Princeton University (NJ): Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

Princeton University (NJ): Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

Princeton University

Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

The Associate Director is a full time position that supports the University Health Services mission of enhancing learning and student success by advancing the health and well-being of our diverse University community.  The Associate Director of CPS supports this mission by improving the mental health of students and educating the campus community about mental illness, well-being and prevention.

The Associate Director reports to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and provides coverage for the Director in the absence of the Director. The Associate Director is a mental health clinician who provides direct service and acts as a clinical and administrative leader by coordinating clinical services and administrative evaluations, providing clinical training and consultation, providing clinical and administrative supervision to CPS staff, and coordinating the outreach efforts and initiatives made to the entire university community.  All CPS staff who are not heading treatment teams report directly to the Associate Director, who is responsible for their supervision, performance reviews, and professional development.  The Associate Director is also responsible for managing complex clinical cases that require higher levels of case coordination and management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide clinical services.

– Provide individual therapy, assessment and group work

– Provide day, evening, weekend, and holiday on-call coverage for crises

– Document and maintain timely and accurate patient records.

– Maintain professional standards of mental health care delivery, including ethical and legal issues

Provide clinical leadership and consultation, supervise CPS clinicians. Assume duties of Director during his/her planned or unscheduled absence

               – Provide consultation and supervision to staff complex around clinical cases that require higher levels of care

               – Provide clinical oversight of complex, problematic situations, including crises and hospitalizations

               – Provide direct supervision of CPS staff with non-leadership roles, including performance reviews, professional  


               – Assume duties of Director during his/her planned or unscheduled absence, including budgetary approvals.

 Coordinate administrative evaluations that are requested by Deans and other administrators for mandated assessments within CPS.

–  Participate in collaborative weekly and bi-weekly meetings with Deans and administrators in the undergraduate and graduate schools.

–  Manage the administrative evaluation computer system by which requests are entered.

–  Assign administrative evaluations to CPS staff.

–  Review and edit written administrative evaluations, and ensure timely delivery of results to stakeholders.

Provide administrative leadership by coordinating outreach, consultation and liaison efforts for CPS throughout university community.

–  Coordinate CPS consultation efforts to residential colleges, academic departments and schools, including services to faculty, staff and administration

–  Coordinate university training and orientation activities related to campus mental health, including orientations of student staff and trainings.

– Collaborate with Health Promotion & Wellness in developing mental health awareness programs

Provide leadership in University Health Services, Campus Life, the university community, and the professional and broader community, especially relating to improving the mental health and well-being of students.

– Provide education to University Health Medical Staff

– Serve as a member of the CPS management team

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Proven ability to interact with diverse faculty, staff and students.

Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of young adult development.

Ability to build effective teams and motivate others.

Strategic agility in anticipating future consequences and trends accurately.

Ability to understand others and why groups do what they do; picks up the sense of the group in terms of positions, intentions, and needs.

Managing vision and purpose by communicating a compelling and inspired vision that can motivate others.

Essential Qualifications

7-9 years of relevant work experience.

A doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA)-approved doctoral program, or equivalent educational experience

NJ State licensure or license-eligible if licensed in another state.

Supervisory experience.

Experience in college mental health.

Excellent skills in clinical evaluation, crisis intervention and brief psychotherapy.

Experience in collaborative work with multidisciplinary team and other professional colleagues.

Demonstrated skills in consultative work with professional colleagues and other staff.

Expertise in program development, design, and implementation.