Assistant Director, Counseling Services

Marist College,

Counseling Center
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Last Posted:

Tue, Oct 24th, '23



Start Date:


Last Updated:

Tue, Oct 24th, '23


Position Title:


Assistant Director, Counseling Services




Counseling Center


Salary/Pay Rate:


$80,000 - $90,000


Job Summary:


Marist College Counseling Services is seeking an energetic and clinically-strong individual with evidenced commitment to DEI for the position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director provides key administrative responsibilities in the oversight of department operations, including supervision of clinical staff and interns, contributing to CS Vision, strategic planning, and policy & procedures. The role also includes provision of a range of services to a diverse student population, including: individual and group counseling, crisis response and intervention, on-call rotation, and innovative outreach programming. This role plays an integral part of creating a campus culture of wellness through engagement with campus community and off-campus partners.


The ideal candidate is committed to and well-versed in implementing DEI initiatives, including the provision of mental health services for students with historically marginalized identities and collaborating with staff & campus partners to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills. Counseling Services is committed to enhancing student mental health through accessible, culturally-informed care and contributing to a campus culture of inclusiveness, equity and wellness.


Minimum Qualifications:


·      Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work

·      Must be licensed or license-eligible in New York State within one year of assuming position

·      Minimum of three years experience working with college students

·      Two or more years of demonstrated administrative experience including supervision, strategic planning and procedural responsibilities

·      Demonstrative experiences contributing to a strong culture of equity and inclusion


Essential Functions:


·      Provides oversight of daily operations of Counseling Services with Director and in Director’s absence

·      Contributes to CS vision, strategic planning, and policy & procedures with special attention to DEI Initiatives

·      Supervise, evaluate, and support professional staff and interns; Support clinical staff in daytime emergency response via risk assessment, coordinating hospitalization, and consulting with involved professionals, college staff, families and students

·      Assist in coordination of emergency on-call services after-hours, weekends and holidays; Participate in on-call rotation and backup coverage.

·      Provides clinical services of assessment, treatment planning, care coordination with a limited caseload

·      Maintain current, accurate and timely clinical documentation in accordance with legal, ethical and professional guidelines and Counseling Services policies using Titanium Schedule electronic record

·      Contributes to campus culture of wellness through engagement with campus community and off-campus partners, including participation in campus-wide committees and Student Affairs events

·      Develop and implement engaging programs on mental health concerns, wellness, and resilience


Preferred Qualifications:


·      PhD or PsyD in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA-Accredited program; or PhD in Social Work

·      NY State Licensure

·      Demonstrated interest and expertise in one or more of the following: Working with Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) Students; Student-Athletes; Skill-based interventions such as DBT; Eating Disorders (ED); Alcohol and Substance Abuse (AOD)

·      Interest, experience, and commitment to facilitating groups

·      Experience working on Behavioral Intervention or Crisis Management Teams

·      Experience in providing training, outreach programs and crisis intervention in a University/College setting

·      Successful experience supervising, training, and evaluating staff and graduate level interns/trainees

·      Understanding one's own intersectional identity and how it influences identity development and how one navigates the world

·      Demonstrated dedication and attentiveness to multicultural issues, social justice and intersectionality in serving historically marginalized students as well as commitment to ongoing development of cultural competencies

·      Committed self-care practice to maintain resilience

·      Familiarity with Titanium electronic medical record

·      Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills


Required Application Documents:


Resume, Cover Letter, & Contact Information of 3 Professional References




The position includes a comprehensive benefit package*. Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:


·      3 weeks of paid vacation. 4 weeks of paid vacation beginning in the 6th year of employment.

·      Unlimited paid sick time.

·      14+ paid holidays per year.

·      Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).

·      Life insurance.

·      Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.

·      403(b) defined contribution plan:

o   First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.

o   College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.

o   Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter.

·      403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available. Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.

·      Tuition Benefits:

o   Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.

o   College pays 100% tuition only.

o   Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution.

*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College.


About the Department/School:


Counseling Services is a thriving center providing culturally- and trauma-informed services to undergraduate and graduate students while supporting the greater Marist community. Services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, psychiatric services and campus-wide psychoeducational programs/outreach. Our multidisciplinary staff consists of psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, graduate interns, a psychiatrist and consulting nutritionist. We strive for holistic wellness through our working relationships with other campus constituents, such as Health Services, Housing, Accommodations, and Academic Affairs.


About Marist College:


Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit



Equal Employment Statement:


Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.


Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.


Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.


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