Postdoctoral Fellowship (Counseling Services)

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Counseling Services)
Department:  Counseling Services
Date:  02/06/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (Emphasis on Intersectional Programming)

Counseling Services

Full-Time, Temporary, 11 Month, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment


Colby College invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Counseling Services. Postdoctoral training at Colby includes a balance of intentional mentorship and supervision in a small, collegial, diverse department that is situated in the Dean of the College division. Counseling Services staff engage one another and our campus partners with mutuality and shared enthusiasms for the dynamic community of highly engaged undergraduate students, faculty, and staff with whom we have the opportunity to work. This full-time, temporary, 11-month position has a preferred start date of August 1, 2020. A competitive salary, benefits, professional development funds, and support and study materials in preparation for EPPP are provided. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

We recognize that the roles and relationships students have on campus are shaped by the many intersecting identities of those involved as well as the identities of those on the margins. As college counseling staff are increasingly sought to support students in this rich and tumultuous developmental stage, it is incumbent upon early career professionals to develop interdisciplinary facility with complex, multifaceted, intersectional student identity development. With an emphasis on intersectional programming, the postdoctoral fellow provides a range of counseling, consultation, outreach, and prevention services while striving to imbue their interactions with both explicit and implicit commitments to the lens of intersectionality.  

We offer the opportunity to pursue one of three training ‘tracks,’ each of which is a semi-structured opportunity. The fellowship will have the opportunity to co-build the experience with us as the area of emphasis pertains to their career goals and abilities and the interdisciplinary priorities and resources of the College. Regardless of the track, the fellow will be understood by staff and students as approaching work through the lens of intersectionality and will be seen as an asset in this regard. Primary supervision will embrace the chosen area of emphasis and as appropriate, supervision can include intentional professional identity development in this domain.  

Fellows may choose between these conceptual tracks: 

  • Intersectionality and Physical Performance: A fellow choosing the ‘physical performance’ track will spend approximately 1/4 of clinical time in the athletic center working with athletic staff and conducting clinical work and programming with students. Additional supervision and mentorship by sports psychologists, sports medicine physicians, psychiatrists, and/or dietician will be available. 
  • Intersectionality and Academic Performance: A fellow choosing the ‘academic performance’ track will spend a portion of their time collaborating with deans, learning specialists, library staff, campus life community assistants, faculty, and our campus career center to support the identity development of students as engaged, intentional learners. In support of the intellectual engagement of our students, this track will include mentorship in comprehensive program development and evaluation.  
  • Intersectionality and Community Citizenship: A fellow choosing the ‘community citizenship’ track will spend a portion of their time working directly with student organizations, departments across the Dean of the College division including Civic Engagement, as well as with individual staff and student leaders to assess needs and develop programming in areas such as intentionality in relationships, reflection, diversity, equity, and inclusion, citizenship, communication and conflict management skills, leadership, and civic engagement.  

A minimum of 2 hours of weekly, individual clinical supervision will be provided. Additionally, the Fellow will participate in Counseling Services’ weekly clinical case conference, as well as our Eating Disorder and Mental Health Treatment Team meetings, which include Health Services’ staff. A minimum of 40 hours of work per week is required, with approximately 60% of that time devoted to direct clinical service. Funds will be available for the Fellow to pursue training or attend conferences in the domain of the chosen track.  

Onboarding for our Postdoctoral Fellowship is intentional, scaled to the ability, interests, and experiences of the professional, and completed in the context of its own intersectional and developmental frame. Colby College Counseling Services is a very busy center; like most college counseling centers, clinical acuity and associated demands can be high. Nevertheless, we are a team for whom the sacredness of each clinical encounter is not lost among these demands of care.  

As a result of the job duties and in the context of our supportive fellowship program, the person serving in the postdoctoral fellowship will leave Colby with strong clinical preparation and skills in program development in a college setting, as well as with a deeper, foundational understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges facing college mental health.


  • Provide individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for a diverse population of undergraduate students
  • Work collaboratively with staff and student leaders to develop and implement innovative and effective psychoeducational programming
  • Provide clinical consultation for faculty, staff, students, and concerned others
  • Engage in outreach and liaison efforts with the broader campus community, with an emphasis on building relationships with Colby students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups
  • Serve as an ambassador of the intersectional frame on human development in interactions and outreach across campus
  • Provide mental health related trainings on campus, including student hall staff trainings and gatekeeper trainings
  • Serve on a limited on-call rotation; provide backup coverage to contracted, after-hours crisis support provider
  • Keep complete, timely records of clinical activities
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited program by September 1, 2020 is strongly preferred; exceptions will be made for candidates who are ABD, with the expected completion of this remaining degree requirement by January 1, 2021
  • At least one year of experience working with emerging adults in a college mental health setting, including experience developing and presenting innovative psychoeducational programming is strongly preferred
  • Experience and proficiency in working with a diverse client population, which would include, but not be limited to, addressing issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, and issues related to resources and access
  • A generalist professional orientation with solid clinical skills and the ability to assess and treat a wide range of presenting concerns
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Creative energy around and enthusiasm for working with students in a small, liberal arts college community
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
Reporting to the director of Counseling Services, this position interacts with students, faculty, staff, and outside constituencies.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Counseling Services) - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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