Job Details

SUNY Oswego
  • Position Number: 5247664
  • Location: Oswego, NY
  • Position Type: Counseling

Assistant Director for Equity & Social Justice

Counseling Services at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time Assistant Director for Equity & Social Justice.

SUNY Oswego Counseling Services (CS) offers multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, and diverse services to students that enable them to be more successful in their academic, personal, and career pursuits. CS is IACS accredited and hosts masters-level graduate trainees and counselor education doctoral-level trainees for clinical internships from five accredited education programs.

CS' efforts focus on helping students reduce psychological symptoms, cope with life events and developmental tasks, improve interpersonal skills and relationships, and increase self-knowledge and problem-solving ability. CS promotes equity and respect for individual and cultural differences and offers consulting services to the entire University community. CS is part of the Division of Student Affairs which contributes to and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive, and supportive communities.

The Assistant Director for Equity & Social Justice position is an integral part of the CS's administrative team and contributes to SUNY Oswego's DEI initiatives through a focus on engaging, collaborating with, and providing direct clinical services to students who have historically been underserved and underrepresented in higher education.

Posting Date: May 3, 2024

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: SL Level: 4; Salary levels, Minimum salary: $75,000, salary offer will be commensurate with experience

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. This is a United University Professions (UUP) position. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff.

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:
  • Works with the Counseling Services (CS) leadership team to ensure that the array of services CS offers, engages and supports students from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Liaises and collaborates with student organizations, academic departments, and administrative offices, including the Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice, that attend to and serve historically marginalized and underrepresented students.
  • Develops and coordinates with the CS Director psychoeducational programs that focus on promoting identity based equity in student mental health and wellness.
  • Provides direct clinical services, including intakes, psychotherapy, group counseling and crisis intervention, to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population.
  • Provides clinical supervision and training as needed for trainees from multiple disciplines.
  • Provides consultation to faculty, administrators, families, and community providers about students of concern and campus-wide mental health issues.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary and leadership team meetings.
  • Serves in the on-call rotation
  • Performs administrative duties as assigned
  • Play a central role in building collaborations between Counseling Services and its many stakeholders, especially OSEI; in establishing departmental diversity, equity and inclusion programs; in building accountability among leadership and staff around DEI values; and in assessing student needs in an effort to provide equitable and inclusive service.
  • Facilitate the professional development programming for staff and trainees regarding ongoing cultural responsiveness, attention to context, and centering intersectionality as it pertains to service delivery, training, and internal operations in line with upholding the multicultural, ethical, and professional standards of all disciplines represented within the department.
  • Serve as the direct supervisor of staff members - specifically, those who serve in embedded role(s) and/or satellite offices whose primary charge is to support marginalized student populations, such as first-generation, low income, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, LGBTQ+, international, & students with varied documentation & ability statuses; as well as provide clinical supervision of unlicensed staff.
  • Engage meaningfully with leadership and campus partners at the university and division levels to advise, collaborate, and enhance campus climate - serving as the expert on the intersections of student wellness and DEI; and facilitate the creation of - and ongoing relationships with - the Student Health Advisory Council.
  • Lead the department in its endeavors to recruit, attract, and retain a diverse staff and trainee classes, in collaboration with the Director of Counseling Services; and engage in the delivery of direct psychotherapy, outreach, consultation, and emergency services to students and consultations to deans, faculty, staff and parents.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's or Doctoral degree in a mental health related field (clinical or counseling psychology, social work, mental health counseling) from an accredited program.
  • Licensed or license eligible as a mental health provider in New York State.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience with promoting social justice and working with marginalized and underrepresented populations.
  • Commitment to providing multicultural counseling
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse university community of students, faculty, administrators and families.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with providing counseling and therapy in a university/college mental health setting.
  • Excellent administrative, communication, leadership, decision-making skills and the ability to work autonomously within a team atmosphere.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational skills and an ability to provide outreach and training to groups of people.
  • Experience providing risk assessments and crisis intervention.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

For Campus Safety information, please click here to see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery).

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Click here for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

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Search Chair:

Lynn Braun,

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:
  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications
  2. A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal life or community engagement
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Contact information for three professional references

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