Associate Dean of Health and Wellness/Director of Counseling
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's vibrant and
beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse,
dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and
faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region
and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished
faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of
engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national
reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts
colleges in the country.
is cultivating a
community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value
of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives
and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge,
and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working
and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer (EEO) .
Whitman College seeks to hire an Associate Dean of Health and
Wellness/Director of Counseling. The mission of the Whitman College
Counseling Center is to facilitate student success through a focus
on mental health and wellness. We assist students in identifying
and developing skills that empower them to develop broader insight
and create change. In keeping with the college's educational
mission, we contribute to students' mental health and wellness by
offering individual and group counseling, education, prevention
programming, outreach and consultation. As a staff, we bring an
array of expertise and strive to model the wellness that we
encourage in others.
Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean
of Health and Wellness/Director of Counseling shares with other
members of the Student Services staff the general responsibility of
supporting the educational aims of the College and assisting
students in their efforts to make full use of the opportunities
available to them at the College. The Associate Dean/Director of
Counseling manages the day to day operation of the Counseling
Center and supervises the Director of the Health Center. The
Director of Counseling is responsible for overseeing, implementing
and evaluating the Center's administrative protocols and clinical
activities in accordance with APA ethical principles and
professional best practices. The Director identifies campus
psychological needs and provides maximum access and services within
staffing and budgetary limits. The Director serves as a resource to
faculty, professional staff, and students for counseling and
- Provide short-term psychotherapy; oversee center activities and
the delivery of mental health care.
- Hire, supervise and evaluate counseling staff.
- Provide crisis intervention and emergency coverage 24/7 for
students and give support to residence hall staff. Conduct crisis
debriefings and workshops for campus community after tragic
- Work closely with the Dean of Students when the Dean's office
is dealing with student experiencing mental health distress.
- Develop and maintain referral network for therapeutic and
emergency services with area clinicians, mental health clinics,
- Monitor counseling of students through coordination of services
and referral to outside agencies when necessary. Assist in
coordination of care for students after hospitalizations and
mandated assessments by the college.
- Oversee and maintain compliance standards for staff licensure
and certifications, record keeping in accordance with state
regulations and psychiatric consultant agreements.
- Assess, formulate and administer departmental policies and
procedures to insure efficient operation of the Center and delivery
of services. Develop, prepare, and administer departmental
- Provide professional development in-services on mental health
issues for applicable staff, student leaders (e.g. RA;s) and
faculty, and provide on-going consultation for staff,
administrators, parents and faculty regarding student psychological
matters as needed.
- Participate in professional training to develop knowledge and
expertise in current psychological and legal trends on college
- On those occasions that the Center has trainees, the Director
will supervise and train graduate students, assuming clinical and
legal responsibility for their work. Conduct outcome assessment of
counseling services and prepare data reports documenting the
- Represent the College at campus-wide programs including
Admission Open Houses, and New Student and Parent
- Meet regularly with the Director of the Health Center for
supervision of all aspects of the Health Center.
- Serve on the College's Intervention team, the Dean's Council
and the Institutional Human Subjects Review Board.
- Collaborate with the Title IX Coordinator and the Sexual
Assault Victim's Advocate to work on the prevention education on
sexual awareness programs.
- Oversee student groups working on peer education in the area of
sexual awareness and heath.
- Supervise maintenance of networked electronic record-keeping,
scheduling and data collecting software. Oversee outreach materials
including the design and content of Center website.
- Complete additional responsibilities at the direction of the
Dean of Students.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to effectively work with students from a broad range of
backgrounds and life experiences
- Demonstrate commitment to inclusion and diversity
- Knowledge of psychological trends on college campuses
- Knowledge of legal issues related to directing a college
- Ability to develop teams
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Solid writing and organizational skills
- Competency with basic computer software programs
- Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology
- Licensure or license eligible as psychologist in
- Advanced clinical skills and a solid background in
psychological crisis intervention and management
- Two years of clinical supervisory and administrative
responsibilities in a college or university counseling center; four
years of direct clinical experience with college-aged students;
experience working with people from diverse cultures.
Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision
and life insurances
, a generous 10% matching contribution to
the Whitman College 403(b)
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
, and paid time off
including 13 paid holidays
full-time staff vacation
more about benefits eligibility here
At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community.
Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and
students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved
exemption. More information can be found here
We are actively reviewing applications and will continue to do so
until the position is filled.
Flexible start date. This position could start as soon as filled,
and a June or July 2022 start date is also possible.
For full application instructions and position description,