Senior Director- Mental Health Care and Resources

Georgia Institute of Technology,

Mental Health & Well-Being
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Last Posted:

Wed, Jun 22nd, '22


15 July 2022

Start Date:

Fall 2022

Last Updated:

Wed, Jun 22nd, '22

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  • Full Time

Job Summary

Responsible for providing clinical, fiscal, programmatic, policy and administrative vision, direction, and accountability in overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations and overall delivery of effective mental health programs and services, while also providing direct clinical service and care to students as needed. Leads, supervises, develops, and supports a team of multi-disciplinary mental health providers in providing a comprehensive, coordinated range of high-quality programs and services designed to respond to the entire spectrum of mental health needs for a diverse student population. Serves as the key liaison to administrators, faculty, students, staff, parents and other stakeholders on mental health issues, national/state/local trends, best and emerging practices. Responsible for setting employee and/or group goals, deciding on organizational structure to meet the goals, assessing employee and/or group performance and providing feedback, and making pay recommendations.

This position will interact on a regular basis with: Counseling Center staff, CARE staff, AVP/Dean of Students and VP of Student Engagement & Well-Being
This position typically will advise and counsel: Staff, faculty, students, parents
This position will supervise: Assigned direct reports


Job Duty 1 -
Initiates, leads and sustains Institute-wide cultural change and transformation efforts designed to improve health and wellness outcomes for students in the areas of mental health and the socioecological factors which impact mental health in the higher education setting

Job Duty 2 -
Strategically manages the operational budget and priority-setting for fiscal, space and personnel resource utilization, in alignment with all applicable policies, procedures and standards of ethical practice

Job Duty 3 -
Directs and coordinates case management, crisis intervention, outreach, facilitating access to self-care modalities, community partnerships, academic partnerships, telehealth options, peer-based efforts, resource referral, and consultation with students, faculty, and staff

Job Duty 4 -
Directs and coordinates clinical and consultative services while encouraging innovative and emerging models of program and service delivery and integration with other core student services across the Institute

Job Duty 5 -
Serves as an active member or leader of relevant division and Institute-wide, campus-community committees and/or work groups that assess, intervene and/or provides timely resources to students in crisis while providing input based on relevant expertise and experience

Job Duty 6 -
Perform other related duties as assigned


The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking a highly collaborative, strategic, systems-based thinker who is also a culturally competent, skilled psychologist and capable administrator to serve as the Senior Director of the newly created Center for Mental Health Care & Resources.  The Senior Director will lead and sustain efforts to combine two units – the Center for Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE) and the IACS-accredited Counseling Center – into one new accredited department that will embrace a transformative approach to proactively promoting mental health, advancing an ethic of self-care and of shared community responsibility for health/wellness, and providing a multiplicity of appropriate referrals and interventions – both clinical and non-clinical in nature - for a wide range of mental health-related concerns, diagnoses, and issues. In addition, the Senior Director will oversee the development, implementation, evaluation and ongoing improvement of all programs and services.  Effectiveness in the role will require ongoing communication and engagement of a number of other stakeholders with similar mission and goals, including the Department of Psychiatry housed administratively in Stamps Health Services, with the VOICE confidential victim-survivor advocates reporting through Health Initiatives, and a number of governmental and community-based organizations that either currently provide supplementary services to our students or have the potential to.

Through innovation, creativity, and a consultative spirit, the Director will provide campus-wide leadership on mental health-related issues and will advocate for and enable the optimal provision of services within a multi-campus system encompassing over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend Georgia Tech – 26,000 of whom attend the main campus in Atlanta. The incumbent will provide vision in the cultural transformation of Georgia Tech – inclusive of programs, policies, practices, protocols, places, people, and philosophy – that better integrates an authentic focus on mental health promotion into the academic mission, with the goal of improving various student outcome metrics, both academic and health-related in nature. As part of this goal, the Senior Director will develop and deliver ongoing initiatives both independently and in collaboration with other departments in the Division (including Health Initiatives) and across the Institute that focus on increasing mental health awareness, promoting mental health behaviors, and cultivating attitudes and beliefs that lead to improved mental health outcomes.  Current efforts to this end include a project delivered in consort with the JED Foundation, administration of QPR training for suicide prevention, and the ongoing Tech Ends Suicide program.


Educational Requirements
Doctoral-level degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Experience
Ten or more years of job-related experience in a college counseling or similar mental health setting with increasing leadership and oversight responsibilities, including at least 5-7 years of supervising clinicians

Proven ability to supervise and manage employee relations with a diverse team of professionals both in terms of identity, training, background, and professional expertise; ability to appropriately assess training and in-service needs and to provide consultation and arrange/deliver/facilitate training, seminars and professional development activities as needed; operate with high level of integrity, accountability, and ethics, and make critical decisions under pressure

This position may require work outside of normal business hours

Advanced knowledge of codes of ethics of the American Psychological Association and International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. standards; expert knowledge of crisis intervention techniques

Advanced skills in performing neuropsychological and/or psychological assessments and treatments, team management, motivation, strategic and/or critical thinking, verbal and written communication to include public speaking to large, diverse audiences, fiscal responsibility, organization, coalition-building, attention to detail, and customer service; demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products.


Additional Preferred Qualifications
Certifications or licenses required for this job: Licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia or currently licensed in another state and eligible to attain licensure within one year

Preferred Experience
Twelve or more years of providing administrative supervision for a team of mental health providers. 

Familiarity with the unique challenges and opportunities of delivering mental health care and resources within a public higher education setting; Evidence of having served a primary, leading role in campus-wide transformational and/or cultural change efforts to improve student outcomes. Experience with a clinical training program (i.e., doctoral internship, postdoctoral fellowship, advanced practicum training program) within a college or university counseling center. Expertise in current and emerging college-age mental health issues, as well as best and emerging practices which can positively impact student outcomes. Experience with electronic record keeping.