Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a
private institution working in the public interest.
Employer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/91310
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
The ideal candidate must have:
- 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
- Maintain a caseload of students.
- Receive, review, disposition and track student requests for
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Review, approve and track all returns from medical leave
documentation whenever the reason for the leave is mental health
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrated clinical, assessment, and interpersonal
- Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct, plan, manage and
administer a counseling program.
- Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention with individuals
- 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
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the
contact information for three references to the following link on
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
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and
reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment
practices, services, programs, and activities.