Arcadia University

The Assistant Director of Counseling/ Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives position seeks a full-time doctoral or master's level licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor/social worker (licensed eligible in PA will be considered) to provide administrative leadership and direction to Counseling Services and the AOD (Alcohol & Other Drugs) program in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The Assistant Director of Counseling/ Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives will work internally with Counseling Services, along with the campus community at large, through collaboration and liaising with campus partners to identify and develop strategies to best support students from diverse backgrounds and identities, with an emphasis on supporting Black/African American and other marginalized students. The candidate will have a nuanced understanding of and the impact that racial inequality, prejudice, marginalization and systemic racism has on students from historically underrepresented and underserved populations. Additional responsibilities will include providing direct clinical services to the Arcadia student population with an emphasis on serving BIPOC students.

This position is full-time, 10 months per year, mid-August through mid-June.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that provides a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)- and values-based educational experience that keeps students at the center of all its efforts. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 11 years, and the Princeton Review has ranked Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" from 2017 to 2021. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks Arcadia among the top 25 percent in its category and cites Arcadia for being among the "most innovative" and "best value" colleges. Approximately 3,700 students study at Arcadia, with 2,300 undergraduate students choosing from more than 65 fields of study. Arcadia promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit www.arcadia.edu.


Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to the hiring manager. Due to the volume of applications received, communication will generally be limited to candidates selected for additional consideration.

For additional information and to apply, please visit: https://arcadia.isolvedhire.com/jobs/ and upload a cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of three professional references.


Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.


At Arcadia University, our JEDI principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are the foundation of our highly-regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.

Essential Functions: 50% 

  • Creates and develops culturally informed outreach for BIPOC students as well as strategies to reduce barriers for treatment and increase access to services.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with campus partners and student organizations who serve and support BIPOC students and students from other underrepresented backgrounds and identities.
  • Analyzes and assesses the wellness needs of BIPOC students and assists in improving Counseling Services' ability to meet those needs and reduce the stigma of help-seeking behavior.
  • Works with the Director and Training Coordinator to identify necessary cultural competencies for the professional development of Counseling Services staff and resources needed to meet the mental health needs of BIPOC students.

Essential Functions: 35%

  • Provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and referral services to the Arcadia undergraduate and graduate student population with a specific focus on students from diverse racial identities.
  • Provides consultation to faculty, staff, parents, and students, as needed.
  • Participates in weekly clinical supervision and clinical case consultation.
  • Attends Counseling Services Staff meetings and serves on Student Affairs, Student Success and Anti-Black Racism Initiatives committees as needed.
  • Provides case management for students who require additional services.
  • Provides clinical documentation within the required time guidelines.




Marginal Functions: 15%

  • Provides peer consultation and clinical supervision within the Center.
  • Participates and serves on additional Student Affairs, committees and projects 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience providing comprehensive clinical services to individuals from racially diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Keen knowledge of the lived experiences of African American and other marginalized students at predominantly white colleges and universities.
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership experience in a university/college setting or in a similar community system (mental health agency, hospital, etc).
  • At least three years' experience working in a college or university counseling center or experience working with a traditional college-age student population.
  • A sophisticated understanding of how intersectionality, privilege, and socioeconomic status relate to the mental health of a global student community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using a confidential software program such as Titanium.
  • Professional ethical standards consistent with best practices in the mental health counseling field.
  • Experience developing, evaluating and providing outreach programs that support students from racially diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Ability to relate empathically, effectively, and consistently with a diverse student population including knowledge of cultural differences.
  • Solid understanding of counseling and consulting in a university setting.
  • Ability to interact and effectively communicate with students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and human relations skills.
  • Openness to developing and improving job knowledge and skills, including completing CEU requirements in pertinent areas for self-development and licensure.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Counseling and/or Social Work;
  • PA licensed preferred and/or licensed eligible within 1 year of hire.
  • Three-five years' experience working in a counseling center/mental health agency with significant experience working with college-aged individuals from racially diverse backgrounds and identities with a primary focus of working with Black and African American individuals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience working with a traditional age-college student population in a university and/or college setting (internship/practicum may count towards experience).
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a university/college setting or similar community system. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of clients presenting with a broad range of clinical needs.
  • Experience and knowledge about the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of BIPOC (Black/African American, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) students.
  • Previous experience with these student populations is highly preferred.

Other requirements:

  • Licensed in Pennsylvania as a Psychologist or another related field (licensed professional counselor) or licensed eligible within 1 year of hire.

Arcadia University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by your employment start date. Arcadia will consider requests for exemptions from the vaccination policy due to medical condition or religious belief. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment. Our vaccination protocols are subject to applicable laws and will be updated from time to time to reflect evolving conditions and federal, state, local, and other applicable health and safety guidelines.

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