Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for an innovative and experienced clinician and leader to serve as the Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the mental and behavioral health component of the University’s newly merged Student Health and Wellness Services. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to build and shape comprehensive, University-wide counseling and psychiatric services for students.

The new integration of Counseling and Psychiatric Services reflects the University’s strong commitment to provide a better and more coordinated continuum of care to support students’ mental health and wellbeing. MSU is committed to developing a multi-disciplinary, holistic counseling and mental health unit within a public health and wellness framework that will serve a large and culturally diverse student population. Leading the team of counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, the director will establish strong collaborative relationships with other on- and off-campus psychological services to support and sustain an integrated service model—creating and implementing a dynamic and distinctive campus-wide vision for high quality, effective, and efficient programs and services for students. Recent renovations provide a new venue for the integration of the counseling and psychiatric services, now located in the same building with all Student Health and Wellness Services.

About Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

CAPS is the comprehensive mental and behavioral health component of Michigan State’s integrated Student Health and Wellness Services, which also includes Health Services (primary care, specialty services, ancillary services, and clinics in the University’s Neighborhoods), Wellness (health promotion, health education, student engagement, and health-related surveys and research), and the Sexual Assault Program. CAPS provides counseling, psychiatric services, and mental health outreach; offers services in the Neighborhood clinics; and includes a distinguished doctoral internship training program that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Michigan State’s students are a culturally diverse population who come from 82 counties in Michigan, all 50 states, and 133 other countries. Just over half are women; nearly nineteen percent are students of color, and one in seven is an international student. CAPS emphasizes—and has a distinguished history and record of success in supporting–diversity and a multicultural approach in its programs, services, and internship program.

Position Summary

The Director of CAPS leads and directs all CAPS programs and services, provides oversight of all clinicians and staff, ensures the effective and efficient management of CAPS’ resources, and collaborates with directors of other components of Student Health and Wellness Services and with key campus colleagues to advance the health and wellbeing of students and the Michigan State community. This is a newly established and critically important position; the selected candidate will be the first Director of CAPS, which was created in early 2017 to strengthen comprehensive mental and behavioral health services. The CAPS director reports to the Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Services (in the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs portfolio) and collaborates with Student Affairs and Services.

The Director is responsible for ensuring that the programs and services provided by CAPS meet the needs of the diversity of Michigan State’s students, are of consistently high quality, are fully aligned with the CAPS care and service model, and are delivered in a fully ethical and accountable manner. The Director leads the development and implementation of strategy for CAPS and ensures that rigorous assessment and quality improvement methods are utilized throughout the service, and that all policies, practices, and programs comply with applicable statutes, regulations, accreditation requirements, and professional standards. In addition, the Director and staff are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of health promotion and education programs that are an essential link to the clinical services. 

The Director supervises CAPS’ associate directors; oversees the hiring, evaluation, and professional development of all staff; provides diligent fiscal management and develops and implements the operational budget; and, in partnership with all members of the staff, ensures the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate diversity, inclusivity, and social justice principles and commitments.

Collaborating with other departments within Student Health and Wellness Services, as well as campus partners, the Director serves as a key liaison to other University departments, including Student Affairs and Services and the academic colleges, administrators, faculty, and staff on mental health issues, policies and practices. Michigan State is developing a campus-wide, community- and public health-oriented approach to prevention, recognition, and response to students’ psychological and behavioral health concerns; the Director is expected to have a leadership role in ensuring the effectiveness and success of that model of mental health services, which depends on high levels of collaboration among multiple departments and student leadership on campus.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral level degree in psychology or other relevant clinical area.
  • Licensed or license-eligible in Michigan.
  • At least ten years’ clinical and administrative experience in either a college/university counseling or a similar mental health setting, including seven years of progressive supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Demonstrated ability as a leader and manager with an administrative style committed to excellence and a positive approach to problem solving.
  • Commitment to high quality professional and clinical standards, diligent attentiveness and dedication to professional ethics, and strong commitments to inclusion and full participation.
  • Experience and comfort in using electronic health records.
  • Well-developed, demonstrable skills in and affinity for team management, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary and inter-professional care environments.
  • Strong fiscal management/budget skills.
  • Experience working with a culturally diverse community with a commitment to the values of strong multicultural competence.
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop a broad institutional perspective and work collaboratively with other departments and campus partners.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a college or university mental health setting; and experience in doctoral internship training programs.

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the largest universities in the United States, with more than 50,000 students across more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and graduate-professional programs. MSU is part of the Big Ten Athletic Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. It brings together the resources, commitments, and values of the nation’s prototype land-grant university, the distinction of membership in the Association of American Universities, and a diverse and vibrant campus community in East Lansing, Michigan.

The main campus occupies 5,200 contiguous acres near the state capital of Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State also encompasses a medical complex in Grand Rapids, a public health program in Flint, and two additional medical school campuses in the Detroit metropolitan area. MSU offers more than 275 study abroad programs in more than 60 countries and on all continents.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Michigan State University has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a letter of interest clearly addressing the position requirements, and a resume or curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com

A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university actively supports partner accommodations and encourages applications and/ or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.