Southwestern College Santa Fe, NM



Southwestern College (SWC) is a small, consciousness-centered graduate school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico with an enrollment of approximately 200 students. We offer Master’s degree programs in Counseling, Art Therapy/Counseling, Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals, Consciousness in Action, and a PhD in Visionary Practice and Regenerative Leadership

Current opportunities are listed here. The details link for each position provides specific application instructions. Check back often.



Dean of Student Affairs

$90,000-$100,000 Annually, benefits eligible

Reports to Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

Southwestern College is seeking a dynamic, visionary, collaborative, and student-centered leader to serve as the Dean of Student Affairs in a student-centered, transformational, partnership-based, and consciousness-centered educational environment. The incumbent will be responsible for leadership and oversight of student affairs and coordinates closely with academic program leadership to support student retention and success. Key responsibilities include ensuring student services are operating efficiently and effectively, implementing policies and processes for ensuring a safe, welcoming, and inclusive educational campus climate, and ensuring students have access to an array of resources to successfully complete their academic programs. Student services areas of oversight include Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, student coaching/support, student conduct, career services, student retention initiatives, co-curricular activities, the graduate assistant program, ADA, FERPA, and Title IX. The Dean supports the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs in data collection, analysis, and reporting to inform continuous improvement of student services and academic programs. The Dean serves as a member of the Academic Council.

Minimum requirements include a master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field with three (5) or more years of successful administrative experience in higher education including supervisory experience. Reports to the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. Position is open until filled.

To apply, send a Resume or CV, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Virginia Padilla-Vigil at vpvigil@swc.edu.

For a full job description click here.

Professional Licensed Therapist (part-time)

The Tierra Nueva Counseling Center of Southwestern College (SWC) seeks a part-time independently licensed therapist to join our team. The Licensed Professional Therapist (LPCC) will work with a diverse caseload with the support of a clinical team. Come work in a growing practiced that is rooted in Southwestern College’s philosophy of holistic care. Grow as a clinician with onsite training, professional development, and supervision that supports you and your therapeutic vision. Tierra Nueva provides individual, group, and family services designed to meet the specific needs of clients and utilizes a holistic framework which includes approaches that address the social, emotional, mental, cultural, and spiritual aspects of each client. Session rooms are designed for art therapy, play therapy, sand tray and allow for flexibility in clinical approach.

Complete Job Description is available here.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to Denise Moore.
Position open until filled.


Southwestern College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. SWC38We offer a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing experiential learning and the personal growth and consciousness of the student/therapist.

Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Program (12 months)

$59,000 – $65,000 annually

Southwestern College welcomes applications for candidates seeking to teach full-time in a collaborative, consciousness-centered, and transformational learning environment. The successful candidate will hold or be eligible for an LPCC in New Mexico with a supervision designation; have a PhD in Counselor Education from a CACREP accredited institution*; have at least three years of direct client service in clinical mental health including supervision; and have graduate teaching experience in both in-person and online modalities.  Preferred qualifications include three years of academic program leadership/management experience, including supervising and mentoring faculty, experience teaching and/or supervising counseling students online and on ground, experience teaching and administering online programs and courses, and active involvement with state and/or national professional counseling organizations. In addition to teaching and related responsibilities, job duties include curriculum development and alignment, and working toward CACREP accreditation.

*Candidates with related PhDs, who have taught full time for at least one year in a counselor education program prior to July 1st, 2013 will also be considered

Interested candidates, please send a CV, cover letter, and teaching and counseling philosophy to the Dean of the College Virginia Padilla-Vigil, Ph.D. at vpvigil@swc.edu. For a full job description click here. Position open until filled.

Adjunct Faculty for M.A. in Art Therapy/Counseling Program

Southwestern College’s M.A. in Art Therapy/Counseling is approved by the Capstone August 2014 -2American Art Therapy Association. It includes a lot of art-making, an experiential and holistic focus, and an emphasis on the personal growth and consciousness of the student/therapist. Our program allows graduates to sit for licensing in both Art Therapy and Counseling (this is unlike most Art Therapy programs.)

Please note that some Art Therapy/Counseling courses require instructors to have an ATR-BC, as required by AATA.

To view our courses, click here.

Adjunct Faculty for M.A. in Counseling Program

Southwestern College readily accepts letters of interest, curriculum vitae and teaching philosophy statements from licensed mental health professionals interested in teaching in our Higher Learning Commission accredited Counseling Program. We prefer our faculty to have at least three years of post-graduate clinical experience in order to bring a hands-on perspective to our students. Our faculty operate from a transformational model of teaching based on experiential methods of instruction that emphasize personal growth, reflective practice, and conscious awareness of biases and belief systems that affect interpersonal relationships. We ask our faculty to serve as models for authenticity, congruence, and active participants in the learning process. 

For an overview of courses, click here.

For more information, or to communicate your interest, please email jobs@swc.edu. Feel free to include your resume and any specific interests you might have in courses.

Southwestern College makes continuous and systematic efforts to recruit, employ, and retain a diverse faculty to create and support an inclusive learning community.
Southwestern College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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