Director of Counseling and Disability Resources

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 02, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Counseling and Disability Resources

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the position of Director of Counseling and Disability Resources.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Student Services, The Director of Counseling and Disability Resources will provide mental health services to students and will supervise the operations of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) as well as Student Disability Resources (SDR).Counseling & Disability Resources (CDR), a unit of Student Affairs, is committed to the holistic growth of our students.Inclusion, diversity, and equity are the cornerstones of the mission and goals of Penn State Harrisburg Student Affairs.

The successful candidate will provide direct clinical services, including individual and group counseling and crisis intervention to Harrisburg students. The Director will exhibit Unit leadership through clinical meetings with CAPS and SDR staff as well as staff meetings with all Unit members. The Director coordinates the hiring and evaluation process for CAPS and SDR staff. The Director will also provide leadership by working with staff to establish services, priorities, procedures, and programs to best meet the needs of our students. In addition, the Director has primary responsibility for CDR operations and serves as the budget administrator for CAPS, as administrative supervisor for CDR staff, and as a primary point of contact for campus constituencies and family members who seek consultation. The Director is a member of the Leadership Team for Student Affairs. The Director will serve on campus committees such as Behavioral Threat Management Team and Emergency Management Team and will keep open communication with the Commonwealth Campus liaison at Penn State University Park CAPS.

The current CDR team is an experienced group of professionals who work together to provide services for our students and to educate our campus about mental health and disabilities. The campus administration takes seriously the importance of provision of services to students seeking counseling and assistance for disabilities. Penn State and CDR are committed to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. CDR is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive community that fosters academic, social, cultural, and personal growth.

Typical requirements of this role include 8 or more years of experience in a related field, completion of a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (or related mental health field) or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must be a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania or eligible to obtain licensure as a mental health practitioner within one year of the date of hire. This position requires the following clearances:
  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form
  • Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Preferred qualifications include a background in a college counseling center setting including experience in management/supervisory roles, familiarity with the clinical, legal and ethical aspects of treating college students, experience with diverse populations, and crisis management response skills. Preference will also be given to candidates with excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively with counseling staff and campus partners.

Employment at Penn State Harrisburg offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy affordable entertainment with our many concerts, fairs, festivals, and minor-league teams in the Harrisburg and Hershey area. Additionally, the region is host to numerous breweries, wineries, and orchards as well as the world-famous Hershey Park and Chocolate World and cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York are just a short drive or train ride away.

Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The college is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York, and Harrisburg International Airport is located within minutes from campus. The college is the largest and most comprehensive of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. As a comprehensive college, Penn State Harrisburg enrolls more than 5,000 students and offers more than 75 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, as well as the first two years of study leading to more than 160 majors offered throughout Penn State.

The Harrisburg campus features 14 Division III sports, a $19.5 million dollar civil, mechanical and electrical classroom and laboratory building, a newly gifted $2.5 million dollar Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, and a thriving $4 million dollar theatre that hosts lectures, film showings, seminars, and fully produced live theatre, dance, and music. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Penn State Harrisburg, as a community, endeavors to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace.

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