Director of Counseling Services

Employer
Knox College
Location
Galesburg, Illinois

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Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Director of Counseling Services

LocationGalesburg, Illinois

Employment TypeFull-Time Benefited

DepartmentCounseling Service

Knox College seeks a licensed counselor with strong leadership skills to serve as the Director of Counseling Services. Combining clinical and administrative responsibilities, the Director provides vision and leadership in planning, developing, implementing and managing student-centered wellness programs that advance Knox’s mission and values while also providing direct mental health services to students.

This is a twelve-month, full-time position reporting to the Vice President for Student Development.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop, administer and assess the goals, policies, procedures and activities of Counseling Services to effectively meet the needs of students at a residential liberal arts college. Oversee a full spectrum of clinical services, educational outreach and wellness initiatives.
  • Provide direct counseling services for students including individual and group counseling and crisis intervention (including after hours when needed).
  • Provide training and consultation to college faculty, staff and student leaders regarding the prevention and identification of mental health concerns.
  • Provide campus-wide leadership on issues related to student wellness. Collaborate with staff, faculty and students to coordinate a comprehensive approach to health and wellness programming.
  • Liaise with local doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other mental health treatment programs and agencies.
  • Other duties and committees as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Expertise and/or successful experience in crisis intervention and working with a broad range of clinical problems. Experience managing access to services, including demand, wait times, barriers, and delays. Experience in research/analysis and evaluation of clinical services and clinical data reports. A strong knowledge of HIPAA regulations for mental health agencies. Evidence of progressive administrative and professional development specifically in the area of mental health. Experience/ability to consult with the campus community regarding student concerns. Excellent leadership skills to lead and manage a complex department. Leadership experience in working with various individuals/work groups, leading and managing change and addressing conflict. Skill in sound time management and work proactively to mitigate delays, budget problems, and any additional complication that may jeopardize operations of unit. Strong computer skills with experience with a broad range of Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) to be able to prepare a wide variety of correspondence, reports, presentation, etc. including applications related to Counseling Services operations. Experience with electronic medical records, highly preferred. Excellent organizational, administrative, and communication skills including oral, listening, and writing, with the ability to effectively handle a broad range of interpersonal contacts with individuals or groups from different socioeconomic and diverse backgrounds.

Essential qualifications:


Graduate degree in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy or related field and a minimum of three years of clinical and administrative experience. State of Illinois licensure as a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist or equivalent. Understanding of college student mental health issues and a desire to work with students is essential. Experience working with traditionally underserved populations (i.e. first-generation college students, students from low-income households, students of color and/or LGBT students) preferred. Excellent organizational and administrative abilities; effective written and oral communication skills; compatibility with an environment focused on teamwork and collaboration.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Application


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.


Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, or financial means. The College recruits a national and international pool of high ability students and stands out among its peers for the inclusion of first-generation, international, and students of color, in a culturally rich and vibrant campus community.

For more information about Knox College, please visit www.knox.edu/about-knox.

Notice of Non-Discrimination


In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from discriminating on the basis of sex.


The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.


Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751

Email: [email protected]


Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.


Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560

Email: [email protected]


Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.


For Employees:

Human Resources

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200

Email: [email protected]


For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478

Email: [email protected]

Organization

Working at Knox College

Knox College is a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds challenging each other to explore, understand and improve ourselves, our society and our world. The commitment to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals dates back to the founding of the College in 1837. We take particular pride in the College's early commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races and conditions, regardless of financial means.

Today, we continue to expand both the historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments.

The first thing college guides will tell you is that Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. But to really get a feel for our campus, just consider this: Everything that happens at Knox -- both inside and outside of the classroom -- involves giving our students the freedom to flourish. Knox professors don't just stand in front of classes and "profess" their wisdom, and our students are not mere note takers. Instead, we value:

  • Independent thinking. Our students choose their own path toward a degree, guided by scholar-teachers who encourage them to explore ideas and places, stretch their intellect and their talents, blend thought with action, and fuse imagination with initiative.
  • Egalitarian spirit. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to both women and people of color. And it was on our campus that Abraham Lincoln chose to denounce slavery on moral terms for the first time, during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate. A pervasive spirit of equality thrives on campus today in our commitment to giving every student a voice.
  • Diverse perspectives. With a campus population that includes students from 47 states and 48 countries, 18% U.S. students of color, and individuals from every imaginable religious and socioeconomic background, members of the Knox community are actively challenged to broaden their points of view.

At Knox, the educational experience means being part of a community of individuals who challenge each other to explore, understand, and improve their world. That mission calls on a special sort of scholar-teacher, one who approaches the classroom, the College, and the community in a uniquely engaged way. Our faculty are top scholars - 98% of our full-time faculty have Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field. They are active scholars with frequent work in leading academic publications and showcases of artistic and theatrical work in venues around the world. And they represent a wide range of academic disciplines, educational backgrounds, and cultural experiences. Just as important as their scholarly achievements and diverse backgrounds is how Knox professors bring all of that into the classroom. Our faculty make the classroom a forum for a shared pursuit of knowledge, a vibrant place for exploration and debate. You'll not only learn from your professors, you'll learn with them.

Walk into any class on campus and you'll find professors -- not graduate students - leading discussions. A Knox class is small - average size is 18 students - and it is anything but a passive one-way lecture or note-taking session. Our faculty are not shy about letting students know their own point of view on a subject; but they also expect-and assist-students to form and defend their own opinions and viewpoints in a wide range of coursework. They challenge assumptions and teach students to be independent thinkers.

Our faculty don't hide away in their offices. Their doors are open to work closely with students throughout their educational careers. Through one-on-one mentoring, professors help students plan their studies and even design their own majors and research projects.

At Knox, we never forget that life is about more than the books. Our faculty do more -- and breathe more -- than merely publish. They live in the community. And you'll find them cheering on the Prairie Fire athletic teams, playing on intramural sports teams, discussing current events at the dining hall, or enjoying jazz music with fellow faculty and students at a downtown club - or even performing on-stage. By being engaged scholars, Knox faculty instill a lifelong love of learning in their students and impart to them the skills and the drive to apply their education to their career, their community and their world.

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