Outstanding Opportunity for an Experienced and Innovative Mental Health Leader

The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking a highly collaborative and skilled psychologist to serve as the Director of the Counseling Center. Applications and nominations are being accepted for this excellent opportunity to provide leadership and direction to an experienced and dedicated staff providing high quality programs and mental health services to a culturally diverse student population. The Director will provide vision in the development, implementation and evaluation of all programs and services provided by the IACS accredited Counseling Center. Through innovation, creativity, and a collaborative spirit, the Director will provide campus-wide leadership on mental health-related issues and will advocate for and enable the optimal provision of services to the nearly 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech is committed to the well-being of its students, and the Director will play a key role in advancing efforts to fulfill that commitment. In response to events in the Fall of 2017, a total of one million dollars has been dedicated toward mental health initiatives. Demonstrating a campus-wide approach, the Student Government Association provided $500,000 and the Office of the President matched that allocation. These funds are available to both administrative offices (Counseling Center, Psychiatry, and the Health and Well-Being Initiative) and student organizations for programs and new initiatives focused on mental health.

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a wide range of support programs and services for students, including short-term individual counseling, group and couples counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, outreach programming, and the Georgia Tech Campus Recovery Program. The Center also offers an APA accredited doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology. The Counseling Center is staffed by a talented and student-centered team of licensed psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists, as well as doctoral interns, post-doctoral residents, and graduate practicum students. The Center enjoys strong partnerships with colleagues in the Division of Student Life, Health Services, and throughout the campus — all enthusiastic and supportive partners.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech is situated on a beautiful campus in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with excellent economic and cultural strengths. Ranked as the 7th best public university, Georgia Tech provides a technologically focused education to undergraduate and graduate students. Equipped with the extremely rich resources of an outstanding student body and faculty; strong partnerships with business, industry, and government; and support from alumni and friends, Georgia Tech is designing a future of global preeminence, leadership, and service. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities (AAU).

Position Summary

The Director of the Counseling Center has comprehensive responsibility for providing clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision in overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations and overall delivery of effective counseling services, while also providing direct clinical service to students as needed. The Director, leading an experienced team of mental health providers, serves as the key liaison to administrators, faculty, students, staff, and parents on mental health issues, policies and practices.

The Director:

  • provides supervision, recruitment, training, professional development, and evaluation of professional and support staff;
  • manages the operational budget and setting of priorities for resource utilization;
  • directs clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation with students, faculty and staff;
  • oversees the doctoral internship program;
  • oversees the maintenance of accreditations from the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Counseling Services; and
  • leads the Counseling Center 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.

The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and is a core member of the Student Life leadership team.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral level degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program.
  • Licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia or currently licensed in another state and eligible to attain Georgia licensure within one year.
  • At least ten years clinical and administrative experience in a college counseling or similar mental health setting, with increasing leadership responsibilities, including at least three years of supervising clinicians.
  • Strong fiscal management/budget skills.
  • Well-developed skills of team management, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary environments.
  • Ability to assess training and in-service needs and to provide consultation and arrange/facilitate training and seminars.
  • Experience working within a culturally diverse community.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Excellent public speaking, interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of codes of ethics of the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

Preferred qualifications

  • Ten or more years of providing clinical and administrative supervision for a team of mental health providers.
  • Experience in a college or university mental health setting.
  • Experience or past participation with a clinical training program (i.e., doctoral internship, postdoctoral fellowship, advanced practicum training program) within a college or university counseling center.
  • Expertise in crisis intervention and working with a broad range of presenting problems and constituencies.
  • Expertise in current and emerging college-age mental health issues.
  • Experience with electronic record keeping.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) is supporting Georgia Tech in this search process. Applications should include a letter of interest and a resume or curriculum vitae, preferably in PDF format, and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.com with a subject heading “Georgia Tech-Director of the Counseling Center.” The position will remain open until filled. 

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Jan Walbert (jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com), the K&A senior consultant leading this search.

Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, each company that is a federal contractor or subcontractor is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans.