Senior Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Purdue University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Mon, Mar 15th, '21


Review of applications will begin April 5, 2021, and will continue until filled.

Start Date:

Summer 2021

Last Updated:

Mon, Mar 15th, '21

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  • Full Time

Purdue University is currently searching for a Senior Director, Counseling and Psychological Services. This leader will provide strategic leadership for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), including clinical services, psychiatry, professional training, as well as outreach and education components of a comprehensive counseling and psychological services organization for all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). This role will provide leadership in implementing innovation of service and delivery methods to respond to changing needs of students and the community. Responsibilities also include Formulating, organizing, and administering policy for all phases of CAPS operations, including the structure of services, personnel selection, supervision and evaluation, budgetary functions, clinical record retention and maintenance, and mental health insurance.

 Ensures the CAPS team provides direct services to students, including crisis intervention, consultation, assessment, individual and group therapy, case management, and referral while focused on addressing a diverse student population's needs. Develop long and short-range objectives and metrics consistent with CAPS strategic plan. Supervise clinical staff and conducts group outreach to student groups, new students, parents, and other workshop presentations. Coordinate the development and implementation of a promotion and marketing plan for CAPS services and programs, including the development of on-line resources, technology enhancements, and website. Enhance relationships and foster partnerships with a broad base of campus and community stakeholders that result in improved delivery of services and programs that benefit students with a broad focus on mental wellness and wellbeing. Conduct outreach and consultation as appropriate.

Collaborate with Student Life, Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH), Recreation and Wellness, Colleges/Schools, and other faculty and staff to develop and deliver services for the University community. Create and maintain a student-centered environment at CAPS that embrace forward-thinking strategies to anticipate and meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of a diverse student community.

About the Division:

Student Life fosters student success through learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. We focus on co-curricular education and leadership development as integral parts of the Purdue experience. In collaboration with our colleagues across campus, we challenge students, faculty, and staff to explore the value of working and learning together as leaders in our local communities and our global society.


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Together, in this community, we are dedicated to providing an education that's built on respect and fosters learning. We engage in world-changing research to deliver innovation. And we create an environment of inclusion and a culture of hard work that helps build balance and growth. We are here to develop practical solutions to the toughest challenges we face today, so that we can build a better world together.

This is the kind of place where big things are accomplished. We keep going to show the world what's possible.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue's role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that's without rival.

Take one small step and apply today to join a nationally renowned university with a robust benefits package and a commitment to work/life balance.




  • Ph.D. or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Six years of experience with demonstrated administrative and leadership experience
  • Must be licensed, or immediately license eligibility as a psychologist in the State of Indiana
  • Strong generalist therapy skills
  • Ability to evaluate and diagnose clients
  • Confidentiality and adherence to ethical practices
  • Ability to manage clinical practitioners, a large complex department, and budget.
  • Ability to direct activities and develop strategies to achieve impactful results
  • Ability to develop innovative processes and systems using significant conceptualization, reasoning, and interpretation skill
  • Ability to communicate with diverse populations, students, departments, and constituents
  • Ability to influence and persuade others to accept new concepts, practices, and approaches


  • Experience in university counseling centers

Application Instructions and Timeline

Confidential nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2021. Nominations and confidential questions regarding the position should be submitted to Stephanie Ferguson, Executive Recruiter Purdue University Human Resources, at or Michele Flemming, Executive Recruiter Purdue University Human Resources, at Please submit applications to


A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.