The Director of Counseling Center reports to the Vice President for Student Development and is an essential member of the student development management team. The Director is responsible for providing visionary leadership for all aspects of counseling center as well as developing key strategic partnerships across the campus for the purpose of creating an environment where all students feel welcomed. The Director will cultivate relationships and collaborations with key partners across campus within Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Athletics, and other constituencies to spur institution-wide support for the importance of student success through the counseling services.
The Director of Counseling Center provides overall leadership and administration for the counseling center including staff supervision, oversight of practicum students, budget management, and the development and assessment of counseling services and programs designed to foster student success. The Director of Counseling Center is an effective leader with a strong vision for facilitating support services for a diverse student population, an excellent communicator, a creative problem solver, a collaborative team player who can quickly bring together a team of professionals to address crisis situations, an empathetic listener, and a flexible administrator who works closely with the vice president to ensure compliance with federal regulations relevant to student services.
Schedule: 10 months full-time (Aug-May) with part-time hours in summer months.
- Responsible for hiring, supervising and conducting performance evaluations of the staff, including student workers and interns.
- Direct the development and execution of programs, services, and initiatives that foster academic achievement; personal development; student involvement; diversity and inclusion; and leadership opportunities.
- Collaborate with various stakeholders throughout the college to ensure that programs are diverse and meets the needs of all students.
- Supervise full-time and part time staff
- Prepare annual program budgets to support activities sponsored through the Counseling Center and Office of Student Life and Engagement.
- Provide supervision in the Counseling Center to students each semester as a component of their M. Ed. in Counseling supervised practice requirements.
2. Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
- Provide leadership in responding appropriately and effectively in the prevention and/or resolution of student crisis.
- Respond consistently and knowledgeably to rapidly evolving issues and/or conflicts involving students, community members, and/or staff;
- Role model for students and staff the appropriate prioritizing of student wellbeing in situations involving multiple stakeholders and perspectives;
3. Strategic Planning & Leadership Development
- Manage a comprehensive activities and programs calendar for programs coordinated through the Counseling Center
- Collaborate with the staff to create a robust strategic plan for the Office of Student Life and Engagement.
- Lead and facilitate trainings and workshops for various student organizations and advisors.
- Direct and evaluate student activities and operations; compile and analyze data related to student participation and program effectiveness.
- Participate in various aspects of college wide programs including orientations for new students; orientation for student athletes, or others as designated
- Lead development and execution of the office’s contributions to the FYE program.
- Facilitate ongoing assessment of the needs of students and in alignment with the College’s mission; lead the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and opportunities leading to retention, graduation, and success.
- Actively participate in professional development activities and serve on Colleges committees that support the goals and objectives of the college and the office.
- Work evenings and weekends as needed with very occasional overnight travel.
4. Diversity/Cultural Competency
- Engage in professional development programs that support the development of effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency.
- Implement strategies and action plans that support an inclusive environment for staff and students, the development of cultural competency skills, and the delivery of programs that support the diversity objective of the campus community.
- A master’s degree; Ph.D. is strongly preferred
- LPC required - plus 2 years
- Preference will be given to candidates who have 5 years minimum work in the family counseling field and a background in higher education
Strong student services background, academic policies, interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills are required. Superior written and verbal communication, active listening skills and excellent interpersonal skills needed to work with a broad range of students, faculty and staff. Attention to detail is a must as maintenance of all files pertinent to counseling in the State of Missouri is required.
Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and execute strong student centered services with adherence to comprehensive policies. Proven ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams and diverse communities. Implement effective change and maintain results. Prioritize and multitask in a fast paced environment. Proficient at time management and organization skills and extremely attentive to detail with flawless execution. Must be available on-site for meetings or special events during occasional evenings and/or weekends.
Stephens College offers excellent benefits, including vacation/holiday/sick pay, health/dental/life insurance, tuition waiver and College-paid retirement plan.
To apply: Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and complete an online Stephens College application.
The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
EOE A diverse community on campus is valued.