Director of Counseling Services

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 24, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Lesley University:

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, a generous retirement plan, and a tuition remission program that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.

Job Description:

Lesley seeks a Director of Counseling Services, who will serve to re-imagine and implement the next generation of counseling services aimed at meeting the psychological and developmental needs of the University student community.

The selected individual, reporting to the Dean of Students, will be charged with developing a business plan to shape the delivery of innovative, high quality, student-centric counseling services, incorporating holistic practices which are central to Lesley's mission; possessing an interest, openness and experience with expressive therapies, mindfulness, and other alternative modalities; building a strategic plan to meet the objectives identified; providing overall operational, clinical, and inspirational leadership of the Counseling Center; providing direct short-term individual, group and teletherapy psychological counseling and crisis intervention services to a diverse and neurodiverse population of undergraduate and graduate students; providing referral services to outside resources when a higher level of care is needed; maintaining an active and current resource and referral network; providing consultation and support for students, faculty and staff during crisis situations; providing consultation and education to faculty and staff regarding student behavioral and emotional issues, classroom concerns and current behavioral health issues; directing the graduate internship training program; building effective, diverse, and connected teams; maintaining and promoting the highest ethical and professional standards; and working collaboratively with departments across campus to address coordinated student support.


The successful candidate will have at least five years' leadership experience in higher education with related experience operating a free-standing counseling center or other independent business; a minimum of eight years' experience as a licensed clinician; experience with best practice treatment protocols and innovative treatments in expressive therapies (art, music, dance, drama, etc.), meditation and mindfulness; experience serving BIPOC, LBGTQIA+ and neurodiverse communities; excellent communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills; business acumen including financial, leadership, planning, organization, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; interpersonal, and group facilitation skills; understanding of confidential and ethical matters within the professional of mental health and in a higher education setting; and have at least a Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, or Social work. Ph.D. preferred. Must be currently licensed in Massachusetts.

Additional Information:

At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.

Application Instructions:

A letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.

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