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Director Counseling Center

Apply now Job No: 497998
Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: University Staff
Department: Counseling Cntr - 700950
Pay Grade: C - Exempt
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Position Summary:

The University of Dayton is seeking a visionary, innovative, and collaborative leader and strong clinician to serve as the director, Counseling Center. Reporting to the assistant vice president, student health and wellbeing, and serving as a member of the Student Development Leadership Team and the Health and Wellbeing Team, the director of the Counseling Center is responsible for general oversight within an IACS accredited college counseling center, which is also in the process of becoming an APA accredited doctoral training site. Through an approach of prevention, education, treatment, and care, the Counseling Center team is missioned to provide a positive impact on the mental health, wellbeing, and academic success of all students through services that promote resiliency, capacity building, and facilitate optimal student development and growth. This position plays a vital role in the assessment of counseling staff clinical competencies, evaluating intake protocol, ensuring appropriate treatment planning and documentation, providing crisis intervention and management, expanding outreach initiatives, and developing a strong referral network. The ideal candidate for this position will provide leadership, vision, financial management, policy formation, assessment and strategic planning to enhance the delivery of comprehensive mental health initiatives and psychological services. The successful candidate must be dedicated to reducing barriers to care that exist for communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. Further, the director will be called upon to regularly inform university leadership on mental health issues that affect University of Dayton students in an environment that embodies Catholic Marianist values, is primarily residential, and encompasses traditional age students.


Department Strategic Vision, Leadership and Program Development [30%]
• Provide leadership, as informed by the Catholic Marianist values, that guides and supports staff, as the team develops and implements strategic planning, philosophy, policies, programs and processes that ensure the delivery of excellent and efficient multidisciplinary mental health services, with an emphasis on continued growth and development of the Counseling Center to serve the current and future needs of the students.
• Cultivate a culture of innovation that incorporates new ideas, modalities, and operational models in the provision of mental health services that address the growth in demand and increasing complexity of presenting conditions.
• Make decisions based upon alignment with and achievement of unit, division, and institutional strategic goals, values and initiatives.
• Prepare operational reports and analysis that utilizes data driven assessment to identify student trends, establish metrics of success, and recommend appropriate programs and solutions.
• Review group psychotherapy programs, psychoeducational workshops, and internet-based modalities to determine appropriate services offered by the Counseling Center.
• Serve as the departmental spokesperson, branding and promoting the services of the Counseling Center to the University community, identifying communication needs and barriers to accessing care, creating avenues for increased awareness and utilization, and advising campus leaders on mental health related issues.

Administration and Operation [25%]
• Provide supervision (directly or indirectly) to a team of 10 full- and part-time clinical, administrative support staff, and trainees, including the recruitment, hiring, training, development, and evaluation of personnel.
• Hold staff accountable for high performance and a highly engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance and providing consistent feedback.
• Provide oversight and coordination of the contracted psychiatry staff.
• Serve as an inspirational and motivating leader, who exemplifies excellence in the delivery of mental health services, and supports the professional growth of personnel.
• Ensure a framework of equity and social justice is embedded into the day-to-day operations.
• Participate in the doctoral training program through clinical supervision and/or teaching.
• Resolve problems and gain cooperation on matters where strong differences of opinions exist through the use of tact, discretion and judgement while maintaining good will.
• Ensure compliance of IACS and APA accreditation criteria, application of ethical and professional standards, and adherence to federal and state laws.
• Monitor and integrate best practices, student needs and trends in mental health care, and evolving standards and treatment methods in the profession.
• Responsible for the stewardship of resources through fiscal planning, prioritization of resource utilization, monitoring and management of the Counseling Center budget.

Direct Client Care [25%]
• Conduct psychological assessments, crisis interventions, and psychotherapy in individual or group mode, making appropriate referrals to other clinicians as necessary and write reports, notes, and other records.
• Serve as lead clinician and primary point of contact for parents, faculty, staff, hospitals and outside providers.
• Provide clinical consultation and supervision to clinicians on challenging or risky client issues.
• Provide 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency response as part of a weekly on-call rotation schedule.

Consultation, Partnerships, and Outreach [15%]
• Represent the counseling staff as a member of the CARE (Campus, Awareness, Response, and Evaluation) Team.
• Consult with the Dean of Students Office in emergency situations, provide assessment of students in crisis, and assist in the development and coordination of plans for students with complex psychological and behavioral issues, including re-entry procedures.
• As the chief psychologist and mental health expert, consult with staff, administrators, faculty, parents, and students as necessary to facilitate the coordination of care for students while maintaining individual student confidentiality.
• Actively cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with external providers of mental health services for the purpose of referral and the coordination of a continuum of care for students.
• Effectively communicate with all campus constituencies the Counseling Center’s scope of clinical and educational practice, procedures for referral, and consultation services.
• Provide support, training, and presentations for faculty and staff on issues affecting student mental health and behavior.
• Actively contribute as a thought-partner to an interdisciplinary, integrated and proactive approach to holistic student wellbeing within the Health and Wellbeing unit (Health Center, Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Resources and Education, Counseling Center, Brook Center, and Campus Recreation), advancing the health and wellbeing initiatives.
• Develop a broad institutional perspective and work collaboratively with other departments and campus partners.
• Maintain an active professional network with the group of peer institution counseling center directors and other local and national groups and associations.

Related Duties [5%]
• Be involved with and make meaningful contributions to divisional and institutional initiatives, as well as within professional organizations.
• Actively participate in student development activities on campus by serving as a volunteer, mentor, committee member and/or participant.
• Actively work with other campus departments in student persistence and retention efforts.
• Participates in continuing education as needed to maintain licensure in the State of Ohio.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must meet the following minimum qualifications:

• Must be in active pursuit of degree completion and clinical licensure as a PhD or PsyD in counseling, psychology or related field;
• 7 years of relevant and progressive professional clinical experience in administering mental health services;
• Expert knowledge of the mental health needs and concerns of young adults;
• Possess active experience in crisis intervention and emergency management operations;
• 2 years of supervision of professional staff or comparable experience;
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with various constituents;
• Articulated passion for promoting holistic wellbeing and enhancing student learning;
• Excellent written communication skills;
• Attention to detail; and
• Ability to work on an on-call basis as a part of a 24/7 crisis response system that may require the person to respond to campus or a hospital/mental health facility after hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the exemplary candidate would possess the following preferred qualifications:

• PhD or PsyD in Counseling or Clinical/Counseling Psychology;
• Must obtain Ohio licensure within six months of start date and maintain license throughout duration of employment;
• Experience administering mental health services including crisis intervention and emergency management in a university setting;
• 4 years of successful supervisory experience in a clinical setting with knowledge of best practices in staff development, group dynamics and leading organizational change;
• Experience with a multifaceted budget, including general financial management and accountability, data base systems, and spreadsheets;
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives, programs, and responsibilities while ensuring clinical excellence in the provision of direct services;
• Demonstrated experience in establishing and facilitating strategic goals;
• Demonstrated analytical skills to identify problems, assess alternatives, and render consistent, logical decisions;
• Ability to write concise, logical, and persuasive reports;
• Capacity to independently manage a variety of tasks with frequent interruptions and shifting priorities;
• Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Suite and Titanium Scheduler;
• Demonstrated integrity, dependability, sound judgment, teambuilding, and resourcefulness to establish and maintain collaborative, positive, and effective working relationships with multiple constituency groups;
• Proven success working with a range of culturally and ethnically diverse populations, and evidence of commitment to fostering equity, inclusion, and a collaborative multicultural environment; and
• Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, service in leadership, and balanced lifestyles, while possessing exceptional verbal communication skills, enthusiasm, positive attitude, and be a self-starter with the ability to instill the same in others.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at https://www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions/. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis

Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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