Williams College — Director of Psychological Counseling Services

Exceptional Opportunity to Lead a Premier Counseling Center

Williams College is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Director of Psychological Counseling Services. This position requires an innovative and collaborative clinician with strong administrative leadership experience. Through creative vision and strategic direction, the Director will focus on enhancing a comprehensive range of counseling services with a focus on inclusivity and best practices in the context of a highly selective liberal arts institution.

Williams seeks an experienced leader who will serve as director balancing excellent clinical, management, and administrative expertise. The new director must have the ability to motivate and inspire confidence among staff and should be well prepared through relevant experience to collaborate effectively as a member of the Student Health Services management team, working closely with the Directors of Administrative and Medical Services. The successful candidate will have the training, credentials, licensure, and in-depth knowledge and experience with college and university wellness and mental health issues, programs, and services required to lead and ensure excellence in the delivery of clinical services, outreach programs, and holistic wellness initiatives. The director will have the responsibility to provide all aspects of leadership to promote and expand the effective functioning and operations of counseling services.

Position Summary
The Director of Psychological Counseling Services (PCS) reports to the Vice President for Campus Life as a full-time, year-round member of the Student Health Services leadership team. The Director of PCS will be a highly experienced clinician and administrator who will collaborate closely with the Directors of Medical and Administrative Services on the overall delivery of comprehensive mental health and wellness services to students. The Director supervises, coordinates and participates in the delivery of the clinical work of PCS’ multidisciplinary staff through the provision of developmentally appropriate therapeutic, psycho-educational, and outreach services to a student population that comes from broadly diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. It is essential that the Director have substantial skill, knowledge, and experience in working with diverse populations, as well as a strong track record of developing the cultural competence of their staff across all aspects of diversity.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Direct clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention, outreach, and ongoing consultation with students, faculty and staff. Plan, implement, coordinate, assess, and continuously improve all aspects of PCS service provision.
  • Formulate, implement and communicate the vision, mission, priorities, and strategy for the clinic in partnership with PCS and Health Services colleagues, the VP for Campus Life, and other student affairs partners across campus.
  • Act as lead clinician of the practice, spending at least 75% of time providing direct clinical services to students.
  • Supervise, develop, and evaluate all professional and support staff.
  • Build a clinical team that is committed to, and increasingly competent in, supporting students who represent a broadly diverse range of backgrounds and identities. Provide for ongoing clinical staff training within a social justice framework.
  • Serve as a resource for the College community and student groups on mental health and wellness advocacy issues. Serve as the key College liaison on mental health issues, policy, and practices; collaborate and maintain close relationships with administrative offices on matters pertaining to individual student health and the general welfare of the student body.
  • Attend weekly Dean’s Meeting and collaborate with broad-based administrative group in support of students of concern.
  • Participate on college committees, which may include: Sexual Assault Survivor Services, Eating Disorder Advisory Group, Presidents Administrative Group, Diversity and Community, and Undergraduate Life.
  • Maintain relationships with off-campus mental health resources and organizations in the event of psychiatric hospitalizations and continuity of care.
  • Responsibly steward resources, including finances, staffing, and budget in partnership with Directors of Medical and Administrative Services and office of the VP for Campus Life.
  • Maintain a strong presence with fellow college counseling center directors, practitioners and organizations in NESCAC and nationally.
  • Stay knowledgeable on contemporary research in the field in order to ensure that PCS’ programs and services continue to advance the broader Health Services mission in support of student success.
  • Maintain expertise in, and adherence to, federal and state regulations, ensuring compliance with FERPA, Title IX, and appropriate staff licensure requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidates are required to have: (1) a doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Psychiatry or Social Work; (2) a valid licensure in current state with the ability to obtain licensure in Massachusetts within 12 months from the date of hire (continued employment is contingent upon obtaining license); (3) at least seven years of postdoctoral clinical experience with a similar level of supervisory experience; (4) experience in current adolescent mental health issues; (5) a strong track record of working effectively with a wide variety of diverse populations and backgrounds; (6) demonstrated administrative and supervisory ability in a counseling or counseling related setting; and (7) excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

About Williams
Williams College is a coeducational, liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, roughly three hours from both Boston and New York City. Williams’ reputation as one of the top colleges in the nation is built on the outstanding teaching and scholarship of its faculty and on the academic excellence of its students. Beyond fully meeting its legal obligations for non-discrimination, the college is committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. For more information, please visit: http://www.williams.edu

Application Procedure and Timeline
Williams College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Application materials should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a letter of interest and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “Williams College – Director of Psychological Counseling Services.”

Nominations and private inquiries in advance of application may be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert (jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com), the K&A senior consultant leading this search. A confidential review of applications will begin on August 17, 2016, and will continue until the appointment is made.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.