Careers at UMass Amherst

Psychiatric Social Worker

Apply now Job no: 518571
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Hampshire College Health Care
Union: PSU
Categories: Health & Medical Services, Counseling/Health/Wellness

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Hampshire College Health Care Associate Director of Health & Counseling Services, this position will have a special focus on providing outreach, consultation, advocacy, and prevention programming to Black/ African American and LatinX students in addition to other students with diverse, multiple, and intersecting student identities. Primary emphases include outreach to and supporting students in crisis; evaluation and treatment of a wide range of patients/ mental health conditions; participating in related mental health programs and initiatives; consulting and liaising with colleagues; leading workshops and groups; and responding to emergency and highly acute patient situations. Additionally, this position leads staff development efforts that enhance the department’s provision of culturally competent clinical services. Provides crisis/liaison services, including regular intervention with emergency situations and highly acute patient situations. This position is located at the Hampshire College Health Care Services location.


Essential Functions

  • Performs wide range of clinical responsibilities, including but not limited to: - Evaluation, crisis interventions, brief psychotherapies for wide variety of clients (individuals, couples, families, groups) presenting to clinic.
  • On-call responsibilities in regular rotation for a variety of urgent and emergency situations in 24-72 hour stints including nights, weekends, and holidays; and - Specialized tasks as defined with and/or by the Associate Director of Health and Counseling Services.
  • Develops and maintains racially and culturally focused initiatives including seminars, community outreach, staff and community trainings, programming, and direct service delivery. Revises, as needed to remain contemporary and effectively meet needs of diverse populations.
  • Contributes to the establishment of a safe and affirming environments for all members of the campus community. Works closely with campus partners to assess and address the needs of the community for marginalized populations. Includes active outreach and other strategies that can effectively connect these populations with related services and programs.
  • Provides functional supervision of interns and teaching within training programs. Provides community consultations and workshops.
  • Ensures regular assessment of program impacts. Prepares timely written documentation of above activities, as required.


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill, and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with university policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), Counseling, Psychology, or related field.
  • 2-3 years relevant clinical experience.
  • Licensure in Massachusetts for independent practice of social work (LICSW). If licensed in another state, must obtain MA license within 9 months of hire.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Previous directly related work experience working with racially diverse populations, including Black/African American and LatinX individuals.


Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; required to work some evenings and some weekends


Salary Information

Level 29

PSU Hiring Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references. The position will remain open until filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

on-the-spot-interview details Upcoming On-the-Spot Interviews at UMass Amherst for Custodial, Grounds, and Landscaping On-the-Spot Interviews Details

Returning Applicant?

Login to complete your application and/or apply for more positions.


Job Alerts

We'll send you an email when a position becomes available that matches your search criteria


Human Resources

Visit Human Resources for more information on benefits, payroll, health insurance, retirement and general information about working at UMass Amherst.