Counselor, Counseling Center

Fort Lewis College   Durango, CO   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on March 25, 2024
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Counselor, Counseling Center

Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado



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.

Job Description:

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.

Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility

This position reports to the Director of the Counseling Center.

If fully licensed, Mental Health Counselor is responsible for clinical supervision of at least one graduate-level intern.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).

Ability to work in a confined area.

Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Light to moderate lifting is required


Less than 5% of time is expected for travel for professional development purposes for this position

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


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)

Application Process

A complete application packet includes:

Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position


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.

The anticipated start date is August 12, 2024.

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

Notice to Prospective Employees:

The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:

Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy

Sexual assault policy

Campus security policies

Campus/community resources

The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment

Where to find registered sex offender information

Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years

Reporting crimes

The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:

By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards

David Pirrone, Director of Compliance

192 Education Business Hall

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, Colorado 81301

(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?

Office of the Title IX Coordinator

Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator

230 Skyhawk Station

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, Colorado 81301

(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

About us

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.