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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 6, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Other Student Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Brown University seeks an innovative, experienced, and collaborative leader as its next Director of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Brown University and the student affairs division recognize the role of student health and wellness in the overall academic and personal success of undergraduate and graduate students and have embraced student wellbeing as a strategic priority. Accordingly, the student affairs division centers student wellbeing through existing programs and services, encourages innovative concepts and strategies and advances policies that promote mental, physical and emotional health. As the primary mental health services provider at the University, CAPS is comprised of 24 professional staff in the areas of general and specialized clinical services, outreach and education services and professional development and training. The CAPS team develops treatment plans tailored to students’ backgrounds and needs by working together with students, families, campus partners and community providers. CAPS also emphasizes prevention and education through collaboration and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment. The CAPS staff values student input in the development and assessment of its programs and services.

Reporting directly to Vanessa Britto, MD, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Student Health, the Director will provide vision and strategic and intellectual leadership for CAPS, while fully realizing synergies across Brown and extending into the local community. The Director will offer adept experienced operational and managerial oversight of a counseling center in a complex and decentralized institutional environment and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks a Director who is engaged with the issues, concerns and aspirations of a rapidly changing student body at Brown and who demonstrates a commitment, a record of success and enthusiasm to work with Brown’s diverse populations including but not limited to first-generation students; immigrant students; LGBTQIA+ students and graduate and medical school students. The Director will play a leadership role in fully realizing the creative potential of the counseling center’s role as a key occupant of a new, purpose-built residential/administrative facility the goal of which is to model wellbeing, connection and collaboration. The Director will be a leading campus voice in advancing institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion; strengthening the organizational health within CAPS through cultural change management; and engaging and inspiring stakeholders within the unit, the division and across campus to organize programs and services that amplify and maximize the conditions for student success.

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in a mental health profession with licensure or immediate license-eligibility in the State of Rhode Island. The Director will demonstrate significant experience as a licensed mental health provider, with a preference for experience in a university counseling center. The Director will also have progressively responsible leadership and management experience leading a complex, cohesive and interdisciplinary team.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Brown University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 15, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s Candidate Portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.,

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled or quoted in part from Brown University documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

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