The Director provides leadership to enhance the operations, programs, and service delivery of the University Counseling Center (UCC). As a member of the Division of Student Affairs Senior Leadership team, the Director initiates strategic planning and assessment activities to optimize and coordinate planning, delivery, and evaluation of mental health services for a diverse student body. Oversees personnel selection and evaluation, program planning and evaluation, and budget planning and management of resources within the UCC. The Director and members of the UCC staff set and carry out annual goals and objectives, continuously assessing, monitoring and improving service offerings and the UCC's model of care in response to the changing needs of students and the University. The Director is called upon to provide guidance to the broad University of Maryland Eastern Shore community on student mental health emergencies and services.
The Director will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the directors within the Division of Student Affairs to serve students’ needs; provide strategic, clinical, fiscal and administrative vision and leadership regarding the provision of counseling services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups for a variety of different topics; oversee and direct all services provided by UCC and will be responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of a diverse student body and that the UCC is in strict compliance with Maryland law, HIPAA law, and American Psychological Association professional ethics; serve as one of the key liaisons to University departments, administrators, faculty, and staff on student mental health issues, policies and practices; provide supervision, professional development, and evaluation of professional and support staff; manage the operational budget and setting of priorities for resource utilization; direct clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention and outreach; and lead the UCC in the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and continual improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice concepts and principles as well as overall student wellness. In addition, the Director will supervise counselor’s clinical services and treatment plans; promote professional development activities for staff members; provide psychological assessment, individual, group and crisis intervention services to students, outreach programming, as well as consultation with faculty and other professionals; will advise the Vice President for Student Affairs regarding emerging trends in counseling which may affect campus life and/or student development. Although this position is primarily a clinical service delivery position, the successful candidate will also provide after hours on-call support, psycho-educational programming, including seminars and workshops to address preventative and developmental needs of students, and will also support student adjustment and student development in the residence hall and classroom through appropriate programs and services. Performs other related duties as assigned to advance the mission of the Division.
Earned doctorate from an APA-accredited program in counseling, clinical psychology or a closely related field. Three years of related experience, which must include experience as a licensed clinician providing mental health treatment in a college or university counseling center and progressively responsible administrative experience in a university counseling center. The successful candidate must be an experienced, strategic, and clinically strong leader with an excellent record of progressive operational, administrative and management experience; possess in-depth understanding of the changing demographics and the psychological challenges and mental health needs of our current and future students; have an understanding of a systems perspective with regard to strategic outreach and providing holistic and integrated health and counseling services to students; have demonstrated expertise in crisis intervention and management. Communication skills are critical and the successful candidate must have a good understanding of cross-cultural communications and possess strong writing skills and the ability to represent the University at the highest level; have an understanding of mental health barriers that impede students' progress to graduation; possess expert knowledge of best practices in college counseling services; possess experience developing clinical and operational protocols in a campus counseling setting; understand the dynamics of individual and group counseling practices; and have significant experience providing clinical supervision to a diverse staff.
Applicants must currently be licensed and submit proof of licensure as a counselor and/or clinical psychologist in any state at the time of hire. Applicant will be required to obtain and show proof of a license as a counselor and/or psychologist in Maryland within six months of the start date and must maintain that licensure throughout the duration of employment.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution in the University of System of Maryland, is located in the historical town of Princess Anne, 15 minutes from the city of Salisbury and forty minutes from the resort of Ocean City, Maryland. The campus is centrally located 2-3 hours from Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and Philadelphia, PA.