West Virginia Wesleyan College is seeking a qualified professional to serve as our Director of Counseling Services. The successful candidate will have the ability to provide leadership for this critical area including the development, implementation and assessment of relevant programs and services. The Director also provides direct individual and group counseling and assessment services for students and is the key College liaison/resource on mental health issues, policies and practices, including crisis intervention. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and community partners/resources to assist students and provide quality preventive and educational programs for the Wesleyan community. The Director of Counseling Services is a full-time, ten-month position, which reports directly to the Director of Student Retention and is responsible for the following areas:
- Review, develop and implement the vision, mission, goals and objectives for the department, which should be consistent with the College’s mission;
- Provide leadership in the planning, implementation, coordination, and assessment of services, including campus-wide educational and prevention programs;
- Provide direct individual and group counseling and assessment services to students;
- Develop and oversee departmental budget;
- Provide training, educational, and consultative services for students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
- Serve as the key College liaison/resource on mental health issues, policies, procedures and practices, including crisis intervention and involvement with the Early Alert Response and Crisis Management Committees;
- Work collaboratively with members of other departments and committees in both the Student Development and Academic Affairs Divisions of the College to provide programs and services related to the mental health well-being of the Wesleyan community;
- Develop cooperative relationships with community partners to facilitate referrals and the sharing of resources;
- Participate with statewide consortia including the West Virginia Collegiate Initiative to Address High Risk Alcohol Use (WVICA) and the Intercollegiate Council Against Sexual Violence;
- Through conference participation, membership in relevant organizations, and other opportunities remain aware of current and best practices in college counseling; and, ensure that these practices, programs, and services are offered at West Virginia Wesleyan College;
- Attend to other duties as assigned.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Alison Whitehair, Chair of the Search Committee and Director of Student Retention, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by February 1, 2019.
Preference will be given to candidates who have management/leadership experience in a college or university setting and also demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of the mental health counseling of young adults. A Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, clinical social work or a related mental health field is required, as is current National Certification, state licensure, or the eligibility for such licensure. At least five years of related experience is also preferred.