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Director, Cook Counseling Center

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 2, 2023

Job Description

When was the last time you changed the world?
In Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, that’s exactly what we’re doing every day—guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

We’re currently searching for a progressive and team-minded Director to lead our Thomas Cook Counseling Center in Blacksburg, VA. So, if you’re passionate about developing innovative solutions and strategies to deliver needed services for students, please keep reading.

Here’s what you need to know about the role:
1) You’ll be leading a team which provides multiple levels of support to a 35,000+ student population—including: traditional services through our Cook Counseling Center; 24/7/365 teletherapy through our partnership with TimelyCare; and embedded counselors in our colleges, our residential community, our sports facilities, our graduate school, and our campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Alexandria.
2) You’ll be responsible for providing vision and strategic leadership to a multidisciplinary team of 50+ staff (which includes administrative/professional faculty, predoctoral interns, practicum students, and classified employees) which collectively provides individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, animal assisted therapy, sports psychology, crisis consultation and emergency services, as well as outreach and educational programs to assist students.
3) You’ll be accountable for day-to-day operations, budgeting and resource management, data-driven decision making, assessment-based continuous improvement, and adherence to all regulatory, professional, and accreditation-based standards (APA, AUCCCD, ACHA, IACS, etc.).
4) You’ll be reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Health and Well-Being, within the Division of Student Affairs, in a Regular twelve-month, 100% administrative/professional appointment. 
5) You’ll be offered a base compensation package between $135,000-$160,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package which includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, VT discounts, and so much more!

Required Qualifications

• You'll need to be licensed or licensed-eligible in the Commonwealth of Virginia in a mental health profession. It is expected that the successful candidate is licensed by November 2023.
• You’ll need to demonstrate that you have extensive experience leading, supervising, motivating, and training multi-disciplinary clinical staff.
• You’ll need to demonstrate that you have extensive experience with managing administrative and financial processes—including developing and managing operating budgets in excess of $2M.
• You’ll need to demonstrate that you have significant experience fostering diverse and inclusive environments and establishing positive, productive working relationships with diverse groups of constituents.
• You’ll need to demonstrate that you have considerable experience providing clinical services to a multi-cultural, college-aged population.
• You’ll need to demonstrate that you have significant experience with developing and delivering creative/innovative student mental health programs.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with IACS accreditation standards.
• Experience with APA approved pre-doctoral program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology.
• Experience using technology to enhance the delivery of psychological services.
• Tele-therapy experience.
• Prior experience as a director for a college or university counseling center.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$135,000 - $160,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence . We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community , which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning . If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of our team!

About Cook Counseling Center

Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center (CCC) supports the mission of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Division of Student Affairs. We promote student learning, development, retention, and holistic wellbeing by providing resources for improving mental health and identifying psychological barriers to academic success. Grounded in our commitment to social justice and equity, CCC supports these efforts through psycho-educational programming, individual, group, crisis, and psychiatric services. CCC’s commitment to service also includes multidisciplinary training, consultation, advocacy, and research.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisa Racek at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: March 2, 2023
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