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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services - 353

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, North Carolina
Commensurate Upon Education and Experience
Posted Date
May 16, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Established in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation of the values of all people. Located in the heart of Pembroke, N.C., UNCP boasts an enrollment of 8,200 in 41 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs and offers a personalized learning environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity and public service. Spread over 281 acres, the campus offers a sense of community and belonging-–a place where faculty and staff feel supported, take pride in the university’s mission, and are devoted to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to developing leaders who make a difference in their communities.

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to provide clinical mental health services of a primarily developmental and preventative nature to help students balance their lives. The primary responsibilities of the Director position are:

• To act as administrative head of Counseling and Psychological Services
• To research the literature about psycho-educational issues, develop, implement, and monitor programs to teach positive mental health, provide personal counseling and programming services in support of the educational goals of the University
• To provide instructional leadership to the University’s efforts to increase wellness across campus via prevention, intervention, and education (e.g., formal class instruction, group evaluation, annual revision, publication, and distribution of the Drug Policy to all segments of the University population
• To pursue wellness and mental health grant opportunities that may be beneficial to the mission of Counseling and Psychological Services
• To provide direct therapeutic/diagnostic counseling or instructional, group and individual services
• Counsel students, individually or in groups, having social, emotional, academic, and/or substance abuse concerns
• Provide instruction via seminars/workshops or staff development and time-limited, crisis intervention counseling for staff, faculty, and employees of the University
• To serve as a member of the Student Health Services staff
• To plan, implement, evaluate, and provide instruction or instructional leadership in psycho-educational programs (e.g., test-anxiety, stress management, communication skills, etc.) for students
• To provide community service and promote the University goals in the region via presentations on topics related to the expertise and knowledge of this position
• To serve on appropriate University committees
• To provide instruction, direction, and performance appraisal for 7 full-time positions: six professional staff members and one office support position as well as all contract employees
• To conduct research by collecting and analyzing cumulative data in support of the educational mission of the University
• To conduct all activities and services within an annually allocated budget
• To serve as the chief mental health officer for campus crises and threat assessment
• To accomplish other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

This position is designated Mandatory Personnel: Employees whose presence has been determined to be mandatory to University operations during certain types of adverse weather or emergency events.

Minimum Training and Education Requirements:  Five years experience in counseling, assessment within an educational setting, and college student services. Master’s in counseling, psychology, or a closely related field required; Doctorate preferred. Must have excellent supervisory, budgeting, communication, writing, planning, problem solving, technology, and organizational skills. Ability to seek innovative solutions to problems is expected. Must be student-oriented and have a commitment to working in a team-based, collaborative environment along with the ability to work with a culturally diverse student population. Applicant needs to have credentials as a National Certified Counselor and/or licensed as a NC Licensed Professional Counselor and/or NC Licensed Practicing Psychologist or credentials recognized as equivalent.

Management Preferences:  Degree from CACREP of APA accredited programs: experience at a diverse regional university; roles with increased supervisory responsibilities; holds supervisor clinical license.

Licenses and Certifications Required: Licensed as a NC Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, NC Licensed Practicing Psychologist, or credentials recognized as equivalent.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable). In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.

UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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