Excellent Opportunity for a Visionary University Counseling Leader

The University of South Alabama is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Director, Counseling and Testing Services. This position provides the opportunity for a collaborative leader to provide administrative leadership and strategic direction for a range of mental health support services at one of the fastest growing universities in the South.

The University is seeking a director with strong administrative, clinical, and management expertise, who can build on existing excellent relationships, motivate and inspire confidence among staff, introduce current trends and best practices, and work effectively as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team. The director will have the opportunity to identify strategies for strengthening Counseling and Testing Services and programs in alignment with the institutional mission and values. The successful candidate will have the training, credentials, licensure, and in-depth knowledge and experience with mental health issues affecting college students, as well as a strong foundation in programs and services required to lead and ensure excellence in the delivery of clinical services, outreach programs, and testing services.

Position Summary

The Director, Counseling and Testing Services serves as the chief mental health officer on campus and oversees the management of the Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) administrative, operational, and financial responsibilities. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, testing specialists, trainees, and support staff. The Director provides leadership and strategic direction to ensure that CTS provides high quality and timely clinical services, supportive testing/evaluative services, effective outreach programming, and consultation to faculty, staff, and the University community.

Other major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising CTS staff, with responsibility for all aspects of staffing, accountability for the department, coordination, and oversight.
  • Providing crisis management oversight and monitoring CTS services in regard to professional and ethical service provision.
  • Providing direct clinical services to students.
  • Overseeing and supervising a master’s level Practicum and Internship Program for students in the University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. program, as well as doctoral level practica for students in the University’s Combined Clinical and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program.
  • Maintaining a training curriculum for practicum and intern students training at CTS.
  • Managing the operational budget and setting priorities for resource utilization.
  • Annually updating the CTS Policies and Procedures manual and CTS forms and assessments.
  • Maintaining a collaborative working relationship with Student Health Services to coordinate services as needed.
  • Facilitating referrals to the Student Health Center Psychiatry Clinic, Student Disability Services, the USA Psychological Clinic and other appropriate care providers; maintaining working relationships with regional agencies and resources.
  • Overseeing a 24 hour on-call counseling service with the University Police Department.
  • Serving on the University’s Behavioral Assessment Team.
  • Serving as a key liaison to other Division of Student Affairs departments, administrators, faculty, students, staff, and parents on mental health issues, policies and practices.
  • Ensuring compliance by center staff with patient confidentiality procedures including those required under HIPAA federal law.
  • Following applicable university, state and federal regulations, licensing requirements, and accreditation standards.

Minimum Requirements

  • A doctoral degree in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or a related field from an accredited institution as approved and accepted by the University of South Alabama.
  • Five years of clinical and administrative supervision experience at a college/university counseling center or at least seven years of leadership and supervision experience in an organization focusing on issues common to college age students.
  • Active licensure or eligibility for licensure in Alabama at the time of hire with the appropriate mental health professional licensing board in the state of Alabama.
  • Strong diagnostic skills, knowledge of psychological crisis intervention and management.
  • Experience in budget management and long-range planning.
  • Comprehension of psychological trends on college campuses and familiarity with legal issues related to directing a college/university counseling center.
  • Knowledge of application of “best practices” in a college mental health setting and in evidenced-based approaches to therapy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a college/university counseling center.
  • Certification with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC) or the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
  • Experience or past participation with a clinical training program (i.e., master’s internship, postdoctoral fellowship, advanced practicum training program) within a college/university counseling center.

Application Procedure and Timeline

The University has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A), in this search process. Applications should include a letter of interest and a resume or curriculum vitae, preferably in PDF format, and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.com with a subject heading “USA-Director, Counseling and Testing Services.” A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Jan Walbert (jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com), the K&A senior consultant leading this search.

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.