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Director of Counseling and Student Accessibility Service

Albany State University
Albany, GA
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Jun 28, 2021

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Posting DetailsPosting Number: 0601228 Position Category: Director Job Title: Director of Counseling and Student Accessibility Service Position Code: 00193X Position Type: Staff Department: Counseling and Disability Student Services Nature of Work: The Director is responsible for the overall administration, coordination of the resources and program activities of Counseling and Student Accessibility Services as defined by administrative policy, procedures and professional ethics. And, is responsible directly to the Vice President of Student Affairs. The Director is also directly responsible for general administrative responsibilities; supervision of university professional counselors, Student Accessibility Coordinator, Graduate Interns, office staff and Peer Educators. The director will have the opportunity to build upon existing success and enhance the services, programs, and responsiveness to students. Training and Experience: Master's degree required in mental health discipline: professional counseling, counseling psychology, social work, clinical psychology or another psychotherapeutically oriented discipline or mental counseling from an accredited institution of higher education and/or a minimum of five years of direct experience as an administrator; with Specialist's in a clinical and/or supervisory capacity. The director should hold or be eligible for state licensure according to the State of Georgia Licensure laws.
- Extensive knowledge of, and good judgment in the application of, complex principles of human behavior and student development theories.
- Ability to develop and maintain a strong therapeutic alliance with students.
- Ability to provide clinical assessments of students who are a danger to self or others, and to make treatment decisions based on such assessments.
- Knowledge of and ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with appropriate referral resources for students.
- Ability to understand and follow appropriate ethical and best practice professional guidelines.
- Good oral and written communication skills. Testing Requirements:Illustrative Examples of Work: - Supervises overall administration and coordination of Counseling and Student Accessibility Services programs and activities. With the staff, develops and implements protocols, policies, and procedures based on the philosophy of the counseling and accessibility programs of service and operations.
- Responsible for overseeing all individual counseling and psychotherapy, group counseling, assessment of student skills and acquisition of effective student skills, crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, preventive mental health activities, coordination and recruitment of professional, non-professional, support staff and graduate Interns.
- Responsible for direct delivery of counseling services and programming to the university community.
- Responsible for the training, development, supervision and evaluation of all staff.
- Administers the procedures that monitor the quality of counseling/clinical services rendered by the office staff.
- Meets the needs of students by conducting individual and group counseling sessions in such areas as educational, personal/emotional and social problems.
- Submits semester and annual reports of the activities of the Counseling and Student Accessibility Services to the Vice President of Student Affairs; summarizing these activities, evaluating the programs and including suggestions for implementing improvements and innovations.
- Takes an active part in university policy and institutional program development to ensure that the mental health needs of the students are addressed.
- Maintains close and effective communications with administrators, faculty and staff regarding available counseling, disability services; student and staff assistance services and community resources and referrals.
- Develops procedures for the referral of students, faculty and staff to appropriate services and individuals.
- Oversees the education of faculty and staff regarding the legal issues governing the delivery of counseling, disability/accessibility and other mental health services.
- Represents the Counseling and Student Accessibility Services center to the broader institutional community.
- Represents the university in appropriate professional organizations and maintains a program of professional development for professional staff.
- Knowledge of federal laws relevant work in this position, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and American with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- Interpret medical, psychological and educational evaluations, assist in the development, administration and implementation of program goals, objectives, and procedures;
- Shares on-call crisis coverage duties on a rotating basis.
- Provides educational programming for campus constituents (i.e., residence hall, peer education, NSOP, faculty). Posting Date: 01-20-2021 Closing Date:
(Screening of applications will begin at date shown and will continue until the position is filled.)FTE: 1 Special Instructions to Applicants:Funding Source: General Operating (State) Number of Openings: 1 If Other, please denote the Name of a Grant: n/a Fringe Benefits:Salary: $65,000 to $70,000 Physical DemandsFacts About the Institution: Albany State University is a fully accredited senior unit of the University System of Georgia. Employees receive benefits provided by the University System of Georgia, including, but not limited to, medical and major medical insurance, group life insurance, participation in the Georgia Teachers' Retirement System, Optional Retirement Plan (Faculty and exempt employees only), Social Security and Tuition Assistance Program after six months of employment.

EEO/AA/Non-Discrimination Statement:

Albany State University is an equal employment, equal access, equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution which adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher education.

The University is committed to insuring equal opportunity to all students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, physical or mental disabilities, or sexual orientation. It is the policy of Albany State University to comply with all federal laws, including the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (Title II), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Executive Order (E.O.) 11246, and all subsequent amendments and implementing regulations which prohibit discrimination as above described. In accordance with the requirements above, Albany State University affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, disability or national origin in its employment and/or educational programs and activities. Albany State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

The University shall take action, to the extent allowed under state and federal law, to ensure fulfillment of this policy. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy, or to file a complaint regarding violation of this policy, please contact the Albany State University Office of Human Resources, 2400 Gillionville Road, Suite K-111, Albany, Georgia 31707, Director of Human Resources at 229-500-2026. Students requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Student Disability Services Center, New Student Center, 2nd Floor, Green Zone (Room 2-140), Dr. Stephanie Harris-Jolly, Director of Counseling and Student Disability Services, 229-500-3442. Disability Statement: Applicants who have a disability and who need special services or facilities to apply or to interview should contact Human Resources at 229.500-2026. EEO/AA employer. Optional Applicant Documents: Resume
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Albany State University is a four-year institution in southwest Georgia offering undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and professional degree programs, and a wide range of outreach programs to the community. Albany State University is located in Albany, a progressive city of 100,000, on a 206-acre campus featuring impressive new buildings. The school has gained a reputation as the "Unsinkable Albany State" after surviving two major floods.albany_state_university1.jpg

Both traditional and non-traditional students make up the more than 4,000 students who attend Albany State. They come primarily from southwest and middle Georgia, Atlanta, other states in the U.S., and several foreign countries. The average student age is 24 and about 40 percent of the students live in on-campus housing.

Albany State offers more than 30 undergraduate degree programs, of which the most popular majors are biology, criminal justice, computer science, middle-grades education, business administration and nursing. The University offers six advanced degrees: the master of science in criminal justice, master of public administration, master of business administration, master of science in nursing, master of education in 11 majors, and an education specialist degree. The university also offers the Board of Regents' engineering transfer program and the dual degree program in engineering with Georgia Tech.


Students at Albany State stay busy after class by participating in 59 clubs and organizations including bands, choirs, religious groups, honor societies, several major Greek and honor sororities and fraternities, and ROTC. An NCAA Division II school, Albany State's intercollegiate sports include men's football, basketball, baseball, track and field, cross-country and women's basketball, volleyball, cross-country and track and field.

A historically black institution, Albany State was founded in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute and supported by private religious organizations. It remained privately supported through 1917, when it began to receive state support and became the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College. It continued to grow and in 1932, when the Board of Regents was established, it became part of the University System of Georgia. The mission was expanded in 1943, and it became a four-year college and assumed the name Albany State College. In 1981 the college offered its first graduate program and in 1996 its name was changed to Albany State University.



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