Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Seattle University,

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
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Tue, Jul 11th, '23


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Tue, Jul 11th, '23


Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Employment Status: Full-Time

Work Model: Hybrid Available

Seattle University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live and work at Seattle University.

Position Description

Reporting to the Associate Provost/Dean of Students, the Director is responsible for the oversight of a department comprised of seven full-time, licensed staff, who provide counseling and therapeutic support to Seattle University students. The Director must be innovative and possess a working knowledge of current best practices in university counseling and must work collaboratively with key constituencies including students, academic departments, faculty, and staff towards developing a holistic approach to supporting students in the development of a positive sense of self. The Director of CAPS is responsible for the design, implementation, strategic planning, vision and evaluation of a comprehensive counseling program for University students.

The department of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) works in collaboration with faculty and administrators committed to the mission of educating students to become empowered leaders for a just and humane world. The position requires the utmost integrity and knowledge of legal/ethical issues and requires an understanding of and adherence to providing the best standards of care for students.

Administrative Oversight of Departmental Operations (25%)

• The Director of CAPS is responsible for administrative oversight of a department that provides individual and group counseling; urgent care; mental health screenings; consultations and referrals; workshops, outreach and psychoeducational programs; on-call/after-hours emergency management and crisis intervention/postvention efforts. The Director is responsible for the overall management of the daily operation of the clinical services, including reception and intake process, the handling of mental health triaging, crises and other special situations.
• The Director establishes departmental goals and objectives and has fiscal responsibility for the department. The Director develops CAPS policies, procedures and clinical protocols; identifies personnel needs and resources and evaluates program outcomes.
• The Director leads and/or coordinates staff meetings, case conferences and staff training and development.

Administrative Leadership (25%)

• The Director of CAPS is responsible for the vision, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of counseling and psychological services for University students.
• The Director represents the department and the mental health needs of students to the Seattle University community. The Director must be innovative and possess a working knowledge of current best practices in university counseling and must work collaboratively with key constituencies including students, academic departments, faculty, staff and university administration towards developing a holistic approach to supporting students' optimal psychological health. The Director serves on the CARE Team, Threat Assessment Team, and other committees as assigned.
• The Director shares with other members of the CAPS staff the general responsibility of supporting the University's efforts to have each student achieve their optimal individual wellness.
• The Director collaborates with the Director of the Student Health Center to coordinate patient care and treatment planning.
• The Director works in coordination with the office of Wellness and Health Promotion to inform wellness initiatives and educational campaigns.

Supervision & Evaluation of Staff and Trainees (20%)

• The Director provides direct oversight for the selection, training, supervision and evaluation of CAPS staff. The Director provides direct supervision to the Associate Director, licensed clinical staff, and the Administrative Assistant.

Clinical Counseling Services (15%)

• Serving as both an administrator and clinician, the Director must be able to exercise excellent judgment and have an ability to analyze complex scenarios when dealing with multifaceted mental health and emergency situations. The position requires the utmost integrity and knowledge of legal/ethical issues and requires an understanding of and adherence to providing the best standards of care for students.
• The Director provides direct clinical services, including: intake evaluation; individual or group psychotherapy; outreach/workshop programming and mental health screening; urgent care coverage; on-call/after-hours emergency management; crisis intervention/postvention; and referrals for mental health services in the local professional community.

Clinical Consultation Services (15%)

• The Director provides consultation and expert opinion; provides urgent-response services to the campus community, its students, administrators, staff and faculty. The Director will be on-call after hours and on weekends to cover for emergencies and for crisis intervention, and has other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

• Earned Doctoral degree from an accredited program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Currently licensed in Washington as a Psychologist. Minimum of three to five years post-licensure clinical experience, preferably in a university counseling center. Familiarity with the clinical, legal and ethical aspects of treating mental health clients and college students.
• Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to the field of psychology and mental health. Knowledge of HIPAA regulations. An ability to: plan, organize, and direct others in the formation and implementation of program policy; do long range planning; provide direction to professional and support staff; resolve conflicts and make personnel and administrative decisions; formulate campus-wide policies and influence their implementation; provide a high degree of professional expertise and leadership in advising and consulting with professional staff; provide counseling services and crisis training/intervention; and the ability to analyze clinical data. These skills must be successfully balanced and effectively executed in the variety of roles that are required of the position.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, facilitate an open exchange of ideas, and write clear and concise notes, documents, and reports. Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with and respond to multiple constituencies and make meaningful connections at all levels of an organization. Ability to make independent decisions, exercise sound judgment, and to multi-task and set priorities. Ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Candidates must exhibit a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the University's mission, vision, and values.
• All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision, and values.
• Demonstrated supervisory and interpersonal skills.
• Effective communication, interpersonal and team-building skills.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Minimum of five to seven years post-licensure clinical experience, preferably in a university counseling center.
• Extensive knowledge of best practices in student mental health within a college setting.
• Demonstrated leadership experience.
• Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills; capability to multitask; demonstrated ability to manage budgets, develop and implement assessment and strategic planning methods and reporting functions.
• Excellent judgment and ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.

Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter with your resume when applying. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.

Compensation at a Glance:

Salary Range: $115,000 - $125,000

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate's gender or any other protected status.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance:

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave.For more information explore the Benefits website at:

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