The Catholic University of America,

Counseling Center
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Last Posted:

Fri, Apr 19th, '24


The position is open until filled.

Start Date:

Summer, 2024

Last Updated:

Fri, Apr 19th, '24

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  • Full Time

The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) invites applicants for the Director of the Counseling Center, a full-time, 12-month ongoing. The Counseling Center is IACS-accredited and is home to some of the highest-regarded training programs in the region: an APA-accredited internship program, and a large externship program for advanced graduate students in psychology and social work. The office atmosphere is extremely collegial, supportive, and flexible.

The Director is responsible for ensuring that the highest level of mental health services is provided to students.  The Director ensures that all Counseling Center staff treat the mental health needs of students consistent with the Mission and Values of the University.  The Director will regularly collaborate with the Department of Psychology and the National Catholic School of Social Work and develop partnerships for the well-being of the students at large.  

The Director provides direct professional mental health services (i.e., counseling and psychotherapy) to the Catholic University student community, including assessment/referral, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach programming. 

Additionally, the Director shall:

Manage the recruitment, supervision, retention, training, development and evaluation of all staff resources. Develop a strategic plan to recruit and retain staff that includes a vision for current and prospective clinicians to grow, specialize, and advance in their roles.  Given the inevitable increase in mental health challenges among college students, formulate a plan whereby this growth can be met with professional and well managed care. 

Ensure fundamental policies and procedures are written, established, organized and communicated effectively to students, staff and the campus community. Policies and procedures should support the implementation of programs in a strategic plan, represent best and emerging practices of the field consistent with the Catholic Identity of the University, include high quality service initiatives, and ensure high standards and program compliance. 

Ensure compliance with national, local and University laws, regulations, standards and codes. Implement appropriate compliance measures.  

Establish useful methods to evaluate, maintain and continuously improve program efficiency, effectiveness and impact.  Develop initiatives to address student service satisfaction and continuous improvements through appropriate data collection, reports and assessments.  


The Catholic University of America, a thriving center of scholarship and academic life, is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. Private and coeducational, The Catholic University of America has 12 schools, all of which offer graduate degrees and/or professional degrees. All undergraduates combine a base curriculum in the liberal arts with more in-depth courses from their major fields of study. 

Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as many disciplinary accrediting organizations, CUA enjoys a distinguished history and has filled an important niche: doctoral programs in philosophy and social work that are among the nation’s oldest; the only university library science and music schools in Washington, D.C.; the largest architecture school in the area; a law school that is a pioneer in clinical education; and a drama department that has been the educational incubator for acclaimed playwrights, directors and actors.

Region Description:

Students at Catholic University enjoy the best of both worlds: they study and live on the largest campus in Washington, D.C., where they can enjoy a complete collegiate experience, but they are also located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Traveling by Metrorail, which is located near the edge of campus, students are only a five-minute ride away from Union Station, Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress, and within easy reach of the abundant array of educational, cultural, social, political and professional opportunities that Washington has to offer.


A Master's Degree and a minimum of 5 years of practitioner experience preferably at an institution of higher education; demonstrated counseling management and supervisory experience in a clinical program.


A doctoral degree in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or related psychology doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program.

·        Licensure or demonstrated ability (within 3 months) for full/independent licensure in the District of Columbia. Also, DC law requires unlicensed individuals with doctoral degrees in Psychology to at least have a DC Psychology Associate license (i.e., while awaiting full licensure) before conducting any client contact in the District of Columbia.

The candidate must be able to work well in a team-oriented, collegial atmosphere characterized by: mutual respect for colleagues, commitment to maintaining the highest standards in the delivery of clinical and consultative services, as well as dedication to providing excellent supervision and training.

The ideal candidate will also be flexible, self-motivated, responsive, dependable, and conscientious about performance in all facets of the position.

Previous training or professional experience in a university counseling center is preferred but not required.


Competitive with peer institutions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


Please apply online at the following website:  Please use the email listed ( only for questions, not for submitting application materials. Please describe your interest in the position in your cover letter.