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Director of Training - Master of Arts in Counseling

Ottawa University
Surprise, Arizona
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 10, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education
Employment Type
Full Time


Ottawa University (established in 1865), one of the oldest private liberal arts universities in the United States, is a multi-campus system serving approximately 4000 students through its campuses in Kansas (Ottawa, Kansas- Residential Campus and Overland Park, Kansas- Adult Programs); Arizona (Surprise Residential Campus and OUAZ Adult Programs); Wisconsin (Brookfield Adult Programs); and our OU ONLINE PROGRAM based out of Overland Park, Kansas.

Ottawa University is a regionally accredited, church-related, private university that strives to integrate faith, learning, and life in the academic experiences of students.


Job Summary

Responsible for the direction and coordination of field placements for students, faculty supervisors, and sites in the Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Science in Addiction Counseling, and Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling programs.

Responsible for providing a high quality and engaging instruction and academic mentoring to students; for developing, assessing, and assuring excellent pedagogy and curriculum design, both within the discipline and in contributions to the Liberal Arts core program; for promoting student achievement and academic integrity on behalf of the University; and for collaboration with support services provided through units such as the Adawe Center and for collaboration with support services provided through campus units. Academic program development for program currency, growth, retention, and recruitment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working knowledge of licensure law in relation to the state’s students are completing training
  • Oversight of all field placement students, faculty supervisors, course shells and content
  • Development and revision of field placement syllabi as required
  • Development/revision of all field placement related paperwork, forms, handbooks
  • Oversight and delivery of field placement workshops
  • Creation, coordination, and communication with field placement sites and supervisors.
  • Recruit and prepare new faculty supervisors
  • Completion of field placement verification paperwork
  • Development of new field placement locations to include articulation agreements.
  • Teaching Load: Approximately 8 courses per year (with the potential addition of two directed studies or small courses*); to be determined in collaboration with the local Academic Dean. Participates in assigned department specific committees.
  • Teaching Standards: Responsible for maintaining rigor and currency in classroom and online teaching by employing creative teaching methods, exhibiting awareness and understanding of best practices in adult education through application, and remaining current with curriculum and instructional approaches in both liberal arts and one’s academic discipline.
  • Faculty Shared Governance: Participate in unit and university-wide shared governance, including participation in routine and planned dialogue related to academic issues, serving as a voting member of the Ottawa Faculty assembly, and as a faculty member within the appropriate School, and as a faculty of the local faculty
  • As key members of our academic community, faculty are expected to abide by all rules and regulations contained in the University Faculty Handbook and the University Employment Policies Handbook. This information is available and open for reading or examination at any time.
  • Professional Development: In collaboration with the Faculty Development Committee, develop and lead Online Faculty Professional Development sessions focused on teaching strategies, effective grading practices, and the integration of instructional technology.
  • Assure scheduled office hours for advisement of current and prospective students in the Graduate Studies program.
  • Participate in program, curriculum evaluation, and review.
  • Work collaboratively with the Department Chair of Counseling Studies.
  • Other Duties as assigned


  • Model and encourage collaboration among University departments assuring effective communication and operations.
  • Understand the University’s policies and, procedures, and exercise good judgment accordingly. Assure that University and student information is managed in a confidential and ethical manner in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • Provide leadership through conduct, attitude, and professionalism. Represent the University to students, external groups, faculty, and staff in a way that reflects positively on the University.
  • Be mindful and supportive of the overall Mission of Ottawa University.
  • Exercise Inclusivity in your daily actions accruing alignment within expectations of the University’s Diversity Statement.



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Ottawa University is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not unlawfully discriminate in recruitment or employment on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Qualifications

REQUIRED EDUCATION: (education based on essential job duties and requirements consistent with business necessity): Doctorate in Counseling or Counseling Psychology, Counseling Education & Supervision, or equivalent (APA or CACREP preferred)

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: (experience based on requirements in role and are consistent with business necessity) 3 or more years of applicable experience in an academic setting

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: List required and/or preferred certification, industry specific requirements, required or preferred use of equipment, and all necessary job skills, abilities, and knowledge competencies) Provide a list of items below:

  • Licensed or license eligible in the state of Arizona.
  • Clinical experience
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Functions well independently as well as in dynamic/diverse groups.

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