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
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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
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
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
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
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
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 Required Education: Masters degree with a focus on
Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling or
Minimum Required Experience: 5 years of practice; with 5 years
(post license) clinical experience and 2 years
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.
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
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Proficiency in the use of technology to support clinic
2. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication
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
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
8. Value involvement and participation within the Division of
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
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu. 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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