Wittenberg University — Director of Student Counseling

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About Wittenberg University:
In surveying the grounds of what is now Wittenberg University, the Rev. Ezra Keller, the college’s first president and founder, remarked: “This is a lovely spot for a literary institution,” one that will attract hundreds of students “to drink at the pure fountains of knowledge, and then go forth into the world to do good.” Today, that lovely spot now encompasses more than 100 acres of rolling hills and lush hollows across southwestern Ohio with architecturally distinct structures that embrace Wittenberg’s past and provide a beautiful backdrop to the teaching excellence and faith-based learning environment that has defined the liberal arts University since its founding in 1845. Nationally recognized for accessible professors, best classroom experience, service excellence, and a superior athletics tradition, Wittenberg is home to 1,700 students, 60 majors, minors and special programs, a Graduate School for Professional Studies, and 25 varsity sports.

Job Description:
Wittenberg University seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual to serve as the Director of Student Counseling in the Division of Student Development. The successful candidate will have a generalist clinical background working with college students and young adults; the knowledge, experience and commitment to work with short term delivery systems for providing counseling and psychotherapy. The Director provides campus-wide leadership on mental health-related issues and values vision, creativity and collaboration with both mental health providers and all campus constituents. The Director advocates for high quality programs and services to a growing culturally diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. The Director is responsible for providing clinical, operational, fiscal and administrative oversight in managing day-to-day operations of the Counseling Center. Additionally, the candidate will have experience with providing clinical and work supervision, operations management, strategic planning, and educational outreach.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide oversight of clinical and administrative supervision to counseling staff; oversee professional development of counseling staff; plan and facilitates counseling staff meetings and case consultations.
  • Oversee the operations of counseling services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, education/prevention outreach, consultation, and referral-based services.
  • Maintain a counseling caseload; assist in program development and assessment; facilitate referrals; provide resources; and support/develop initiatives to increase retention, student persistence, and student learning.
  • Develop and enforce protocol and procedures that adhere to and uphold state and federal laws and ethical standards as defined by the appropriate licensing boards.
  • Provide graduate student training programs including practicum and internship.
  • Hire and train student employees.
  • Provide support and training for the Wittenberg community on issues affecting student mental health and well-being. Develop resources for office publication and training.
  • Serve as lead clinician and primary point of contact for issues related to student mental health.
  • Provide consultation for families, faculty and staff related to student mental health concerns, in addition to crisis consultation.
  • Oversee the coordination of educational and prevention programs that focus on the developmental needs of college students to promote personal adjustment and growth.
  • Work closely with Student Health Services, and administrative staff to ensure comprehensive care for students and their intersecting needs.
  • Oversee and maintain a community referral resource network.
  • Serve on college committees, oversight groups, and task forces related to student well-being.
  • Participate in activities and associations related to college health and the maintenance of professional skills, standards, competencies.
  • Contribute to the field of college mental health counseling through professional organizations.
  • Represent the center on college initiatives and activities.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned such as special projects, programs, developmental activities, etc.

A master’s degree in counseling with a supervisory designation (LPCC-S) is required.  Candidates must be licensed eligible to practice independently in the State of Ohio within 6 months of acquiring the position. An earned doctorate is preferred.

A minimum of five years of experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, education, consultation, and clinical supervision in a college/university setting is required. Candidates with leadership experience within a college counseling center as well as experience with college counseling EMR software such as Titanium are preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to form strong working/collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and staff members, and the ability to relate effectively with diverse members of the University community are also essential.

Candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed to support student events.

Some travel may be expected.

Additional Information:
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large.  Please see our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please set-up an account in our online recruiting system and upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Name, address, and phone number of three professional references.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg’s Human Resources Department at 937.327.7517.