Director of Counseling

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$70,000.00 - $74,000.00
Aug 05, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The mission of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Counseling Center is to provide a professional and confidential setting that meets the psychological, emotional, and developmental needs of our students as they pursue their academic goals. The Student Counseling Center will help the student address personal issues that interfere with learning and personal development. The Student Counseling Center also acts as a resource for faculty and staff to assist with their interactions with students. The Counseling Center strives to provide students with opportunities to develop greater self-understanding, identify and solve problems, and improve academic performance through the alleviation of psychological, emotional, and cognitive impediments. 

This is a full-time position and is responsible for providing direct supervision and leadership for the Counseling Center at CSU-Pueblo. The director assists and directs mental health triage, brief counseling, referral, consult, outreach, and emergency/crisis assessment services for CSU-Pueblo undergraduate, graduate and professional students. This position leads and works closely with the entire counseling staff, as well as interfacing with the CSU-Pueblo Health Services team, the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residential Life, faculty, families, other campus departments and community entities. This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean for Student Health and Well-being. This position requires a strong background or specialization in one or more of the following areas: sexual assault and other trauma, substance abuse, eating and body issues, and ADHD and learning disabilities.

This position also participates in consultation and outreach within the University community. This position requires flexibility in providing after hour support and care for crisis situations inclusive of consultations.

Primary Duties:

Supervision and management
  • Supervise counselors in the counseling center
  • Manage the day to day operations of the Counseling Center
  • Plan, develop and administer budgets
  • Provide vision for counseling center and a strategic planning, development and processes for appropriate protocols
  • Attend division meetings as needed with Student Affairs
  • Experience with Assessment and counseling best practices inclusive of counseling telehealth therapy techniques and processes
  • Provide leadership for counselors
  • Review caseloads and assist with treatment plans as needed with counselors
Direct Clinical Service
  • Work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary campus based health and mental health team.
  • Provide psychological and other diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment, counseling and crisis management, brief treatment, and referrals, as indicated, to CSU-Pueblo students (individuals, couples, groups).
  • Create clear, thorough and timely documentation in an electronic health record system.
  • Conduct mental health/psychological evaluations and assessments.
  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy.
  • Provide crisis intervention services.
  • Share on call, intake, and emergency responsibilities with other staff members.
  • Provide back-up coverage for the Counseling Center as needed.
  • Maintain case management to ensure that patient dispositions are successfully completed.
  • Document and maintain timely and accurate client records.
  • Provide campus based clinical services.
  • Maintain current knowledge regarding professional practices, ethics, and laws.
Community Consultation/Outreach
  • Provide consultation to students, faculty, and staff regarding mental health/behavioral and student life issues.
  • Consult with the Dean of Students and Pack Cares Chair regarding students with concerning behaviors.
  • Communicate with University personnel and other concerned individuals, such as family members, guardians and/or involved parties within HIPAA guidelines.
  • Receive and/or provide clinical supervision as assigned.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings.
  • Participate in Counseling, Student Affairs and University Committees as assigned.
  • Provide outreach activities to the University community, (trainings, presentations, crisis response).
  • Provide support and information regarding crisis situations to the Behavioral Intervention Team ( Pack Cares)
  • Assist with training of faculty and staff regarding self-harm behaviors
  • Attend continuing education opportunities to enhance knowledge base and maintain licensure and/or certification, if applicable.
On- call support
  • Provide crisis intervention by telephone or on-campus in the event a student is imminently a danger to self or others and arrange transport for immediate evaluation and treatment in a safe environment for the student; inclusive of completing documentation of behaviors, impression, acuity of student need and reasons for transport
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PSY D, Ph.D, or Ed.D in clinical, educational Psychology.
  • Licensed as a Psychologist by the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners or eligible for licensure in the State of Colorado within six months of hire.
  • Excellent grasp of psychopathology, diagnostic systems, risk assessment and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and respond to complex, urgent situations in a timely manner while exercising sound judgment, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to a wide range of personal diversity and multicultural issues, including trauma-informed care.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Specialized training in one or more of the areas of crisis intervention, sexual assault or other trauma, substance abuse, and learning disabilities.
  • Experience supervising and leading a team or former director of a counseling area
  • Experience in risk assessment, crisis assessment and management, mental health triage, brief psychotherapy and group treatment approaches
  • Experience using a variety of screening and assessment instruments.
  • Experience working with multi-cultural clients and an understanding of inclusion within a college setting.
  • Experience speaking and presenting to groups of individuals about resources, mental health issues, and interacting with constituent groups- staff, faculty, students and community partners.
  • Experience in working with clients with high risk mental health issues.
  • 1 to 2 years previous college mental health experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with the issues noted in the position description
  • Experience utilizing an electronic health record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong computer, research, data management, and outcome assessment skills.
  •  5 or more years prior clinical experience in a multidisciplinary clinic setting, especially college or community mental health 
All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. an unofficial transcript; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Friday, August 8, 2020 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. CSU-Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU-Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect.  The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society - local and global - and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU-Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU-Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU-Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

About Pueblo, Colorado 

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU-Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

It is the policy of Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices. 


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