Executive Director, Counseling Services

Old Dominion University,

Office of Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Thu, Oct 15th, '20


The initial application review date for this position is November 13, 2020 and will remain open until filled.

Start Date:

The anticipated start date for this position is January-February 2021.

Last Updated:

Thu, Oct 15th, '20

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  • Full Time

Student Engagement & Enrollment Services (SEES) at Old Dominion University is accepting applications for the Executive Director of Counseling Services (full-time, 12 month) position. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, a vibrant metropolitan region of coastal Virginia, Old Dominion University is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution with a strong focus on student success and learning. The institution is proud of its rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,176 students form a diverse and multicultural community within seven academic colleges, 22 doctoral programs, and 300 student organizations.


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Learning in SEES, this position will direct the administrative management and operations of a comprehensive outpatient counseling services facility serving the University population. This position will also plan and administer the annual budget. Additionally, this position will provide strategic leadership for Counseling Services, including training, clinical staff, psychiatry, and outreach components of a comprehensive counseling and psychological services organization for all students – undergraduate, graduate, and coordination of local clinical research.


The Office of Counseling Services (OCS) is a university agency with a diverse and multidisciplinary professional staff. OCS provides evidence based mental health services, preventative programming, and a multi-level doctoral training program. The OCS staff adheres to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality. OCS staff promote and maintain a reliable service system in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Selected responsibilities of the Executive Director of Counseling Services position include:

  •          Deliver counseling services to the University community in response to issues which may include, but are not limited to, psychological functioning, interpersonal relationships, minority student concerns, career choice, and academic performance.
  •          Recruit, supervise and evaluate professional staff and clinical trainees.
  •          Collaborate with the Counselor Education program, SEES units, and campus community in mental health and psychological programming, activities, and initiatives.
  •          Conduct in-house maintenance of professional activity data and client data for accountability and research studies.
  •          Develop and implement policies in emergency after-hours/on-call services and act as liaison in this regard with a psychiatric consultant, Student Health Services, and SEES staff.
  •          Consult with University administrative units, student organizations, and non-University organizations concerning mental health services and programs.


Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.1 billion to the economy. Located along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, the ODU campus boasts state-of-the-art academic facilities, 14 residence halls and amenities such as the Student Recreation Center.

Student success lives at the heart of the Monarch experience. Monarchs have full access to services such as academic advising, peer mentoring and subject-specific resource centers. The Learning Commons at Perry Library provides students with 24/5 study space, computing resources, teamwork spaces and even presentation practice rooms. Students can begin planning their future with our comprehensive career development services or forge their own path by engaging with the Strome Entrepreneurial Center.


The successful candidate must possess either a doctorate of education (Ed.D), doctorate (PhD), or doctorate of psychology (Psy.D) in counselor education, counseling/clinical psychology, or social work. The successful candidate must also be licensed as an LPC, LCP, or LCSW in Virginia or in another state (must obtain Virginia licensure within 12 months of employment). To meet minimum qualification standards, the successful candidate must have:

  •         Experience as an administrator or supervisor in a college/university or outpatient mental health facility. 
  •         Demonstrated ability to supervise a multi-disciplinary staff to include counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
  •         Demonstrated skill in budget management.
  •          Ability to work with a diverse college population.
  •          Extensive knowledge and skill in the operation of an outpatient mental health facility.
  •          Knowledge of the role of a mental health provider in an outpatient setting.


Preferred qualifications include experience in the accreditation process for college and university mental health facilities, experience serving as a member of a crisis management team, behavioral consultation, emergency management, or students of concern team, and experience overseeing and/or knowledge of university health services administrative functions.


Commensurate with education and experience.

Candidates will need to submit a cover letter addressing the position, a resume, and contact information for professional references.