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Director of Counseling and Wellness Services

Georgia Southwestern State University
Americus, Georgia
Posted Date
Nov 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary  This position is responsible for facilitating counseling wellbeing services to GSW students. The director is responsible for providing services through coordinated contracted services, supervision, and personal clinical counseling, including individual, group, relationship, and crisis intervention counseling. This position oversees student wellbeing outreach efforts and programs.



Manages the delivery of counseling services. (35%) Coordinates the delivery of quality counseling services to meet student needs. Ensures compliance with laws, ethical rules, and regulations. Develops and maintains sound counseling policies and procedures. Utilizes electronic counseling records management system and ensures the confidentiality of counseling records.  


  • Provides counseling services. (25%) Provides individual, short-term, personal counseling to students. Provides referrals for long-term counseling as needed. Provides crisis intervention counseling. Assists with student crises, as appropriate.


Performs supervisory and management duties. (20%) Central point of contact for contracted counseling services, both virtual and face-to-face. Provides leadership to direct reports and staff, to continuously improve student counseling and wellness services.  Leads university initiatives focused on improving mental health. Works with key stakeholders on mental health initiatives. Manages department operation budget. Supervises professional staff and student workers, as assigned.  


  • Maintains required knowledge in the field. (10%) Keeps abreast of current best practices related to counseling. Maintains up-to-date knowledge and implements best practices related to wellness, LBGTQ+, suicide prevention, and other mental health topics. Maintains thorough knowledge of federal, state, USG, and university policies and regulations related to counseling and student services.



  • Provides support for other university programs and activities. (10%) Attends university sponsored student programs as appropriate. Serves on assigned university committees. Advises designated student organizations. Serves on DSES Leadership Team; works collaboratively with colleagues to contribute and support DSES priorities and initiatives.

    Preferred Qualifications     

  • Master’s degree in counseling, clinical psychology, counselor education, social work or a closely related field. Must be a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Five years of experience in managing counseling service within a higher education or clinical environment. Possession of or ability to readily obtain state professional counseling licensure.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities      

  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures. Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs. Knowledge of University System of Georgia policies and procedures. Knowledge of counseling theory, techniques, approaches, and best practices. Knowledge of the regulations governing the practice of professional counseling in the State of Georgia. Knowledge of mental health issues. Knowledge of LBGTQ+ Knowledge of suicide evaluation and response. Knowledge of personnel management principles. Knowledge of on- and off-campus resources. Skill in the application of a wide variety of clinical counseling techniques to the psychosocial needs characteristic of a diverse college student population. Skill in performing clinical assessments, forming diagnostic impressions, and tracking clinical progress. Skill in administering and interpreting tests of cognitive ability, academic achievement, and psychological functioning. Skill in decision making and problem solving. Skill in supervising the work of personnel. Skill in oral and written communication.
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