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Senior Counselor, Athletics Specialist

Binghamton University

Binghamton, NY ~ July 15, 2022

Position Description

Binghamton University’s Athletics Department and University Counseling Center (UCC) seek a full-time, 12-month renewable position with benefits for a counselor providing mental health counseling and outreach services to Division I student-athletes. This is a generalist position with strong preference for candidates who have experience working in a collegiate athletics setting. Early career candidates are welcome to apply.  Duties of the position include short-term individual and group counseling, outreach and psychoeducation, crisis counseling, initial assessment, and consultation and liaison relationships with Athletics staff. The focus will be on generalist mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, personal or relationship concerns, depression, mild to moderate mental health issues, and development or academic concerns. There will also be both clinical and outreach focus on student athlete specific issues such as: sports performance, injury rehabilitation, and student-athlete identity development. While the position is primarily clinical, this position will provide substantive outreach and psycho-educational workshops to student-athletes and athletics staff.  This position will report directly to the University Counseling Center with dotted line reporting to Athletics. All clinical staff positions involve some administrative duties and roles. Binghamton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in mental health or related field, licensure or eligibility for licensure to practice in New York.
  • Broad "generalist" clinical competence in assessing and intervening with a wide range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology. Experience or willingness to use a brief therapy model.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the unique needs and challenges of the college student-athlete population.
  • Ability to handle a busy caseload in a dynamic environment, demonstrating a strong work ethic and a willingness to collaborate.
  • Multicultural awareness, knowledge, understanding, responsiveness, and skills to work with culturally diverse populations.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication skills, public speaking, and leading group discussions.
  • Ability to handle spontaneous work demands while undertaking projects that require advance planning.
  • Commitment to a proactive student development perspective involving an active relationship with the campus community.
  • Team-oriented, “user-friendly” to students and university staff.
  • Availability and willingness to participate in occasional evening or weekend activities


Preferred Qualifications:

Please articulate any preferred qualifications you have in your cover letter:

  • LCSW credential, LMHC, or Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or related field. ABD’s will be considered; post-doctoral supervision for licensure can be provided.
  • Experience as a collegiate student-athlete or coach.
  • Expertise with psychological issues related to student athletes such as performance enhancement, athletics consultations, student athlete identity development, and/or injury and rehabilitation in competitive athletics.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules, including adherence to professional, legal ethical and professional standards endorsed by licensing organizations
  • Experience in a higher education counseling center and/or with young adults in a clinical setting.
  • Active participation in relevant professional organizations.



$60,000 - $70,000 for a 12 month position


About Binghamton University:

Binghamton, one of four university centers within the State University of New York, was named the premier public university in the northeast by The Fiske Guide to Colleges "because of its outstanding academic programs. . . and its commitment to undergraduates." Binghamton University enrolls about 18,000 students in programs leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.  The student body is highly diverse with a large international student population.  There are students from all 50 states and from over 100 countries.


Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging our students academically, not financially. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds college experience.


Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university - rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative -- while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community.  Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, work one-on-one with an exceptional faculty that includes innovative scientists and groundbreaking scholars. They take advantage of special academic opportunities like combined degrees, foreign language study groups and an unparalleled international education program.


The University consists of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the School of Management, the Decker School of Nursing, and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Graduate School administers advanced-degree programs in these schools, but both our undergraduate and graduate students are taught by the same outstanding faculty. Twenty-six specialized research centers, along with three institutes for advanced studies and a GIS CORE facility, attract scholars from around the globe to Binghamton's modern campus.


The campus is spread across 887 acres on a wooded hillside above the Susquehanna River in the Binghamton suburb of Vestal. The University received top recognition in The Princeton Review's second annual "green rating" of colleges -- one of only 15 colleges honored.  The on-campus Nature Preserve boasts 190 acres of protected forest and wetlands with hiking/biking/running trails and a six-acre pond.


For more about the university:



About Binghamton Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics is an integral component of the educational experience at Binghamton University. The Department which competes at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the America East Conference,  exists to provide all student-athletes an opportunity to achieve excellence in their academic, athletic, and personal pursuits. In this pursuit of excellence, the Department offers equitable opportunities for all student-athletes and embraces the NCAA principles of sportsmanship, integrity, amateurism, compliance, diversity and inclusion and institutional control. 


About the Binghamton Area:

Binghamton is located in the Southern Tier of New York near the Pennsylvania border at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The area is proud of its many beautiful parks and outdoor recreation centers. The confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers help sculpt the landscape with lush scenery and a variety of wildlife.  Binghamton is the county seat of Broome County and is the principal city and cultural center of the Greater Binghamton metropolitan area (also known as the Triple Cities), home to a quarter million people. Binghamton is within easy driving distance to the NY Finger Lakes region (to the west) and the Catskill Mountains (to the east).  Located in the heartland of New York State, the Greater Binghamton area is rich with lively cities, and quaint villages. Downtown Binghamton offers a world-class opera company, a symphony orchestra, movie theaters, clubs, incredible restaurants, bars and professional hockey and baseball teams.


Additional Information:

Note: Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.


Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.


Payroll information can be found on our website http://www.binghamton.edu/human-resources/payroll/


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To apply:

  • Persons interested in this position should apply online. Please submit:
  • Resume, Cover letter, and Contact information for three professional references.
  • To apply, follow this link and click on the "Apply now" box at the bottom of the page.




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The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  As required by title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates.  This requirement extends to employment and admission.  Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found at http://www.binghamton.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion/policies/title-ix.html


Application deadline:

Open until filled. 


Starting Date:

Aug 18 preferred, but flexible


For questions contact:

Mark Rice, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Binghamton University Counseling Center (UCC)




Questions about the position can be directed to this email address, but please do NOT submit applications to this email address.  Applications should be submitted online as described above.  Questions about the application process can be directed to Human Resources at 607-777-3321.

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