Director of Training and Staff Psychologist

University of Northern Colorado,

University of Northern Colorado
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Last Posted:

Tue, Jun 18th, '24


Position is open until filled, to ensure full consideration, applications, including cover letter, must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/27/2024.

Start Date:

Target hire date August 5, 2024

Last Updated:

Tue, Jun 18th, '24

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  • Full Time

To ensure full consideration, applications, including cover letter, must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/27/2024

Position Summary:

The Director of Training is responsible for primary oversight of the Counseling Center's training program (i.e., APA-accredited doctoral internship in health service psychology, masters internship, advanced practicum training for doctoral and masters students, as well as administrative support and training for staff involved in the provision of supervision and training). The Director of Training ensures efficient and high-quality delivery of services; oversees data collection and evaluation of training services; and coordinates training programs in accordance with guidelines and accreditation standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Internship Matching Program. The Director of Training reviews and develops policies and procedures for implementation; facilitates internal evaluation of services, trainee metrics and outcomes; and manages recruitment for training programs. This position is part of the Counseling Center leadership team, with collaborative responsibility for providing vision, coordination, and leadership around clinical service delivery, training programs, and policies and procedures. This position is part of a clinical team committed to reducing health disparities and supporting the health and well-being of students from marginalized identities. The Director of Training provides direct administrative supervision to assigned staff therapists on the center training team and facilitates regular training team meetings. The Director of Training also provides direct psychological services to support a multiculturally rich and diverse student body. This position may require some evening hours and occasional weekend duties, particularly during peak periods related to trainee recruitment and selection processes, though also in event of a need to respond to campus crises and for outreach-related requests. The Director of Training must also work collaboratively with the broader campus community for matters related to training, committee responsibilities, and shared mission alignment, such as university-wide Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 initiatives.

Job Duties:

40% Training program administration: In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Training provides vision, coordination, and leadership for Counseling Center training programs as a whole (i.e., APA-accredited doctoral internship in health service psychology, master's internship, advanced practicum training for doctoral and master's students, as well as administrative support and training for staff involved in the provision of supervision and training). Training program administration is done in collaboration and with respect to ensuring compliance with APA-accreditation requirements and APPIC standards. Program administration is also done in collaboration with Counseling Center leadership team and with respect to balancing center clinical service delivery needs, changes in center policies and procedures, with regards to needs of campus community stakeholders, as well as with attunement to shifts in state and national legislation. Coordinates the annual search, recruitment, interview and orientation process for doctoral and master's level interns as well as advanced practicum students. Coordinates and facilitates training/orientation schedules for all trainees at the center as well as onboarding and administrative support for staff who will be involved in aspects of center training team. Maintains the internship training manuals, website, and trainee records. Obtains and compiles routine performance-related evaluation of trainees, in accordance with accreditation standards. Uses competency grounded and behaviorally anchored evaluation processes as a basis for fair assessment of trainee progress and response to trainee-related skill deficits, including the generation of formal and informal remediation plans as well as possible gatekeeping functions of dismissal from the training program in accordance with due process procedures, if indicated.        Regularly communicates with trainee home institutions regarding progress, and particularly in the case of identified trainee skill deficits/problematic behaviors. Oversees, schedules, coordinates, and facilitates the 1.5 hour per week professional development seminars in collaboration with other staff.  Facilitates the Supervision of Supervision seminar for the interns, which involves direct training in intern supervision competency. Facilitates regular training team meetings as a forum for communicating timely training-related policy and procedural shifts and other pertinent updates, for providing consultation and support to members of the training team, for proactively addressing and responding to challenges related to individual trainees and/or training cohorts, as well as encouraging ongoing professional development in areas related to supervisory and organizational/systemic competence. Assists with maintaining APA Accreditation, including completing annual reports and self-study reaccreditation process, routinely collecting and compiling necessary data and information to ensure compliance as well as with consideration to ongoing process improvements.                     

40% Direct counseling services:  Maintains consistent caseload of student and employee clients. Conducts initial assessments and triage care. This position provides crisis and on-going clinical and psychological services for students and EAP clients dealing with stressful and/or emotional issues, falling broadly under mental health needs. This professional provides clinical assistance to individual students, couples, and therapy and didactic groups.  Supervises doctoral interns, externs, and/or unlicensed staff members in their provision of psychological services, in professional development, and in support of the Counseling Center training program. This position is responsible for consultation and outreach services to students, campus, and community members related to mental health issues and student concerns. This position is responsible for maintaining timely and thorough documentation of activities, maintains knowledge of ethical and legal standards of care; provides all services in keeping with these standards, and obtains appropriate continuing education to maintain license and develop professional skills.       

20% Center Administration/Broader Campus Work/Other Duties as Assigned.  The Director of Training assumes regular delegated functions from the Executive Director pertaining to internal management of the Counseling Center and other duties as assigned. Consults and collaborates with the Executive Director and leadership team to develop and manage center goals, processes, funding priorities, and staff team-building.  Administratively supervises all staff and serves as Director when the role of acting Executive Director is delegated or Executive Director is unavailable. Adheres to agency and legal/ethical standards regarding case management and documentation. Participates in weekly case conference. Provides administrative oversight and engages in staff diversity discussion hours and ongoing diversity, equity & inclusion/anti-oppressive initiatives.


About UNC
The University of Northern Colorado is a public doctoral/research institution located in Greeley, Colorado. UNC’s commitment to education began in 1889 and continues to be a transformational force for our students. According to CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index, UNC ranked #1 in social mobility (2022). UNC is also committed to providing our faculty and staff with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. Please visit UNC’s Career Hub,to learn more about UNC’s strategic plan, school programs, and employee benefits. Go Bears!
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
The University of Northern Colorado believes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is the pathway to achieving an inclusive community and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. UNC supports the growth of individuals who care about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability – to honor the intersectionality of our campus. Please visit UNC’s Career Hub to learn more about UNC’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

AAEO Employer
The University of Northern Colorado is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body.
The University will not engage in unlawful discrimination in employment or educational services against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is the University’s policy to prohibit discrimination in employment or educational services on the basis of sexual orientation or political affiliation. The University will likewise take affirmative action to ensure that student applicants and enrolled students are treated during the enrollment at the University without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. Such affirmative action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff, retirement, or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. Furthermore, the University will post in conspicuous places, notice setting forth the provisions of this University’s Equal Opportunity Policy.

Federal regulations require that the University of Northern Colorado retain all documents submitted by applicants. Materials will not be returned or copied for applicants.

Background Check
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature, approval by the Board of Trustees, and subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado.
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In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online. A paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.


Minimum Qualifications:


An earned doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program. Candidate must have completed an APA-Accredited doctoral internship in psychology.


Required experience: 3 or more years of experience providing clinical services to individuals with significant mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring needs. 3 or more years providing clinical supervision.  One to two years' experience with progressively complex administrative/managerial responsibilities in a cohesive and interdisciplinary team.           


Licensed or License Eligible as a Psychologist in the State of Colorado. If unlicensed in Colorado at the time of hire, must obtain license within 3-6 months of hire. License must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


Strong skills providing effective clinical and administrative supervision.  Ability to engage in program assessment and evaluation and adapt programming to meet the needs of the UNC community.  Evidence of outstanding and culturally competent clinical skills and a well-integrated understanding of brief treatment, crisis intervention, high risk and high acuity populations, and outreach/developmental programming. Strong leadership skills. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in word processing, e-mail, presentation, and spreadsheet software and ability to use medical records software (prefer Titanium). Demonstrated ability to collaborate, communicate, and interact with individuals and groups while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied backgrounds. Knowledge and experience in working with individuals who are Black/African American/African Diaspora; Native American/American Indian/Indigenous; Asian American; Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latine; immigrants and/or international students. Working proficiency with LGBTQIA+ issues and concerns, trans-inclusive care, as well as various other intersecting identity markers of students, trainees, and staff. Extensive knowledge of evidence-based clinical services, diagnosis, and procedures in individual, couples, and group settings; ability to assess, manage, provide, and ensure high quality clinical service provision, including expert knowledge and experience with crisis management, hospitalization, and legal and ethical decision-making. Knowledge of assessment & research methods and activities including assessment of student learning outcomes/satisfaction metrics, development and implementation of systems to improve service delivery, and ability to prepare data reports and engage in data-driven decision making. 

Special Consideration:

Individual must be able to function well under stress, such as being responsible for the care of a trainee's  suicidal client in the context of the larger university setting, and must work as a team player with other members of the department and the university. Careful attention to aspects of power/privilege, culture and team dynamics, and changing trends and demands in local and larger systemic settings is essential for navigating nuanced aspects of leadership and administration.


Desired experience: Experience providing supervision to clinicians who are earlier stages of professional development. Experience with program/curriculum development. Having prior training and employment in the context of a APA-accredited university counseling center environment. Significant on-the-job training and independent study for learning all major job duties, particularly for administrative aspects of managing a training program and ensuring compliance with APA Accreditation standards. Demonstrated specialized training and/or clinical expertise applicable to the university counseling environment and ability to share knowledge in accessible and applicable ways to teammates and the campus community.


$89,506-$92,191 annually plus applicable benefits.


Apply with resume and cover letter to application URL.