Work Schedule: FT; 12-months; Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Some evenings may be required.
General Description: The Director of the Counseling Center provides leadership for the culturally responsive and equitable delivery of counseling services to individual students and groups; collaborates to design and facilitate prevention and educational programs that respond to changing student demographics and needs; provides consultation on psychological issues to PLU faculty, staff and families; contributes to the leadership and strategic direction of Student Life; and represents the department on relevant university committees. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Life.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: •Direct and oversee the overall operations of the Counseling Center, including supervision of staff, scope of care, service delivery and quality, budget and administrative functions. •Provide vision, strategic planning, and conduct assessment to understand disaggregated impact of services for students and to advance aligned departmental, divisional, and university missions. •Develop and administer Counseling Center policies, protocols, and procedures in keeping with current best practices for college counseling centers. •Collaborate with colleagues across campus, including PLU’s Health Center team, to develop strategies for optimizing student resilience and healthy development and for the prevention and coordinated intervention of psychological and behavioral concerns. •Respond to community needs by developing and coordinating offering of relevant group therapy and group psycho-educational opportunities. •Provide clinical supervision to counseling staff and interns. •Participate in university crisis prevention, preparedness, and response. •Provide and coordinate consultation, education and outreach services for faculty, staff, and students with the goal of increasing university capacity for prevention and response. •Support the development and utilization of a robust off-campus psychological service referral system. •Ensure the protection, collection, maintenance, and appropriate reporting of data related to the use of the Counseling Center and utilize full capacity of EMR system to achieve outcomes. •Ensure compliance with state laws, federal laws and professional standards. •Contribute to student learning and student success and support PLU’s mission. •Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: •Well-developed clinical and diagnostic skills. •Excellent leadership and supervision skills. •Expert knowledge of college student mental health and college student development. •Well-developed written and oral communication skills. •Record of effective and sustained collaboration with faculty, staff, and family members. •Proven commitment to and effectiveness in providing evidence-based and current treatment modalities to a diverse clientele. •Demonstrated commitment to equity, culturally responsive practice, and cultivation of an inclusive learning and treatment environment.
Required Qualifications: 1.Doctorate in counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy or closely related field. 2.Licensed (or license-eligible) to practice in the State of Washington. 3.5 years professional clinical experience. 4.3 years’ experience in a college or university-counseling center with demonstrated administrative experience including supervisory, financial management and strategic planning responsibilities. 5.Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
Preferred Qualifications: •APA accredited doctoral program and APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship. •Experience or expertise with issues relating to alcohol/substance abuse and disordered eating/eating disorders.
Internal Number: 1
About Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,500 students, including international students from two dozen countries. Located in a uniquely scenic region on the Pacific Rim, the university’s campus is 40 miles south of Seattle in suburban Tacoma, Washington. PLU’s academic program is an integration of the liberal arts and professional programs, and the university’s mission is to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care. PLU enjoys a healthy and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The university is committed to exploring, affirming and enriching dignity and diversity in the campus community and endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action. PLU actively seeks applications from women, and persons of color.