Director, Std Counseling Srv

Position Function:

The Director is the voice of mental health services on campus and provides leadership, vision and advocacy for Mississippi State students. The Director oversees the delivery of services to MSU students including individual and group therapy, prevention and educational programs and workshops, crisis management, and acute hospitalization and management. The Director also has responsibilities including hiring and supervising clinical and support staff, collaboration and consultation with MSU faculty and staff serving students and providing direct clinical services as available.

Salary Grade : 18

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Student Counseling Services supports the academic mission of Mississippi State University by facilitating the social, psychological, and academic functioning of students. We endorse the worth and dignity of all human beings and embrace diversity as a valued and important quality of human community. We view our mission as working to facilitate individual change as well as contributing to a supportive and growth-producing social environment through psychoeducation and connecting with community resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Oversight of the student counseling center including supervision of staff, budget and administrative functions.
2. Provide vision, strategic planning, and assessment for the center to advance department and divisional mission.
3. Hire, supervise and support professional development opportunities for staff.
4. Provide consultation on campus and in the community regarding mental health issues of students; provide vision for MSU in addressing national and campus concerns through prevention and education regarding the developmental and mental health of students as well as harm-reduction.
5. Develop and administer center protocols and procedures in keeping with national and regional current best-practices for campus counseling centers.
6. Coordinate the center's emergency and crisis response procedures and participate in university behavioral intervention and threat assessment activities.
7. Collaborate with colleagues across campus to develop strategies for optimizing student strengths and healthy development and for the prevention and intervention of psychological and behavioral concerns.
8. Support the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS) accreditation of MSU Student Counseling Services, valuing the highest standards of clinical and professional practice and supporting the highest quality of training to masters and doctoral level counseling and psychology students.
9. Night and weekend work is occasionally required
10. Perform other administrative and clinical duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position has full supervisory authority that include Assistant Director, two psychologists, ten staff counselors, two full-time staff, three graduate assistants and three practicum students.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Required Education: Masters degree with a focus on Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling or related
Minimum Required Experience: 5 years of practice; with 5 years (post license) clinical experience and 2 years administrative/supervisory experience
Certification or Licensure Requirements: Must be licensed or license-eligible in the State of Mississippi within six months of employment as a therapist, maintaining license continuously for the duration of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Three years demonstrated administrative experience including supervisory, financial management, and strategic planning responsibilities. Preferably as a Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director in a counseling center.
2. Doctorate in an applicable discipline.
3. 5-8 years at a university counseling center with three years in a supervisory role.
4. Working knowledge of Titanium electronic records system.
5. Experience in crisis management and knowledge of Behavioral Intervention Teams and Crisis Action Teams.
6. Affiliation with state and national professional organization.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Proficiency in the use of technology to support clinic operations
2. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
3. Commitment to diversity and demonstrated competency in multicultural counseling skills.
4. Ability to consult with and collaborate with University personnel and off-campus mental health and psychiatric services.
5. Experience and training in working successfully with a culturally and ethnically diverse student population.
6. Ability to interact effectively and professionally with students, faculty, staff and administrators.
7. Knowledge of and adherence to professional legal, ethical and professional standards endorsed by licensing professional organization.
8. Value involvement and participation within the Division of Student Affairs.
9. Student-oriented with a wellness focus

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility. Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; travel or irregular hours sometimes anticipated; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are vital to the position; may involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with hands. The job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at Also required is a letter of application; a vision statement for the department; curriculum vitae; and names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of at least four (4) professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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