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Staff Psychologist

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Thomas Cook Counseling Ctr. Aux
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Medical Professionals

Job Description

When was the last time you changed the world?
In Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, that’s exactly what we’re doing every day—guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

We’re currently searching for a Staff Counselor – Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA+) Focus to join The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center (CCC) team in Blacksburg, VA to help us in our mission. As we continue to grow and develop a diverse and vibrant group of professionals to serve our student body of 36,000 and in the spirit of Ut Prosim (that I may serve) and InclusiveVT, the Center is committed to a model of diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of its services. The multidisciplinary staff of counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and practicum students to deliver services that maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical care. In 2022, Virginia Tech launched the Virginia Tech Advantage for Virginia students which seeks to provide a Virginia Tech experience financially within reach for everyone regardless of income. Part of this initiative will include recommendations and strategies to make Virginia Tech more affordable and accessible for underserved students, addressing financial feasibility and student success. Cook Counseling Center supports the academic mission of the university and has focused upon growing the multicultural competence and ethnic and racial diversity of the counseling staff. The goal for this position is to further our work with APIDA+ communities and marginalized students as we better understand the lived experiences of these students on this campus. We are particularly interested in hiring an individual with knowledge and experience working with APIDA+ students. The ideal candidate will provide brief, culturally competent counseling for individuals, groups, and couples with diverse clinical concerns. The individual will also work with partners across the university to develop and provide culturally informed outreach and prevention services as well as partner with others on staff to provide training for other staff members. This position will conduct crisis interventions as needed during the day and when on after hours call.

The Cook Counseling Center was rated #1 by the Princeton Review of Best Colleges for 2021. Virginia Tech is a Land Grant University which is reimagining how education and technology intersect for the purpose of transforming the ways we teach and learn, perform research, and engage with communities around the world. The main campus, located in Blacksburg, VA, offers academic degrees in nine colleges and the graduate school. There are 110 undergraduate majors and 170 master’s and doctoral programs serving 38,000 students. Student Affairs (of which Cook Counseling is an integral part) intentionally create environments where relationships flourish, diverse ideas converge, and people discover a purpose greater than themselves.

1) You’ll be joining the Cook Counseling Center team; a department committed to a spirit of excellence in providing timely and relevant university mental health services.
2) You’ll be reporting to the Director, in a Regular twelve-month, 100% administrative professional appointment. 
3) You’ll be responsible for providing brief, multiculturally competent counseling for individuals, groups, and couples with diverse clinical concerns. The individual will also work with partners across the university to develop and provide culturally informed outreach and prevention services as well as partner with others on staff to provide training for other staff members.
4) You’ll have the chance to grow and take advantage of a developmental plan with opportunities to advance within the Department and the Division.
5) You’ll be offered a base compensation package between $65,000-$75,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package which includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, VT discounts, and so much more!

1) THE UNIVERSITY: Virginia Tech as an employer is committed to developing well-rounded employees who are active members of the university community as well as the community at-large. From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a variety of benefits and perks to help team members build a fuller and more balanced life.
2) THE DIVISION: For our students and ourselves, the Division of Student Affairs believes that changing the world requires courageous leadership and commitment to curiosity, integrity, civility, and service to others. Our culture is defined by a commitment to our Aspirations for Student Learning.
3) THE TEAM: Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center (CCC) supports the mission of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Division of Student Affairs. We promote student learning, development, retention, and holistic wellbeing by providing resources for improving mental health and identifying psychological barriers to academic success. Grounded in our commitment to social justice and equity, CCC supports these efforts through psycho-educational programming, individual, group, crisis, and psychiatric services. CCC’s commitment to service also includes multidisciplinary training, consultation, advocacy, and research.

Required Qualifications

• Master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or family therapy with two years of experience OR PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with APA approved internship
• Experience in providing focused therapeutic interventions
• Training and experience in delivering culturally competent interventions

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience and interest in working with APIDA+ (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) students
• Bilingual
• Experience or interest in working students from under-represented populations
• Strong commitment to social justice and issues of diversity
• Licensed or eligible for licensure within 2 years

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$65,000 - $75,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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