Counselor/Multicultural Specialist

Posting Date: January 9, 2019

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The William Paterson University Counseling, Health and Wellness Center is dedicated to providing clinical, educational, and outreach services in support of William Paterson students. The Center is welcoming, accepting and dedicated to serving a culturally diverse student body seeking to make informed decisions about their physical and emotional well-being.  The Center is seeking a Counselor/Multi-cultural Specialist who is a licensed Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker or Professional Counselor with demonstrated cultural knowledge and understanding, and is dedicated to and experienced in counseling students of culturally diverse and intersectional identities.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing students with culturally proficient individual and group counseling, treatment planning, treatment/intervention, and referrals to resources and follow-up services internal and external to the University.
  • Facilitating referral and after-care services to ancillary providers where needed; case management and coordination of care with Health Center staff to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Providing consultation services to faculty and staff seeking assistance with students; following up with emergency intervention where necessary.
  • Using best practices and evidence based research to evaluate the effectiveness of departmental services, outreach and support; ensuring that services are responsive to the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language and behaviors of culturally diverse individuals and groups.
  • Collaborating, consulting, and serving as liaison to other department clinicians regarding multicultural and culture specific practices and services.
  • Managing mental health best practices by engaging in outreach to multicultural student groups to promote mental health services and to provide triage services for mental health crises.
  • Representing the Center on division-wide committees, at student learning fairs, Open House, Homecoming, move-in, and other assigned division and university-wide functions in support of the student body and the University’s mission.
  • Rotating with other staff in on-call emergency phone rotation. 

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, a master’s degree in social work, or a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
  • Licensure as a psychologist in the state of New Jersey; license-eligibility in New Jersey within one year of hire will be considered. 
  • Social work candidates must possess an LCSW in the state of New Jersey; SIFI certification is preferred.
  • Masters level counselor candidates must possess an LPC in New Jersey.  
  • Must be available for phone on-call emergency services; one week of off-hour evenings/over night and weekend rotation approximately every six weeks
  • Demonstrated skills in assessing and treating a wide range of disorders and levels of function; experience responding to and assessing patients in crisis
  • Experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds; able to provide culturally relevant clinical services to diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills,
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a treatment team.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in an institution of higher education, university level students, young adults
  • Demonstrated interest in the higher education environment that could include a desire to participate in a vibrant and collaborative Division of Student Development.
  • Supervisory experience; staff and therapists in training
  • Working knowledge of social service resources in the Northern New Jersey area.
  • Experience providing outreach programs
  • Experience making presentations to audiences of various sizes.

Soft skills and Attributes:

  • Conceptual Thinking – able to envision goals and outcomes and to identify, evaluate and allocate resources as necessary
  • Consistency and Reliability – Capable of regularly and dependably engaging in and completing tasks or processes
  • Diplomacy and Tact – Able to treat others fairly, regardless of personal bias or beliefs
  • Empathetic Outlook – Capable of perceiving and understanding the individuality of others
  • Objective Listening – Able to listen to many points of view without bias
  • Role Confidence – Able to maintain confidence and self-reliance to fulfill professional and personal roles
  • Teamwork – Able to cooperate with others to meet objectives


About William Paterson University

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

Invitation to apply:     

Please click to apply for the position.

Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter and resume

Provide names/contacts of three professional references

 Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.      

Please email should you have any general questions related to this search.

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.