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Director of the Counseling Center (Full-time)

Post University is seeking a Director of the Counseling Center (Full-time) to join our team.

POST UNIVERSITY’S STORY:

Post University is a world class, non-traditional learning institution with over 100 years’ rich tradition in making career goals and aspirations become a reality for countless students from across the United States and over 40 different countries.  Our growth history is based on retaining passionate professionals who treat students and each other with amazing service.  Our business model is simple – “We Make It Personal!”,” We CARE!”

The Post success story is based on our daily journey wherein each associate lives, thinks and behaves “outside the box” of traditional solutions or cultures.  Post University is a family of the best and brightest trail blazers, inspired by our routine way of life – bold, disruptive and fun!  We are singularly focused difference makers in the classroom, in the communities we serve, and the non-profit charities we support!         

OVERVIEW:

As a part of the Post University mission, Post believes that personalized guidance, unwavering motivation, robust support, and a student-centered education are the catalysts that allow students to achieve their individual academic and career goals. This position is on Post’s main campus in Waterbury, CT, and is not a remote opportunity. 

Post University requires, as a condition of employment, that all new hires and employees have or obtain the Covid-19 vaccination and booster and provide proof of same unless an exemption or deferral is approved.

JOB SUMMARY:

Post’s Counseling Center provides individual psychotherapy, medication management, therapeutic groups, and consultation to the Post community. The Counseling Center performs all aspects of its services in full compliance with Post’s diversity, equity, and inclusion standards and values..

Through creativity, strategic thinking, collaboration, and teamwork, the Director will ensure   the Counseling Center consistently models best in class f mental health and well-being services for students.

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed, masters-level social workers and professional counselors. The responsibilities include oversight of services provided for students and all aspects of policy development, quality improvement functions, staffing, personnel, staff training, crisis response, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Director works collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team, Student Life, Academics, Advising, and Athletics as well as other key stakeholders across the university to enhance our students’ college experience. As a  leader and experienced clinician, the Director will primarily have management responsibilities, but also will have the opportunity for a small clinical caseload.

The Director will provide short-term counseling for a diverse population of on-campus college students. To achieve this, they will provide focused therapy sessions, including but not limited to individual, relationship, and group counseling, crisis assessments and interventions, and mental health, wellness, and athletic performance programming.

The Director will actively demonstrate a commitment to cultural humility, diversity, and social justice. They will design and implement prevention, outreach, and other educational programs and serve as a mental health consultant to faculty, staff, students, families, and campus committees.

Essential Functions

  • Provide thoughtful, innovative, and creative leadership for the Counseling Center
  • Provide evidence-based and culturally responsive individual and group counseling to Post University students
  • Provide education and outreach programs specifically designed to engage members of marginalized student populations to promote belonging and inclusivity
  • In collaboration with other university offices, partner with student groups (e.g., Black Student Union, Los Latinos, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, etc.) to facilitate effective diversity and social justice-oriented programs
  • Lead budget management and financial administration duties for the Counseling Center
  • Conduct intake assessments and make treatment recommendations, including facilitating community-based referrals to a consulting Psychiatrist and other agencies as appropriate
  • Oversight of all services provided to our students by our consulting Psychiatrist, including financial and clinical needs
  • Maintain accurate and current clinical records within an electronic health record. Ensures all clinically related communication with students is recorded within the student’s chart. Report appropriate statistics to mandating offices
  • Collaborate with the various offices, including Disability Support Services, Title IX, Advising, Residence Life, Athletics, and other offices to provide holistic mental health education, outreach, and prevention programs
  • Lead Counseling Center staff meetings and strategic planning meetings
  • Provide weekly clinical supervision to all Counseling Center staff members
  • Provide consultation services to students, faculty, and staff
  • Provide leadership and advocacy for mental health policies and initiatives on campus
  • Attend and participate in professional development opportunities
  • Oversight and leadership of our Counseling Center’s wellness platforms, including [email protected] and the Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR)
  • Adhere to ethical and professional standards of counseling service and practice
  • Provide services in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations
  • Report to the Senior Vice President of the University
  • Additional duties and projects as assigned by the Senior Vice President or President of the University

Required Experience

  • Direct counseling experience with college-age individuals
  • At least 3-5 years of leadership experience in a college counseling center providing direct services, workshops, wellness programs, and trainings
  • Experience and clinical effectiveness in multicultural counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities
  • Knowledge, experience, and interest in working with the following populations: clients from traditionally marginalized communities, including students of color, students with disabilities, international students, LGBTQIA+ students, student-athletes, and first-generation college students
  • Demonstrated understanding of racial stress, racial trauma, multiracial identity, systemic racism, and intercultural competency
  • Experience leading a team of clinicians, including providing empathic and ethical clinical supervision
  • The ability to conduct evaluations and risk assessments and provide DSM diagnoses; strong clinical skills working with clients living with complex conditions, such as depression; anxiety; substance use and abuse; disordered eating; and victims of sexual assault
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, interpersonal, and group communication) at all levels with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents. Strong emotional intelligence and the ability to handle complex situations with thoughtful responses
  • The ability to create effective working relationships with coaches, faculty, administrators, and student-athletes
  • Complete intake assessments and provide individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and performance consultations to students. 
  • Awareness of local community resources and referral sources

Preferred Experience

  • More than 2 years of leadership experience in a university/higher education environment
  • Knowledge, and active engagement with, the professional trends in the fields of mental health, higher education, and holistic well-being
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple clinical situations, including crisis assessments and interventions
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills, both in-person and through written communication
  • Exemplary leadership and project management experience
  • Experience representing college counseling centers, and the counseling profession, in a skilled manner in professional environments, including professional organizations (e.g. NASPA, AUCCD), as well as to the media and other external stakeholders
  • Experience providing culturally proficient clinical services to diverse and underrepresented populations; reflecting an understanding of how race, ethnic identity, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, privilege, and oppression affect therapeutic service delivery

Minimum Education and License Requirements

The successful candidate must have a master’s degree in counseling or social work or a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology; and, be licensed as a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut.

Hours

The full-time position calls for 40 hours per week with flexibility for scheduling to include occasional evening and weekend work.

Post University requires, as a condition of employment, that all new hires and employees have or obtain the Covid-19 vaccination and booster, and provide proof of same unless an exemption or deferral is approved.

As a member of our Post University team, the individual will share in a 130-year tradition of helping people achieve their personal and professional goals. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, Post University has a vibrant campus and an excellent online program. The University offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401(k) and tuition benefits.

Interested candidates should forward cover letter, resume, and three references to Post University Associate Experience.

Disclaimer: This opportunity may be withdrawn and/or amended.

POST UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER that employs in compliance with all applicable laws. We do not discriminate because of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, handicap or other legally protected status. Equal access to programs, service and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and job interview process should notify the Director of Associate Experience, Post University.

"Post University a great place for great minds to develop their careers, no matter what role you fulfill."

Donna, Post Employee for 25 years

"You really build a strong relationship with each student, and their success becomes your success."

Caitlin, Academic Success Counselor

"The work environment at Post is extremely positive and happy, and you have the opportunity to connect with your employees."

Gina, Post Management