Job Information

University of Utah Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/22/2022

Requisition Number PRN29845B

Job Title PS Social Worker, Spec Exper

Working Title Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations)

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40 hrs/week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

  • Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • One or two evenings preferred and some weekends possible.
  • Options to telecommute 1 – 2 days per week and/or 4 ten-hour work schedule

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00316 - University Counseling Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $60,000 - $62,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

In collaboration with the Division for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the University Counseling Center ( UCC ) at The University of Utah enthusiastically welcomes applications for a Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations) to become an integral member of our dynamic multidisciplinary team. As part of the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion ( EDI ) Embedded Therapist team, this position has a special focus on working with marginalized student populations including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

The UCC is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services ( IACS ). Our staff is composed of professionals from psychology, social work, clinical mental health, and APRN disciplines. We have several nationally recognized training programs, including a doctoral psychology internship accredited by the American Psychological Association, a master’s internship in Social Work, and practica in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. For more information about the UCC , please visit . For more information on the office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, please visit .

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) fully-benefitted position, with the opportunity to telecommute 1 – 2 days per week, including the option of a four ten-hour work schedule. Some evening hours preferred, with minimal weekend hours possible. $60,000 – $62,000 salary range. Many opportunities for free trainings/CEUs are provided to staff, in addition to the provision of limited professional development funds for other training goals. An excellent benefits package is included: 14.2% retirement matching, paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA ), 13 paid holidays per year plus accrual of 18 hours per month of PTO , excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow for access to care through the University of Utah health system, tuition benefits, and options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA / FSA savings plans are available (see for full description of benefits package).

We will be hiring two different therapists with the same job duties, with an emphasis on serving BIPOC students. One therapist will be based within Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ( EDI ) and the other will be based within the University Counseling Center. These therapists will work closely together in coordinating clinical referrals, outreach presentations, and other EDI programming.

An excellent benefits package is included (see for a full description of the benefits package):

  • 14.2% retirement matching
  • Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA )
  • 13 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month
  • Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow for access to care through the University of Utah health system
  • Tuition benefits
  • Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA / FSA savings plans are available.

Successful completion of a background check required prior to hire and paid for by the department.

Candidates earning a graduate degree by August 2022 will be considered.

One year of education is equivalent to two years of relevant experience.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs ( is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.


Responsibilities include:

  • Intake assessments
  • Individual, group, and couples/relationship counseling using a brief therapy model
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Prevention
  • Outreach and consultation with campus partners
  • Coordinating services specifically designed for marginalized student populations
  • Opportunities for supervision and training of agency trainees are also possible

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W. ) certificate for clinical practice and two years directly related experience; demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team; ability to communicate verbally as well as in writing; and experience with conflict resolution when counseling individuals, couples, and groups required. Experience working with community resources, instructing and supervising Social Workers, Interns, and other caseworkers preferred. Five years of experience may be required in some areas.

An L.C.S.W. is earned after completing 4000 hours of Social Work experience and a passing score on the L.C.S.W. exam.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Department Specific Qualifications

Candidates earning a graduate degree by August 2022 will be considered.

One year of education is equivalent to two years of relevant experience.

At a minimum, candidates must demonstrate eligibility for licensure for independent practice in Utah as follows: For Social Work, have completed a Masters of Social Work with licensure as a Clinical Social Worker ( CSW ). For Professional Counseling, have completed a Masters of Mental Health Counseling with licensure as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor ( ACMHC ). For Marriage & Family Therapy, have completed a clinical master’s or doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education with licensure as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist ( AMFT ). For Psychology, have completed an APA -accredited doctoral internship in counseling or clinical psychology and obtained licensure as a Certified Psychology Resident.


  • Applicants must document experience working with college-age students or young adults, with a special focus on Black, Indigenous, and/or Students of Color.
  • Demonstration of applied clinical skills, techniques, and expertise working with diverse populations; an anti-racist multicultural orientation.
  • Experience with crisis intervention and consultation.
  • Experience providing short-term counseling.
  • Excellent crisis intervention and clinical skills and a strong knowledge base regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues are required.
  • Candidates must also demonstrate excellent human relations skills and effective verbal and written communication skills.


Candidates earning a graduate degree by August 2022 will be considered.

One year of education is equivalent to two years of relevant experience.

  • Full licensure for independent practice in Utah in social work, professional counseling, marriage and family counseling, or psychology is preferred.
  • Preference will also be given to those with experience working with a multidisciplinary team, providing mental health services on a college campus, and experience in working with trauma/high acuity and/or disordered eating is a plus.
  • Fluency in Mandarin, Arabic, or a language other than English is also preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Candidates earning a graduate degree by August 2022 will be considered.

One year of education is equivalent to two years of relevant experience.

Priority review date of April 15, 2022.

To Apply: Submit an online application at . Please contact Claudia Reyes (Search Chair) with any questions at or 801.581.6826.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.