Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Swarthmore College, one of the nation's premier liberal arts
colleges, is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the
position of Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
(CAPS). This is an excellent opportunity for a visionary,
forward-thinking, and team-oriented mental health leader and
clinician to strategically and creatively grow and enhance
counseling services, operations, and outreach to meet the needs of
a diverse, high-achieving student population.
The Director ensures the delivery of innovative, high-quality
mental health services and education, while providing leadership,
vision, and direction to CAPS and the campus community on student
mental health issues, policies, and practices. The Director
motivates, inspires, and works collaboratively with a talented team
of clinicians who are dedicated to the holistic wellbeing of
students. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director
is a key partner within the Division of Student Affairs and serves
as the primary mental health liaison and expert on campus.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of
supervision and clinical leadership experience; strong fiscal and
operational management skills; knowledge of comprehensive and
dynamic approaches to the delivery of equitable, inclusive, and
student-centered counseling services and outreach; and the ability
to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in CAPS,
Student Health Services, and other campus departments to promote
student mental health and wellbeing.
This is a full-time, 12-month, senior administrative position.
Swarthmore provides competitive and attractive benefits.
About Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts
and engineering located in suburban Philadelphia, just 11 miles
outside of the city. The College's idyllic 425-acre arboretum
campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking
trails. The College champions diversity and inclusivity across its
campus community and beyond, and it is strongly committed to making
education accessible; students who attend Swarthmore are admitted
regardless of their demonstrated financial need. With nearly 50
programs of study and the opportunity for students to design their
own major, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses on campus each
year. Swarthmore maintains 194 full-time tenured and tenure-track
faculty; sustains a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; houses 95 percent
of its 1,640 students on campus in 18 residence halls; and
maintains 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams.For more
information, please visit: http://www.swarthmore.edu/about
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director
of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) oversees and
directs all services provided by CAPS and is responsible for
ensuring that services meet the needs of students, the Student
Affairs division, and the College at large. The Director provides
clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and leadership
regarding the provision of mental health services on campus,
including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual
therapy, referral services, outreach programming, and student
support groups for a variety of different topics.
The Director serves as a key liaison to other departments,
administrators, faculty, and staff on mental health issues,
policies, and practices; provides supervision, professional
development, and evaluation of professional and support staff;
manages the operational budget and setting of priorities for
resource utilization; directs clinical and consultative services,
including crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation with
students, faculty, and staff; and leads CAPS in the strategic
planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and continual
improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that
incorporate diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and
principles. As a licensed clinician, the Director provides direct
counseling and education services to students. The Director also
oversees a multidisciplinary internship/training program.
The Director has responsibility for and is expected to:
• Provide vision and leadership in establishing and monitoring the
scope and direction of CAPS, ensuring its operation is consistent
with national standards of practice.
• Facilitate strategic planning leading to quality improvements,
efficiencies, and effective delivery of services; foster planning
and decision-making informed by internal and external data derived
from sound assessment, trends, and best practices.
• Encourage innovation in services and delivery methods to advance
new initiatives critical to the success of Swarthmore College
students and in response to institutional growth and priorities and
changing needs of students and the community.
• Provide supervision to the team of licensed mental health
professionals, including hiring, supervision, and evaluation of
• Support the professional development of the clinical staff and
• Provide direct clinical care to students, including re-entry
evaluations, and consultation to other CAPS counselors to assist
with patient management as required.
• Manage and supervise emergency on-call service.
• Competently manage fiscal resources, space, and equipment.
• Expand utilization of technology in delivering services.
• Ensure compliance with applicable Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
laws governing the provision of mental health services and with
professional ethics guiding the work of CAPS' diverse staff.
• Establish appropriate liaisons with other College departments,
federal, state, and community mental health agencies.
• Direct the administrative operations, and establish, review, and
update policies and procedures to support staff and student
• Provide consultation to campus threat assessment teams and
processes, including participation in assessment and management of
individuals of concern and serving as a resource on crisis
response, health, and safety concerns.
• Enhance relationships and foster partnerships with a broad base
of campus and community stakeholders that result in improved
delivery of services and programs to benefit students and college
• Serve as a core member of the Deans and Directors Group (a
multidisciplinary students of concern team); provide counsel to
senior leadership on matters related to the mental health of
students and the campus community.
• Serve on departmental, divisional, college, state and/or national
committees as required and assigned.
• Earned doctorate in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Counseling
Psychology, or a related mental health care discipline.
• Current licensure in Pennsylvania or current licensure in another
state and eligible to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania.
• Minimum of five years of progressive experience, including
supervising multidisciplinary clinicians and managing clinical
programs and services.
• Strong fiscal management skills and experience managing
• Ability to work collaboratively with campus partners, including
working closely with colleagues in Student Health and Wellness
Services to provide comprehensive care and support to Swarthmore
• Understanding of contemporary best practices in the delivery of
comprehensive counseling and psychological services.
• Understanding of and appreciation for the values of residential
liberal arts colleges rooted in Quaker traditions, including
respect for the individual, consensus decision-making, and social
• Proven record of success and commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion, including the ability to meet the mental health needs of
a diverse population.
• Familiarity with relevant ethical and legal issues.
• Strong crisis management skills.
• Familiarity or direct experience with college, university, and
medical school training programs.
• Effective leadership, communication, and interpersonal
• Experience applying and using technology, including electronic
health records, to enhance the delivery and evaluation of programs
• Experience with adolescent and young adult/college aged patients,
preferably in a college or university setting.
Swarthmore College has partnered with Keeling & Associates in
this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and
resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com
The subject line of the email should read "Swarthmore – Director,
CAPS."Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to
Gordon Winsor, Consultant and Project Director for Executive
Search, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications received by September 17, 2021, will receive full
consideration. The process will continue until the position is
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from
candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with
demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.
Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and
minorities are encouraged to apply.