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Director of the University Counseling Center

Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319

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Job DetailsJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAPosition Type Full-Time StaffEducation Level Master'sJob Category Education Oglethorpe University, a liberal arts university in Atlanta, GA, seeks an innovative Director of the University Counseling Center to build a 21st Century Center that progressively addresses our students' mental health and wellness needs and who understands how mental health and wellness are essential to educational advancement. Key responsibilities include providing visionary leadership and supervising and delivering mental health and wellness services. The Director's work should be undergirded by a solid commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Oglethorpe University enrolls approximately 1,500 students; more than half identify as persons of color, and 40% identify as first-generation college students. The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs.


  • Provide visionary leadership to build a 21st Century Counseling Center that serves as a national model for a counseling center at a small liberal arts university.
  • Supervise and deliver mental health and wellness services (e.g., individual, group, outreach, virtual) to the campus community.
  • Offer counsel to university administrators and the campus community regarding mental health issues.
  • Serve on University committees including the Student Support Team (behavioral intervention team).
  • Build and supervise a counselor/therapist training area (e.g., graduate interns, practicum students).
  • Collaborate with the Advancement unit to secure external funding to support Center and University strategic priorities.
  • Provide crisis management in response to student mental health emergencies.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of student records and adhere to ethical standards in the execution of mental health services.
  • Collect and analyze Center data, develop goals, and assess and report outcomes.
  • Develop and establish Center policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with FERPA, HIPAA, ADA, and state and federal regulations.
  • Establish and build relationships with local mental health professionals and training programs.
  • Manage the Center budget.
  • Perform other duties as required.
Required Qualifications

  • Master's in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or related field.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or compatible experience.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a university or college counseling center.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time, 12-month position.
  • Working evenings or weekends may be required.
  • The position is an in-person position.

Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, please submit:

  • Letter of interest which describes your vision, experiences based on the stated responsibilities, and your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Current CV/ resume.
  • Names and contact information of three references.
Application screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed. To guarantee consideration, materials should be submitted by July 30, 2021.


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.


Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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