Associate Director for Training (14038)

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Associate Director for Training (ADT) position promotes the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students by providing assessment, counseling, supervision, consultation, psycho-education, outreach, emergency intervention, and related services through the university’s Counseling Center. In addition, this position is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing the training programs of the Counseling Center. The ADT directs all administrative and clinical training program activities, including trainee selection, trainee orientation and seminars, supervisee/supervisor evaluations, program accreditation, training policies and procedures, and communications among the various trainee groups. The ADT provides direct administrative supervision to all trainees in the Center, including the Postdoctoral Fellow and four Graduate Clinical Interns. The person in this position adheres to all relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards.

Essential Functions

1. Coordination of Training Programs and Center Administration: Serves as primary administrator for the training programs, including chairing the Training Committee, developing and producing training program materials, and managing accreditation of training programs. Coordinates the selection, orientation, training, and evaluation of graduate student clinical trainees at all levels, including first and second year practicum (10-12 trainees), externs (6-8 trainees), interns (4 trainees), and postdoctoral fellow (1 trainee) to ensure a high quality training program. Functions include: overseeing the recruitment and selection of trainees; orienting trainees to Center, University, and professional policies, procedures, and ethical standards; overseeing both Center and adjunct clinical supervisors for all training levels; designing, coordinating, and delivering educational activities such as seminars, lectures, and case conferences; coordinating the evaluation of the training program and program participants; maintaining good relationships with graduate clinical programs in the area; assisting trainees in their efforts to secure further training or employment.

2. Direct Clinical Services: Provides direct clinical services, such as individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, intakes, and consultations, in order to assess and address the emotional concerns of students, promote a supportive and knowledgeable community with regard to mental health issues, and facilitate students’ connection to the support or treatment they require.

3. Clinical Training and Supervision: Provides clinical training and supervision to graduate student clinicians, including individual or group supervision, seminar presentations.

4. People Management: Responsible for hiring, onboarding, training and managing reporting positions on an ongoing basis. This includes providing regular feedback, coaching, mentoring and evaluating performance. Also, identify and encourage participation in professional development opportunities. These tasks are also related to the compliance procedures for selection of pre-doctoral interns and the postdoctoral fellow.

5. Center Administration: Participates in program development, review and development of policies and procedures, staff meetings and other activities affecting the efficient and effective functioning of the Center. Serves as backup to Director of Clinical Services for daily Center operations when the Director of Clinical Services is out of the Center. Participates in Center, division, and/or university committees or task groups.

Essential Functions (Continued)

6. Consultation and Outreach: Provides training and outreach programs/services to student groups, staff, faculty, and parents, such as workshops or presentations on topics related to mental health, human development, and counseling center services. Provides after-hours emergency coverage as required as part of Center consultation services.

7. Other duties as requested by the Director: Participates in activities related to university employment, such as HR training and the performance management process. Participates in peer supervision, professional development, or other training to develop and refine professional skills and knowledge.

Supervisory Responsibility
  • The Associate Director for Training reports directly to the Executive Director of the Counseling Center along with the Director of Clinical Services, Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation and the Operations Administrator.
  • Reporting to this position are one Postdoctoral Fellow and four Graduate Clinical Interns. This position also has oversight over approximately 23 unpaid graduate clinical trainees.
  • This position has administrative responsibility for coordinating the training programs and activities of the office as well as administrative responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director.
  • The training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and must meet strict accreditation standards and undergo periodic review.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full time
  • Exempt
  • Team Leader/Consultant B

Required Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Three years of post-graduate experience in a clinical setting providing psychological services
  • This position requires a mental health professional with a current valid clinical license or license-eligible as a psychologist within six months in the District of Columbia and significant training/supervision experience

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Three or more years of clinical experience with adolescents and young adults
  • Prior experience in university counseling context
  • Experience with diverse populations including international, minority, and individuals with disabilities
  • Sophisticated understanding of human development and integrative psychological approaches; experience in assessing and intervening with severe or potentially life-threatening psychological conditions
  • Experience providing interventions to promote healthy emotional growth as well as the amelioration of emotional problems; experience with supervision of clinical trainees from a relational and/or psychodynamic orientation; sophisticated understanding of cultural competency factors
  • Knowledge and relevant experience in the areas of clinical training and supervision, clinical instruction, training program administration, and accreditation of graduate clinical training programs.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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