The Student and Community Counseling Center has an opening for a Full-time University Staff (unclassified) Director of the Student and Community Counseling Center
The University of Colorado Denver, a leading public, urban, research university, is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Student and Community Counseling Center (SCCC). This is a role for an experienced and collaborative clinician committed to the CU Denver mission of being a university that works for all and eager to set a vision and direction for a dedicated multidisciplinary team. Accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), the SCCC is part of a health and wellness unit focused on developing and promoting student and community wellbeing. As a campus mental health leader, the Director will be an advocate and visionary in thinking about effective systems and measures, embracing equity and inclusion values, and effectively listening to students and staff. Through innovation and excellent communication, the Director will work closely with campus partners to deliver comprehensive counseling services to CU Denver students and surrounding community members. The most compelling candidates will demonstrate an understanding of emerging mental health needs, a deep commitment to ensuring care is inclusive, and strong administrative, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
The SCCC provides intentional, strength-based, culturally responsive mental health services focused on fostering individual engagement, support, and healthy habits for UC Denver students as well as the surrounding community consisting of Denver Public Schools students and their families, and underserved groups and individuals in the community. It serves as a host site for the School of Education & Human Development's Counseling, Couple & Family, Therapy, and School Psychology Programs practicum students, offering live supervision to students in training. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Health, Wellbeing and Advocacy, the Director position is a 12-month in person administrative position responsible for the supervision and direction of the University of Colorado Denver Student and Community Counseling Center. The Director will supervise personnel, manage the budget and daily operations of the SCCC, create and implement strategic planning, and collect and analyze data to report to upper administration.
Develop a strategic plan and set goals for the Student and Community Counseling Center's programs and activities
Manage the coordination, recruitment, training, supervision, development and evaluation of professional and administrative support staff
Direct the financial operation of the SCCC, including the preparation and analysis of short term and long-term budget projections, program expenditures, and other financial planning
Oversee the leadership, administration, and management of all training and professional development functions of the Counseling Center staff
Create, review, and distribute policies and procedures related to the SCCC service operations
Maintain International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) accreditation in accordance with IACS standards relating to the Relationship of the SCCC to the University Community, Counseling and Clinical Services and Ethics.
Oversee the overall delivery of clinical services (i.e., crisis intervention, clinical supervision, short term individual therapy, group therapy, workshops crisis intervention services, psychiatric referrals, psychological testing, and assessment), reviewing all intakes and assigning all cases, outreach, and preventive programs, after hours and weekend on call, and consultation services to meet the mental health needs of the campus.
Develop, implement, and direct a system to provide intake and ongoing individual and group services to student clients in a timely fashion, including a triage system for daytime emergencies
Provide independent oversight and supervision on sensitive and challenging clinical cases, including high acuity cases.. In cases where legal considerations and decisions are involved, work closely with clinical providers and when appropriate with administrators and legal counsel.
Evaluate programs and monitor the standards of clinical services for effectiveness.
Maintain a professional and collaborative working relationship with the School of Education Human Development (SEHD) counseling program clinic coordinator and couple and family program faculty.
Collaborate with SEHD counseling program faculty to provide a high-quality training experience for practicum students and ensure the training program delivers responsive quality clinical services to all clients in the SCCC
Coordinate and oversee all marketing and outreach efforts focused on building awareness of the SCCC and related programs in collaboration with University Communications and other campus resources.
Ensure compliance with state, federal, and professional regulations.
Serve as the Chair of the high-risk case weekly staff review and disposition planning, and as a core member of the University's CARE (Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation) Team
Provide leadership to the University Community by serving on committees, subcommittees, task forces, and needs assessment teams at the departmental, divisional, and University wide levels as needed and delegating as appropriate.
Earned Graduate Degree from an accredited university in one of the following disciplines:
Professional Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, and professional experience appropriate for appointment to a clinical leadership role
Position requires licensure as a mental health professional (i.e., counselor, social worker, psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist) in the state of Colorado within 6 months of the start of employment
Minimum of 5 years post licensure clinical experience
3 years clinical supervisory experience
2 years proven administrative experience
Experience providing clinical mental health services to diverse populations
Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity-minded practice and leadership
Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado (or eligible for licensure in Colorado)
6 or more years of post-licensure experience
3 or more years of clinical supervisory experience
Experience as an administrator in a counseling center
3 or more years' experience in a college or university counseling center
Demonstrated awareness of changing trends in mental health practice, and the ability to apply innovative strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student population, including prevention programming and project management in a mental health care setting.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of basic principles of counseling and psychotherapy, techniques and theories, crisis intervention, couples and family therapy, as well as individual psychotherapy interventions.
Knowledge of current professional research and “best practices” related to counseling center operations and retention initiatives
Knowledge of basic statistical methods for researching student needs and of issues related to college student development
Ability to develop and implement general counseling center policies and procedures
Ability to supervise and direct a staff of professional employees
Ability to develop and maintain positive peer relationships with staff and other professionals and promote a collaborative working environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to plan methods of marketing various programs and groups presented to students and staff
Ability to prepare and maintain departmental budgets
Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate professional staff.
Ability to maintain emotional stability under duress
Ability to assess, evaluate, and implement crisis intervention services in emergency situations
Demonstrated competency with multicultural counseling training
Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range (or salary range) for this position has been established at $120,000- $140,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org?.
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by November 27, 2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.