Reed College, a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college in Portland, Oregon, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Counseling Services. This position provides the opportunity for a dynamic, strategic, and creative clinician to lead a dedicated and experienced staff in supporting the needs and priorities related to all aspects of mental health for a diverse and driven student population. The successful candidate will possess excellent clinical experience, the ability to engage students, faculty, and staff in representing priorities for student wellbeing, and strong multicultural competence with a deep commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. Through collaboration and vision, the new Director will lead efforts to identify and implement innovative practices, preventative approaches, and new operational models to enhance services and programs.

As a member of the Student Life Division, the Director provides vision and strategy to meet the ever-changing needs of students, while also preparing for and responding to emergent issues and situations. A passion for delivering high-quality and confidential counseling services and effective outreach programming for students, the ability to facilitate and enhance responsiveness to the College’s needs related to diversity and equity issues, and knowledge of ethical practice in the field are essential.


Position Summary

The Director will oversee the counseling operations of the Reed Health and Counseling Center (HCC). The Director will work closely with the Medical Services Director and Administrative Director to lead a collaborative and integrated team of clinical and administrative staff. The Counseling Director will report to the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, and provide clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and leadership regarding the equitable and inclusive provision of mental health services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups for a variety of different topics. As the primary liaison from counseling services to the College and surrounding community, the Counseling Director serves as lead clinician and primary point of contact for parents, faculty, staff, hospitals and outside providers for issues relating to student mental health. The Director will work collaboratively not only with HCC staff but also with other campus departments and with community partners and providers to coordinate services as needed.

The Counseling Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration and supervision of a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team which includes psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and support staff. The Counseling Director will be responsible for compiling clinic utilization data for review and analysis to inform clinic service delivery practices and policies. The Counseling Director provides direct mental health services to students including triage, outreach, and consultation. Professional responsibilities include a minimal clinical load of approximately 10-15% direct patient care. The Director serves as an advisor to HCC colleagues and is responsible for final decision-making on high acuity, complex mental health situations pertaining to students.

The Director is responsible for assessing and optimizing the quality of counseling services in keeping with the overall mission and goals of the HCC, Student Life Division, and Reed College. This includes budgetary planning, appropriate staffing based on trend data and available resources, HCC policies and procedures, implementation of up-to-date counseling guidelines and standards of practice and quality improvement activities, including efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all dimension of the clinic’s work.

The Director implements successful recruitment and retention strategies to ensure a highly qualified and diverse staff and an equitable and inclusive clinic culture. The Director coordinates with the HCC staff and equity team, Student Services, and Human Resources to optimize recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision processes.

Essential Duties

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for counseling services and for mental health priorities on campus; manage day-to-day operations, communications, and ensure adequate staffing for daily provision of services.
  • Establish administrative and clinical policies and procedures to ensure the optimal provision of high-quality and timely mental health services to a diverse student population.
  • Establish annual departmental goals, allocate staff and financial resources, communicate with key stakeholders across the College, and support the broader student success mission of Student Life.
  • Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of counseling services as a student-centered facility, including strategic planning and needs assessment.
  • Develop and implement innovative methods of delivery of services based on needs of students.
  • Recruit, hire, train, mentor and evaluate the clinical staff to ensure quality of care standards are met.
  • Assign work activities, projects, and programs and monitor work flow. Review, evaluate, and communicate progress.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations.
  • Provide risk assessment and crisis intervention for students in crisis.
  • Provide 24-hour crisis consultation to Student Life staff as part of a weekly on-call rotation schedule.
  • Work in partnership with the HCC equity team to identify and address access, equity, social justice, and other issues influencing students’ health and wellness.
  • Maintain up-to-date documentation consistent with current professional standards.
  • Participate on relevant partner college and university task forces and projects.
  • Adhere to and uphold state and federal laws and ethical standards as defined by the appropriate licensing boards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctoral degree (MA, MFT, MSW, PsyD, PhD or EdD) in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or related field.
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain licensure in the State of Oregon.
  • Five years of progressively responsible relevant counseling experience, including administrative and supervision experience; at least two years of experience working in a college or university setting preferred.
  • Experience working in or leading a clinical training program.
  • A deep commitment to understanding and responding to the needs of the College’s diverse student body, and a proven track record of carrying out equity and social justice efforts.
  • Experience formulating and implementing counseling services policy.

Application Process

 Reed College has engaged Keeling & Associates, LLC to support the search for this exciting opportunity. Applications should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to with the subject heading “Reed College Counseling Director.” All materials received by June 27, 2019, will receive full consideration.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

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