Gettysburg College — Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness

Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness

Gettysburg College is excited to announce a search to identify a forward-thinking and collaborative mental health clinician and wellness leader to serve as Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness. Joining a community of passionate achievers on a campus where history and innovation intersect to shape the future, the Executive Director will develop and implement a vision focused on supporting the holistic wellbeing of students while managing the operations of the Counseling Center and providing direct clinical care. The College seeks candidates who are innovative and open to new models for providing support to students, demonstrate strong leadership and supervisory skills, and have a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. The Executive Director must be prepared to interact and engage with students, faculty, other administrators, parents, and community partners on a regular basis.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for College Life, the Executive Director will oversee all clinical and administrative functions of Counseling Services; serve as the primary mental health leader and expert on campus; maintain general oversight of an outsourced campus health clinic; and provide vision and direction that supports mental and physical health and wellness more broadly throughout the campus community. The College is committed to developing a culture of holistic health and wellbeing that supports a diverse student population, and the Executive Director will play a key role in this important work.

About Gettysburg College

Founded in 1832 by anti-slavery theologian Samuel Simon Schmucker, Gettysburg College is a residential, undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences that prepares students from across the nation and around the globe to pursue lives of personal and professional fulfillment and to engage the complex questions of our time through effective leadership and socially responsible citizenship. The College promises students a Consequential Education—one that enriches the mind, deepens the heart, strengthens the capacity to act, and maintains its relevance throughout the course of a graduate's life and career.

The College enrolls 2,600 students from more than 34 states and 38 countries, offers 65 academic programs and over 120 clubs and organizations, and maintains a student-faculty ratio of 9:1. The institution has been recognized for its semester abroad programs and has earned top rankings for its classroom experiences, internships, alumni network, science and lab facilities, and campus dining. Located in the historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on a beautiful 225-acre campus, the College boasts proximity to several urban centers, including Baltimore (55 miles), Washington, D.C. (80 miles), and Philadelphia (117 miles). For more information, please visit

Position Summary

The Executive Director, a licensed mental health clinician, will provide vision and leadership that advances efforts to address student health and wellbeing inclusively and comprehensively within the College community. The Executive Director serves as the clinical and administrative director of Counseling Services and provides general oversight to an outsourced, on-campus health clinic. Gettysburg's wellness programs support student mental and physical health, academic success, and success in life and are key to promoting a safe, caring, respectful, and inclusive campus community.This is a 12-month, full-time position reporting to the Associate Vice President for College Life.


• Provide campus-wide leadership on issues related to student mental and physical health and wellness.Collaborate with staff, faculty, and students to coordinate a comprehensive approach to wellness programming and initiatives.
• Develop, administer, and assess the goals, policies, procedures, and activities of Counseling Services to effectively meet the needs of students at a residential liberal arts college. Supervise five clinical staff and an intake coordinator.
• Provide approximately 10 – 20 hours a week of direct clinical counseling services.
• Provide training and consultation to college faculty, staff, and student leaders regarding student mental health and wellness.
• Serve as a consultant to the campus CARE team and a core member of the threat assessment team.
• Participate in a counselor on call rotation.
• Liaise with local doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other health and mental health treatment programs and agencies.
• Other duties and committees as assigned

Required Qualifications

• Graduate degree in clinical psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, or a related field
• Minimum of five years of clinical experience
• Minimum of three years of leadership experience in a mental health clinic or equivalent setting
• Current licensure as a mental health clinician and, if not already licensed in Pennsylvania, eligible for State of Pennsylvania licensure as a Clinical Psychologist, Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, LCSW, or equivalent
• Understanding of college student mental health issues and a desire to work with students
• Excellent organizational and administrative abilities; effective written and oral communication skills; compatibility with an environment focused on teamwork and collaboration.

Preferred Qualification

• Experience working with traditionally underserved populations (i.e., first-generation college students, students from low-income households, students of color, and/or LGBT students)

Application Process

Gettysburg College has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to The subject line of the email should read “Gettysburg – Counseling and Wellness.”Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, at A confidential review of applications will continue until an appointment is made. All materials received by April 21, 2022, will receive full consideration.

Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and admission. The College prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information in all aspects of employment, educational programs, activities and admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.