Counseling Center Director

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Apr 18, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) provides a high quality and diverse educational experience with U.S. News & World Report ranking UNI in the top three among Midwest public universities for the past 18 years. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the University has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees in many programs—and possesses a distinctive mission as the comprehensive state university for Iowa. The University's attractive size, with approximately 12,000 students, allows it to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. Picturesque riverfront Cedar Falls/Waterloo, with a combined population of 165,000, provides numerous recreational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities, and has a pleasant residential setting with a strong industrial base.

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.  

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

University of Northern Iowa – Counseling Center Director

Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.