Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Boston, MA
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Salary: $55,000 - $65,000
Higher Education Institution
For 10 month, permanent position; commensurate with skills and experience.
Founded in 1873, and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), is the nation's first and only independent, free-standing public college of art and design. MassArt is an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, makers, educators, innovators and leaders striving to shape the future through art and design. We've spent 150 years demonstrating the truly amazing things that happen when a world-class art and design education is an option for every deserving student. Located in Boston's hub of arts and culture along the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt enrolls 2,000 students and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in 18 disciplines, as well as continuing education and youth programs.
MassArt strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion; the campus community reflects the layers of cultural and self-identity that proudly make up our region, nation, and world. We build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information, providing assistance to all, and maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.
DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW & POSITION SUMMARY: The Community Therapist plays a key role in furthering the Counseling and Wellness Center's mission of increasing accessibility of mental health services with a focus on students who have been historically excluded from services or those who may not otherwise have access to mental health treatment. The Community Therapist maintains high student contact via outreach, programming, and working closely with departments on campus that support students who are experiencing problems that may affect their academic performance or other aspects of their MassArt experience. The Community Therapist provides clinical services to a small ongoing caseload.
REPORTS TO: Director, Counseling and Wellness Center SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May provide clinical supervision to graduate student trainees
SALARY: $55,000 - $65,000 for 10 month, permanent position; commensurate with skills and experience
This position is governed by the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) Collective Bargaining Agreement.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
This is a permanent 10-month position (work 44 weeks and have 8 weeks off per year, typically in the summer)
Serve as a direct liaison to various campus partners such as the Justice, Equity, and Transformation office (JET); the Compass program (serving first-generation to college students); the International Education Center (IEC); and Residential Life to promote wellness initiatives as they relate to the experiences that these populations face. This includes assisting students with navigating systems (particularly within a PWI), accessing campus resources, and building a sense of community and belongingness at MassArt.
With a focus on social justice and equity, provide culturally informed clinical mental health services to all MassArt students. Ensure clinical services and record-keeping are in ethical and regulatory compliance.
Lead workshops and conversations about identity, equity, social justice, systems, and how these intersect with mental and physical health.
Based on level of licensure and experience, support the CWC clinical training program, which has justice and equity at the core of its developmental framework. This includes involvement with the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of clinical trainees as well as participation in seminars, case conferences, and other meetings relevant to the training program.
Participation in regular CWC staff meetings, Student Development divisional meetings, and other campus-wide meetings, including search committee service.
CWC staff may need to assist in campus emergencies, crises, or postvention situations involving MassArt students. Although rare, CWC staff should be prepared to assist in extenuating circumstances.
Attend / Assist with College functions of general importance to the student body or College (e.g., Orientation, Commencement).
Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Education: Master's degree in social work, counseling, or related mental health field required. Licensed or license-eligible (within a maximum of 12 months) as an LICSW, LMHC, or Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D.): Currently licensed or license-eligible within 12 months of start.
Social Worker (MSW):
Required: Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW).
Counselor (M.A., M.S.): Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC); licensed or license eligible within 12 months of start.
Experience: Two to four years of experience providing direct, clinical, mental health services.
Social Worker (MSW):
Preferred:Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) currently licensed or license eligible within 12 months of start.
Familiarity with a variety of cultures (both international and domestic).
Experience living, studying, or working outside the United States.
Fluency in multiple languages.
Clinical experience working with international, immigrant, and / or refugee populations.
Experience in a college or university counseling center.
Demonstrated commitment to socially just and equitable practice and a developmental training model.
Demonstrated skill providing clinical services for diverse clients, including international populations and clients who identify along the gender, sexual orientation, and romantic spectra.
Strong outreach, presentation, and consultation skills.
Familiarity with the issues that people from marginalized groups face as they navigate within dominant culture(s) and between cultures.
Demonstrated experience providing clinical services for the wide range of presenting issues seen in college students, including assessing and managing risk and the treatment of serious concerns (e.g., eating disorders, prodromal symptomatology).
Appreciation and knowledge of intersecting identities, the process of identity development (intersectional identity development), and how this varies between individuals.
Training or experience with issues such as racial fatigue, code switching, and impostor feelings.
Ability to manage a full caseload within a brief treatment, time-limited clinical setting.
Ability to manage crisis situations, including suicidality and danger to others.
Highly effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds and to work in a highly collaborative manner
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated experience with computer information systems.
Successful candidates will be required to meet pre-employment background screening requirements.
Please note MassArt does not provide:
Employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship.
Reimbursement for travel.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to have received the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of your start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided during the onboarding process.
MassArt provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. MassArt complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the college operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment
About Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Boston, MA
Colleges of the Fenway is a collaborative effort of five neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty, and 2,300-course offerings.