Director of Counseling and Consultation Services and Chief Mental Health Officer Diversity

Northern Illinois University,

Counseling and Consultation Services
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Last Posted:

Mon, Apr 1st, '24


Priority application date 04/26/2024; applications received after this date will be considered as needed.

Start Date:

June 1, 2024

Last Updated:

Mon, Apr 1st, '24

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  • Full Time

The Director of Counseling and Consultation Services and Chief Mental Health Officer is responsible for the design, implementation, strategic planning, vision, and evaluation of a comprehensive counseling and consultation program for the campus community. The Director represents the department and the mental health needs of students to the NIU community, establishes departmental goals and objectives, supervises, and evaluates departmental staff, and has fiscal responsibility for the department.

The Director must be able to exercise excellent judgment and have the ability to analyze complex scenarios when dealing with multifaceted mental health and emergency situations. Counseling and Consultation Services also hosts an APA-accredited internship program (on accredited, inactive status for the 2024-25 academic Year) and maintains full lACS accreditation. NIU is a JED Campus and recently began work to implement a strategic plan around campus-wide mental health and holistic wellness. The Director will be the primary coordinator responsible for the strategic plan, working collaboratively to achieve the objectives and goals. The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

About NIU
Northern Illinois University is located in DeKalb, IL, 65 miles west of Chicago and 30-40 miles from many west suburban communities. With a current enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the mission of NIU is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation, and world. Nearly 60% of undergraduate students in fall 2023 identified as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), and 52% identified as first-generation students. CCS clients reflect this diversity and the percentages above closely match the percentages of clients seen for mental health support.


CCS is part of the Division of Student Affairs and contributes to the mission to support the academic and personal success of NIU students as we promote their welfare and persistence through the college experience in preparation for their lives after graduation. Staff in the Division of Student Affairs are committed to serving students as we follow core values of student-centered service, collaborative partnerships focused on student success, inclusive communities striving for equity and social justice, professional growth and competency development, and ethical and efficient stewardship of resources.

CCS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and we offer an APA-accredited doctoral internship program with three internship positions (on accredited inactive status for the 2024-2025 Academic Year). We also offer a practicum training program for 3-5 students each year. CCS staff embrace all aspects of diversity and promote awareness, sensitivity, cultural competence, and advocacy across all services as well as in our work with campus and community partners. CCS is a collaborative and team-oriented work environment that values self-care, work/life balance, and having fun while doing this important and challenging work

  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work.
  • Licensed or immediately eligible for licensure in IL at the highest level in the field (LCPCLMFT, or LCSW).
  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience with increasing administrative and staff supervision responsibilities.
  • Minimum of one (1) year (12 months) of experience with human resources, budget management, and risk management practices.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of strong experience in professional consultation, crisis intervention, and development of collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Doctoral degree in Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Counseling Psychology, or Clinical Psychology (Ed.D., Ph.D., or Psy.D.) highly preferred.
  • Licensed or fully eligible for licensure in IL as a Clinical Psychologist.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of clinical and administrative experience in a College or University Counseling Center highly preferred.

Commensurate with experience and qualifications. NIU offers a robust benefits package.

Please submit your application and documents through NIU’s online employment system at
Preference will be given to completed applications received by 04/26/2024; applications received after this date are welcomed but will be considered as needed.

Required Documents
A letter of interest
Current curriculum vitae
List of three professional references with contact information

Questions or inquiries can be directed to Anna Forba, Administrative Aide at