Excellent Leadership Opportunity in College Mental Health

The University of Delaware announces a national search for a collaborative and experienced leader to serve as the Director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development. This is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced clinician, skilled communicator, and proven administrator to build upon a strong foundation and seek innovative solutions to meeting the mental health needs of college students. The staff of the Center are dedicated to working together to serve students and to provide a strong training program for new clinicians. The Director will play a significant leadership role in focusing the entire campus on addressing student mental health wellbeing, and initiating efforts to do so in ways that supplement or support the clinical work of the staff.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, strategic, and clinically strong leader with an excellent record of progressive operational, administrative, and management experience; possess in-depth understanding of the changing demographics and the psychological challenges and mental health needs of our current and future students; understand mental health barriers that impede students’ progress to graduation; possess expert knowledge of best practices in college counseling services; have an understanding of a systems perspective with regard to strategic outreach; possess experience developing clinical and operational protocols in a campus counseling setting; bring significant experience providing clinical supervision to a diverse staff; understand the dynamics of individual and group counseling practices; and, have demonstrated expertise in crisis intervention and management.


The Director provides leadership to enhance the operations, programs, and service delivery of the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD). As a member of the Student Life Senior Leadership team, the Director initiates strategic planning and assessment activities to optimize and coordinate planning, delivery, and evaluation of mental health services for a diverse student body. The Director oversees personnel selection and evaluation, program planning and evaluation, and budget planning and management of resources within CCSD. The Director and members of the CCSD staff set and carry out annual goals and objectives, continuously assessing, monitoring and improving service offerings and CCSD’s model of care in response to the changing needs of students and the University. The Director is called upon to provide guidance to the broad University of Delaware community on student mental health emergencies and services.

The Director reports to the Dean of Students and has responsibility for the day-to-day administration of a large, dynamic and student-centered organization. Fourteen psychologists, two psychiatrists, four doctoral interns, three postdoctoral fellows and five administrative support staff are employed within CCSD, and the Director provides oversight of an operating budget totaling approximately $2.9 million. CCSD is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. and the internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Expertise in counseling, supervision, teaching, research and problem-solving is essential. The work of the director is often highly sensitive and requires thorough knowledge of ethical and legal issues. Independent decision-making often involves the development of policy and procedures for which there are no precedents. The Director should have an affinity for working in an interdisciplinary team, and a deep and broad understanding of and commitment to serving a globally diverse student body. The Director is expected to be available for crisis situations arising on campus and to work weekend and/or evening hours as necessary.


  • Provide leadership, coordination, strategic planning, and oversight for all functions of the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), including appropriate and timely direct services provided to students.
  • Directly supervise the Assistant and Associate Directors (Leadership Team consisting of Training Director, Clinical Director, and Data/Assessment/Operations coordination) and provide general supervision of all CCSD staff (i.e., hiring, payroll, performance appraisals, staff education and professional development).
  • Oversee and support all training programs in the CCSD (i.e., doctoral internship, postdoctoral fellowship, advanced practicum training program).
  • Collaborate with the CCSD staff team to establish the annual goals and priorities for the Center to ensure appropriate alignment with Division of Student Life strategic planning and initiatives. Initiate strategic planning and assessment activities to both guide and inform capital planning, counseling and educational program and services development.
  • Direct the administrative operations in the Center and establish appropriate policies and procedures to support student needs with counseling and student development services. Ensure execution of effective record-keeping as well as general policies and procedures.
  • Develop and administer an annual operating budget totaling approximately $2.9 million.
  • Advise and counsel the University administration and faculty on student mental health and developmental issues; serve on university committees and task forces.
  • Serve as a member of the University’s Student Behavioral Consultation Team.
  • Perform the duties of a psychologist and provide professional leadership to other mental health professionals on- and off-campus. Serve as an active participant in the Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).


  • Doctoral degree in counseling psychology or a closely related field, preferably from an academic department accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • At least seven years of post-doctoral experience, including three years of senior-level administrative experience.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a psychologist in the State of Delaware.
  • Experience with supervision of counseling staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, group facilitation, and program development skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and off-campus stakeholders.
  • Experience working with traditional college age population and issues, (e.g., depression, anxiety, suicidality, eating disorders, alcohol and drugs).
  • Demonstrated experience working with and appreciation for diverse student populations.
  • Experience developing and delivering programs and services in a university counseling center. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern counseling/psychotherapy practices and methods.
  • Commitment to respond appropriately and in a timely manner to emergency situations. Experience and knowledge in these areas: Title IX, suicide prevention programs for college students, and risk management.
  • Reputation as a resourceful and innovative leader.
  • Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures. Knowledge of electronic medical records systems (e.g., Titanium, Point and Click).
  • Reputation as a fair-minded, consistent and approachable supervisor who holds staff to high standards of performance.
  • Ability to assess training and in-service needs and to provide consultation and arrange/facilitate training and seminars.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Experience with and knowledge of codes of ethics of the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.


  • Experience or an internship in a college or university counseling center.
  • Experience in designing mental health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice concepts and principles.
  • Experience with strategic planning and other administrative management.


The University of Delaware has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Application materials should include a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of interest, preferably as PDFs, and must be sent to

recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “UD- CCSD.” A confidential review of applications will begin on May 15, 2017, and will continue until the appointment is made.

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

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. UD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html.

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.