Rutgers University is pleased to announce the national search for the position of Director of Counseling, Alcohol and other Drug and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). This is an excellent opportunity for a visionary mental health leader with superb credentials and experience to play an important part in an integrated and holistic approach to health and well-being for a large and diverse residential population of approximately 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Through creativity, vision, and teamwork, the Director will lead CAPS in innovative ways to become a model of mental health and well-being services on campus by seeking new models and methods to address the ever-changing mental health needs of all Rutgers students.

The position requires a strategic-minded leader with a strong understanding of and appreciation of the psychological challenges and mental health needs of university students.

Competitive candidates will have the knowledge, skills and preparation to lead a large, interdisciplinary team within a comprehensive and integrated Health and Wellness program. CAPS emphasizes support for diverse student populations and a commitment to inclusive programs and services. As the face of the CAPS department, the Director will provide a vision for the future and will foster new opportunities for innovation and strong partnerships with colleagues in Health and Wellness, throughout the University, and with external community partners to support student success and the well-being of students. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to outstanding, student-centered healthcare in higher education, and a significant and visible record of being an inspirational leader and an effective administrator.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness, this position provides leadership, direction and vision for the development and delivery of high-quality mental health services for students on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers University. The Director oversees and manages all services provided by CAPS and is responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of students, respond to the priorities of the Division of Student Affairs, and contributes to the mission of the University at large. Duties include developing and implementing policies and procedures for CAPS operations; directing strategic planning and goal setting; identifying service/program objectives and ensuring appropriate professional and cost effective care, including crisis intervention, after-hours emergency crisis, psychological and psychiatric consultation and treatment, prevention and outreach, and substance use/abuse programs and community referrals for psychosocial and psychiatric problems ranging from developmental issues to acute psychiatric disorders. The Director maintains a minimal caseload of direct clinical services, participates in outreach, and provides consultation to clinical staff on difficult cases. 

The Director is a member of the University’s Threat Assessment and Safety Team and provides expert consultation to the University and campus colleagues on student mental health issues on campus. The Director is responsible for creating an environment that utilizes data and assessment to measure the department’s success with focus on promoting mental health and well-being to support and promote overall student success. 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 Student Affairs Leadership Team.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Rutgers offers an extensive fringe benefits package. Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of five years of full-time professional clinical experience and three years administrative/supervisory responsibility.
  • Currently licensed in the state of New Jersey or currently licensed in another state and eligible to obtain New Jersey licensure.  If not licensed in New Jersey must hold license or permit by the date of hire.
  • Experience working with a diverse population and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. 
  • Evidence of solid communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with supervision of professional staff. 
  • Experience with budget, policy development and compliance. 
  • High level of integrity, professionalism and sound judgement.
  • Expertise in counseling.
  • Advanced knowledge of student development; code of ethics for counseling professions; suicide and prevention; and substance use and the relationship of substance use to mental health in college population.
  • Expertise and/or experience in crisis intervention and identification of risk and mitigation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education administration; and experience in supporting and collaborating with other campus groups.

About Rutgers-New Brunswick

Rutgers-New Brunswick, the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, with more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 10,000 faculty and staff members, diversity is one of the greatest strengths of the university experience at Rutgers. With one of the largest residence life programs in the nation, Rutgers-New Brunswick has 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students housed in 145 buildings on five campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway. Residence Life programs and services strive to build community, support diversity, provide leadership opportunities, respond to individual community issues, and promote academic success. For more information, please visit:

Spanning New Brunswick, Piscataway, and adjacent towns in central New Jersey, Rutgers–New Brunswick is at the epicenter of America’s northeast corridor that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C.—with excellent air, rail, bus, and highway connections to all points. The vibrant city of New Brunswick, with its restaurants, theaters, parks, medical centers, and corporate headquarters, is the geographic midpoint of New Jersey—just 41 miles from New York City and 66 miles from Philadelphia. The Jersey shore, Appalachian mountain trails, and the pristine Pine Barrens biosphere are also only an hour away. Adjacent town, Franklin Township was recently ranked as one of the top 25 places to live in America.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Rutgers University has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.comThe subject line of the email should read “Rutgers – Director, CAPS.” A confidential review of applicants will continue until an appointment is made. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and all materials received by February 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.  

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

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

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