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Administrative and Professional Staff Position FY15-08
August 8, 2014

Position Title
Director of Counseling Services 

Hiring Unit
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Job Description/Responsibilities
SIUE is seeking an energetic and visionary leader who has the necessary professional, collaborative, and interpersonal skills to move the Office of Counseling Services to the next level of excellence. The Director of Counseling Services will lead a professional staff in the delivery of counseling to the SIUE student body. This visionary and innovative leader must have an appreciation and understanding of the mental health issues in a diverse student body, excellent management skills, and an understanding of the complexities of leading a counseling service in a higher education setting with multiple publics, including students, parents, faculty, and staff.

This position performs highly advanced (senior level) leadership in directing counseling services to promote the personal, social, emotional, and cognitive growth of the student body. The Director has primary responsibility for the management and delivery of services to accomplish the mission of this department and the University as a whole.

Major duties:

  • Responsible for the administration and operations of Counseling Services. Develops, implements, and assesses the unit’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives. Develops policies, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Supervises, plans, and assigns the work of others.
  • Serves as senior clinical consultant to the entire staff and liaison between the clinical staff and constituencies, including faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Provides direct clinical services to students, including intakes, evaluations, individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis interventions.
  • Shares duties of on-call crisis counseling.
  • Serves as a team member of and advisor to the Threat Assessment Team and Persons of Concern Committee.
  • Serves as liaison with key University publics, including Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Housing, Police, Academic and Career Advising, Disability Support Services, and Health Services.
  • Provides training and supervision toward licensure for master’s and doctoral professionals seeking licensure as a counselor or a psychologist, respectively.
  • Serves as a consultant to faculty and staff on matters of student development, personal growth, and student success.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree in counselor education, clinical, or counseling psychology in an APA accredited university graduate program. At least three to five years of experience in a University Counseling setting at the Director, or Assistant Director level. Experience in crisis counseling and knowledge of DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Knowledge of counseling theory and practice, legal issues uniquely affecting college campuses and community resources. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Psychology licensure or eligibility for licensure in the State of Illinois within 12 months of hire.

Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Planning, managing, and overseeing resources and programs, including budgets and grants, cooperative agreements and contracts for educational programs and initiatives.
  • Budgets and supervision of staff and student practicums.
  • Strong track record of building partnerships that foster an appreciation for Counseling Services on campus.

Terms of Appointment
Professional staff, full-time, non-bargaining, continuing position.

Source of Funds

Competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package included.

Application Process
Applicants must submit a letter of interest outlining background, qualification, and vision for the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers (work and home/cell) of at least five professional references. Completed applications should be received by September 8, 2014, for optimal consideration; review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled.

Submit letter of application, resume, transcript, and references to: 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Attn: Michelle Frisbee
Campus Box 1058
Edwardsville, IL 62026 

* Electronic submission is preferred and can be sent to:

Application Deadline
Preference will be given to submissions received by September 8, 2014. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

SIUE is a state university - benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas.

Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in violation of Title VII.

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