Director of Counseling Services

Austin College,

Student Affairs
Last Posted:

Tue, Aug 8th, '17


Open - review of applications will begin immediately

Start Date:

As soon as possible

Last Updated:

Tue, Aug 8th, '17

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  • Full Time

Full-time; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; evening and weekends as required

Exempt; 11 months

Performs professional counseling and administrative duties to include the oversight of counseling and related programs or services.  Assists other staff, faculty, programs, and services as needed or directed. Performs the essential functions personally, through others, or in conjunction with other faculty, staff, or outside vendors or experts.

Assists as requested/required with psychological leaves, biennial alcohol review, sexual harassment and assault, Title IX sexual misconduct cases and related victim assistance, substance abuse education, alcohol and drugs, related referrals.

Ensures compliance with related codes, laws, and policies for assigned service area and as requested by institution or local, state, and/or federal agencies.

Serves as liaison and/or lead administrator, including personal presence when matters required particularly emergency/crisis response, intervention, and/or post-intervention coordination of resources and programs, including situations involving students who may pose a risk (to self or others) of significant self-destructive or self-injurious behavior, and/or needing a professional psychological evaluation of such reported either by the student or by agents of the institution.

Provides oversight to all components of the Department of Justice grant—Roos REACT!

Provides or coordinates regular, ongoing psycho-educational programming on counseling and related issues for a traditional college population.

Provides assistance to students who require off-campus referral resources due to psychological and related service needs beyond the scope offered by Austin College.

Maintains availability for consultation with students, faculty, and staff on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis during academic year and provides ongoing training and/or assistance in understanding, responding to, and/or referring students for psychological and counseling services

Directs follow-up tracking with students under policy, referred for particular psychological help, or returning from absence related to psychological issues, and ensures appropriate continuity of care issues for students who report a history of mental health issues and treatment.

Advises appropriate individual of issues, concerns, and related matters for the assigned service area.

Provides counseling to all enrolled student students who seek and/or may be referred for counseling services.

Establishes and maintains relationships with off-campus resources (e.g., health professionals and related facilities) associated with psychological services and counseling areas from the county to the DFW Metroplex area.

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Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence, recognized by Loren Pope in the book Colleges That Change Lives. Located in historic Sherman, this residential and nationally recognized environmentally green campus is less than 60 minutes north of Dallas-Fort Worth.


Master’s degree. Three years directly related experience. Three years of supervisory experience in a related setting.

License or Certification (To include, but not limited to: State requirements, e.g., counselor or nurse; professional certification in a specified discipline, e.g., Certified Public Accountant.)

State of Texas Professional Counselor License


Utilize Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) or appropriate alternative software (e.g. Datatel or College intranet) to create efficient and accurate: documents, records, files, reports, presentations, or communiqués;

Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of styles and techniques appropriate to inform or persuade the intended audience; balance multiple projects and unstructured tasks within deadlines; work under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor; work with all levels of constituents; maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive matters; recognize change in laws, rules, and/or regulations that could impact college, division, or departmental operations; interpret complex or ambiguous policies, rules, laws, or regulations; organize work or assigned projects; identify problems or concerns and recommend appropriate solutions and or responses; work independently with little supervision; maintain ongoing active engagement of program administration and associated activities; network effectively and collaborate with groups and individuals, both on and off campus, to facilitate attainment of program goals and/or related issues;

Must demonstrate the following skills at a fully acceptable level:

  • Leadership - Displays effectiveness in communication, motivation, and directing others’ work.

  • Planning - Plans and organizes work effectively by setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and evaluating progress.

  • Fiscal Management - Demonstrates sound fiscal oversight through budgeting, managing accounts, and controlling expenses.

  • Cooperation with individuals supervised - Listens to suggestions or complaints, displays sensitivity, and is approachable by subordinates.

  • Conflict Resolution - Exhibits skill in addressing and resolving workplace conflicts.

  • Mentoring - Encourages and coaches staff in a positive manner and fosters staff development.

  • Service Orientation - Exhibits a 'customer friendly' demeanor with internal and external customers.

  • Teamwork  - Works effectively with other employees, e.g., other managers or supervisors.


Commensurate with experience


Send cover letter and résumé to Finalist(s) will be required to complete an application and undergo a background check.