Psychologist: Multicultural Specialist

Knoxville, TN

Position Announcement

Staff Psychologist, Multicultural Emphasis

Student Counseling Center


The Student Counseling Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for an open position for Staff Psychologist with a Multicultural Emphasis. This is a 12 month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals working together to support the mental health of UT students. We are seeking candidates who enjoy working with young adults in a university environment, are enthusiastic about a career in college mental health, and appreciate the importance of mental health to academic success.


The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling approximately 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.


The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff persons who serve our students through 20 departments and centers. Division Staff are actively engaged in the lives of students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.


The Department: The Student Counseling Center is a full-service collegiate counseling center staffed by 14 full-time providers (11 licensed psychologists and 3 master’s level providers). An APA accredited training site with 5 intern positions, the center provides a robust training program for multiple levels of doctoral psychology trainees. The department is actively engaged in suicide prevention and stress management programming within the university community. The Center shares a state of the art facility with the Student Health Center and the Center for Health Education and Wellness allowing significant collaboration in the care of students.


The Position: Reporting to the department Director, the primary duty of the psychologist in this position is to provide direct clinical services to students and consultation to faculty and staff. As a Multicultural Specialist, this psychologist will also provide leadership and consultation to staff regarding the promotion of a culturally responsive clinical environment and training program. The successful candidate will have strong general therapy skills and the ability to provide effective treatment in a short term model. This person should be competent in treating a wide range of clinical issues and complex diagnoses including assessment and intervention with students at risk of suicide and self-harm. Further, the person in this position will be expected to be involved in supervision and training of doctoral interns and trainees. This position requires engagement within the university community through community intervention, outreach, and development of liaison relationships with campus partners. We seek candidates whose clinical service, supervision, and community intervention is infused with multicultural responsiveness and who demonstrate clear interest and commitment to all dimensions of diversity.




  • Direct Clinical Service:
    • Provide range of culturally responsive psychological services to students, especially but not exclusively from historically marginalized populations, to help address mental disorders and developmental challenges that may interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning.
    • Perform initial triage screening and assessment, risk assessment, and crisis management.
    • Provide individual/group/couples counseling, psycho-education, and appropriate referrals to services on campus and in the community.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Leadership:
    • Chair departmental Diversity Committee
    • Serves on diversity related campus committees as invited.
    • Use best practices and evidence-based research to assist departmental staff in fulfilling our commitment to creating a welcoming and affirming environment for students of diverse backgrounds, identities, and abilities.
    • Serve a center liaison to key university stakeholders such as Multicultural Student Life, Student Disability Services, Pride center, and others.
  • Clinical supervision and training of doctoral interns, Graduate Assistants, and practicum clinicians.
    • Collaboration and consultation with the training program regarding diversity training.
  • Consultation with faculty, staff and students regarding mental health related concerns.
  • Serving as a resource for multicultural expertise within the department and across the division.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from APA-accredited program (ABD with clear completion date may be considered)
  • Successful completion of an APA-accredited internship (internship site must have been accredited during the time of the candidate’s training).
  • Licensed or license eligibility as a psychologist in the state of Tennessee


Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


  • Evidence of strong generalist clinical skills including effectiveness in a short-term treatment model (4-12 sessions).
  • Skill in assessing/treating wide range of disorders and levels of function, especially to under-represented populations.
  • Working knowledge of multicultural counseling competency.
  • Skill interacting with persons of diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, and LGBTQ+ backgrounds
  • Skill developing outreach programs/workshops targeting needs of traditionally underrepresented students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developmental issues of college students; particularly the unique concerns of underrepresented students.
  • Pronounced commitment to student success.
  • Ability to speak confidently and knowledgeably to students, faculty, staff, and administrators about multicultural issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated in oral and written communication.


Preferred Experience/Skills:


  • 3 or more years of experience providing psychological services in a university counseling center.
  • 3 or more years of experience providing supervision and training of doctoral level psychology students
  • Demonstrated expertise in multicultural counseling competency
  • Experience and interest in providing group services; e.g., general group therapy, themed groups, support groups, stress management.
  • Experience, interest, and skills with use of social media to enhance outreach and support services.


Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is accompanied by a standard university benefits package.


Application Process:  Review of applications will begin as they are received and applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.  For consideration, go to: and electronically submit a letter of application, vita, names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references, and unofficial graduate school transcripts. This position is available immediately and the start date is negotiable. For further information about this position please contact the search chair, Dr. Maggie Klotz, Assistant Director and Director of Training at


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.


In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.


Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.