Director, MU Counseling Center

University of Missouri,

MU Student Health and Well-Being - Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Thu, Feb 4th, '21


Review of applications begins Feb. 22, 2021 and continues until filled. Applications received by March 5, 2021 will receive full consideration.

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Last Updated:

Thu, Feb 4th, '21

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The University of Missouri is accepting applications for the role of Director for the Mizzou Student Counseling Center.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Student Health and Well-Being, the Director will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight for a comprehensive counseling center.  The Director will be a member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team and work collaboratively with MU colleagues in support of holistic health and well-being of Mizzou students.

Student Health and Well-Being (SHWB) is comprised of the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Center and Wellness Resource Center.  The Director will join the SHWB unit at an exciting time to assist with the implementation of an integrated, multidisciplinary model of care.  It is imperative that the Director supports a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to services and programs across the continuum of care. This is an exceptional opportunity for a transformational leader to work with leaders from the Student Health Center and the Wellness Resource Center to identify opportunities to increase the collaboration of care and improve health and well-being services for students.

As a key member of the SHWB leadership team, the Director will play a pivotal role in implementing a shared vision to promote a healthy campus. This will include being able to articulate and appreciate the value of prevention and health promotion to advance student health & well-being and to enhance student learning. The Director will also be instrumental in helping design a new facility, which will eventually house the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and the Wellness Resource Center.

During a time of great demand for mental health care on college campuses, we are looking for a forward-thinking leader to help us shape our campus mental health programs and services. Our ideal candidate understands how integrated care, stepped-care models, and other cutting-edge strategies and interventions may best serve the needs of our diverse student body. The Director will also play a key role in the process of the University of Missouri becoming a JED Foundation Campus.

In addition to possessing excellent clinical skills, qualified candidates must display a strong, but compassionate leadership style embracing the strengths and skills of the team as they work through challenges.  The Director must demonstrate a deep appreciation of diversity and inclusive practices, and provide a significant and visible record of inspirational leadership and effective supervision and the ability to create an atmosphere for a collaborative and action-oriented team.  Additionally, candidates must present a proven history of establishing and maintaining effective work relationships, professionally and clinically, including meaningful collaboration with medical services and health promotion as well as the larger campus community.

The Director will provide leadership, vision, financial management, policy formation, assessment and strategic planning to enhance the delivery of comprehensive mental health initiatives.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Providing leadership and programmatic oversight for all administration, budget, services and staff within the Counseling Center.  Managing a $3M budget.

Overseeing the efforts of over 30 staff members, including professional staff and trainees in the areas of hiring, training and work performance and directly supervise two Associate Directors and approximately 25 professional clinical staff.

Managing administrative responsibilities, such as, the development and implementation of Counseling Center policies and procedures and leading the coordination of clinical services delivery, training programs and outreach.

Serving as a champion regarding mental health and wellness issues within the context of diversity and inclusion, as well as the provision of mental health and wellness services for underserved populations.

Leading the efforts of the Counseling Center to further operationalize the integration of clinical services with the Student Health Center.  This includes providing support for a multidisciplinary and integrated model of care, which includes an embedded Behavioral Health Consultant program managed by the Counseling Center. 

Working closely with the Director of the Student Health Center to provide coordinated mental/behavioral health and psychiatric services.

Representing the Counseling Center and serving as a mental health authority on campus for student mental health and well-being related issues. The position is expected to play a key role in promoting mental health programs and services and strengthening connections with other departments and individuals on campus. 

Supporting training and engagement within the campus community to equip faculty, staff, parents, and students to effectively intervene where assistance is needed and support awareness of program services.

Providing insight and consultation in the MU community on matters related to mental health and wellness at all levels including clinical and other direct services, crisis intervention, prevention, early intervention, resilience efforts and research/data. Serving as a core member of the campus “At Risk” committee.

Maintaining a minimal clinical caseload with a general range of clinical activities including evaluation, crisis intervention, and brief psychotherapy of a wide range of clients presenting to the center. Providing consultation to other clinical staff on difficult cases as needed, and taking the lead and sharing on-call responsibilities (ProtoCall) for a variety of urgent and emergency situations including nights, weekends and holidays.

Understanding and committing to the principles and practices of college health including: support for integrated clinical care; collaboration with medical providers and health promotion colleagues; participation in team-oriented leadership; working in partnership with fellow SHWB directors to address multi-faceted challenges; and responding to the needs of various external constituents. 

Working closely with the Training Director to support and enhance the robust training program consisting of post-doctoral residents, doctoral interns in the APA-accredited internship program, and graduate assistants from MU’s departments of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

Contributing to the university community by serving on committees and through active involvement with outreach and other campus-wide activities.

Providing leadership for research activities and program development.

Performing other duties as assigned, including supporting campus priority efforts outside of the normal work responsibilities of the Counseling Center.


About MUCC


The University of Missouri Counseling Center (MUCC) has a long-standing tradition of excellence.  Started as a departmental clinic of the MU Counseling Psychology Department in the 1960s, the MUCC later moved to the Division of Student Affairs where it currently resides.  The MUCC has over thirty clinicians including psychologists; licensed masters-level therapists; and trainees including post-docs, doctoral interns, and advanced Ph.D. students in counseling and clinical psychology.  We are proud to host the second oldest APA-accredited counseling center doctoral internship in health service psychology (since 1970) and have trained and employed many national leaders in the field.  While our model and methods have evolved to keep up with innovations and increased demand, core values of inclusion, collegiality, and hard work within a warm and interpersonally laid-back work environment have persisted over time. 


About the Division of Student Affairs at Mizzou


The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Missouri is committed to designing exceptional out-of-classroom learning experiences and to improving the quality and cost of our programs — ultimately helping Mizzou students succeed on campus and after graduation.

The Division of Student Affairs encompasses the departments of the Dean of Students, the Disability Center, MizzouRec, Residential Life and Student Health & Well-Being, which includes the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center and the Wellness Resource Center.

The Division of Student Affairs is led by Dr. William Stackman, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  Dr. Stackman is fairly new to Mizzou and has already made significant strides on campus and has excited staff with his vision.


About Mizzou

The University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou), with approx. 30,000 students and more than 300 degree programs in 19 colleges and schools, has a reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and student services. MU is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), one of only 65-member universities. The campus is an attractive environment, and the facilities and services available to students are among the best. Mizzou is a member of the Southeastern Conference, competing in a variety of sports at the 1A level. The following links provide more information:

Region Description
Columbia, Missouri ( with a population of approx. 122,000 offers a high quality of life with numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, art, music, sports, shopping, and community service. In addition to MU, Columbia College and Stephens College are located in the city and five other colleges and universities are within 30 miles of Columbia. Columbia Public Schools are highly regarded and have a solid reputation for quality: ranks Columbia as the 30th best place to live in the U.S. Columbia’s centralized location offers quick access to St. Louis and Kansas City (each within a 2-hour drive), as well as the State Capitol, Jefferson City, and the beautiful vacation getaway, Lake of the Ozarks. Columbia is also minutes away from a host of historic towns and state parks featuring boating, fishing, hiking, biking and more. Columbia Regional Airport offers service via American Airlines and United Airlines with direct flights to Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Denver.

Columbia is also a regional center for medical services (including the MU Medical school and MU Hospitals and Clinics) and a home to several major insurance companies and light industry.

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.


A Master's degree in a relevant area or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 8 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary. Ability to meet licensure requirements in the state of Missouri is necessary.


A doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology is preferred.

A minimum of five years of experience in a leadership capacity as a Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director in a college or university counseling center.

Demonstrated effective managerial and leadership experience, including a minimum of two years of direct supervisory experience.

A minimum of seven years of experience as a professional providing direct client care. 

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, competence in working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations.

Enthusiastic support for, and demonstrated experience in, an integrated practice model of care is essential.

Experience in a college mental health setting is strongly preferred.

Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.  Highly effective interpersonal and and leadership skills that allow for effective interaction with clients, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, medical, mental health, and other colleagues and professionals.

Experience in progressively responsible roles that required planning, evaluating/assessing, strategy development, directing the day to day administration of a complex mental health service operation. 

Knowledge of best practices in staff development, group dynamics, and leading organizational change and demonstrated integrity, dependability, sound judgment, teambuilding and resourcefulness to establish and maintain collaborative, positive and effective working environment.

Experience leading an organization through large scale change, while successfully providing motivation to staff involved in the change.





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Completed online application, cover letter, and vita must be submitted through the University of Missouri Human Resources website.