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The physical and mental health of our students is a top priority at the University of West Georgia. As such, we are searching for a talented individual who understands the realms of physical and mental health. This position will be the administrative leadership for Counseling, Accessibility Services, and Health Services.
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic leader, preferably a counselor (or other licensed mental health professional) with a supervision credential, or someone who has managed a combined mental health center and health clinic. This position serves as the chief mental health officer, and as such requires high-level skill in consultation with faculty, staff, advocates, psychiatrists, nurses, the campus physician and other constituents on campus. This position helps to ensure effective operations and proactively assesses and implements appropriate processes effectively addressing all facets of clinic management. Through their duties, this position increases the success of students and the safety of the campus. Major areas of responsibility are strategic vision and leadership, serving as a key member of the CARE Team (BIT), and supervising a staff of 9 counselors in providing group and individual psychotherapy, psychiatrists in providing evaluation, 3-5 Accessibility staff providing care in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, 4-6 interns, and 4-6 clerical staff. This position will directly supervise the Counseling and Accessibility Services Leadership Team, Business Operations Specialist in Health Services, Health Services Departmental IT Specialist, and Patient Avocate(s). This position will be a collaborative leader with the Medical Director in Health Services. This position identifies and develops special projects related to clinical services, outreach, and counselor training. This position consults, coordinates, and collaborates with other units of the University in areas of mutual concern to ensure timely student/patient access to care, operational efficiency, practice optimization, fiscal integrity, and to foster the delivery of a quality patient care experiences.
- Provide vision and strategic leadership for Counseling Center, Accessibility Services, and Health Services. Ultimately Supervise 24 full-time professionals (9 counselors in providing psychotherapy and developmental mental health services to students, 3-5 accessibility staff, and 3 health services professionals), keeping appropriate records, and providing outreach programming for the campus. Supervise administrative staff; Directly Supervises Assistant Director of Clinical Operations, Assistant Director of Accessibility Services, Outreach/Peer Mentor Coordinator, Assistant Director of Training, Business Operations Specialist, Departmental IT Specialist, and Patient Advocate(s).
- Work with budget managers on the financial operations of Health Services, including business plans, grants, and revenue; Work with Health Services Leadership Team on goal setting, action planning, and belonging initiatives, including data collection, reports, and database updates.
- Serve as a key member of the CARE Team (a cross-functional team which responds to concerns about students who may be in danger or who may be a danger to self or others) as the Chief Mental Health Officer. Advises the Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students on issues related to mental health and accessibility such as, Interim Suspensions and Administrative Withdrawals for medical/mental health reasons; leads the campus in responding to mental health crises; and makes recommendations for creating a safer, more responsive campus. Provide assessment and recommendation for support for students returning to campus after hospitalization for mental health reasons.
- Other duties include: Perform safety assessments with student clients and students referred by faculty, staff, parents, or other students, to determine if they are a danger to self or others. Take appropriate actions to secure safety of students. Consult with counseling staff and faculty and staff regarding student safety related to mental health. Consult with faculty and staff from throughout the campus on issues related to mental health or behavioral concerns about students, faculty, and staff. Makes presentations to educate campus community. Consult with Accessibility Counselors on OCR, ADA, and make final approvals on parent, faculty, or staff requests.
- Oversight of the Counseling Center Internship Program and support the intern's clinical supervisors.
- Serve as a member of the leadership team of the Division of Student Affairs. Advises other department heads and leadership regarding current mental and physical health issues
Masters or Doctoral degree in counseling or related field
5+ years of counseling experience and medical office expreience required; 3+ years of clinical supervision experience required; CPCS/ACS designation required; minimum of five (5) years management experience; Current knowledge of procedures, techniques, equipment, technical advances and regulatory agencies and standards within the field of student health are required; strong written and oral communcation skills; experience working with diverse audiences.
Licences / Certifications
Licensed to provide mental health services in Georgia (eg: LPC, LMFT, LCSW, PhD, PsyD) or licensed in another state and eligible for a license in Georgia within one year
Doctoral degree in counseling or health related field; Experience with College Student Counseling preferred and/or College Student Health; Experience with Administrative Supervision preferred; Demonstration of promotability and progressive job responsibilities; Demonstrated experience with medical records enterprise systems
Conditions of Employment
Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the University of West Georgia to follow federal law in regards to affirmative action and equal opportunity. The University of West Georgia's affirmative action program and related policies are developed in compliance with Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 & 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) and their implementing regulations; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as it amends 38 U.S.C. 4212.
This is a supervisory position.
The director of counseling is primarily responsible for the oversight of the provision of therapeutic services in which the consequence of error could be life-threatening to students and/or faculty and staff; This position makes hiring and discharge decisions for personnel. This position is a position of authority within the Division, and expected to contribute to decisions about student health and safety, coordination with outside agencies, and collaboration within the university.
This position manages Counseling & Accessibility budget of approximately $1.2 million and supports the budget responsibilities for Health Services including preparing a 5 year business plan.
- Position of Trust + Education