Mental Health Counselor (146 views)

Position Summary:

This is a permanent, part-time position, working mid-Aug through mid-May with summers off. The Mental Health Counselor works closely with a supportive team who are responsible for responding to the mental health and wellness needs of the diverse student body at Fort Lewis College, a Native American-serving institution located in Durango, Colorado. The Counseling Center also offers a robust clinical training program for graduate-level counseling and social work interns to learn to become mature, experienced, and self-aware in the application of counseling skills. As a team, we value enhancing the lives of students, team members and interns and the wider campus community in an inclusive, culturally responsive manner. The Counseling Center is strongly motivated to develop a team of talented mental health professionals who accurately reflect and represent the significant compositional diversity of our student body.


The salary range for this part-time, summers-off position is $35,700 to $39,600, depending on licensure status & experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package. (If comparing to full-time jobs, use an annualized salary range of $59,500-$66,000)

The anticipated start date is August 12, 2024.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and experience working with broadly diverse communities. 

  • Provide culturally responsive individual, couples, and group therapy to college students, through both scheduled appointments and open/drop-in formats. 

  • Conduct mental health triage, and crisis assessment and intervention work to include possible after-hours emergency services. 

  • Conduct behavioral assessments, including follow-up counseling with students. 

  • Provide mental health consultation for parents, staff, and faculty. 

  • Supervise and facilitate training of graduate level mental health trainees. 

  • Provide outreach programming, mental health workshops, and consultations to campus community. 

  • Participate in regular clinical supervision as well as supervision of supervision. 

  • Keep accurate and timely computerized records on all contacts with and on behalf of clients. 

  • Develop and maintain relationships and collaborate with campus departments and community partners. 

  • Participate in departmental and campus community meetings/events/committees as appropriate and requested by the Director. 

  • Maintain all relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice for the State of Colorado. 

  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508 and produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience 

  • Demonstrated extensive involvement with, and understanding of Native American, Black, Latinx and/or LGBTQIA+ communities. 

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Related Field. 

  • Licensed as mental health professional in the state of Colorado (provisional CO license ok if eligible for full licensure within 2 years) OR fully licensed in another state and able to obtain CO licensure within 1 month of start date. 

  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy to individuals, groups and/or couples (graduate-level clinical internship experience ok.) 

Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience 

  • Two to three years post-master’s experience in mental health counseling. 

  • Experience in providing supervision and consultation to mental health trainees. 

  • Substance use disorder treatment experience. 

  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with and respond to multiple constituencies both at the college and in the community. 

  • Ability and willingness to contribute to a team-oriented work environment. 

  • Demonstrated abilities in leadership, openness and flexibility. 

  • Personal skills of stress tolerance, non-defensiveness and ability to receive and respond to feedback. 

  • Organizational and computer skills to manage timely and appropriate documentation. 

  • Fluency in Spanish or Native American language. 

FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 

  • Exempt, permanent, part-time
  • Works mid-August thru mid-May, with summers off
  • 32 hrs/week (.6 FTE)  (4 days)
  • Hours worked will be during the regular week, M-F, 8-5, with some evenings and weekend work expected as needed to attend campus events and/or deliver outreach programming. 


Contact Jen Shupe with questions at

Application Process 

A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position

  • Resume 

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references.

Application materials received by April 8, 2024, will receive full consideration. 

The position will remain open until filled. 

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango.

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