The University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Director of the University Counseling Center (UCC) within the newly integrated Wellness Center. This exceptional opportunity requires an experienced and skilled clinician to provide clinical and administrative leadership, vision and strategic direction. The role encompasses a wide range of support programs and services for students in an comprehensive university counseling center serving a culturally diverse population of more than 28,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Through innovation, collaboration, and excellent communication, the new Director will have the opportunity to be a transformational leader, identifying and implementing strategies to strengthen the UCC services and programs to provide optimal utilization of the UCC throughout the Pitt student community. Experience, enthusiasm, and competency in working closely and collegially with Wellness Center staff, including Student Health Services and the Office of Health Education and Promotion are essential, as are leadership skills and talent in inspiring, motivating, and supporting a team of multidisciplinary mental health providers within a caring and responsive integrated Wellness Center.

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Position Summary

The Director of the University Counseling Center (UCC) provides leadership and vision to support and enhance the operations of the University Counseling Center. The UCC is a department within the integrated Wellness Center, which includes the Student Health Service, the University Pharmacy, and Office of Health Education and Promotion. Under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, the Executive Director of Wellness, the Director will identify strategies for strengthening the UCC services and programs in an effort to provide high quality and timely mental health services and effective outreach programming to meet the needs of the University’s diverse student population.

The position is responsible for the overall administration and daily operations of the UCC including supervision and performance of the staff. The Director oversees and enhances the clinical services and outreach programming of the UCC; provides oversight for accreditation by IACS; and ensures UCC policies and procedures are followed and in alignment with those of IACS, the Wellness Center and the University, and all applicable state and federal regulations. The Director will work closely with the UCC Training Director and provide oversight of the APA-accredited training program. The Director will act as lead clinician of the UCC, carrying a minimal caseload providing direct clinical services to students.

The Director will serve a key role in leading the UCC in preparation and response to campus crises. The Director will serve on several University committees including the Threat Assessment Team, and will collaborate the Student Health Service and other campus partners as a liaison on mental health issues, policies and practices. The Director is a key member of the Division of Student Affairs, engaging in divisional support and activities, and serves as the liaison to other departments, administrators, faculty, students, staff, and parents on mental health issues, policies and practices. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative supervision and leadership to the team of licensed mental health professionals, including hiring, supervision and evaluation of staff.
  • Support the professional development of the clinical staff and trainees.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive program to ensure the provision of professional, ethical and timely counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, and referral services.
  • Plan, implement, coordinate, assess, and continuously improve all aspects of the UCC’s service provision.
  • Provide limited direct clinical services to students.
  • Serve as a member of the University’s Threat Assessment Team.
  • Provide consultation and education to students, faculty, and staff as part of a comprehensive outreach strategy.
  • Develop appropriate assessment tools to measure effectiveness of programs and services.
  • Monitor trends in college mental health policy and practice, regionally and nationally, and integrate best practices as appropriate.
  • Maintain IACS accreditation.
  • Responsibly steward resources of the UCC, including finances, staffing, and budget in partnership with the Executive Director of Wellness.
  • Work collaboratively with the Student Health Service on the overall delivery of comprehensive and integrated mental health and wellness services to students.
  • Further promote the mission and vision of the UCC as an integral part of the integrated Wellness Center by building relationships and partnerships with members of the campus community, to identify and address student issues, concerns, and barriers faced by students in seeking help to create avenues for increased awareness and utilization.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Currently licensed as a clinician or psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania or currently licensed in another state and eligible to obtain Pennsylvania licensure.
  • At least seven years of clinical experience of which at least four years are postdoctoral clinical experience.
  • Three or more years of administrative experience in a counseling center or similar entity, including supervision of clinical and administrative staff.
  • Strong clinical and diagnostic skills.
  • Expertise and/or experience in crisis intervention and management.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and at-risk individuals.
  • Knowledge of best practices in college mental health and evidence-based approaches to therapy.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills; and ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in a college or university mental health setting; knowledge of and experience with integrated health and counseling models; and experience with electronic health records.


Application Procedure and Timeline

The University of Pittsburgh 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.com. The subject line of the email should read “Pitt – Director of the UCC.” A confidential review of applicants will continue until an appointment is made. All applicants received by September 28, 2018, 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 jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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