Director of Counseling Services

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Bard College seeks a Director for their Counseling Services. This position oversees the operation of a center that includes 5 full-time counselors, a part-time psychiatrist and graduate intern(s). The Director is responsible for ensuring diverse and dynamic programming across campus, offering an array of support groups for multiple identities across the student body, and careful oversight of the clinical support offered by the counselors. The Director works closely to develop close relationships across campus in order to better support and advocate for the study body. This is a full-time, 12-month per year, exempt position.

With the support of an Assistant Director, the Director will:
  • Oversee clinical and administrative supervision of 5 counselors and graduate intern(s); administratively support part-time psychiatrist, front desk staff and dietician, including planning and leading weekly team meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with Health Service Director and Nurse Practitioners on daily operations, space management, the hiring and supervising of shared staff and shared clinical issues as they arise.
  • Maintain a caseload of students.
  • Receive, review, disposition and track student requests for counseling.
  • Serve as a support to the counselors on call for student mental health crises 24/7 year round.
  • Consult on student mental health emergencies to various staff and faculty.
  • Programming: Support staff and participate in generating regularly occurring groups, workshops, presentations, trainings, drop in counseling sessions, events.
  • Be the public face of mental health on campus by fielding requests to attend and/or speak at campus gatherings, lead discussions, sit on panels, meet with faculty groups, manage sensitive and high profile situations.
  • Maintain the expectation and attitude within the counseling team and in interactions on campus that recognize the role of counselors to promote social justice and expand the campus community’s capacity to understand and serve a wide range of student identities.
  • Create an expectation of continuing education among staff to maintain the clinical skills sufficient to address societal changes, traumas and global trends that students cope with in their lives.
  • Attend and assign staff to attend regularly scheduled meetings on campus e.g. Students of Concern, Wellness, Harm Reduction, President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence.
  • Help connect students with off campus mental health resources when appropriate.
  • Oversee website: frequent edits, additions, revisions so that the information is accurate and the resources are current.
  • Respond to requests for consultations and collaborations with many campus partners including: Health, Wellness, Equity and Inclusion Programs, Athletics, Res Life, DOSA, faculty members, Conservatory, Dance Department, Office of International Students, student clubs, FYSEM faculty.
  • Lead and coordinate mental health orientations and trainings as requested for First Years, Peer Counselors, Peer Mentors, BRAVE Counselors, Student Services staff, EIP.
  • Attend and maintain working relationships with other area college counseling center directors, local hospital emergency room staff, local in-patient psychiatric unit staff, and other mental health resources available to students.
  • Maintain relationships with and keep up to date with off-campus mental health practitioners to maintain a strong referral base.
  • Participate in and review pertinent college counseling center listservs: AUCCCD, CCNY in order to keep up to date on issues and trends in college mental health, and seek consultations as needed.
  • Review, approve and track all returns from medical leave documentation whenever the reason for the leave is mental health related.
  • Lead searches and manage the hiring process of counselors, and front desk staff, keeping diversity and equity in mind.
  • Create and submit departmental end of semester and annual reports and yearly budget requests.
The ideal candidate must have:
  • A Ph.D/Psy.D in clinical psychology or Master's degree in mental health counseling, counseling psychology, social work or other closely related discipline.
  • Currently licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist in the state of New York.
  • At least 10 years of experience in a clinical setting ideally supporting young adults/college students.
  • Knowledge of student development especially related to underrepresented and marginalized populations.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to student diversity and knowledge of programs and resources that support inclusion efforts on campus.
  • Demonstrated clinical, assessment, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct, plan, manage and administer a counseling program.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention with individuals and groups.
Physical Demands:
    Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environmentMust be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references to the following link on interfolio:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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