Director of Counseling Services
Bridgewater College and the Office of Student Life invites applicants for a Director of Counseling Services. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness, the Director of Counseling Services provides oversight and management for all fundamental counseling and psychological services at the College. The Director is the primary decision-maker regarding allocation of psychological resources, and as such, has responsibility for budget management, office administration, implementation of technology, staff allocation, and oversees the development and implementation of a variety of services, programs, and activities designed to address student emotional health needs that contribute to the overall wellbeing of the student population, ensuring that the scope and delivery of mental and behavioral health services provided to undergraduate and graduate students are aligned with student needs.
Though not exhaustive, essential responsibilities of the Director include the following:
- Assuming primary responsibility for the management of permanent staff, trainees, and clients who seek mental health services Working in close partnership with the College’s CARE Team and other campus partners to provide holistic supportive services Enhancing a burgeoning training program by maintaining and building upon relationships with internal and external graduate psychology programs Development and implementation of various outreach topics and presentations relevant to college mental health Management of a 24/7 crisis intervention system Maintaining a small clinical caseload Provision of clinical supervision and/or training to unlicensed counseling staff and trainees as needed Collaboration with community partners and 3rd party vendors as needed to provide optimal mental health services to students
- Active participation in the College’s strategic plan by identifying and assessing goals and objectives and the overall effectiveness of programs and services.
Additionally, considered an essential partner to the developmental goals of Student Life, the Director will foster campus engagement with mental health resources on campus, and provide a positive and engaging, public-facing focus on the importance of prevention and wellbeing.
This position requires a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Counseling or Rehabilitation, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related behavioral sciences field from an accredited institution. A doctoral degree is preferred. Successful candidates must be independently licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and have a minimum of five years of relevant experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, preferably in an institution of higher education. The successful candidate must be available to manage crises and related needs on evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary.
Evidence of successful administrative or program coordination experience is highly desirable as is the ability to perform administrative and clinical duties in a fast-paced environment. Additional desired areas of experience and expertise include:
- Working with traditionally aged college student populations Impeccable supervisory skills Comfort with a brief, solution focused, psychotherapeutic approach Familiarity working with BIPOC communities Fluency in working with area hospitals to facilitate mental health case management Proficient in crisis intervention and management Aptitude for community programming
GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Email [email protected]
APPLY: Please complete the online application at www.bridgewater.edu/careers, supplying a CV and cover letter demonstrating your interest and ability, along with names and contact information of three references. Please direct queries to Human Resources ([email protected].).
DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Bridgewater College, an equal opportunity provider and employer, is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse workforce and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or any characteristic protected by law.
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