Counseling Services Director - University Health and Counseling Services - 16945

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of University Health and Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a Counseling Services Director (DIR, COUNSEL SERV/M).

This will be a full-time Limited appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules .


This is a 12-month position in the Counseling Department of University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS). The Counseling Services Director (CSD) is responsible for the overall direction, vision, leadership and administration of Counseling Services at UHCS. This includes fulfilling our mission statement through supporting a full range of mental health services that support the psychological well-being and mental health of UW-Whitewater students. The UHCS philosophy is to focus on both intervention and prevention, and as a result, offers a wide array of culturally competent direct care, educational outreach, wellness and holistic programs and services. Outreach and services are enhanced through participation in a nationally APA accredited doctoral internship, predoctoral practicum placements, and master’s internships. All services and programs are in accordance with AAAHC standards.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor in the Division of Student Affairs provides general administrative supervision to the Counseling Director position.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Counseling (LPC), Social Work (LCSW), or Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)
  • Licensure in State of WI LCSW, LPC or LP or eligible within 6 months
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the supervision needs of a multidisciplinary counseling center
  • Five years of increased leadership and supervisor responsibility
Desired Characteristics:
  • Ability to provide supervision for doctoral interns in the APA Accredited doctoral internship program
  • Experience with data analysis, report writing, and utilization of data software
  • A commitment to build a diverse and culturally aware staff
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to create a strategic plan for counseling and wellness within the center and in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated collaborative relationship and leadership skills
  • Interpersonal skills required to interact at many levels within the university and health care communities
  • Administrative and management skills
  • Teaching, consultation and facilitation skills
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

50% A. Administration:
  1. Implement, direct, and evaluate the day to day operations of the counseling services.
  2. Develop, implement, and assess outcomes of a strategic plan using evidence based assessment for counseling and wellness.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate overall practices, policies, and logistics at UHCS.
  4. Collaborate with Health Services to maintain accreditation(s); review and update processes as needed.
  5. Mange and develop counseling and wellness budgets while collaborating with Health Services.
  6. Supervise counseling staff, wellness staff, and assigned administrative support staff. Provide annual review and ongoing professional development.
  7. Responsible for talent acquisition, development, and review.
  8. To develop long and short-term objectives and priorities for the development of the department, and ensure that the policies, objectives, and practices meet professional, ethical, and legal standards nationally and locally within Wisconsin.
  9. Continually evaluate and assessment of existing counseling programs to review and implement research evidence based programs. Maintain and submit reports as necessary.
  10. Support the UHCS philosophy of supporting whole body wellness for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability and spirituality/ religion.
  11. Provide leadership to UHCS committees, including but not limited to: All- Staff, Quality Improvement, Administrative Team, Counseling Staff and Counseling Case Consultation.
  12. The Counseling Services Director is responsible for the supervision of all counseling, wellness and administrative staff in Counseling Services. This includes the supervision of all employees, as well as the supervision of interns, practicum students and other trainees at Counseling Services.
  13. The CSD may provide individual supervision to doctoral and/or masters level counseling interns
30% B. Direct Counseling Services:
  1. Maintain client caseload.
  2. Provide culturally competent individual, couples and group counseling and crisis intervention for student clients in-person and via telemental health. Provide on-call emergency coverage, or back-up thereof for students in acute emotional distress.
  3. Serve on university behavioral intervention (CARE) team. Facilitate mandated assessment process.
  4. Conduct outreach and consultation services to University students, staff, and faculty, including the monitoring of the web site and other communications.
  5. Provide supervisory guidance and support regarding clinical issues/risk management concerns that arise within the counseling caseloads.
  6. Support the provision of psychological, symptom, personality and other assessments as appropriate within the center.
10% C. Institutional Responsibilities:
  1. Create and maintain a positive relationships between Counseling Services and the University community.
  2. Work collaboratively and proactively with campus offices (e.g. Residence Life, University Police, Center for Students with Disabilities, University Center, First Year Experience).
  3. Cultivate relationships in the community (local hospitals, mental health resources, clinics, community coalitions, area specialists, state and local health departments) as referral sources for students who are outside the scope of UHCS and as community partnerships.
  4. Represent Counseling Services at the Division, institution, UW system level through committee membership, consultation and attendance at conferences or meetings.
  5. Provide consultative services to faculty and staff who have questions or concerns about students’ physical and/or mental health issues.
  6. Advise or Collaborate with the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) in administrative decisions
10% D. Other Duties as Assigned


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

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UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

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The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by February 8, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Karen Brueggeman
Talent Acqusition Coordinator


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  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Relicense Documents
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