Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Shenandoah University’s School of Health Professions is accepting applications for a Founding Program Director for a new Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. This full-time benefited position will work out of our Winchester, VA campus. This position will be available immediately upon identification of the preferred candidate.

Position Summary:

The Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) at Shenandoah University is responsible for the oversight of the daily activities of the CMHC Program including all management and administration activities of the CMHC Program as well as teaching responsibilities.

Position responsibilities:
  • Plan and organize day-to-day events and actions within the CMHC program
  • Plan, organize, assess, and modify long-term strategic efforts as they relate to the CMHC Program
  • Coordinate all program assessment and improvement efforts
  • Plan, oversee and adjust budgeting for the program in cooperation with the Division Director
  • Review, maintain, and update program policies, procedures, and curriculum that ensure compliance with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Assist with recruitment, evaluation, and mentoring of faculty including the promotion= process
  • Recruit, evaluate, and mentor CMHC program staff
  • Engage in scholarship consistent with a defined scholarly agenda and support faculty scholarship efforts
  • Participate in service and support faculty service efforts (departmental, school, University, and community)
  • Assign faculty to courses based on level of expertise
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with university departments, community partners, and other like institutions
  • Teach in the area of expertise (at a reduced load)
  • Participate in University meetings, Inter-departmental initiatives, and departmental exchanges
  • Participate in the development of marketing materials and strategies for the CMHC program
Required Skills

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Must have a commitment to the University and Division’s mission and philosophy
  • Thorough knowledge of professional accreditation policies and procedures
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the division and across programs at the University
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Knowledge of current developments in the field of counseling and counseling education
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills including the use of content delivery platforms (ie. Canvas)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to present a positive and professional image when representing the Division and University.
  • Ability to safeguard confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosure.
  • Ability to perform all the essential functions of this job. Physical demands and Work Environment:
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior office
  • Work will be performed at the Winchester site
  • Travel is required
  • No or somewhat limited physical effort is required, (dependent on courses taught) however, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
  • No or very limited physical risks
Required Experience

Minimum Position Requirements:
  • Earned doctoral degree in counselor education
  • Identifies with the counseling profession through the following:
○ sustained memberships in professional counseling organizations

○ through the maintenance of certifications and/or licenses related to the counseling specialty area(s),

○ and by showing evidence of sustained

■ professional development and renewal activities related to counseling

■ professional service and advocacy in counseling, and

■ research and scholarly activity in counseling
  • A minimum of 3 years of documented experience in the field of clinical mental health counseling
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting preferred
  • A record of scholarship (e.g., scholarship of discovery, scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning)
  • At least 1 year of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level.
  • The successful candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.
How to Apply:

Complete application submissions will include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of diversity, and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

Salary Type
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