Director of Counseling Services
Old Dominion University is pleased to invite applications and
nominations for the position of Director of Counseling Services.
This exceptional opportunity requires an experienced and skilled
mental health clinician to provide clinical and administrative
leadership, vision, and strategic direction. The role encompasses a
wide range of support programs and services for students in a
comprehensive university counseling center serving a culturally
diverse population of more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and
professional students. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, a vibrant
metropolitan region of coastal Virginia, Old Dominion Universityis
a forward-focused public doctoral research university with a strong
focus on student success and learning. The University is currently
in the planning stage of a new facility that will house Counseling
Services, Health Promotions, and Student Health Services. The
facility will be adjacent to the Student Recreation Center and will
form a "Wellness Campus." Groundbreaking for the facility is
anticipated in spring 2022. For more information about ODU, please
Through innovation, collaboration, and excellent communication, the
new Director will have the opportunity to be a transformational
leader, identifying and implementing strategies to strengthen the
counseling services and programs to provide optimal utilization of
the Office of Counseling Services (OCS) throughout the Old Dominion
student community. Experience, enthusiasm, and competency in
working closely and collegially with Student Health Services,
Health Promotion, and Recreation and Wellness are essential, as are
leadership skills and talent in inspiring, motivating, and
supporting a caring and responsive team of multidisciplinary mental
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Inclusion in Student
Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES), the Director of
Counseling Services will direct the administrative management and
operations of comprehensive counseling services serving the
University's student population. This position will plan and
administer the annual budget, and provide strategic leadership for
Counseling Services, including training, clinical staff,
psychiatry, and outreach components of a comprehensive counseling
and psychological services organization for all students.
The Office of Counseling Services (OCS) is a university agency with
a diverse and multidisciplinary professional staff. OCS provides
evidence-based mental health services, preventative programming,
and a multi-level doctoral training program. The OCS staff adhere
to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality and promote
and maintain a reliable service system in a safe and supportive
Primary responsibilities of the Director of Counseling Services
• Provide vision and strategic leadership in establishing and
monitoring the scope and direction of Counseling Services, ensuring
its operation is consistent with national standards of
• Deliver counseling services to students in response to issues
which may include, but are not limited to, psychological
functioning, interpersonal relationships, concerns involving
minoritized students, career choice, and academic
• Recruit, supervise, and evaluate professional staff and clinical
• Collaborate with the Counselor Education program, SEES units, and
campus community in mental health and psychological programming,
activities, and initiatives.
• Conduct in-house maintenance of professional activity data and
client data for accountability and research studies.
• Develop and implement policies in emergency after-hours/on-call
services and act as liaison in this regard with a psychiatric
consultant, Student Health Services, and SEES staff.
• Consult with University administrative units, student
organizations, and non-University organizations concerning mental
health services and programs.
Candidates must possess a Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of
Psychology (PsyD) in counselor education or counseling psychology
(PhD), or doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD or PhD), or
doctorate social work (DSW). Candidates must have current licensure
either in Virginia or in another state and eligible to obtain
licensure in Virginia (must obtain Virginia licensure within 12
months of employment).
To meet minimum qualification standards, candidates must
• At least five years post-doctoral clinical experience.
• Experience as an administrator or supervisor in a
college/university or outpatient mental health facility.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise a multi-disciplinary staff to
include counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
• Demonstrated skill in budget management.
• Excellent understanding of and ability to effectively meet the
needs of a diverse college population.
• Extensive knowledge and skill in the operation of mental health
services with a focus on issues presented by college
• Strong crisis management skills.
• Knowledge of the role of a mental health provider in an
Preferred qualifications include experience in the accreditation
process for college and university mental health services;
experience serving as a member of a crisis management team,
behavioral consultation, emergency management, or students of
concern team; and experience overseeing and/or knowledge of
university health services administrative functions.
Old Dominion University has partnered with Keeling & Associates
in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter
and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com
The subject line of the email should read "ODU – Counseling
Director."Confidential inquiries and nominations should be
addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant
for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at email@example.com
Applications received by October 29, 2021, will receive full
consideration. The process will continue until the position is
It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal
employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons,
without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race
including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such
as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender
(including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions),
national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran
status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or
genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals
with disabilities are encouraged to apply.