Mount Mercy University is a Catholic, coeducational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 enrolling approximately 1850 students. The University offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated and graduate degree programs on a picturesque campus overlooking the city.
Mount Mercy University is seeking candidates to fill the position of Director of Counseling Services with the Student Services team. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Success and is a full-time, exempt position with a 10-month assignment from July 25 through May 25.
The Director will serve a diverse student population of both residential and commuter students through direct counseling services, supervising Mount Mercy University Marriage and Family Therapy interns, and engaging with the greater campus to educate our community about mental health topics through workshops and collaboration.
The Director will directly supervise 4-6 Mount Mercy University Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students each semester who will provide the majority of the direct counseling service to students.
The ideal candidate should possess a familiarity with the developmental needs of young adults in the process of attaining higher education. They will promote and represent the student services area and Mount Mercy University in a professional manner at all times and enhance the strong tradition of mental health support at Mount Mercy University while contributing to the Sisters of Mercy tradition of educating the whole person.
Ideal candidates should possess experience in both supervising counselors and providing direct counseling service with a strong preference for experience providing direct counseling service to traditional undergraduate student populations. This position requires an individual to be proactive and take the lead on initiatives in collaboration with both the Student Services team and greater Mount Mercy University community.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Successful experience in providing direct counseling service support for traditional undergraduate students (residential and commuter populations).
High level of initiative, planning, communication, and organizational skills including demonstrated abilities to properly document a client caseload.
Extensive experience using positive personal relationship and community building skills to motivate exceptional performance with student leaders and community members.
Demonstrated experience and credentials to supervise graduate students that will be providing direct counseling services to students.
Proven experience providing programming and education to address the stigma of mental health issues in a community environment.
Ability to communicate clearly and lead programs.
The counselor must have a Master’s degree in mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work and be licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Iowa with at least three years of experience, one of which must be as a licensed counselor.
Preferred 5+ years of relevant experience as a mental health provider in the state of Iowa or eligible for state licensure.
Strong consideration given to a mental health provider with supervision experience with preferred consideration given to AAMFT approved supervisor.
Experience in mental health and wellness education and in managing a college or university counseling services area is preferred.
A valid Counseling License is required. The person in this position must meet all ongoing requirements to maintain a Counseling License as set forth by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science.
A valid driver’s license is required.
The successful candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Director of Counseling Services”. Paper application materials will not be accepted. Position will be open until filled. Application review will begin immediately.
Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and smoke-free campus.
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About Mt Mercy University
Mount Mercy University, located in beautiful Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offers students a fulfilling education, promising people of all backgrounds solid preparation for a changing world. Our 1,800+ students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community.
Established on five critical concerns—earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women—Mount Mercy’s curriculum guides students in exploring and working towards a more just, equal, and peaceful world. Hands-on work often accompanies classroom learning, giving students the experience needed to start their careers with confidence in a variety of newly-developed skills and knowledge.
Mount Mercy was founded on academic excellence, offering students a values-based curriculum. The university’s accomplished faculty is easily accessible with a faculty/student ratio of 15:1. Our 1,800+ students are often involved in faculty-led research and career-oriented internships with local, national, and global organizations.