Director of Counseling
The Director of Counseling manages the staff and operations of the University Counseling Center (UCC), and collaborates with staff of the Student Health Center (SHC) and Office of Health Promotion (OHP). These three offices comprise Student Health and Counseling (SH&C) services for W&L students, and are part of the Division of Student Affairs. The Director supervises the clinical and administrative support staff of UCC, and is responsible for UCC staffing, clinical services, programming, training, budget, policies/procedures, and adherence to professional, legal and ethical standards. The Director provides counseling, consultation, outreach and urgent response services to W&L students in support of the mission of SH&C, the Division of Student Affairs and the University. This is a full-time, 11-month position (August through June each academic year).
Student Health and Counseling Services is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee University.
- Manages the staff and operations of the University Counseling
Center (UCC). Provides leadership for mission, needs assessment,
strategic planning/goal setting, program evaluation, direct
clinical services, outreach programming and training by UCC.
Supervises and manages professional staff and administrative
support staff, including performance review and feedback. Ensures
effective practices for triage, intake, scheduling and
documentation of individual clinical encounters, therapy and
support groups. Establishes on-call schedule and shares on-call
responsibility with other UCC clinicians for 24/7 counselor
availability for urgent/emergency needs during the academic year.
Manages UCC budget. Supports professional development/continuing
education for UCC clinicians based on program goals. Provides
periodic and annual analysis and reporting on UCC program,
operations, clinical utilization, strategic plan and goals.
- Manages a multidisciplinary UCC team of behavioral health
professionals that provides counseling, psychological and
psychiatry services to W&L students. Provides direct clinical
services to students for assessment and treatment as appropriate to
clinical training and licensure. Provides case management
consultation and support for UCC clinicians working with high-needs
students and/or through care transitions. Facilitates regular peer
consultation among UCC providers, and with Student Health Center
medical providers. Consults with students, faculty, staff,
administrators, parents and off-campus professionals regarding the
needs of individual students. Facilitates timely response to urgent
requests for psychological intervention during regular office
hours, after-hours and for phone consultation only during break
periods in the academic calendar.
- Attends meetings of the multidisciplinary Assessment and Care
Team (ACT). Collaborates as needed with University officials in
situations requiring emergency management and/or behavioral threat
assessment and intervention. Provides UCC review and
recommendations for student withdrawal, leaves of absence,
reinstatements and/or short-term academic adjustments. Coordinates
UCC review and recommendations for student disability
accommodations requests for mental health conditions (other than
neurodevelopmental disabilities reviewed by an outside
- Coordinates outreach activities, training and other programs
requested of/provided by UCC to the University community.
- Coordinates and supports clinical practicum, internship, and/or
fellowship placements at UCC for professional students and
- Oversees advising and support for student organizations
affiliated with UCC, such as the Peer Counselor program and the
Campus Recovery Program.
- Represents the UCC mission, services and key issues within
Student Health & Counseling, Student Affairs and the University
community. Promotes and participates in activities, committees,
events, programs and other efforts that serve to improve the health
and well-being of W&L students.
- Participates in appropriate continuing education and
professional development and training activities to maintain
licensure, clinical competency, and enhance knowledge and skills in
areas pertinent to the position. Facilitates appropriate continuing
education and professional development and training activities for
all other UCC staff to meet the psychological and mental healthcare
needs of students.
- Other related duties as assigned.
Master’s or doctoral degree in Psychology, Counseling or Social Work. Professional licensure by the Virginia Board of Health Professions, or license eligible in Virginia with completion of licensure within 12 months. Must have at least three years of pertinent clinical and management experience. Knowledge and experience in the psychological and developmental needs of the college student population are essential. Excellent clinical, supervisory, management, interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills are essential.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information are required.
External Applicants: Please upload your resume on the Quick Apply screen. Your application will automatically populate your resume details, and you may verify and update data on the My Information page. Add your cover letter and any other documents required for the position to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience application page. You will not be able to modify your application after you submit it. The My Experience page is the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supporting document attachments. The online application form requires you provide names and contact information for three professional references.
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Click Apply from the Open W&L Jobs report. Update your Education and Job History . Attach your cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references in the appropriate box. Refer to the Job Aid for additional guidance.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is exposed to infectious diseases.
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The Counseling Center business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM. The position also requires being on call nights and weekends, and occasional evening/weekend work duties.
Pay commensurate with experience.
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.