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Licensed Master's Counseling - Veteran's Focus

Job Summary

Central Washington University is recruiting a Licensed Master's Psychologist - Veterans Focus to join our Student Counseling Services team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is an important member of our team as they encourage student success for the University. The role is a campus-based position, which means you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a salary, dependant on experience, plus the awesome CWU benefits.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more:

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here.

The Role:

This position provides individual, couples and group counseling, assessment and crisis intervention services to CWU students and is an integral member of the Student Counseling Services team supporting the wellbeing of university students. This position also provides focused outreach and liaison building with university departments and student groups that support student veterans, students who are currently members of the armed forces, ROTC, and students who are dependents of members of the armed forces/veterans. Provide training and supervision of doctoral and masters interns in areas of expertise. All employees are expected to support CWU's commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties

- Provide individual, couples, and group counseling, assessment and crisis intervention services to students, both independently and in consultation with counselors, medical providers and Director of Counseling
- Provide consultation services to student groups, faculty, and staff of the university as requested
- Participate as a team member and provide leadership, motivation, and facilitation of services within Student Counseling Services and the greater University community
- Work cooperatively with supervisor, colleagues, students and internal/external constituencies
- Participate in multi-disciplinary team delivery of service
- Maintain client records and statistical data as required by the Student Counseling Services and applicable laws and regulations
- Attend and participate in case consultation, counseling staff meetings, diversity seminars, multi-disciplinary team meetings, group consultation and clinic-wide meetings
- Plan and organize work to make efficient use of time and university resources and to remain flexible in an ever-changing environment
- Understand, support and demonstrate a commitment to institutional policies, procedures, and goals
- Design, implement and evaluate developmental outreach programs, presentations, workshops and other activities to facilitate student growth, with a particular focus on the needs of underserved students
- Develop strategic and effective partnerships with other university departments/programs supporting students with marginalized identities
- In partnership with Director of Counseling and other DEI focused positions, provide peer leadership amongst other staff in the enactment of the Student Counseling Services' Social Justice Initiative
- Conduct internal continuing education programs, seminars, and workshops
- Provide after-hours, weekend, and holiday on-call support to university administration on a rotating basis
- Provide training and clinical supervision to interns, peer educators, and others as requested and qualified to do
- Participate in approved research and program evaluation activities

- Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in mental health counseling, counseling, or other terminal master's degree in the counseling field
  • Hold a current master's level licensure to practice counseling/therapy in state of residence and/or in Washington State
  • If not currently licensed in Washington State, eligible for licensure under RCW 18.225
  • Training and experience working with active members of the military or military veterans (practicum and internship experiences are applicable)
  • Commitment to social justice and ability to work effectively with minoritized communities
  • Ability to provide brief, focused, effective counseling
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response
  • Experience working as part of a collaborative, team-based approach to student services in a fast-paced work setting
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and group communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to provide some afterhours work on an as-needed-basis and counselor-on-call rotation
  • Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences
  • OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Focused experience working in counseling and advocacy with Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, or other minoritized gender identities
  • Two years of counseling experience as a licensed professional
  • Focused experience working in counseling and advocacy with people from other marginalized identities/communities (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low income, first generation, students with disabilities, undocumented, DACA, or mixed status families)
  • Keen sensitivity to issues of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability differences, socio-economic status, etc., and a commitment to the work of anti-racism
  • Ability and willingness to engage in difficult dialogues related to anti-racism and social justice as it pertains to providing culturally competent service delivery and intern training
  • Experience providing outreach, liaison development, or partnership building across departments
  • Experience working in a college or university counseling center, community mental health, or prison/jail system (practicum/internship may be included)
  • Experience and expertise providing a variety of workshops, presentations and training in student and staff-development
  • Experience providing group psychotherapy and/or facilitating support groups
  • Experience supervising graduate students and interns
  • Experience or education providing consultation services to student groups, faculty/staff, parents, family members and community members as needed
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to uncertainty and frequent changes
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment
  • Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into everyday conversations
  • Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU's commitment to inclusion and diversity
  • Potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations


  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications and experience

Schedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch) / 10 month cyclic appointment

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a building housing both Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services on a single floor with a common front office and back-office work area. Exposure to communicable disease and infection may occur. The majority of the work will occur within this setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. There may be some evening or weekend on-call responsibilities on a rotational basis. Occasional travel may be required.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit:

Salary Range
$63,000.00 - $69,000.00
per Year
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Ellensburg, WA, 98926, US