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Director of Counseling Services

Bard College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Health Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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Bard College seeks a Director for their Counseling Services. This position oversees the operation of a center that includes 5 full-time counselors, a part-time psychiatrist and graduate intern(s). The Director is responsible for ensuring diverse and dynamic programming across campus, offering an array of support groups for multiple identities across the student body, and careful oversight of the clinical support offered by the counselors. The Director works closely to develop close relationships across campus in order to better support and advocate for the study body. This is a full-time, 12-month per year, exempt position.

With the support of an Assistant Director, the Director will:
  • Oversee clinical and administrative supervision of 5 counselors and graduate intern(s); administratively support part-time psychiatrist, front desk staff and dietician, including planning and leading weekly team meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with Health Service Director and Nurse Practitioners on daily operations, space management, the hiring and supervising of shared staff and shared clinical issues as they arise.
  • Maintain a caseload of students.
  • Receive, review, disposition and track student requests for counseling.
  • Serve as a support to the counselors on call for student mental health crises 24/7 year round.
  • Consult on student mental health emergencies to various staff and faculty.
  • Programming: Support staff and participate in generating regularly occurring groups, workshops, presentations, trainings, drop in counseling sessions, events.
  • Be the public face of mental health on campus by fielding requests to attend and/or speak at campus gatherings, lead discussions, sit on panels, meet with faculty groups, manage sensitive and high profile situations.
  • Maintain the expectation and attitude within the counseling team and in interactions on campus that recognize the role of counselors to promote social justice and expand the campus community’s capacity to understand and serve a wide range of student identities.
  • Create an expectation of continuing education among staff to maintain the clinical skills sufficient to address societal changes, traumas and global trends that students cope with in their lives.
  • Attend and assign staff to attend regularly scheduled meetings on campus e.g. Students of Concern, Wellness, Harm Reduction, President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence.
  • Help connect students with off campus mental health resources when appropriate.
  • Oversee website: frequent edits, additions, revisions so that the information is accurate and the resources are current.
  • Respond to requests for consultations and collaborations with many campus partners including: Health, Wellness, Equity and Inclusion Programs, Athletics, Res Life, DOSA, faculty members, Conservatory, Dance Department, Office of International Students, student clubs, FYSEM faculty.
  • Lead and coordinate mental health orientations and trainings as requested for First Years, Peer Counselors, Peer Mentors, BRAVE Counselors, Student Services staff, EIP.
  • Attend and maintain working relationships with other area college counseling center directors, local hospital emergency room staff, local in-patient psychiatric unit staff, and other mental health resources available to students.
  • Maintain relationships with and keep up to date with off-campus mental health practitioners to maintain a strong referral base.
  • Participate in and review pertinent college counseling center listservs: AUCCCD, CCNY in order to keep up to date on issues and trends in college mental health, and seek consultations as needed.
  • Review, approve and track all returns from medical leave documentation whenever the reason for the leave is mental health related.
  • Lead searches and manage the hiring process of counselors, and front desk staff, keeping diversity and equity in mind.
  • Create and submit departmental end of semester and annual reports and yearly budget requests.
The ideal candidate must have:
  • A Ph.D/Psy.D in clinical psychology or Master's degree in mental health counseling, counseling psychology, social work or other closely related discipline.
  • Currently licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist in the state of New York.
  • At least 10 years of experience in a clinical setting ideally supporting young adults/college students.
  • Knowledge of student development especially related to underrepresented and marginalized populations.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to student diversity and knowledge of programs and resources that support inclusion efforts on campus.
  • Demonstrated clinical, assessment, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct, plan, manage and administer a counseling program.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention with individuals and groups.
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references to the following link on interfolio:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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