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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill

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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading public university, is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This is a role for an experienced and collaborative clinician eager to set a vision and direction for a dedicated multidisciplinary team. CAPS is part of an integrated approach to creating a healthy culture on campus that embraces diversity, rewards excellence, respects individuals, and supports learning. The Director will work with colleagues to identify and implement approaches that support student wellbeing, including working with the JED Foundation and playing a key role on the Mental Health Taskforce. An understanding of the mental health needs of emerging adults and professional students, a deep commitment to ensuring care is inclusive, and strong administrative, interpersonal, and leadership skills will be necessary to succeed in this role.

Position Overview
CAPS uses an approach to mental health that integrates physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, social, and cultural well-being. The Director provides professional expertise and consultation across Student Affairs and the larger campus community regarding trends in mental health affecting students. This leadership role ensures compliance with federal and state laws and requirements for counseling centers; assesses and reports on clinical service effectiveness; supervises the members of the leadership team; manages the budget; serves as a liaison to student organizations interested in mental health; facilitates strategic planning and quality improvements; sets the tone and vision for supporting diverse student populations; fosters an environment for a collaborative staff culture; and supports the professional development of the clinical staff and Post-MSW Fellows and APA-accredited Psychology Interns with a particular emphasis on cultural competence.

The Director also serves in a clinical role and oversees the supervision and evaluation of trainees and clinical staff. This position serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, chairs the Mental Health Task Force, and reports to the Executive Director of Campus Health who reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The department is funded through a student Campus Health Fee, which supports Campus Health, CAPS, and Student Wellness, and through revenue derived from health insurance billing for medication management services. A deep understanding of the administrative responsibilities for quality mental health care delivery, such as accreditation, compliance, and billing and insurance processes is essential to this role.

Position Qualifications
• Appropriate terminal degree in psychology, social work, or mental health practice that allows for licensure. Doctorate in Counseling, Clinical or Counseling Psychology or a mental health care discipline preferred. Degree from APA approved program preferred.
• Professionally licensed or eligible to obtain licensure in an appropriate clinical field in North Carolina.
• Minimum of five (5) years of progressive administrative and management experience in a supervisory role within a health/mental health care organization, preferably at a large university.
• Five to seven years of clinical experience, and ability to support and foster professional development among staff.
• Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice, as well as personal and professional integrity in the ability to collaborate and foster a spirit of engagement.
• Ability to apply knowledge and apply promising practices in behavioral health and health care to a university context serving a highly diverse student population.
• Understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of all services.
• Active participation in national professional associations and scholarly activities
• Experience in areas of financial and personnel management and knowledge of technology issues as they apply to healthcare and mental health settings.
• Knowledge of compliance with federal and state laws and requirements, along with the administrative and legal complexities associated with managing a university counseling center preferred.

Application Procedure and Timeline
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Application materials should include a resume and a letter of interest and must be sent to [email protected]. The subject line of the email should read "UNC – Director of CAPS." The review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Those interested in submitting nominations or in having a confidential discussion before applying should contact K&A Senior Consultant Dr. Lili Rodriguez ([email protected]).

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran, which summarizes the University's equal opportunity commitment.

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The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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