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Staff Psychologist (Multiple Vacancies) Potential Hybrid Opportunity

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Ctr Counseling & Psych Health
Union: PSU
Categories: Health & Medical Services

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

The incumbent provides evaluation and treatment to a wide range of students presenting to the clinic. Participates in preventative mental health programs as a consultant and leader of workshops. Provides specialized services in at least one major program and crisis/liaison services, including regular intervention with emergency and highly acute situations.


Essential Functions

  • Clinical responsibilities:
    • Provides culturally responsive and identity-informed evaluations, crisis interventions and brief psychotherapies with individuals, couples, families, and groups that affirm the complex ways in which culture and identity affect therapeutic service delivery.
    • Participates in regular on-call rotation and responds to a variety of urgent and emergent situations in 24-72 hour shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • Independently assesses and facilitates Section 12s for individuals at imminent risk to self or others.
    • Performs specialized tasks and other duties as defined by the Leadership Team.
  • Supervises psychology trainees, teaches within the training program, and is actively involved in the selection of psychology trainees.
  • Provides community consultations, groups, workshops, and outreach.
  • Prepares timely documentation of above activities.
  • Collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.
  • Promotes and supports flourishing across the life span through a developmental lens.


Other Functions

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements.
  • Recognizes the impact that racism, oppression, and other systemic inequities have on student access to care.
  • Collaborates with students to increase their capacity and skill in accessing resources that promote wellbeing and academic success.
  • Actively participates in the dismantling of systemic oppression as it shapes workplace policies and practices.
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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

  • Ph.D., Psy. D., or Ed.D. in clinical or counseling psychology or equivalent.
  • Licensure in Massachusetts for practice of psychology. (If licensed in another state or not yet licensed, must complete MA license within one (1) year of hire.)
  • Three (3) years of relevant professional experience.


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

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (particularly in Mandarin).
  • Experience providing services to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  • Demonstrated skill in addressing acts of discrimination against marginalized groups.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical mental health center environment.


Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
  • On-call rotation requires after hours' time.
  • Required to work some nights and weekends.

Hybrid Schedule: This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.


Salary Information

Salary to commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The position will remain open until filled. 

We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best talent on our team to meet the need of our diverse campus community which we serve. Multilingual, multicultural and multiracial applicants encouraged to apply.


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.

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