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Director, Counseling Center

Virginia State University is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director, University Counseling Center. Services provided through the counseling center aid students in coping with obstacles such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and other personal issues which might otherwise interfere with educational and personal development. The ideal candidate will proactively support Counseling, Sexual Assault/Substance Abuse Coordinator and Students with Disabilities services and programs by providing appropriate clinical and administrative leadership for a comprehensive counseling program. This position will continue development of an integrated care model with the Student Health Center to ensure a holistic approach to student wellness.


The successful candidate will provide oversight of the daily operations of Counseling, Students with Disabilities, and Sexual Assault/Substance Abuse Services. Responsibilities include; supervising the Sexual Assault/Substance Abuse Coordinator and the Students with Disabilities Program Coordinator as well as assigned administrative positions and counselors. The position will provide an array of diversified mental health services to promote healthy lifestyles and overall mental wellness of enrolled VSU students; will oversee staff development, budgets and expenditure of funds, and the development of outreach programs; will serve on a variety of committees including, but not limited to, the Threat Assessment Committee and Crisis Intervention Team; will provide leadership and guidance for the University Counseling Center to assure delivery of quality and appropriate services to students; will provide mental health supervision and refer students to the proper medical authorities for assessment and treatment; will work closely with the Student Health Center to ensure the overall wellness of students; will collaborate and consult with university administrators, faculty, staff community representatives, state and national contacts and other higher education resources; and will conduct workshops and seminars for students, faculty and staff related to students with disabilities, mental health and wellness, and academic success strategies.  


Ph.D. in counseling and/or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is required. License or credentials as a professional counselor or clinical psychologist is required.  Knowledge of national, state and local counseling and health agencies, service providers and available resources is required; considerable knowledge of counseling needs of all students; knowledge of the integrated care model of providing services; knowledge of post-secondary educational environment and infrastructure; budget management and supervisory skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills are required; experience in providing counseling services to students or clients aged 17 -25 years old; experience with services for psychiatric outpatient/inpatient, and clients with disabilities;  must demonstrate ability to provide services in compliance with local, federal and state disability laws (Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973); must have considerable knowledge of various mental health issues and experience using appropriate intervention and assessment tools;  must have knowledge of professional codes of ethics, legislations and laws especially as they pertain to confidentiality, disability accommodations and professional conduct; must have experience supervising counselors and graduate interns for a mental health practice; must have experience using Microsoft Office Suite, i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint; must have ability to communicate and work on many levels with, i.e., students, faculty, staff and administrators, community leaders, state and federal representatives.  


Experience working as a Licensed Professional Counselor within an integrated care model is preferred.  Education and experience providing mental health counseling in a higher education setting or related services is preferred. 

How to apply

Virginia State University will only accept applications through the online Recruitment Management System (RMS) at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.comEmailed, faxed and mailed applications will not be accepted.  Resumes do not substitute for a completed online state application.  Interested persons must attach the following to the completed online application: a letter of interest; current resume/vita which includes names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references; unofficial  transcripts; and  three (3) letters of reference. Your name and the position number (FA543) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted.  Official college transcripts will be required prior to employment.  The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete criminal background check investigation, which may include fingerprinting.  Candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.


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