Central Washington University — Director of Counseling Services

Central Washington University (CWU) is a top ranked public university serving 11,000 students enrolled in more than 160 undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, east of the majestic Cascade Mountain Range. Set in a small town, CWU is a welcoming community committed to diversity and inclusion and recognized for its LGBTQ and veteran friendly policies, programs, and practices. Education is personal at CWU—classes are small, professors are passionate about teaching, and student life professionals are focused on providing resources and services designed to help all students navigate the college experience with confidence and success.

The Director of Counseling Services will be joining CWU at an exciting time as the University advances an elevated, integrated care model under a new structure to be led by an inaugural Associate Dean of Health and Wellness. The Director of Counseling Services manages, directs, and supervises the operations, staff, and related activities of the Department of Counseling Services. As an expert clinician and administrator, the Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic, fiscally responsible, and student-driven mission shaping individual and group counseling and educational outreach services, forming and supporting a high functioning team, ensuring the quality of counseling services, and overseeing the APA Training Program that is directly managed by the Training Director. As an engaged campus leader, the Director of Counseling Services will be the face of the department and an active campus collaborator and resource working closely with faculty and staff colleagues throughout the University—including colleagues in the Academic Colleges, Medical Services, Case Management, Office of the Dean of Student Success, Residential Life, Wellness, Recreation, Nutrition, and Disability Services—to educate, support and advocate for policies, services, and practices that support student development and build a culture of integrated wellness that is holistic, multi-dimensional, and self-directed. The Director will serve on the Student Consultation Team (SCT) and Behavior Intervention Team (BIT); cultivate strong working relationships with local health care practitioners and comprehensive mental health services; and represent Counseling Services at community and University meetings/events. Establishing and supporting “on call” responsibilities for response to student concerns and issues; providing limited short-term individual, couples, group, and crisis counseling services; promoting and supporting outreach and prevention services; providing direct clinical supervision and training as needed; integrating national best practices; managing the department’s budget and use of technology; generating quarterly and end-of-year reports; and actively promoting values that encourage diverse perspectives, creativity, and teamwork while advancing the strategic goals of the University and Division of Academic and Student Life are also responsibilities of the Director. The Director of Counseling Services will report to the Associate Dean for Health and Wellness, and will lead a dynamic, growing team of clinicians, doctoral interns, and graduate assistant/master’s degree interns.

Minimum qualifications include: PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology with active license or applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Licensure in the State of Washington or ability to be licensed within 12 months. Five years of relevant clinical experience in an outpatient setting. A progressive career of increasing administrative and supervisory experience/responsibility, including demonstrated experience in a management or leadership role within a clinical setting and documented experience providing clinical supervision. Demonstrated commitment to honoring and promoting diversity. Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred qualifications include: experience working in an integrated care environment; experience developing collaborative working relationships with community mental health providers and other key community stakeholders; experience working in higher education. Two or more years of clinical experience in a college/university counseling center/clinic; demonstrated experience working with a diverse population of clients, and demonstrated ability to gather and analyze data from an electronic health record system are also preferred.

Review of applications will begin October 29, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Central Washington University website at www.cwu.edu 

CWU is an Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated again on the basis of disability.

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