Director of Counseling Services

Posted on September 21st, 2022 by Travis Dix

Under administrative direction from the Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer, this educator and administrator provides visionary leadership and direction for the university’s Counseling Center; provides institutional leadership with psychological services, assessment, consultation, crisis intervention, and other programs and services.

Job Tasks and Responsibilities

May include any and/or all of the following:

  • Directs operations for the center; responsible for planning, budget, and assessment of center activities.
  • Responsible for the provision of counseling, which includes personal, vocational, and group counseling, and crisis intervention.
  • Provides direct counseling services to students, crisis intervention, and consultation with other university employees.
  • Provides clinical supervision of professional staff and practicum students for mental health services and campus crisis intervention and/or provides oversight of and coordinates with an off-site/on-line counseling service.
  • Updates and maintains counseling center policies and procedures to maintain strict adherence to legal and ethical standards, as they relate to mental health counseling.
  • Serves on university committees and task forces, such as the CARE Team and the Threat Assessment Team Behavioral Assessment Team
  • Maintains confidentiality and security of protected health information (PHI) according to federal guidelines and university policies.
  • Establishes, builds, and maintains professional associations and relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in counseling, psychology, clinical social work or related field.
  • Licensed in mental health related discipline in the state of Virginia (i.e. LPC or LCSW).
  • Experience supervising other staff and/or programs.
  • Experience in brief intervention, mental health crisis assessment, and group therapy.
  • Working knowledge of counseling theory and techniques.
  • Ability to appropriately assess and intervene in crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to treat all people equitably and with a sensitivity and awareness to cultural differences.
  • Considerable knowledge of professional ethics and the ability to apply to current work.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated understanding of the developmental issues of college students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior professional clinical experience of 3-5 years post-licensure working in a community and/or college/university counseling setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide outreach, prevention, consultation and seminar presentations.
  • Prior experience providing clinical supervision to interns, graduate students, and/or other clinical staff.
  • Approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Clinical Supervisor.

Travel and ADA-related Requirements

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment:

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring clear communication (speaking and listening) in person and telephonically
  • Must be able to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Visual and hearing acuity required to perform assigned work, including meetings and interactions with students and other employees
  • Work is performed while sitting, standing and walking.
  • Ability to lift, carry or move items of up to 25 pounds, occasionally up to 40 pounds, such as supplies, binders, or food trays, and items connected to events
  • Must be able to change tasks frequently, work an irregular work schedule (including some evenings and weekends), perform multiple tasks simultaneously, work under time pressure, and work in a noisy or distracting environment
  • On occasion will need to perform tedious and exacting tasks
  • Will need to use office equipment such as telephones, printer, copier, scanner, camera, scissors, stapler, and computer.  Will use software including Microsoft Office, Foxit or Adobe PDF software, and other university software
  • Occasionally may work in situations with fire hazards or communicable diseases (virus, flu, etc.); on rare occasions may be exposed to mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, or electrical hazards
  • Work environment at events includes noise/vibration and wetness/humidity; may be exposed to extreme temperatures seasonally
  • Work locations include an office environment, outdoors and campus buildings

Submit Letter of Interest, Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and 3 Professional References to:

Selection Committee, c/o Venita Mitchell, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer, Averett University,

Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
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