Brown University seeks an innovative, experienced, and collaborative leader as its next Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Brown University is a comprehensive research university that is interdisciplinary across multiple schools and units. Committed to excellence in teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community, Brown provides a robust academic environment to a talented and diverse population of students deeply committed to issues of equity and justice. Brown offers rigorous academics, emphasizes top-tier research and values new knowledge, creative expression, and practical application to solve the worldâ™s most complex problems. Brown enrolls approximately 10,000 students, including 7000 undergraduates across its schools and colleges.
The University and the Campus Life division recognize the role of student health and wellness in the overall academic and personal success of undergraduate and graduate students and have embraced student wellbeing as a strategic priority. Accordingly, the Campus Life division centers student wellbeing through existing programs and services, encourages innovative concepts and strategies and advances policies that promote mental, physical and emotional health. As the primary mental health services provider at the University, CAPS is comprised of 24 professional staff in the areas of general and specialized clinical services, outreach and education services and professional development and training. The CAPS team develops treatment plans tailored to studentsâ™ backgrounds and needs by working together with students, families, campus partners and community providers. CAPS also emphasizes prevention and education through collaboration and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment. The CAPS staff values student input in the development and assessment of its programs and services.
Reporting directly to Vanessa Britto, MD, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Student Health, the Director will provide vision and strategic and intellectual leadership for CAPS, while fully realizing synergies across Brown and extending into the local community. The Director will offer adept experienced operational and managerial oversight of a counseling center in a complex and decentralized institutional environment and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks a Director who is engaged with the issues, concerns and aspirations of a rapidly changing student body at Brown and who demonstrates a commitment, a record of success and enthusiasm to work with Brownâ™s diverse populations including but not limited to first-generation students; immigrant students; LGBTQIA+ students and graduate and medical school students. The Director will play a leadership role in fully realizing the creative potential of the counseling centerâ™s role as a key occupant of a new, purpose-built residential/administrative facility the goal of which is to model wellbeing, connection and collaboration. The Director will be a leading campus voice in advancing institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion; strengthening the organizational health within CAPS through cultural change management; and engaging and inspiring stakeholders within the unit, the division and across campus to organize programs and services that amplify and maximize the conditions for student success.
The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in a mental health profession with licensure or immediate license-eligibility in the State of Rhode Island. The Director will demonstrate significant experience as a licensed mental health provider, with a preference for experience in a university counseling center. The Director will also have progressively responsible leadership and management experience leading a complex, cohesive and interdisciplinary team.
Role of the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
The Director provides vision and strategic leadership regarding the provision of mental health services at Brown. The Director is responsible for the direct oversight and management of all services provided by a highly diverse staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) professionals. Aligning mental health services with the needs of all students, the Director leads a department that works closely with Health Services in the coordination of clinical care and BWell Health Promotion, particularly in the response to sexual assault and issues that pertain to interpersonal violence. Collaborating with other departments within Health and Wellness as well as campus partners, the Director in this position advises on situations and policies with a mental health component within the Division of Campus Life, and the University as a whole. Supervising a department of approximately 24 professional staff and a budget of $2 million, the Director oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that center multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice concepts and principles.
The Director is responsible for the management, coordination and delivery of all services provided by a multidisciplinary team of Counseling and Psychological Services professionals, including clinical assessment, crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, varied treatment modalities, outreach, consultation and 24-hour on-call coverage for mental health. The Director makes use of frequent feedback from students, deans, university committees and others to assist in prioritizing student and university needs. The Director maintains a department that values and supports strong working relationships with the College, the Graduate School, and the Alpert Medical School and responds to and addresses quality concerns from parents, students, senior administrators and others. The Director plans and implements exemplary assessment and quality improvement efforts that inform data driven decision making for the programs, services, and activities within the scope of the position. Additionally, the professional in this role reviews, revises, and develops departmental policies and procedures with an understanding of the responsibilities associated with risk management and regulatory compliance. In managing and developing the CAPSâ™ staff a high priority is placed on actively supporting, growing and developing a highly diverse, multilingual team of mental health professionals committed to the values that foster holistic student wellbeing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professionalism. As a result, the department offers high quality professional services responsive to the needs of key constituencies, and the delivery of those services is well-managed.
The Director is responsible for direct supervision of the departmentâ™s Leadership Team and Administrative Manager and establishes clear and effective clinical and administrative supervisory lines for the supervision of the departmentâ™s psychotherapists and staff psychiatrists, fostering the departmental cohesion and collaboration of all staff. The Director meets with supervisees on a regular basis, is available for consultation in the management of urgent and complex situations, and provides on-going feedback. As the departmentâ™s leader, the Director develops annual departmental goals, actively participates in the Performance Appraisal process, and mentors and advises supervisees as needed. As a result, departmental staff are aware of professional expectations, opportunities for growth and development, and the value of constructive feedback.
Resource and Consultant to Campus Community (15%)
The Director actively participates in the management of issues related to student development and mental health within the campus community. The Director (or designee) serves on relevant student-focused committees (e.g., Student Care Team, Medical Clearance, Threat Assessment, Graduate Student Review and Reflect Meeting) as well as ad-hoc task forces assigned by the Executive Director and/or VP for Campus Life and Student Services. The Director also collaborates with other Division and University departments in the response to major campus crisis/disaster events. The Directorâ™s participation is informed by a sophisticated understanding of the interaction between campus life, university policies, and mental health issues. The Director directly or indirectly participates in outreach programming, training, and presentations for various campus constituencies. As a result, Counseling and Psychological Services is well-integrated into the programs and initiatives of the entire Health and Wellness team, the Division and the University, and University personnel actively engage the Director as a thought partner and consultative colleague.
Direct Clinical Care (10%)
The Director actively participates in the skilled clinical care of students with complicated needs, providing assessment, crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, and referral for undergraduates, graduates, and medical students. In collaboration with the Leadership Team, the Director directs the management of urgent clinical situations that arise, both within and outside regular office hours. The Director manages critical situations, staffing shortages, and other acute needs. As a result, students seeking care and support from CAPS in both urgent and routine situations receive equitably valued, high-quality care.
Financial Oversight (5 %)
The Director sets priorities and manages the Counseling and Psychological Services budget in direct collaboration with the Associate Director of Health and Wellness. As a result, Counseling and Psychological Services maximizes its financial resources to provide high quality, cost-efficient, and innovative services that both meets and anticipates the needs of students and the University.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
The Director of CAPS will be a thought leader with the imagination and determination to place questions of optimal student mental health at the center of important and far-reaching conversations about the quality of the overall student experience at Brown University. The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic, and creative leader who is skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies of creating culturally responsive services in a safe and affirming way. At the same time, the Director will recognize the role of CAPS as a partner to important units throughout the campus and have the skills and experience to collaborate with colleagues in academic affairs, athletics, and other key campus units and amplify the critical need to focus comprehensively on issues of student mental health. Working closely with the Campus Life Leadership Team, the Director will engage with the following issues, ideas and opportunities at Brown University:
Innovate and execute on a compelling, inclusive and unifying vision of student wellbeing for CAPS
Inspire a culture of organizational health and wellness and operational excellence within CAPS
Support a diverse student population and advocate for their needs
Engage immediately in major operational and logistical issues currently underway in Campus Life and in CAPS
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
Brown University's Director of CAPS will be a deeply experienced, student-centered, energetic, and innovative leader who embraces forward-thinking strategies, advances culturally-sensitive approaches to student mental health, and anticipates the mental health and wellbeing needs of contemporary students. The Director will also be a proven leader, manager, and collaborator with the networking and entrepreneurial skills required to work successfully with a wide range of individuals and constituencies across the university and into the community. The ideal candidate must have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
Doctoral level degree in psychology or other relevant clinical area
Licensed or license-eligible in Rhode Island
Eight or more years of clinical experience and progressive administrative responsibility in active, diverse college counseling or mental health settings
Demonstrated exceptional skills in adaptable team management, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary environments
Commitment to innovation, evidence-based clinical care, and continuous program assessment
Proven strategic and creative leadership as well as supervisory experience in the field
Well-developed and deeply rooted cultural competence in the work environment with demonstrated experience working within a highly diverse community of clients and professionals
Experience with an integrated, interdisciplinary care model
Adept in the deployment of crisis management skills and demonstrated leadership operating within crisis circumstances
Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, oral and written communication skills
Strong knowledge of fiscal management and budgeting
Skill in the use of technology, including an electronic medical record
Previous experience and/or an understanding of accreditation standards and regulatory reporting
Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon a successful criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.
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Procedure for Candidacy
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting Brown University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 15, 2021
Application materials should be submitted using WittKiefferâ™s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:Â Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.
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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.