Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Director of the Counseling Center. This position reports to the Assistant Vice-President for Student Success/Dean of Students and is located in River Forest, IL.
The Director of the Counseling Center is a licensed counselor, social worker, or psychologist with current registration in the state of Illinois who provides leadership, coordination, strategic planning and day-to-day administration of a student-centered counseling center. The Director serves as a champion for the student experience working to advance mental health services to support student success.
The Director of the Counseling Center is an enthusiastic supporter of Lutheran higher education who exhibits Christ-centered servant leadership and a dedication to student success. He/she is responsible for ensuring that the Concordia University Chicago mission, vision, and core values are integrated into the daily functions of the Counseling Center. The Director also maintains a close working relationship with the University ministry team to help bridge mental health services with spiritual care. Undergraduate certification or colloquy completion as a professional church worker in one of the education-related ministries of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and eligibility for a Divine Call as a Commissioned Minister is not required, but preferred.
The Director of the Counseling Center provides solution-focused and/or short-term individual psychotherapy for students, supportive counseling, assessments and crisis intervention. He/she also provides weekly clinical supervision and consultation to one full-time clinical staff member and 1-2 master's-level counseling interns.
Consistently ensure that the Concordia University Chicago mission, vision, and core values are integrated into the daily functions of the Counseling Center.
Provide leadership, coordination, strategic planning and day-to-day administration of a student-centered counseling center.
Develop policies and procedures as needed, to reflect the changing needs of students, legal guidelines and best practices.
Collaborate with staff to establish annual goals and priorities to ensure appropriate alignment with student success and campus strategic planning and initiatives.
Ensure execution of ethical/legal record-keeping as well as general policies and procedures.
Advise university administration, staff, and faculty on student wellness needs; be able to work collaboratively with students, administrators and off-campus stakeholders.
Provide mental health assessment, crisis intervention, short-term therapy, periodic support groups, case management, and referral services for students.
Develop and maintain systems for comprehensive mental health crisis intervention services.
Implement case management responsibilities: development and maintenance of student records and files.
Prepare, manage, and monitor the Counseling Center budget.
Seek out and hire staff members who are enthusiastic about Lutheran higher education; those who support the mission, vision, and core values of Concordia University Chicago.
Integrate the University's mission, vision, and core values when training new staff members.
Provide hour-long, weekly clinical supervision to full-time clinical staff member and 1-2 master's-level counseling interns, in addition to consultation as needed.
Establish and maintain relationships with surrounding educational institutions in order to engage in the process and select year-long interns.
Provide leadership for and work collaboratively with Student Success staff to provide programming and support services that help to educate, aid in prevention, and create awareness on mental health topics relevant to all student populations.
Oversee education outreach prevention and education. Provide campus crisis trainings, and participate in residence life training.
Assess training and in-service needs and to provide consultation and arrange/facilitate training and seminars.
Complete quarterly reports summarizing the efforts and outcomes of the Counseling Center. These reports should highlight clinical utilization, new initiatives and future goals for the Counseling Center.
Educate/promote the CUC Counseling Center to parents and students at Jump Start, Weeks of Welcome, etc.
Provide mental health expertise and outreach for the University's crisis management and prevention, response and recovery efforts (e.g. Care Team) as needed and requested.
Manage crisis situations arising on campus and work weekend and/or evening hours as necessary in response to crises. Collaborate effectively with residence life staff, and administrators during crises.
Experience in college counseling setting and/or work with young adult population preferred.
Experience in suicide assessment and intervention.
Possess knowledge and experience in providing services to those affected by relationship violence, sexual assault/abuse, eating disorder behavior, self-injurious behavior, anxiety, and depression.
Knowledge of current campus mental health issues, protocols and best practices.
Demonstrated record of ethical practice.
Must have a proven consistent track record showing the ability to work independently or in a team environment with all levels within an organization.
Must display a high level of energy and self-motivation.
Effective communication skills, including: written, interpersonal, and public speaking.
Must have demonstrated ability in organizational, time management problem solving and interpersonal skills.
Strong computer experience, which must include abilities to work effectively with voicemail, Zoom, psychology-based apps, and MS Office suite products, i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience with Titanium software preferred
Possess certifications in CPR and First Aid.
Minimum Experience Required:
5 years of post-graduate clinical work experience in mental health; preferably 2+ years of clinical experience in higher education.
Master's degree in counseling, psychology, clinical social work or related field.
Independently licensed to practice in the state of Illinois.
Compensation and Benefits:
Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA)
Disability and Survivor Plan (Basic Life Insurance)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Retirement Pension Plan
Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
Supplemental Life Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Critical Illness Insurance
Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)
Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.
Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.
Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovative and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at CUChicago.edu.
Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students ...in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.