Associate Director of Mental Health Services

Washington University in Saint Louis,

Mental Health Services
Last Posted:

Tue, Jun 13th, '17


Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by June 30th, 2017

Start Date:

September 4, 2017

Last Updated:

Tue, Jun 13th, '17

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  • Full Time

The Associate Director for Mental Health Services performs a variety of administrative and supervisory duties in support of the Director of Mental Health Services. As a member of the management team, the Associate director of Mental Health Services participates in formulating, implementing, and evaluating the unit’s services and programs. More specifically, the Associate Director for Mental Health Services:

  • Oversees and assesses the provision of daily clinical services (including daytime and after-hours on-call schedules) ensuring that cases are assigned in a timely and appropriate manner

  • Supervises and conducts annual performance reviews of the Mental Health Services Coordinator and clinical staff who do not have administrative leadership responsibilities
  • Assists in personnel decisions, preparing annual reports, handling special projects, approving staff leave requests, and tracking staff time off
  • Serves as administrator-in-charge in the absence of the Director of Mental Health Services.
  • Provides consultation on the management of student mental health issues to parents and members of the university community
  • Oversees development of internal staff training/education
  • Assists with administrative duties associated with the medical leave/return process
  • Oversees the chart review and quality improvement process
  • Serves on university committees or task forces as appropriate
  • Leads the staff case conference, providing peer consultation/supervision particularly when crisis situations arise

  • Provides direct services: Short-term individual and group therapy, intake assessments; crisis appointments; outreach; psycho-educational workshops; on-call response to after-hours emergencies
  • Coordinates the “Let’s Talk” outreach program
  • Assists with new staff orientation and supervision

  • Develops and manages content for the MHS website.

  • Other projects as assigned


Washington University in St. Louis is a moderate sized, selective, private university of over 12,000 full-time students, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate/professional students. The university consists of eight schools, five of which have both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students come from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds, representing all 50 states and over 100 nations. 90% of undergraduates are from out of state. Student Health Services is an integrated agency composed of both medical and mental health providers with a primary mission to foster and enhance students’ physical and emotional health.

Region Description:

Situated at the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward "Corps of Discovery" here in 1804.

Today, the pioneers of St. Louis are the engineers, scientists, business leaders, educators, artists and other innovative and creative professionals who are working at the forefront of a multitude of fields and endeavors. Home to several key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis has developed into a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of biotechnology and plant science.

Consistently ranked among the nation's most affordable and best places to live and raise families, the St. Louis region offers many opportunities to watch or participate in a wide range of sports, recreational activities and cultural events. Not far from St. Louis' urban core are the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark Mountain region and outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and spelunking in some of Missouri's more than 6,000 caves.

  1. Master’s Degree in counseling, clinical psychology, or a specifically related academic field
  2. Licensed or license eligible to practice as a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor) in the state of Missouri. Candidates who are licensed in other states must obtain Missouri licensure within 6 months
  3. Five years of post-graduate experience in a college or university counseling center
  4. Three years of administrative experience in a university counseling/mental health center

  • Doctorate in counseling, clinical psychology, or a specifically related academic field
  • APA Accredited Program and internship
  • Knowledge of and experience with mental health models, accreditation standards, policies and procedures related to the field of psychology and student affairs in a higher education setting.
  • Well-developed crisis management skills
  • Ability to make independent decisions, exercise sound judgment, multi-task and set priorities
  • Successful experience supervising, training, and evaluating employees, resolving conflicts, and encouraging a diverse staff to work well together.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, facilitate an open exchange of ideas, and write clear and concise policies and reports.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with and respond to multiple constituencies and make meaningful connections at all levels of a complex, multidisciplinary organization.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of laws and ethical principles related to the provision of mental health services in a university setting.


Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan


Applicants should provide with their application a letter of interest outlining how their work experience applies to the position. Please apply online at and reference job # 36946. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is identified.