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Director of Counseling Services

Hood College
Frederick, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

Under the general direction of the vice president for community and inclusivity, the director of
counseling services will provide clinical services to students and student-centered leadership to licensed
staff and clinical trainees who respond to the diverse mental health needs of our undergraduate and
graduate students. The director of counseling services will serve as the voice of mental health on
campus and develop a comprehensive vision of mental health through clinical service, outreach and
education across campus. The position start date is July 1, 2024.

Hood College is a premier, comprehensive liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly
picturesque campus in the vibrant central Maryland city of Frederick. Hood offers both undergraduate
and graduate students an excellent and holistic educational experience that prepares them for personal
and professional achievement and productive participation in society. Approximately forty percent of all
undergraduates are from diverse populations, with 39% of graduate students from diverse populations.

Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Provide clinical mental health services to students (40%)
  • Provide intake assessments and effective treatment planning.
  • Provide individual and group counseling to students presenting with a variety of
    personal, social, academic, and mental health concerns.
  • Use a culturally responsive framework in providing mental health services for students
    from marginalized groups. Attention is given to the impact of systemic inequality,
    racism, and discrimination as well as identity-specific sources of strength and resilience.
  • Provide case management and appropriate referrals to off-campus providers as needed.
  • Provide crisis assessment, intervention, and consultation as needed.
  • Maintain accurate, adequate, and timely documentation of treatment records including
    assessment, treatment plans, progress notes, correspondence with others, and
    termination records.
  • Follow professional ethics, state laws, HIPAA/FERPA, and Hood College procedures for
    the administration, documentation and requests for treatment records.
Provide outreach, education and support on-campus (40%)
  • Lead the design of comprehensive mental health educational programs, messages and
    materials tailored to the specific experiences of students.
  • Develop training for faculty, staff and student leaders regarding trends in mental health
    generally and campus climate specifically.
  • Serve as unifying voice around mental health issues and consultant in critical times.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Wellness, Dean of Student Life, Dean of the Graduate
    School, Chief of Campus Safety and Vice President of Community and Inclusivity
    regarding both general and specific student wellness and safety concerns as
  • Collaborate with the Department of Psychology and Counseling to host mental health
    and substance use screenings each semester and other programming as needed.
  • Collaborate with other departments across campus (Accessibility Services and Student
    Success, Office of Residence Life, Counseling/Psychology department, etc.) to further
    develop an inclusive, accessible, and just campus environment for all students.
  • Serves as mental health expert on several campus committees including, but not limited
    to the Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) team, student success
    council, graduate mental health task force, and risk management committee.
Perform administrative duties in an organized and ethical manner (20%)
  • Oversee daily operations of Counseling Services including workload distribution,
    resource allocation, policy & procedure adherence and risk management.
  • Provide administrative and clinical supervision to staff LGPCs and Counseling graduate
    interns on a weekly basis.
  • Provide emergency consultation and supervision to Counseling graduate interns
    providing direct clinical services.
  • Maintain and grow relationships with community mental health providers such as the
    NeighborHood Counseling Training Center (NCTC) and the Mental Health Association of
    Frederick County.
  • Maintain clinical schedule, respond to email and phone inquiries within one business
    day during the week and the following Monday if on the weekend.
  • Attend regular staff, departmental and divisional meetings, professional development
    sessions and other meetings assigned by the supervisor.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with local hospitals, substance abuse
    and mental health agencies, and mental health professionals.
  • Observe state and national statues and guidelines related to professional role, code of
    ethics, and confidentiality including HIPAA/FERPA.
  • Maintain professional licensure and credentials in good standing including the
    completion of required continuing education credits.
  • Generate up-to-date and accurate reports on a quarterly basis.
  • Oversee vendors related to mental health services such as the electronic health record
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervise one (1) mental health counselor and potentially one (1)
    graduate level counseling intern.
  • Weekly Work Hours – 12-month, full time position. Office hours are from 8:30M-5PM, Monday-
    Friday. Some evenings or weekends may be required.
We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have
strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across campus in
support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered, liberal arts institution.

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, psychology or social work.
  • License to practice in the State of Maryland: LCPC, LCSW-C or licensed psychologist.
  • Board approved supervisor (or eligible for this status in Maryland by completing 18 clock hours
    of coursework/training in clinical supervision prior to the start of employment.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing clinical supervision and consultation to mental health
    providers with the context of developmental framework centered on academic success.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in providing short term therapy to a college-aged
  • Demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience in supporting the specific mental
    health and wellness needs of individuals from marginalized populations (BIPOC, LGBTQIA, first
    generation, etc).
  • Demonstrated expertise in crisis management, crisis intervention and case management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and provide leadership within a multidisciplinary setting including
    health, counseling, student life, student success, campus safety, and other professionals.
  • Experience with TherapyNotes or other electronic health record systems.
  • In depth knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations such as
    HIPAA and FERPA as it relates to counseling practice.
  • Demonstrated experience writing policy & procedures for counseling centers.
Preferred Skills and Characteristics
  • Experience overseeing implementation of local and federal grants.
  • Experience serving on, or leading behavioral intervention teams.
  • Member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from an APA Accredited Program
Technology Skills

Proficient in MS Office tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to
learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific
software applications.

Language Skills

Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively provide information and positively
respond to questions from both external and internal customers both in person and by phone. Ability to
write routine reports and correspondence.

Mathematical Skills

Proficient with statistical and financial concepts. Must have the ability to apply those concepts to
tracking, projections, goal setting and interpreting reports. Must be able to draw conclusions from
reports and make cost effective decisions regarding programs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only
limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,
diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing
and executing project plans. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission
of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or
call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only
individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in
recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits,
or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable
accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable
accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401
Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood
College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

Title update 2/20/2024

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