Assistant Director of the Therapists in Residence Program

Santa Clara University,

Cowell Center
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Mon, Aug 28th, '23



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Mon, Aug 28th, '23

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  • Full Time

The Assistant Director for the Therapist in Residence( TIR) Program is a member of the Student Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team of psychologists, psychology trainees and psychiatrist. Together this team practices in the unique environment of college health and directly contributes to student success by delivering integrated mental healthcare to SCU students utilizing the services of the Cowell Center. The Assistant Director for TIR Program oversees the operations of the program. This position is administratively focused along with clinical services and clinical and programmatic supervisory responsibilities. CAPS is committed to the values of multiculturalism and social justice, and is dedicated to providing mental health services that are open to and accepting of every student we serve. This position supports the highest quality of mental health services to students while supporting the vision of the University to make student learning a central goal by facilitating the psychological well-being of the student body.

A successful candidate will be able to showcase a history of working across diverse identities (including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, and ability status) and demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity. A successful candidate will lead by modeling a deep commitment to cultural humility and equity; and will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of the concept.


Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Santa Clara University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. This mandate allows for limited exemptions and a grace period for new hires to comply with the vaccination requirement.

Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

Santa Clara University offers a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees with programs and resources designed to promote and sustain personal health care, well-being, and the financial objectives of our employees and families. Visit our benefits page  for more information.


1. Administration (60%)

? Assume primary responsibility for the development, implementation and assessment of the Therapist in Residence (TIR) program.

? Provide leadership and oversight for TIR recruitment and selection processes.

? Provide initial onboarding and ongoing training for the TIRs.

? Directly supervise 3-5 TIRs, including establishing and monitoring staff professional development plans, goal setting.

? Complete six-month introductory reviews and annual performance reviews for the TIR staff, including collecting peer/colleague feedback.

? Serve as primary contact for the Office of Residence Life (ORL).

? Convene and facilitate regular meetings with the ORL leadership and TIRs.

? Provide opportunities and structures for feedback between ORL staff and the TIRs.

? Coordinate CAPS’ participation in ORL formation/training program.

? Provide accurate and timely reports re: utilization of TIR services and program offerings.

? Coordinate and oversee TIR schedules

? Encourage and support participation of directly supervised staff in appropriate professional development offerings;

? Maintain membership in Professional Organizations as deemed appropriate. ? Integrate diversity, inclusion and equity principles and practices in leading TIRstaff to promote mutual respect, trust, and support.

? Meet weekly with the Director and CAPS Management Team to establish and implement systemic decision-making processes that facilitate staff input and communication.

? Ensure TIR teamprovide quality and effective services in compliance with professional standards of practice and ethical principles.

? Assist the Director in providing leadership to CAPS staff in ways that promote mutual respect, trust, and support of individual strengths.

? Follows CAPS’ policies, procedures and regulations are provides input to shape policy and procedures in relation to the TIR program.

? Ensure policies are updated and aligned with current legal and ethical standards and monitor compliance of center operations and of staff’s practices.

? Assist the Director in monitoring the evolving mental health needs of students and in initiating the development of new services and programs.

? Provide advice, consultation, and support in the development, implementation and evaluation of department wide policy and procedures.

? Maintain cooperative interactions with other clinical and support staff and cultivates relationships and trust with university partners.

? Display a positive attitude within the Cowell Center and across departmental lines to contribute to staff morale and overall customer satisfaction.

? Participate in departmental performance improvement activities.

? Attend scheduled staff and management team meetings.

? Serve on departmental or university committees as appropriate.

? Perform other work-related assignments as assigned and / or required.

2. Clinical Services (30%)

? Conduct assessment and brief therapy for students.

? Engage in crisis management; assessing, intervening and stabilizing clients.

? Conduct group therapy offering a group approach to working with a variety of therapeutic issues.

? Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the differences in care requirements of adolescents and adults, including, but not limited to: growth and development, psychological and psychosocial needs.

? Provide health education related to promoting client self-care and psychological health.

? Daily manage and triage crisis/urgent cases.

? Maintain confidentiality of all client, staff and Cowell Center/CAPS information at all times.

? Electronically complete written intake assessments and follow-up progress notes of students in a timely manner.

3. Consultation, Referral and Outreach Duties (10%)

? Collaborate and appropriately consult with Student Health Services to provide care to students who need medical care.

? Utilize effective communication techniques with students, faculty, staff, parents, family members and concerned others to promote good, quality client care.

? Utilize effective communication techniques with community providers.

? Appropriately refer clients to on-campus and to off-campus community providers.

? Share in the regular rotation of on-call and after-hours phone consultation to University staff, including the on-duty Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

? Provide psycho-educational outreach programming to the campus community.

? Develop and direct outreach programs to the campus community.

? Appropriately document all consultations.


? Therapists in Residence (3-5)


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

Commitment to understand, support, and model the values of a Jesuit, Catholic university as they relate to Counseling and Psychological Services.

Santa Clara University is committed to Inclusive Excellence; therefore, it is vital all candidates seeking employment be committed to and demonstrated skills, knowledge and awareness to serve the unique needs of our diverse campus community.


? Understanding and support of the Jesuit tradition of education and a commitment to the fundamental values of service to others, community, and diversity as well as commitment to and demonstration of skills, knowledge, and awareness to serve the unique needs of the diverse campus community of Santa Clara University.

? Demonstrated ability to use technology in improving the delivery and evaluation of programs and services.

? Demonstrated knowledge in the application of student development theories.

? Demonstrated knowledge in addressing the needs of a diverse student population.

? Knowledgeable of best practices in the field of psychology and university mental health services, California Board of Behavioral Sciences and Board of Psychology regulations.


? Demonstrated presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form with a variety of people including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.

? Demonstrated skills in the application of student development theories.


? Ability to establish professional relationships; interact effectively with diverse constituencies; and maintain confidentiality when required.

? Ability to work well both individually and as a part of a team in a collegial, respectful, and professional manner.

? Ability to work independently as a clinician with a wide variety of student psychological needs.

Education and Experience

? Master’s degree in counseling or clinical program from an accredited program in counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy required.

?10-12 years of work in a related counseling field or within a student services department required.

? California licensed or licensed eligible.

? Qualified to provide clinical supervision per BBS regulations.

? Three to five years of work in a related counseling field or within a student services department.

? Supervisory and management experience required.

? Prior University counseling center experience and at least three years as a licensed therapist supervising staff in their clinical work, preferred.

? Experience in program management, supervision, and short-term psychotherapy, preferred.

? Prior experience addressing the needs of a diverse student population preferred.

? Two years post-degree experience with young adults preferred.


$112,100 - $151,500 annually, commensurate with experience


1. Cover Letter

2. Resume

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