Academic Program Director, Counseling Program

South University West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
Aug 10, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Apply Now Academic Program Director, Counseling ProgramSouth University West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of AmericaReq #118 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Established in 1899, South University ( is a private, non-profit academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.

The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past century-plus, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. South University’s approach to higher education, and the resulting varied academic experiences, provides students with the pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment.

South University provides a learning environment, both on-campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students can learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose. South University offers more than 50 academic programs across its nine campuses and through online programs.

The University’s academics are organized across five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health, Theology – and a School of Pharmacy. With the introduction of South University, Online Programs, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master’s degree programs ranging from the areas of Criminal Justice to Business – giving South University students more opportunities to make a difference, both personally and professionally.


The Program Director is a member of the faculty (rank commensurate with experience) who also holds an administrative appointment related to managing a specific program or programs.Responsibilities include: classroom instruction, day-to-day program operations, assisting students toward successful program completion and staffing the classroom with instructors who support the mission of the University. The Program Director is co-responsible with the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs for the fiscal well being of the program as it relates to education and helping to maintain/grow enrollment. The Program Director also participates in activities that promote the stature of the department and the campus and abides by the mandates set by Education Management Corporation, the South University Board of Trustees, University Chancellor, University Vice President – Academic Affairs, Campus President, and the local Executive Committee.


  • Perform instructional duties as assigned as outlined in the Faculty

  • job description and in accordance with the provisions of Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.

  • Select and develop Program Advisory Council (PAC) that meets at least one time per year

  • Participates in faculty development each year as required.

  • Select, train, develop, manage, and lead regular and adjunct faculty according to the guidelines provided by the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs, the Program Chair and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University/Campus.

  • Effectively administer and grow your assigned academic program including curriculum development, student registration/advisement, community relations and campus relations.

  • Support college programs designed to achieve student completion rates as outlined in the five year strategic plan.

  • Collaborate with other Academic Program Directors within own school and across schools and with the Department Chair re: scheduling, sharing faculty, curriculum and other responsibilities as determined by the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs


  • Earned terminal degree in Counseling from a CACREP approved program and a regionally accredited university

  • A minimum of 5 years of post-doctoral experience

  • Practical experience in the discipline of the program and knowledge of current clinical best practices.

  • Evidence of management experience or potential

  • Significant teaching experience at the college level with online teaching experience a plus

  • Current state licensure

  • Experience with computerized administrative systems. Proficient with the use of standard office applications on personal computers.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret accreditation criteria, state agency regulations, and academic journals. Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from employees, students, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic or business community. Ability to effectively present information to faculty, academic and campus leaders, corporate leaders, and public groups.


    The individual must be able to travel out of the local area with an occasional overnight stay to participate in a variety of conferences and meetings.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.The vision requirements include ability to adjust focus and close vision.

    South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

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