Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 36,650 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.
The Director of Student Counseling Services (SCS) will report to the new Assistant Vice President for Health Services position within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director serves as a member of the Health Services leadership team and works collaboratively and cooperatively with the directors and deans within the Division of Student Affairs to serve students’ needs. The Director will provide strategic, clinical, fiscal and administrative vision and leadership regarding the provision of counseling services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups for a variety of different topics. The Director will oversee and direct all services provided by SCS and will be responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of a diverse student body and that SCS is in strict compliance with Iowa law, HIPAA law, and American Psychological Association professional ethics. The Director serves as one of the key liaisons to University departments, administrators, faculty, and staff on student mental health issues, policies and practices; provides supervision, professional development, and evaluation of professional and support staff; manages the operational budget and setting of priorities for resource utilization; directs clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention and outreach; and leads SCS in the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and continual improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice concepts and principles as well as overall student wellness. This position is responsible for the management of a budget of approximately $2.1 million and a team of 19 professional staff, 2 support staff, 4 interns and 10 graduate students.
The successful candidate will be an experienced, strategic, and clinically strong leader with an excellent record of progressive operational, administrative and management experience; possess an in-depth understanding of the psychological challenges and mental health needs of a globally diverse university student body; have an understanding of a systems perspective with regard to strategic outreach and providing holistic and integrated health and counseling services to students; and have demonstrated expertise in crisis intervention and management. Communication skills are critical and the successful candidate must have a good understanding of cross-cultural communications and possess strong writing skills and the ability to represent the University at the highest level.
Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate from an APA-accredited program in counseling, clinical psychology or a closely related field and three years of related experience, which must include experience as a licensed clinician providing mental health treatment in a college or university counseling center and progressively responsible administrative experience in a university counseling center. Experience working in a university counseling center which has an APA-accredited doctoral internship program; working with diverse client populations; leading a university counseling center; supervising professional psychologists and strong crisis management skills are preferred.
License Requirement: Applicants must currently be licensed as a psychologist in any state, or Canada, at the time of hire and will be required to obtain a license as a psychologist in Iowa within six months of the start date and must maintain that licensure throughout the duration of employment.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via Spelman Johnson at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Iowa State University – Director, Student Counseling Services
Heather J. Larabee, Search Associate
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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against.