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Director, Student Counseling Center

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 5, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN


Director, Student Counseling Center


The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the Director position for the Student Counseling Center (SCC).  This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.


The University and the Region:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution.  Enrolling 29,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee.  As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement.  In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society.  The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.


The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem surrounded by eight gorgeous lakes, with a beautiful and accessible downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a strong offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities.  UTK is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville and Cincinnati.  It is only a day’s drive to Memphis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.  Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people.


The Division of Student Life:

The Division of Student Life is comprised of approximately 400 staff members that serve our students through 19 departments and functions.  Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments.  The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services.  In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.


The Department:

Student Counseling Center is the university’s primary facility for personal counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health outreach and consultation services.  Their mission is to promote the psychological, educational, and social well-being of the students of the University of Tennessee and to help prepare them to be productive members of a global society.  The director must be champion of diversity, equity and inclusion and lead with a spirit of humanity, generosity, and empathy in order to serve the diverse needs of our student population, the clinic practitioners, and the staff.


The Position:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life, the primary duties of the Director for the Student Counseling Center are as follows:


• Provide executive direction for the Student Counseling Center

• Supervise and evaluate staff members including an associate director, assistant director, staff psychologists, staff psychotherapist(s), psychiatrist(s), psychiatric nurse practitioner(s), staff therapists, clinical case manager(s), doctoral intern clinicians, graduate assistants, and administrative support staff.

• Provide direct clinical services including triage screening and assessments, risk assessment and crisis management

• Supervise psychology trainees including individual supervision, review of video and clinical notes, and general quality assurance of clinical work

Develop, manage, and monitor budget

• Evaluate departmental effectiveness and efficiency through assessment efforts

• Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships within the campus and Knoxville communities

• Participate as an active staff member of the Division of Student Life and perform other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications


• Doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from APA-accredited program

• Completion of internship at APA-accredited program

• Tennessee license eligibility as a psychologist and health services provider



• Five (5) years of post-graduate experience in student counseling or other mental health facility

• Three (3) years of experience working in a supervisory and/or management position


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

• Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with all constituents (students, faculty, administration, University staff and other members of the UT and surrounding community)

• Demonstrated presentation skills (oral and written)

• Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively lead and facilitate campus and community partnerships

• Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously


Preferred Qualifications


• Previous experience working with psychiatric medication services

• Experience working with electronic health record systems


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Ability to develop strategic plan and implement assessment strategies and reports

• Knowledge of basic threat assessment protocols



• Commensurate with experience and other qualifications.


Application and Nomination Process:

A review of all applications will begin on May 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding the position may be directed to David Ndiaye, the Search Committee Chair at or Brooke Swart, Executive Recruiter at For consideration, all applicants MUST submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references into the UT Human Resources online portal. 


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Anticipated Start Date:

July 15, 2021


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