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Senior Counseling Clinician

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Counseling
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

University of Massachusetts, Lowell has an exciting opening for a full-time Senior Counseling Clinician at Counseling Services (UMLCS), part of the UMass Lowell Wellness Center.  Counseling Services strives to empower, support, and assist students in the pursuit of their academic, professional, and personal endeavors.  Counseling Services clinicians work with undergraduate and graduate students to tackle challenges and remove barriers to growth, change, happiness, peace, or well-being.

Counseling Services values the intersectional identities of each individual and recognizes the centrality of culture and relationships to human development and psychological wellbeing. We commit to support our students of all backgrounds and to work toward the eradication of discrimination and oppression in all forms. As a staff, we are committed to social justice and anti-racism, personally and professionally. Staff are dedicated to creating an inclusive and affirming environment to support our student body and each other.  For additional information about UMLCS’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please see  For information about UMass Lowell’s commitment see

The Senior Counseling Clinician will provide culturally competent clinical services including triage assessments, intake evaluations, diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, crisis intervention, brief individual and couples counseling as well as group counseling.  The clinician will assist students requiring long-term or specialized care in connecting with campus and off-campus resources as well as provide psychiatric referrals.  The Senior Counseling Clinician will design and lead advanced training seminars for staff and trainees.  If licensed as a psychologist, the Senior Counseling Clinician will have the opportunity to be a primary supervisor for pre-doctoral psychology interns. 

The Senior Counseling Clinician serves as a mentor, consultant, and/or supervisor to unlicensed or recently licensed clinical staff.  They confer with staff about best practices, ethical questions, and decision-making regarding high risk or complex clinical situations.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a superb and experienced clinician, exceptionally warm, engaging, collaborative, and welcoming to a highly diverse student population.

The Senior Counseling Clinician will join a strong, hard-working, creative, spirited, dedicated, collaborative, supportive, and positive team of multidisciplinary mental health care providers.  As a staff, we value humor, connection, mutual respect, and creating real, meaningful relationships with our colleagues.  Self-care is built into the practice model at UMLCS.  There is a maximum of five scheduled clinical hours per day, dedicated time for documentation, reserved time for lunch, a clear expectation that no one overworks, and no on-call duties.    

Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley, and the Boston region are home to diverse communities. The historic city of Lowell, MA, is a gateway city that is a majority-minority city (20.9% Asian American, 17.9% Hispanic, 8% Black/African American). UMass Lowell has robust partnerships with the City of Lowell, Lowell Public Schools, health organizations, and many other local nonprofits and businesses. The Boston region is also home to a large number of potential research partners. The land we live, work, learn and commune on at UMass Lowell is the original homeland of the Pennacook communities with the Pawtucket Village and Wamesit Village.

About University of Massachusetts Lowell:

UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing our students for work in the real world--solving real problems and helping real people--by providing an affordable high-quality education. US News and World Report ranks UMass Lowell among the top 200 research universities in the country, and our rankings have been consistently rising.  The university offers an excellent salary (Grade P19 and benefits package).

Minimum Qualifications (Required): 

  • Master’s degree in clinical social work, counseling, psychology or a closely related field and a minimum of 4 years of post-licensure clinical experience
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in crisis intervention, clinical assessment, risk assessment, and suicide prevention
  • Commitment to and demonstrated ability to provide multiculturally competent clinical services to a diverse student population
  • Experience in working with developmental issues common to the 18-25 year old college/university student population
  • Current license to practice in relevant clinical/counseling or social work field in U.S.  If licensed in a state other than Massachusetts, ability to obtain Massachusetts licensure within 4 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in counseling or psychology
  • Experience working or training in a college or university counseling center
  • Bilingual with experience providing mental health services in language(s) in addition to English

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU Professional Union position, Grade P19.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.  

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Diversity Statement to include (250-500 words) that describes your commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity in clinical and professional practice
  • Statement of Licensure indicating current professional license number, state of license, and date initially issued
  • Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.  

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