Assistant Director, Counseling, Health & Wellness

New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
May 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for assisting in the execution of the strategic initiatives within a fully integrated counseling and primary medical care environment. The Assistant Director provides clinical supervision of the counseling staff, administrative supervision of the Practicum Training program, group counseling and outreach programming. The Assistant Director provides direct clinical services including individual and group therapy, clinical consultation, risk assessments, on-call emergency services, collaboration with consulting psychiatric providers as well as referrals to on-campus offices and external agencies.

Department overview

The William Paterson University Counseling, Health and Wellness Center is dedicated to proactively ensuring that the psychological and medical needs of students are attended to effectively and efficiently by providing supportive clinical, educational, and outreach services.

The Center is welcoming, accepting and dedicated to serving a culturally diverse student body seeking to make informed decisions about their physical and emotional well-being.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Provides clinical supervision to professional staff and graduate practicum students to inform the clinical care of students and the development of professional skills and self-care of the clinicians.
  • Provides clinical patient care including individual, couples, group therapy, emergency consultation and risk assessments for triage and drop in visits, on-call emergency coverage, collaboration with consulting psychiatrist, referrals to on-campus offices and external agencies, and outreach presentations related to Counseling, Health & Wellness services via in person and telehealth platforms.
  • Provides clinical consultation services to faculty and staff; follows up with emergency interventions when necessary, and provides consultation to the Dean of Students regarding students of concern.
  • Facilitates referral and after-care services to ancillary providers where needed; case management and coordination of care with Health Center staff to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Provides leadership to inform crisis planning and intervention with students determined to pose imminent risk to self or others in the absence of the Associate Director.

  • Provides administrative coordination and strategic planning for the group counseling and outreach programs including maintenance of program outcome data, assessment projects, training and advising of staff and students needed to meet program initiatives.
  • Provides administrative consultation rotation to the overnight/weekend On-Call Service, coordinates emergency student referrals and communication with campus police and the county Psychiatric Emergency screening service as needed.
  • Conducts the performance appraisal process for clinical staff, coaches and participates in the initiation of disciplinary processes and resolution of grievance matters.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the department and directs the secretarial staff in work assignments and daily activities in the absence of the Director or Associate Director.
  • Assists Management Team in the development of practice guidelines, department policies, and department goals.
  • Supports the Management Team in developing implementation strategies for administrating, collecting and interpreting data as determined by departmental assessment projects and goals.
  • Serves as project co-manager for the electronic medical records system.
  • Provides co-facilitation of weekly Treatment and Clinical Supervision Team Meetings.
  • Represents the Student Development Division and Counseling Center on division or university- wide committees, and other campus activities/functions as assigned.
Required qualifications:
  • PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA accredited program. An LCSW or LPC with a minimum of three years of administrative leadership and direct supervision of clinical staff post-licensure may be considered.
  • Experience demonstrating clinical, leadership and administrative responsibilities including management of staff.
  • NJ license as a Psychologist, LCSW, or LPC is required.
  • Working knowledge of electronic recordkeeping.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team as well as with traditional and non-traditional college students from diverse ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant experience working with college populations, providing outreach programs and presentations to diverse audiences preferred.

Attributes and traits:

  • Capable of analyzing multi-faceted aspects of a situation to gain thorough insight and make sound, rational, and informed decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to others and consider competing wants and needs while working toward a common goal.
  • Able to understand, appreciate, and highly regard rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Capacity to understand and appreciate the value of other people with genuine concern for their needs, wants, and feelings.
  • Capable of clearly and objectively understanding and implementing the necessary resources, including personnel, to achieve agreed upon results and goals.

Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter & CV

Provide names/contacts of three professional references.

Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. General questions related to this application process, please contact

About William Paterson

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls over 9,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 380-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.


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