Ohio University invites applications and nominations for the position Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Through innovation, creativity, and excellent communication, the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services will have the opportunity provide campus-wide leadership, mental health expertise, and strategic vision to enable optimal utilization of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) throughout the Ohio University student community.

The University is seeking a visionary and experienced clinician and administrative leader with a demonstrated record of excellent supervision, operational, and management experience in mental health as well as a deep respect for the needs of a diverse student population. The successful candidate will possess in-depth understanding of the psychological challenges and mental health needs of university students; the ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team; and a strong appreciation for the Ohio University mission, the Appalachian region, and a deep understanding of the current challenges and opportunities for the provision of counseling and mental health services for a vibrant undergraduate and graduate student population.

Position Summary

The Director provides leadership and strategic direction as the primary administrator of the Counseling Center. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students, the Director oversees and manages all services provided by CPS and is responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of students, responds to the priorities of the Division of Student Affairs, and contributes to the mission of the University at large. This position provides clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and oversight regarding the provision of mental health services on campus, including developing and implementing policies and procedures for CPS operations, directing strategic planning and goal setting, and identifying service objectives in consultation with the CPS staff. The Director supervises and conducts performance evaluation of CPS staff and designates supervision of some senior staff to the Associate Director/Clinical Director for direct supervision and performance evaluation. The Director maintains a minimal caseload of direct clinical services, including individual, couples, and group counseling as well as outreach and consultation to the University campus, including after-hours emergency crisis service. As a key liaison to other University departments, the Director collaborates with faculty, student affairs staff, and other administrative colleagues to assist with the mental health needs of the campus, and serves on the Division Leadership Team.

The responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of policies and procedures for counseling service operations.
  • Leading staff meetings; establishing and monitoring committees to enable staff members to assist in creating innovative and effective ways to accomplish CPS goals.
  • Leading and facilitating staff retreats for the purpose of long and short term strategic planning and goal setting.
  • Overseeing and designating responsibilities for the continuation of IACS and APA accreditations. 
  • Overseeing the annual budgets and financial planning including the determination of the allocation of resources.
  • Preparing and submiting assessment reports regarding CPS programs and services.
  • Ensuring that the Center has the financial resources, technology, and staff as well as an adequate physical facility to meet its mission.
  • Supervising and evaluating CPS staff, including the psychiatry staff, medical assistants, professional staff, doctoral interns, advanced graduate students, associate director/clinical director and training director.
  • Ensuring that the Center is providing mental health services in a timely, ethical, and professional manner.
  • Consulting regularly with Associate Director/Clinical Director; consulting with individual staff as needed to discuss students of concern who may be at risk; and participating in Clinical Team Meetings.
  • Maintaining a limited caseload with direct clincial services, including individual, couple and group counseling, conducting initial intake and triage assessments and psycho-diagnostic assessments, crisis interventions, referrals, and after-hours’ response.
  • Collaborating with faculty, administrators, students affairs staff, and parents to assist with the mental health needs of students.
  • Engaging in face-to-face as well as phone consultations to address situations that require crisis response and referrals.
  • Oversight of staff participation in the Student Review and Consultation Committee that monitors students of concern.
  • Participating with other Directors in meetings of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral level degree in psychology or other relevant clinical area.
  • Licensed or license-eligible in the State of Ohio as a psychologist. 
  • At least 7 years’ clinical and administrative experience in either a college/university counseling or a similar mental health setting, including 3 years of progressive supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Commitment to high quality professional and clinical standards, diligent attentiveness and dedication to professional ethics, and strong commitments to inclusion and full participation.
  • Strong fiscal management/budget skills.
  • Experience working with a culturally diverse community with a commitment to the values of strong multicultural competence.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the developmental issues of college students.

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

About Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest university in the Northwest Territory. Located in Athens, OH, the University has earned a reputation for its rich educational tradition and outstanding academic programs. The main campus population is more than 20,000 and includes students from nearly every state and about 100 nations. Ohio University offers more than 250 areas of undergraduate study. On the graduate level, the University grants master’s degrees in nearly all of its major academic divisions and doctoral degrees in selected departments.

Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been designated as a high activity research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University also has been cited for academic quality by “U.S. News and World Report,”​ “Washington Monthly”​ and others. The John Templeton Foundation also has recognized Ohio University as one of the top character-building institutions in the country.

Application Procedure and Timeline

The University has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Application materials should include a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae, preferably in PDF format, and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.comThe subject line of the email should read “Ohio University – Director of CPS.” A confidential review of applications will continue until the appointment is made.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.

Ohio University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.