Associate Director of Mental Health Equity Diversity

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor,

Counseling and Psychological Services
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Last Posted:

Mon, Aug 7th, '23


Priority review given to applications received by August 27, 2023. Positions are open until filled.

Start Date:

Starting date is negotiable.

Last Updated:

Mon, Aug 7th, '23

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  • Full Time

To participate in the administration, with the director and the CAPS Leadership Team, of all functions of CAPS including clinical delivery systems, education and outreach activities, and the training programs for psychology and social work trainees. Participate in campus wide activities that promote healthy psychological functioning of the UM student community. To work with the director to develop and implement vision and long term planning for CAPS that is consistent with high quality and multiculturally competent health care service delivery systems. The role also includes some degree of the duties of all professional staff (i.e., clinical care, supervision, educational programming, teaching in seminars, etc.). This job is one of 4 total associate directors and is focused on the overall leadership of mental health equity in CAPS clinical services for students (access, delivery, non-traditional approaches, etc.).

Administrative- 55%

  • General Associate Director duties include:

    • Recruit, train, supervise, and conduct periodic evaluations for professional and office staff

    • Meeting regularly with direct reports (e.g., coaching, evaluation, check-in’s, etc.)

    • Serve as active participant in Student Life and University Wide activities

    • Manage large scale projects for the whole agency such as implementing a new approach to work plans for professional staff, revising a continuity of operations plan, developing a new approach to in-house professional development offerings, etc.

    • Actively engage in national organizations in areas of specialty, especially those focused on delivery of clinical services to minoritized populations

    • Manage budget within area of responsibility and ensure financial stewardship of university resources

    • Support the director and other leadership team members in the overall functioning of the agency

    • Weekly staff meetings, agency meetings as needed, Divisional/University meetings as needed, etc.

  • Duties specific to the Associate Director for Mental Health Equity & Access include:

    • Oversee clinical speciality teams (e.g., Sexual Violence Team, Gender Affirming Care Team, Eating Issues Network, etc.)

    • Lead and facilitate CAPS Internal Diversity Committee

    • Oversee clinical and programming efforts offered jointly with other units (i.e. ongoing support groups/educational series with MESA, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, International Center)

    • Overseeing of the CAPS Therapy/Support Groups and Clinical Workshops offerings focusing on identity group offerings

    • Management of data collection, analysis and/or research projects/studies involving BIPOC and other minoritized student populations which promote the understanding of college student mental health

    • Engagement with BIPOC and other minoritized student groups/organizations

    • Supervise and support Assistant Director of Peer Initiatives in the overall approach for peer support and education

    • Oversight of digital/technology peer supports (e.g., Togetherall)

    • Enact a coordinated approach to supporting student mental health in clinical and outreach efforts aimed at BIPOC/minoritized populations;  includes delivery of services and creating equitable access for marginalized populations; includes  working with MESA, Spectrum, International Center, Housing, Wolverine Wellness, and DEI focused areas in Student Life and the University

    • Organize and implement professional staff development in clinical services with a health equity focus

    • Support and leadership for multicultural seminars for post-degree fellows and interns

Direct Clinical Care - 25%

  • Provide psychological individual and group therapy to UM students

  • Provide initial consultation appointments (triage, assessment, clinical decision making)

  • Provide crisis appointments as needed

Outreach Activities - 10%

  • Provide educational workshops/activities that promote healthy psychological functioning of the UM student community via facilitation and and being involved in faculty workshops, campus-wide initiatives, standard CAPS outreach presentations, suicide prevention workshops, etc.

  • Develop and maintain campus partner relationships with Central Campus and Michigan Medicine overall, with a particular focus on Student Life units

Staff Training Activities - 10%

  • Supervise social work interns, post MSW fellows, pre-doctoral psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows, and limited licensed staff, as needed/applicable

  • Conduct seminars as needed/applicable


The University of Michigan's CAPS is a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multi-theoretical university counseling center that provides a wide range of mental health services for a diverse student body of over 50,000 students. CAPS provides culturally sensitive clinical services, outreach programming, and training opportunities. CAPS is a highly collaborative unit with close working relationships with many units on campus, especially University Health Service (UHS), Wolverine Wellness, Michigan Medicine, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Spectrum Center, and the Dean of Students office.

Other Information:

Within the context of our multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical setting, our aim is to support entry-level professionals as they get ready for licensure, and to prepare them to move with competence, creativity and flexibility into professional positions in a range of settings, with a focus on counseling center practice. Experiential learning is supported by a variety of supervisory, mentoring, and educational experiences. 

About the Ann Arbor Community

Ann Arbor is a culturally diverse community with all the amenities of a large city in a small town setting. Detroit Metropolitan International Airport is 30 minutes away. The Great Lakes and numerous inland lakes offer a variety of recreational opportunities in a four-season climate. For further information about Ann Arbor, please visit


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology; or, Masters in clinical social work
  • 8-10 years of experience in college student mental health, including 3-5 years of progressive responsibility in administrative functioning
  • Obtain full license as a social worker or psychologist in the State of Michigan within the first 6 months of employment.  If the full license is not acquired within 6 months, employment may be terminated.
  • Experience in budget management duties
  • Experience with electronic health record system (preferably Titanium)
  • At least 2 years of experience in supervising professional staff

Clinical expertise

  • Proficiency in common clinical treatment modalities, e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and humanistic approaches.
  • Experience with diagnosis and treatment of common mental health disorders occurring in a student population

Position Criteria:

  • A clear vision of how to sustain clinical services that reach and reflect the many diverse communities within the context of Student Life
  • Demonstrated abilities in translating vision into action in assigned areas
  • Demonstrated ethical principles and standards in leading others
  • An ability to relate well to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body (with respect to nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, differential abilities, class and cultural differences)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience; excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to collaboration and proven ability to work effectively as a team leader in a culture of openness and trust among staff members
  • Multidisciplinary, multicultural and collaborative approach to supporting student mental health
  • An ability to achieve results with a talented and diverse staff, developing their skills, delegating appropriate work, and holding others accountable
  • Administrative and supervisory experience in organizational management and resource stewardship
  • Proven record of good relationships with staff in the unit and with outside constituencies (faculty, staff, students, parents, administration, etc.)

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Paid time off for vacations (24 days), holidays (10 days), and sick time (15 days)
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after 12 months
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • License application and renewal fees, licensure exam fees (one time)
  • Professional development funds

This position can accommodate a candidate that requires a H1-B visa to be employed in the United States.


To apply, please upload ONE file that contains the following: 

  1. Cover letter which outlines interest and experience  
  2. Curriculum vitae 
  3. A list of three professional references (one being a current/past supervisor)

 Priority review given to applications received by August 27, 2023. Positions are open until filled.

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The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.  BIPOC, persons with disabilities, and persons of all genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Rico

Administrative Assistant

Counseling and Psychological Services

4079 Michigan Union

530 S. State St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-8312