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Assistant Director and Open Rank Faculty for Counseling and Human Resource Development

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
May 17, 2024

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The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (SECHD) invites applications for an Assistant Director of Counseling and Human Resource Development at the main campus in Brookings, South Dakota. Working with the Director of the School of ECHD, the successful candidate will lead program coordination of the six Counseling specialization tracks at South Dakota State University (SDSU) and serve as the CACREP liaison. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, open rank faculty position that is full-time and benefit-eligible The Assistant Director will be instrumental in maintaining accreditation standards with CACREP and the state, connecting and supporting the Counseling program at the Rapid City campus location, teaching graduate students, responding to inquiries regarding the overall academic unit, and maintaining an active research agenda as documented through publications and presentations. Key administrative requirements for this position are to provide input and make recommendations regarding the development of and expenditures from the budget, assist with identifying and securing temporary faculty, review program faculty workloads, oversee the admissions process, and other duties as assigned to the position. South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access. The expected start is June of 2024.

This position requires in-person teaching in Brookings, South Dakota.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

The Assistant Director will:

  • Lead the counseling program to maintain accreditation standards with CACREP and meet state licensure and certification standards. 
  • Serve as the liaison for the School of ECHD to CACREP in matters related to accreditation, including submission of reports.
  • Coordinate curriculum reviews (course offerings, plans of study and curriculum changes)
  • Actively participate in recruitment, hiring, and retention of Core Faculty and temporary (adjunct) faculty for the program, including the Clinical Experiences Coordinator.
  • Support development and maintenance of curricular quality through the assessment plan to assure on-going accreditation.
  • Under the direction of the Director of SECHD, engage in budget planning and effectively manage the operational budget.
  • Commitment to serving and teaching a heterogeneous student body by delivering a student-centered education and using approaches that support equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Mentor graduate teaching assistants and temporary faculty.
  • Engage in scholarly activity, creative achievement, and/or research to support the mission and goals of the Counseling and Human Resource Development (CHRD) program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director or Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences


  • Earned doctorate from a CACREP-accredited Counselor Education program by August 2023 or an equivalent doctorate plus one year full-time in a CACREP accredited counseling program prior to the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Eligibility for licensure and/or certification in the state of South Dakota.
  • Knowledge of CACREP standards.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Evidence of ability to teach in university settings (on-campus and online).
  • Potential for scholarly activity, publication, and success in obtaining external funding to support research activity.
  • Clinical supervision skills at the graduate level.
  • Actively identify with the counseling profession through sustained memberships in counseling organizations; the maintenance of certifications and/or licenses pertinent to the counseling specialty area(s); and, sustained professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, professional service and advocacy in counseling, and research and scholarly activity in counseling.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.


  • Experience with CACREP accreditation self-study reports and/or site visits.
  • Experience and/or training in Play Therapy.
  • Experience working within rural and frontier communities.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and working with a variety of audiences.

SALARY RANGE: Salary Range is commensurate with qualifications. Release time will be allocated to serve as the Program Coordinator for the Counseling and Human Resource Development academic unit. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays. Relocation benefits are available per university’s guidelines. 


We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities. South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

UNIVERSITY /COMMUNITY: South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures. The Counseling program is located in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The College houses 15 majors and 22 minors and serves roughly 2,200 students each year. 

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a beautiful college town of about 24,000 residents. Brookings is 4.5 hours west of Minneapolis, 3 hours south of Fargo, and 3 hours north of Omaha. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 10, 2024.

APPLICATION PROCESS: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check. 

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jay Trenhaile at

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.


South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher- education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2023 enrollment of 11,505, with students coming from 48 states and 74 countries. Students can choose from 88 majors, 38 specializations, 104 minors, 39 master’s degree programs, 16 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Named the 33rd safest college town by SafeWise (2022), Brookings (pop. 23,993) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate 29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university is a leader in bioprocessing, agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences.

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