Associate Director of Counseling Center

University of Portland,

Student Wellness
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Last Posted:

Mon, Nov 13th, '23


February 29, 2024

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As soon as hired

Last Updated:

Mon, Nov 13th, '23

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  • Full Time


The mission of the Student Wellness Center, Counseling Center (CC) is to provide comprehensive, high-quality, compassionate, and accessible mental health services to students at the University of Portland.  The CC incorporates multicultural humility into all services and affirms the dignity of all students who access care.

The Associate Director of the Counseling Center is a mental health clinician who is responsible for managing the CC within the University’s Student Wellness Center. The primary duty of this position is to provide clinical services to students assessed with higher acute needs and lacking access to mental health resources within the community. 


  • Leads and ensures that the CC programs within the Student Wellness Center adhere to its mission to provide integrated, comprehensive, high-quality, and cost-effective mental health services to students.
  • Provide a wide range of direct clinical services to students; including individual, group, urgent response services, mental health evaluation, and outreach.
  • Provide and lead direction for continued development and implementation of comprehensive and culturally appropriate mental health services and programs to a diverse student population.
  • Conduct triage or referral to outside providers, including after-hours care services. Follow up on referral processes to ensure students receive necessary health care services.
  • Provide intake evaluations and counseling services.
  • Provide crisis assessment, intervention, and management to students of concern or crisis; assess the need for higher-level care.
  • Evaluate and respond to emergency situations; provide consultation to campus for urgent/crisis situations.
  • Provide hands-on case management for students needing assistance with navigating off-campus referrals.
  • Track students of concern or requiring higher levels of care, participate in discharge planning and manage referrals.
  • Work with other CC staff, faculty, administrators, and University staff in consultation, outreach, and other collaborative initiatives.
  • Develop and provide group mental health counseling services through different group modalities such as process, psychoeducational, and population-specific groups to University students.
  • Develop campus outreach through participation in educational programming and additional program development.
  • Engage in campus collaboration by serving on campus committees that oversee student care, wellbeing, and mental health.
  • Engage in CC meetings and development activities; complete special projects as assigned, including policy and procedure development.
  • Ensuring access to after-hours crisis response and care for students through partners such as Project Respond, and overseeing counseling follow-up when such support services are accessed.
  • Directly and indirectly supervise departmental staff, interns and/or student employees as needed. Supervisory responsibilities include hiring processes, setting of expectations, training and professional development, performance management and evaluations, and disciplinary processes including termination of employment.
  • Participate as a member of the Student Wellness Center’s leadership team.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.



The University of Portland is a thriving community of more than 3,500 undergraduate students, who come from around the nation and the world, as well as over 1,000 faculty and staff. The University is located up on a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The school’s location also is the inspiration for its nickname, “The Bluff.” 

The University is currently led by President Robert D. Kelly, PhD. Since our inception in 1901, the University has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic order of priests and brothers. The founder of the order, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, said, "The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” This commitment to educating the hands, heart, and mind are hallmarks of our belief in educating the whole person. 

The University of Portland, an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, addresses significant questions of human concern through disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of the arts, sciences, and humanities and through studies in majors and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a diverse community of scholars dedicated to excellence and innovation, we pursue teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership in the classroom, residence halls, and the world. Because we value the development of the whole person, the University honors faith and reason as ways of knowing, promotes ethical reflection, and prepares people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family.


Required: Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology.

Required: 3+ years’ post-licensure experience.

Required: Licensed or license eligible to practice as a licensed psychologist in Oregon.


Preferred: 2+ years’ experience supervising clinical staff.

Preferred: 2+ years’ experience facilitating group counseling.

Preferred: Experience providing clinical services in a collegiate mental health setting.

Preferred: Experience providing suicide risk assessment, intervention, and prevention services.


Starting at $84,000.

The benefits package is available for review here.

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Supplemental Question response