Director of Counseling Services
Fundamental Objectives of this Position: Reporting to the associate dean of students within the Division of Student Affairs, the director of counseling services has oversight and direction for the short-term therapeutic counseling services, crisis intervention, and campus-wide programming provided by the Office of Counseling Services. The director acts as an integral member of the Student Affairs team that provides a program designed to support and enhance student success.
- Participate with other members of the campus community to enhance students’ learning and to promote their well-being at Mount Union.
- Implement departmental objectives, which are consistent with and serve to support the University of Mount Union mission.
- Collaborate with student affairs staff and others in coordination with institutional efforts regarding retention.
- Participate in University compliance training as communicated by the University, the vice president of student affairs, or the associate dean of students.
- Serve on institutional committees as requested.
Functional Areas of Responsibility
- Oversee all aspects of the Office of Counseling Services providing direct supervision of counseling staff and interns.
- Provide quality mental health services for all graduate and undergraduate students seeking assistance with a wide range of concerns and developmental/transitional issues.
- Facilitate mental health presentations both in and outside of the classroom.
- Develop and implement programs to augment individual client services, such as, but not limited to, support groups, training initiatives, campus outreach, etc.
- Conduct individual and group counseling sessions using solution-focused therapy with students who are seeking assistance from counseling services.
- Supervise the clinical services provided by the counseling staff ensuring for compliance with federal, state, local and professional standards, regulations, procedures and practices.
- Hold weekly supervision meetings with direct counseling office reports.
- Ensure the maintenance of client files, treatment plans and case notes in a timely manner and in accordance with departmental expectations and professional, ethical, and legal standards.
- Coordinate both in-house and off-campus training and professional development for clinical staff.
- Complete on-going professional development in accordance with recommendations of licensing bodies and credentialing requirements associated with continued licensure.
- Work with the counseling staff to provide outreach and campus-wide programming for students, faculty, staff, parents, and others that is meeting the needs of and addressing concerns related to the mental health of our campus community.
- Facilitate training and workshops for faculty and staff.
- Organize and share in on-call duty rotation and provide crisis assessment and intervention services as needed.
- Act as a liaison to University Health Center regarding issues of clinical assessment, shared responsibilities and facilities.
- Serve on University Behavioral Intervention Team to confer with and advise team members with developing an approach for students in crisis and provide outreach to those students as appropriate.
- Act as a liaison to Residence Life, Student Conduct, Dean of Students’ Office, and a variety of other campus entities regarding clinical intervention for student issues or concerns.
- Develop relationships with and make referrals to external agencies and professional services when appropriate.
- Manage the administrative details of the office which includes budgetary, personnel, and office resources.
- Conduct assessment to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of programs, services, and special initiatives for the purpose of quality improvement.
- Develop relationships with graduate preparation programs in the areas of counseling and social work and recruit, secure and supervise interns to provide additional staffing for the office.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) in clinical counseling, mental health counseling, or college counseling required.
- Current independent Ohio Licensure in Professional Counseling (LPCC-S) or Social Work (LISW-S) in good standing required.
- Minimum of 4-5 years relevant supervisory experience managing counseling services is required; preferably with young adults, including previous experience in a college/university setting.
- Demonstrated experience in the provision of training and supervision of counseling staff, innovative leadership and knowledge of best practices.
- Possesses an understanding of the issues facing University students, and experience or training in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
- Strong clinical, diagnostic, interpersonal, and communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity in working with diverse populations.
- Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service, inclusion, and collaboration with all campus constituents.
- Ability and willingness to provide crisis assessment and intervention during and outside of scheduled work hours.
- This is a 12 month full-time position eligible for all University of Mount Union benefits.
Applications for the position will be reviewed until it is filled. Please submit a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three references. Click on the “Apply Now” button below to apply for this position.