Director of Counseling and Health & Wellness

Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 11, 2020
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Suffolk University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Boston, MA. Founded in 1906, the University enrolls over 7,000 students and offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs in its Law School, College of Arts & Sciences, and Sawyer Business School. The University has been woven into Boston’s thriving urban landscape, offering a truly immersive environment in which to live, learn, and explore. It is the ideal location for Suffolk to provide students with the keys to successful lives and careers: access, opportunity, and experience.

Counseling, Health and Wellness (CHW) is a fully integrated center providing counseling services, health services, wellness education, and self-help and other resources. The IACS accredited counseling center provides high quality, direct psychological counseling and crisis intervention services to a very diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. The health clinic provides students with a number of healthcare services including physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses, evaluation and treatment of injuries, diagnostic testing and blood work, and vaccines. This integrated approach affords the opportunity for considerable collaboration between counseling, health, and wellness providers in a variety of interdisciplinary programs, and is designed to provide holistic care to Suffolk students. Most recently, the director of CHW has played a critical leadership role in the University’s response and planning related to COVID-19.

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the director of counseling, health and wellness provides leadership as well as clinical and managerial expertise to a strong team of college mental health clinicians, medical providers, wellness educators, and administrative staff. Counseling, Health and Wellness offers a broad array of services including scheduled and walk-in medical and mental health visits, Zoom counseling, urgent care and crisis intervention, peer education, pharmacological consultations and treatment, campus outreach programs, and holistic health education. In addition, a student health insurance program, a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and an off-campus psychological and medical referral service, is associated with CHW. The director is an integral member of the student affairs division and works collaboratively with numerous units including the dean of students, residence life and housing, international student services, academic support, diversity services, Title IX, risk management, and university police and security to address coordinated support for student success as well as crisis management. The director is responsible for developing and maintaining an annual operating budget of just over $200,000 and managing a highly skilled and passionate team of 21 professionals, six graduate counseling trainees, and eight graduate/undergraduate student workers.

A doctoral degree in psychology, eligibility for licensure as a psychologist in Massachusetts, and minimum of seven years of experience with counseling center administration are required. Experience working in a higher education setting and in an integrated medical/mental health program model utilizing electronic health records preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong student service orientation; have experience working with diverse populations including traditionally underserved populations such as international students, LBGTQ students, student with disabilities, veterans, nontraditional students, transfer students, and victims of interpersonal violence; and possess strong experience with crisis management. In addition, documented experience in the management of personnel, financial and facilities resources, and budgetary planning, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to analyze complex information and situations and direct appropriate action are essential to success. Strategic planning skills, project management ability, and a willingness to work flexible hours to meet the demands of the position will be important considerations in the selection of the director of counseling, health and wellness.

Review of applications will begin July 7, 2020 and 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 Heather J. Larabee at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

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