The Director of Psychological Services has primary responsibility for all student mental health-related services at Phillips Academy. The director leads an in-house team of counselors and collaborates with others across the Academy to provide mental health programming and services in support of the personal and academic success of a diverse population of 1150 students. This is a 12-month, ongoing administrative appointment reporting to the Dean of Health and Wellness and Chief Medical Officer, and working closely with campus wellness stakeholders to ensure a campus-wide integrated and holistic approach to health and wellness. The job includes management, administrative, supervisory, and clinical duties. The psychological services team provides crisis intervention and emergency coverage 24/7, with backup coverage provided by the director. To facilitate that coverage, on-campus housing is provided for this role.
Essential responsibilities include:
Continuously define a vision and model for mental health services including education, counseling, outreach, and emergency response
Maintain contemporary knowledge of the literature, research, and trends within adolescent mental health and initiate innovative methods to ensure that students receive high-quality services as needs change.
Define appropriate scope of practice for counseling and psychological services
Ensure that the development and delivery of programs and services meet the needs of a diverse student population
In partnership with the Dean of Health and Wellness/Chief Medical Officer, ensure design and delivery of a high quality, integrated approach to student wellness
In partnership with the Dean of Students, ensure that appropriate training and resources are available to house counselors and residential staff
In partnership with the Director of Wellness and Prevention Education, ensure that the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion program curriculum includes appropriate social-emotional components
Identify and plan professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
Maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with student-service and educational units/teams across the academy: medical, wellness education, academic skills center, dean of students, dean of studies, college counseling, and office of diversity and multicultural development
Serve as member of Student Program Review Committee (SPRC) which considers modifications to individual student academic and/or program commitments
Serve as member of four-person Student Response Team which applies the Essential Elements of Student Life to guide decisions around student support, student leaves, and student returns
Develop collaborative relationships with community partners to provide expanded capacity for delivering student mental health services
Clinical Supervision and Management
Recruit, supervise, and evaluate counseling clinical staff
While serving as the lead mental health clinician, provide clinical consultation and supervision to counselors
Coordinate with the Dean of Health and Wellness/Chief Medical Officer to integrate the services of the consulting psychiatrist
Develop and implement assessment protocols for counseling that enable ongoing evaluation of services and student needs
Ensure high quality training and professional development of counseling staff including
continuing education to maintain licensure and stay current in the field of adolescent mental health
Coordinate crisis intervention response processes and systems for counseling, including
providing clinical back-up and supervision for on-call counselors
Serve as primary interface to communicate with families regarding incoming and returning students’ mental health
Provide mentorship to trainees
Ensure culturally competent practices
Ensure appropriate compliance with ethical guidelines, legal requirements, accreditation standards, and Academy rules and protocols
Administration and Management
Manage the psychological services unit and its partnerships across campus to provide a range of services and programs that support and enhance students’ personal and academic success
Manage financial, staff, and technology resources for the delivery of an appropriate level of care
Develop and administer annual budget
Conduct throughput and outcome assessment of counseling services and prepare analytical data reports to guide service and program profile and ensure continuous quality improvement
Supervise maintenance of networked electronic record-keeping, scheduling, and data collecting software
Advanced degree in counseling or clinical psychology or social work
Must have current independent clinical licensure as a mental health clinician in the state of Massachusetts prior to start of employment.
Knowledge of current trends and best practices in adolescent and secondary school mental health services
Experience working as a clinician in an educational setting or residential setting is highly preferred
At least five years of experience providing administration, clinical supervision, and assessment of clinical services in a mental health setting
Proven record of success and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strong cultural competency skills
Strong interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills
Phillips Academy has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for this search. Applications should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing your interest in and qualifications for the position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Phillips Academy - Director of Psychological Services.” Candidates are encouraged to submit application materials by February 27, 2023, to receive full consideration. The application review process will continue until an appointment is made. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Lili Rodríguez, at email@example.com.
Phillips Academy is an equal-opportunity employer. Any offers of employment will be contingent upon successful CORI/SORI, ADP authorization form (for RMV record), and fingerprinting background checks, as well as unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.
Phillips Academy is a mission-driven, world-class secondary school educating "youth from every quarter." We are an intentionally diverse community, with visionary leadership, focused on the success of today's students and the future of education.