Reporting to the Executive Director of Health and Recreation Services, the Counseling Center Director provides leadership, vision and oversight of services provided by the IACS accredited Counseling Center. The Director guides the counseling staff in a team approach to strategic planning, development, and implementation of student mental health services and initiatives; assures optimal coordination and provision of mental health services; leads the process to maintain accreditation; directs mental health testing services; and advances continuous improvement and incorporation of national best practices to ensure highly effective, developmentally appropriate interventions and prevention efforts designed to engage students, faculty, and staff in meaningful and lasting education around issues of mental health. Additionally, the Director is responsible for hiring and supervising 11 staff members; managing work flow and accountability; providing professional guidance and consultation on difficult client issues; conducting performance evaluations and supporting professional development plans for staff; monitoring quality measures, customer satisfaction, and peer review findings; and ensuring compliance with FERPA, state law, federal confidentiality laws, HIPAA, ADA, and other applicable laws/regulations.
As a member of the professional staff, the Director provides assessments, short-term individual counseling, crisis interventions, and group therapy; maintains an active Iowa license while demonstrating clinical competence in the practice of therapy; and maintains knowledge of mental health resources in the community to assist and support appropriate referral practices. The Director works collaboratively across the University and is a mental health consultant to the campus community; serves on campus committees; assists with training and educating the campus community regarding preparation for and response to critical incidents; participates in division leadership and University-wide initiatives; and provides perspective and data from the Counseling Center to senior leadership for purposes of strategic planning, optimal resource utilization, and quality improvement.
A doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology with at least five years of recent clinical experience, including a minimum of three years in a college or university counseling center with partial or full-time administrative duties, and a current Iowa license or ability to attain a license within one year of hire are required. Additional preferred qualifications include: demonstrated experience working with, and appreciation for, diverse student populations; supervisory experience in a college or university counseling center or comparable mental health setting; familiarity with assessment, quality improvement, and use of data to inform decision-making; documented experience developing group counseling, outreach, and adult programs; expertise in crisis intervention and management; and affinity for working in an interdisciplinary team.
Applications received by May 22, 2017 will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
University of Northern Iowa – Counseling Center Director Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate
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