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Executive Director of Mental Health Services

University of South Carolina

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Job Function:

Mental Health Counseling

USC Market Title:

Director, Mental Health Services

Job Level:

E0 - Directors and Executives

Business Title (Internal Title):

Executive Director of Mental Health Services



Work County:



Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support


SAAS UHS Health Services

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Advertised Salary Range:

$116,104 - $160,000

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:


Work Schedule:

Hours generally are Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. However, you may be asked to work some evenings and weekends during peak periods of high patient volume. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Health and Human Services

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

Do you want to lead a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals and trainees tasked with ensuring affordable, accessible, and quality psychiatric and counseling care within a team environment serving an estimated campus population of 35,000 students? Student Health & Well-Being of the University of South Carolina is looking for an Executive Director of Mental Health Services (EDMHS) who will be responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, overall administration, supervision, and coordination of mental health services for a diverse student body. The EDMHS will provide oversight of a large budget, provide leadership to a variety of mental health professionals, and ensure compliance with regulatory agencies, state laws, and professional accrediting agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Counseling psychology, Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling and at least 8 years of experience, including prior management experience and executive administrative experience in a college or university setting.
SC licensed or eligible to be licensed in SC

Preferred Qualifications:

Terminal degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Medicine with Board Certification in Psychiatry. Licensed or License eligible in their respective profession in the State of South Carolina. Executive administrative experience overseeing a large counseling or mental health care facility in a college or university setting. Previous experience in a multidisciplinary setting with successful integrated or collaborative care. Demonstrated success in leading a human services team for at least 5 years. Knowledge of and commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated success and commitment to establishing and maintaining healthy working relationships.


Effective leadership and managerial skills. Effective problem solving, analytical and crisis response skills. Sound judgment and good insight. Strong ethical and professional philosophy. Knowledge of the importance of meeting the needs of university students, the training of interns and the ability to support institutional response to critical incidents. Ability to communicate and demonstrate initiative in designing and promoting student-focused programs. Ability to conceive, express and promote a “vision” and strategic direction for the department. Provide leadership and management through coaching, empowering, and facilitating employees working in an integrated care-team environment. Ability to juggle multiple complex priorities within a changing environment in a positive and solutions-based manner.
Knowledge of accreditation standards, professional guidelines, and best practices for the operation of mental health systems within a defined scope of care. Ability to balance the needs of both medical and non-medical service providers. Ability to effectively manage challenging consumer and public complaints while maintaining high standards of care. Demonstrated commitment to organizational development model(s) that enhance team approach and collaborative care. Demonstrated ability to support leadership level staff, as well as focus on the professional development of front-line staff and administrative support staff with complex administrative roles.

Job Duty:

Provides senior leadership and oversees the direction of the department to ensure that quality, effective, efficient and comprehensive mental health services are provided to the campus community within a defined scope of care for mental health. Participates in the development of budgeting, strategic plans, capital improvement projects and evaluates progress through written and oral reports ensuring compliance with local, state, federal laws and accreditation standards. Maintains data, records, budgets, and performs outcomes assessment on all areas of programming and service delivery. Maintains, develops and updates comprehensive clinical and non-clinical policies and procedures. Benchmarks and utilizes best practices to develop, enhance and organize services appropriate to the area and the campus community.

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Develops staff and direct reports to enhance professional development and advance skills. Participates in recruiting, hiring and evaluation of employees. Oversees employee orientation, training and development programs and quality improvement activities. Serves as the primary liaison to other University departments, administrators, faculty and staff on issues of mental health policy. Assumes other medical/counseling staff committee and administrative duties. Leads committees, professional development/in-services and accreditation activities. Serves and/or chairs committees that support and interact within service area and University Community. Oversees multi-disciplinary care teams such as eating disorder, alcohol etc.

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Job Duty:

Works closely with other departments and facilitate partnerships and collaboration with other university departments, administrators, faculty, staff, and community agencies to ensure the provision of quality and appropriate mental health services that support student development, academic achievement, and student success. Serves as essential personnel in an emergency or campus crisis. Supervises the implementation of educational programs/outreach, based on community and campus assessments of mental health risks as well as the needs and interests of students. Serves as a key member of the Student Health and Well-Being Senior Leadership Team. Prepares regular reports to inform SHWB leadership of the plans of programs, services, and quality initiatives.

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Collaborates with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress. Provides supervision and consultation for residents, interns, multi-disciplinary student health programs, projects and teams. Actively participates in appropriate continuing education activities and programs designed to maintain credentialing and college health knowledge and skills. Meets all continuing education (as appropriate) mandates issued by professional organizations, other appropriate state and or federal licensing or certifying bodies. Meets credentialing requirements.

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Develops and maintains a strong quality improvement program to include outcomes and ensure standards of accreditation are consistently met and site visit ready at all times. Oversees risk management to include: HIPAA, OSHA, Title IX, and other state and/or federal regulations

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.We are only accepting applications submitted by January 13, 2024.The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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