicians of color, particularly Black identified clinicians, first generation college graduates, and clinicians who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community including genderqueer/gender non-conforming clinicians strongly encouraged to apply

Education and Training

* Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical/ Counseling Psychology preferred (for supervision of predoctoral trainees); however, LCSW's and LMFT's are encouraged to apply

* Active California license to provide psychotherapy is strongly preferred. However, applicants who are in the process of getting their license within the next six months will be considered. The expectation is that the applicant will be able to practice independently within six months of submitting their application.

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands

* Office environment

* Hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to read and prepare a variety of materials

* Sitting for extended periods of time

* Reasonable accommodations will be provided, as needed, so job functions can be performed

Additional Information:

This is a non-exempt, part-time, contract position. Pay rate is $50.00 per hour (10-14 hours per week) and includes FICA contribution, Medicare, Workers' Compensation Insurance, and State Disability Insurance. Voluntary benefits include: 403(b) retirement plan, pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit:

* resume/CV

* cover letter and

* contact information for three references

The cover letter should indicate 1) interest working specifically at Mills College and 2) interest in working at a center with a social justice focused mission 3) description of expertise, experience with, and affinity for providing culturally responsive and affirming clinical services to Black clients

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.