Director of Counseling and Psychological Services - Bates College in Lewiston Maine

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Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a newly created, full-time, 10 month position responsible for providing leadership and vision for the delivery of mental health and wellness services to the student body. The Director will have the opportunity to build and develop the new Center for Counseling and Psychological Services with a focus on fully meeting the needs of all Bates students, in particular those from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds and identities. With an increasingly racially and culturally diverse student body, our ideal candidate will view their work through a lens of diversity and inclusion. The Director will proactively develop programs and outreach specifically for students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and the student organizations dedicated to supporting these students on campus. The Director will be joining Bates at an exciting time during which we are employing a cross-institutional strategy to achieve a fully inclusive community for Bates students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Support and Community Standards, the Director will work closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team and will work collaboratively with the Director of Health Services and the Office of Residence Life and Health Education on strategic planning and program and policy development to support overall student health and wellbeing. The Director will supervise two full-time, clinical staff and a number of part-time, contracted clinical staff. The Director will maintain close relationships with the Student Support Advisors, the Office of Student Support and Community Standards, the Office of Intercultural Education, the Office of Accessible Education, and other student life staff on matters pertaining to individual student health, collaboration on programmatic efforts, and the general welfare of the student body.

The Director will serve as the lead clinician in CAPS and will maintain an active clinical caseload, providing individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to students. In their role as lead clinician in CAPS, the Director will work in collaboration and partnership with the Director of Health Services regarding the coordination of patient care.

Administrative and Educational Responsibilities (50%)

  • Support the Office of Residence Life and Health Education to develop, implement, and assess a holistic wellness education model for the college

  • Create sustained, trusting relationships with students who lead the student organizations associated with Office of Intercultural Education

  • Support and collaborate with student organizations focused on supporting the wellbeing of the student community (e.g., Student Support Network, Active Minds) to develop educational and outreach programming for the community

  • Develop and manage the departmental budget

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, and performance management of all CAPS staff

  • With the support of the Student Affairs IT Manager, develop and maintain a comprehensive website for CAPS

  • Collaborate with medical providers, health educators, and athletic trainers

  • Serve as the liaison between the Student Affairs staff and CAPS staff

  • Attend the weekly Student Affairs staff meeting and serve as a member of the Bates Intervention Team (BIT) and the Coordinated Community Response Team for sexual violence prevention

  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Support and Community Standards regarding individual students of concern and medical leaves of absence for students

  • Collaborate with the Office of Accessible Education regarding student disabilities and the provision of reasonable accommodations and serve as a member of the committee determining reasonable housing accommodations

  • Serve as a resource for the college community and students groups on mental health and wellness advocacy issues

  • Ensure departmental compliance with applicable state and federal laws and mandates and relevant departmental policies and procedures

Lead Clinician (50%)

  • Collaborate with the CAPS team in the provision of clinical psychological counseling services

  • Maintain an active clinical caseload, providing individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to students

  • Direct psychological crisis intervention services

  • Actively partner with the Director of Health Services for coordination of care within the Health Center and with external providers

  • Provide consultation and guidance to faculty, staff, and parents

  • Maintain relationships with local off­-campus mental health resources and organizations and develop policies and procedures in the event of psychiatric hospitalizations to ensure continuity of care

  • Design and coordinate an on-call rotation to address crisis and emergency mental health situations during hours when CAPS is closed


This role requires an advanced degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Psychiatry, or Social Work (Ph.D. strongly preferred) and a minimum of five years of post-licensure clinical and supervisory experience is required. Prior experience in a higher education setting strongly preferred. The Director must have:

  • Valid clinical licensure in current state, with the ability to obtain licensure in Maine by September 1, 2016; date may be subject to negotiation but continued employment is contingent upon obtaining license

  • Experience in current college mental health issues including familiarity with the diversity of treatment modalities commonly used with this population

  • Experience supervising and evaluating clinical staff

  • Demonstrated experience building relationships quickly across cultures within the college, and to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, nationality, sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, etc.)

  • Experience with administrative duties and functions such as strategic planning, developing and implementing policies and procedures, budget planning and managing resources, and report writing

  • Supervisory and leadership experience and ability to build effective teams. Ability and interest in developing collaborations and working collaboratively

  • High level of personal and professional integrity, strong sense of ethics, and respect for privacy and confidentiality

  • Ability to effectively manage during crisis, with sensitivity

  • Demonstrated analytical skills to research and analyze data and information from a variety of sources to make sound recommendations and decisions

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, written communication, and public speaking skills and ability to lead group discussions

  • The ability to set priorities to achieve objectives and to manage multiple, diverse assignments/projects

  • Collaborative, problem-solving, planning, and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated success in supporting students from underrepresented groups, including students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, LGBTQ students, and low-income students

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  The priority deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.

This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening.

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Keyword Phrases

  • Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • principles of human dignity and diversity
  • one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges
  • Maine’s second largest urban area
  • Student Affairs and Services
  • Counseling
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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