Executive Director, Counseling Services

Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 23, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Student Engagement & Enrollment Services (SEES) at Old Dominion University is accepting applications for the Executive Director of Counseling Services (full-time, 12 month) position. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, a vibrant metropolitan region of coastal Virginia, Old Dominion University is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution with a strong focus on student success and learning. The institution is proud of its rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,176 students form a diverse and multicultural community within seven academic colleges, 22 doctoral programs, and 300 student organizations.


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Learning in SEES, this position will direct the administrative management and operations of a comprehensive outpatient counseling services facility serving the University population. This position will also plan and administer the annual budget. Additionally, this position will provide strategic leadership for Counseling Services, including training, clinical staff, psychiatry, and outreach components of a comprehensive counseling and psychological services organization for all students – undergraduate, graduate, and coordination of local clinical research.


The Office of Counseling Services (OCS) is a university agency with a diverse and multidisciplinary professional staff. OCS provides evidence based mental health services, preventative programming, and a multi-level doctoral training program. The OCS staff adheres to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality. OCS staff promote and maintain a reliable service system in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Selected responsibilities of the Executive Director of Counseling Services position include:

• Deliver counseling services to the University community in response to issues which may include, but are not limited to, psychological functioning, interpersonal relationships, minority student concerns, career choice, and academic performance.

• Recruit, supervise and evaluate professional staff and clinical trainees.

• Collaborate with the Counselor Education program, SEES units, and campus community in mental health and psychological programming, activities, and initiatives.

• Conduct in-house maintenance of professional activity data and client data for accountability and research studies.

• Develop and implement policies in emergency after-hours/on-call services and act as liaison in this regard with a psychiatric consultant, Student Health Services, and SEES staff.

• Consult with University administrative units, student organizations, and non-University organizations concerning mental health services and programs.


The successful candidate must possess either a doctorate of education (Ed.D), doctorate (PhD), or doctorate of psychology (Psy.D) in counselor education, counseling/clinical psychology, or social work. The successful candidate must also be licensed as an LPC, LCP, or LCSW in Virginia or in another state (must obtain Virginia licensure within 12 months of employment). To meet minimum qualification standards, the successful candidate must have:

• Experience as an administrator or supervisor in a college/university or outpatient mental health facility.

• Demonstrated ability to supervise a multi-disciplinary staff to include counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

• Demonstrated skill in budget management.

• Ability to work with a diverse college population.

• Extensive knowledge and skill in the operation of an outpatient mental health facility.

• Knowledge of the role of a mental health provider in an outpatient setting.

Preferred qualifications include experience in the accreditation process for college and university mental health facilities, experience serving as a member of a crisis management team, behavioral consultation, emergency management, or students of concern team, and experience overseeing and/or knowledge of university health services administrative functions.

Review Date

The initial application review date for this position is November 13, 2020 and will remain open until filled.

To apply, please visit http://jobs.odu.edu/postings/12494. It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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