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Director of the Psychological Services Center - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (4538)

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Director of the Psychological Services Center - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (4538)

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The Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) announces an opening for Director of the Psychological Services Center. NIU is a doctoral-granting public institution that enrolls more than 16,000 students, with a diverse undergraduate population. The University and Department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students, and to the development of a diverse educational environment that affirms the experiences of all of its members.

Serving as the training clinic for graduate students in the Clinical PhD program and the School Psychology SSP and PhD programs, the Psychological Services Center provides psychological assessment and evidence-based outpatient therapy services for individuals and families. The Psychological Services Center serves a diverse range of clients from young children to older adults and a mix of university students/staff and members of the broader community. The Psychological Services Center is a 4000+ square-foot facility connected to the psychology building that includes ample office space and therapy/assessment rooms, a graduate student work area, a newly acquired electronic records management system, telehealth capabilities, and digital audiovisual system for viewing and recording sessions.

Northern Illinois University’s Psychology Department is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and includes 24 full-time faculty members. The department offers a Specialist degree in School Psychology and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, School Psychology, and Social Psychology. The clinical program has been continually accredited by APA since 1972 and adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training. While all students gain training in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, students also have the opportunity pursue a focus in child clinical psychology/developmental psychopathology or trauma psychology. The APA accredited and NASP-approved school psychology programs train students who go on to become educationally licensed school psychologists and professionally licensed psychologists.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally):

• Oversee day-to-day operations of the clinic, including crisis management
• Work collaboratively with the director of clinical training (DCT), school psychology program director, and clinical and school psychology program faculty to offer exceptional applied training for graduate students
• Work with the program directors to identify and develop external practicum training experiences for students
• Provide supervision for students working within the Psychological Services Center and those at external sites through contracts with local agencies
• Ensure that issues of diversity and inclusion are addressed in all clinic activities
• Manage and oversee clinic budget
• Supervise staff (Office Manager and graduate student clinic assistants)
• Teach the pre-practicum course to the clinical students each year

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position:

•Doctorate in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology, preferably from an APA-accredited program
•Licensed or license-eligible in the state of Illinois
•Demonstrated expertise in evidence-based intervention and psychological assessment
•Demonstrated experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to working toward equity and inclusion.
•Demonstrated experience in clinical supervision
•Demonstrative administrative experience

Education and Experience Preferred:

•Completion of an APA-accredited internship
•Clinical experiences with adults and children, adolescents, and families
•Clinical experiences in trauma-informed care
•Experience with budget management
•Experience with telehealth modalities

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.:

Position requires demonstrated leadership, administrative, and teaching abilities; ethical decision making and problem solving skills; ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and graduate students; and sensitivity to cultural and diversity issues. In addition, the director must be a good professional role model and representative of the clinic in the community. The ability to liaise with administration (including those of other campus clinics and departments) is also necessary.

Working Hours:

8-4:30 M-F

Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly):

$7,083.34/month ($85,000.08 annually)

Hiring Rate Information:

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedures
To ensure full consideration, applicants should upload and submit the following materials to by April 18, 2021.
•Cover letter outlining clinical and administrative experiences relevant to the qualifications above;
•Philosophy related to clinical supervision, and their contributions/commitment to advancing diversity;
•Current CV;
•Names and contact information for three references familiar with the applicant’s work
Review of materials and interviews may begin immediately, but all applications received by April 18 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered as needed.

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EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

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Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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