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13 Feb 2016

Full-Time Senior Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Pennsylvania State University-University Park – Posted by SACJobs State College, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Description
The Pennsylvania State University Office of Student Affairs is
conducting a national search for the next Senior Director of Counseling
and Psychological Services at the University Park campus. The Senior
Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and
provides strategic leadership and direction for student mental health
services. The Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
(CAPS) is responsible for a center that provides clinical services to more
than 3,000 students annually on a campus with a student population of
nearly 47,000. CAPS embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity and
strives to build a diverse, multicultural staff capable of meeting the
needs of all of our students.

Responsibilities of the Director
• Oversees the administrative operations of CAPS, including
supervising more than 40 full- and part-time staff including
psychologists, psychiatric providers, social workers, doctoral-level
interns, and support staff, and managing an annual budget of more than
one million dollars.
• Responsible for the development of revenue-generating accounts,
evaluation and assessment of the center’s programs and services, and
the maintenance of the office’s operations.
• Provides strategic leadership for the center including advocacy for
resources for campus mental health services and education of the
campus community about mental health needs of students; establishes
programs, services, policies, and procedures to ensure the effective
functioning of CAPS; delivers psychological services to students,
including individual and group therapy, psychological assessments, and
crisis intervention; and provides support and consultation for the
counseling operations at the nineteen Commonwealth campuses;
provides support and consultation for the APA-accredited doctoral
internships and postdoctoral fellowships in professional psychology.
• Coordinates educational outreach efforts including through the use of
technology, ensures that services and programs adhere to the required
laws and standards of the profession, and provides consultation and
support regarding complex crises and mental health concerns to the
University community.
• Represents CAPS as it interfaces with other offices regarding mental
health concerns and risk to the community (such as the Behavioral
Threat Management Team).
• Contributes to the mission of Student Affairs and provides leadership
on a national level for organizations related to college student mental
health and psychology and for Penn State’s Center for Collegiate
Mental Health.

Preferred Qualifications
• This position typically requires ten or more years of related experience
and a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology.
• The successful candidate should be a psychologist licensed in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or license eligible if coming from a
different jurisdiction, or other licensed mental health professional.
• The successful candidate will have experience working in collegiate
mental health with progressive levels of responsibility and will have a
demonstrated record of collaborating across various institutional units,
supporting diverse student populations, and understanding the role of
wellness in student success.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land-grant University of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is composed of the University Park
campus and 24 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, including 19
Commonwealth campuses and the Milton S. Hershey College of
Medicine. The University has 616,000 alumni, 84,810 students and an
annual budget of more than $4.4 billion. Penn State is a leader in higher
education and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service
with pride and focus on the future.

The surrounding community of State College is known for its excellent
schools and high quality of life. State College, PA, a university town with
a metropolitan population of over 150,000, was recently cited as one of
the top university towns in the United States. State College and the
University provide the major intellectual, cultural, and recreational
resources for central Pennsylvania.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume through the
Penn State Human Resources website
Confidential review of materials will begin March 1, 2016 and continue
until the position is filled.

Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains
information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters,
please go to, which will also provide
you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified
applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected
veteran status.


Education: Doctorate Required
Work Experience: 10+ Years

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Job Categories: Counseling. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Counseling, Psychological Services, and Senior Director. Salaries: TBD - Based on Experience.


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