Job Title: Director, Student Counseling Center
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Des Moines, IA (post-graduate health sciences university)
Please provide CV, cover letter (address to Chairperson of Director Student Counseling Center Search Committee) and full contact information for 3 professional references at initial submission. PDF documents/attachments preferred.
Reports To: Vice President Student Services
FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared By: Human Resources
Benefits: Full-Time Salaried/Exempt
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5
Other: Please provide CV, cover letter and reference contact information at initial submission.
Resume review and/or interview scheduling will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Director of the Student Counseling Center (SCC) provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the mental health and emotional wellness services provided by the University. Services include individual, couple and group counseling, crisis intervention, faculty and staff consultation and outreach activities. The primary goal of the SCC is to contribute to the University’s commitment to provide a supportive campus environment and to empower students to achieve academic and professional success.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Provides a professional, student-centered and respectful atmosphere that supports the dignity and worth of all students seeking services from the office.
• Develops, implements and evaluates a comprehensive program of student support services, including workshops, support groups, small group sessions and online programming, designed to bolster emotional wellness and professional development. Conducts needs assessments to identify additional opportunities to improve support services.
• Provides short-term clinical counseling services for students including individual, couple and group counseling; assessments; crisis intervention; and outreach education.
• Provides leadership to the campus community on crisis intervention and behavioral assessment.
• Develops and coordinates campus-wide alcohol and drug abuse prevention programming.
• Works collaboratively with the Director of Wellness Programs and the Director of Student Health Services to foster a model of wellness that is synergistic and holistic.
• Provides supervision and leadership in all phases of service operations and administration, including policy and procedures development and the implementation of all programs.
• Develops and maintains appropriate referral relationships and service linkages for students requiring extended therapeutic care.
• Develops appropriate assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of programs and prepare annual reports; provides oversight for the conversion to electronic scheduling and record keeping.
• Serves as the administrator for student counseling records.
• Consults with faculty, staff, and administration regarding concerns of students.
• Promotes the multicultural competence of staff.
• Prepares and manages the annual budget for the office.
• Participates in and successfully completes all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct.
• Performs other job related duties and special projects as assigned.
This position has oversight of the Student Center Counselors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include but are not limited to interviewing and/or motivating and/or training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
• Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program.
• Seven years of post-doctoral clinical experience with at least four years working in a university student counseling center with leadership and supervisory experience.
• Experience in a health sciences university counseling center, preferred
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
• Licensed in Iowa or be able to obtain professional licensure in Iowa within six months
• Knowledge of legal and ethical issues in university college mental health and the ability
to educate the university community about these issues
• Collaborative leadership style in an ever-changing work environment
• Ability to analyze and think critically
• Exceptional interpersonal skills
• Multicultural competency and commitment to diversity and inclusivity
• Excellent oral and written presentation skills, including the ability to provide training and outreach presentations to diverse groups
• Ability to develop and implement administrative policies and procedures