Associate Director

Merced, Merced County
Apr 15, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling

Associate Director
Job Category: Managerial/Professional
Unit: Counseling and Psychological Services
Position Code: SCNC5302A
Status: Open
Closing Date: 05/09/2014
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Campus Site
Background check:         Background check and fingerprinting may be required
The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With close to 6,200 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Health and Counseling Services, The Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a full-time position and is responsible for the overall operation of the CAPS Department. The Associate Director is also responsible for the development and implementation of counseling services for the University. The Associate Director establishes objectives and work plans, and delegates assignments to subordinate professional staff, supervisors and/or managers. Responsible for managing, preparing, administering, and directing resources. Reviews and approves recommendations for mental health services and programs. Involved in developing, modifying and executing policies that affect mental health services operations and may also have campus-wide effect.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Health and Counseling Services, the Associate Director will provide administrative leadership and supervision for CAPS. The Director will ensure students are provided with optimum, comprehensive counseling services in support of their personal, social, academic, and career goals. Major responsibilities include: managing and supervising CAPS staff, clinical operations, outreach programs, budgets, and daily operations; coordinating short-term solution-oriented treatment for students experiencing the full range of DSM 5 pathology; consulting with staff administrators, faculty, parents, and students to facilitate coordination of care for students; managing the CAPS crisis intervention protocols and procedures, and serving as a consultant to University officials on risk reduction and threat assessment; collaborating with professionals within and outside of the Division of Student Affairs in developing programs for the prevention of psychological and behavioral problems and that promote strengths and capacities to optimize healthy student development; providing leadership and vision for CAPS, including development of departmental strategic plans, annual goals, and assessment of clinical operations and services.

The Associate Director must have excellent clinical skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and be able to effectively communicate and interact with peers, staff, faculty and administrators to maintain a cooperative and collaborative approach in the care and well-being of our diverse, multicultural student population. Excellent crisis intervention and consultation skills are essential in this position. The successful Associate Director must have a strong commitment to diversity and social justice.
• Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology.
• Licensed as a psychologist in California required.
• Must be able to pass background check for credentialing purposes.
• Previous experience in a University Counseling Center required.
• Knowledge of the general organization and operations of the University; and ability to establish and sustain communication with faculty and staff regarding the psychological needs of students.
• Detailed knowledge of developmental issues and problems typically encountered by college students.
• Working knowledge of the APA Ethical Code of Conduct and the California Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Psychology.
• Knowledge of the utilization of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5 in identifying patient diagnosis of mental disorders.
• Demonstrated competence with diverse populations.
• Knowledge of appropriate ethical, legal, and University standards and regulations.
• Skill to establish professional work relationships with all units and campus personnel, clients, members of the public and off-campus agencies in a respectful manner.
• Experience in staff hiring, supervision, and evaluation.
• Ability to supervise staff.
• Ability to follow safe work standards and encourage same in others.
• Knowledge and experience in program evaluation.
• Knowledge of the functions and goals of the Center and ability to appropriately interpret and act on them in response to the inquiries and needs of related University agencies.
• Ability to conduct research, analyze results, and share findings.
• Competence in giving group presentations, lectures, and workshops aimed at bringing a psychological perspective to bear on University life.
• Knowledge of group counseling theory and ability to teach and conslt about group process.
• Ability to work with complex counseling cases.
• Ability to deal effectively with high levels of stress, emotionality, and ambiguity.
• Budget development knowledge.
• Ability to communicate in a variety of methods (e.g. email, telephone).
To Apply:

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.