2043 Assistant Director, Counseling Center


TITLE Assistant Director, Counseling Center




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Counseling Center


The Assistant Director, Counseling Center assists the Director, Counseling Center with the daily functioning of clinical operations and supervision and provides administrative supervision and oversight for a subgroup of Mental Health Clinicians. The Assistant Director, Counseling Center counsels University students with psychological or educational concerns and provides outreach and consultation.  The Assistant Director, Counseling Center takes a lead role in oversight and planning of training within the Counseling Center.


Education: A master's degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or a mental health discipline is required; a doctorate in psychology, counseling, or a mental health discipline is preferred.

Experience: At least five years of experience as a mental health clinician is required; clinical experience working in a college counseling center is required.  Experience supervising mental health clinicians is required.  Experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy is preferred.  Experience in providing tele mental health services is preferred.

Skills: Leadership skills are required.  Management skills are required. Supervisory skills are required.  Crisis assessment and intervention skills are required. A demonstrated commitment to principles of inclusion, social justice, and advocacy is required. Strong organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills are required. Dedication to collaboration and teamwork in a multidisciplinary setting is required. A commitment to the highest ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Demonstrated cultural competency in working with diverse cultures is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. 

Licensure: Professional licensure in the mental health field in Missouri or current licensure in another state and eligibility to become fully licensed in Missouri within 6 months of the date of employment is required.


1. In the absence of the Director,  provides  oversight  and  responsibility  for counseling  center  services.

2.  Facilitates the optimal functioning and well-being of University students by providing individual, couples, and group counseling.

3. Ensures that the concerns of clients are addressed in an appropriate manner through psychological assessment procedures and making referrals when indicated.

4. Promotes responsible care of Counseling Center clients by maintaining documentation of client contacts, consultations, and referrals in accordance with professional guidelines.

5. Ensures that the needs of students are addressed in emergency situations by providing crisis intervention services during office hours and after hours as needed.

6. Provides educational workshops by participating in proactive outreach programming.

7. Obtains additional relevant information and promotes self-understanding with clients by suggesting and interpreting psychological and vocational tests.

8. Facilitates the understanding of psychological issues and concerns of the University community by serving as a consultant for the University and the greater community.

9. Ensures that services are provided in an ethical and responsible manner by providing training and supervision for graduate students, support staff, student workers, and paraprofessionals.

10. Provides clinical supervision for staff seeking licensure.

11. Maintains and enhances the quality and relevance of services provided by the Center through on-going evaluation of all services.

12. Ensures optimal operations of the Counseling Center by conferring with the Director regarding administrative policies and procedures of the Center and the University.

13. Provides input and remains current on operations of the Counseling Center by attending staff meetings.

14.  Acquires training and experience in providing tele mental health services and in working with ethnic minorities and historically underrepresented individuals.

15. Remains knowledgeable about current trends in counseling, psychotherapy, and student development by participating in professional development through presentations, publications and memberships in professional organizations and obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as required by the state licensing and regulatory boards.

16. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. 

17. Contributes to overall functioning of the Counseling Center by completing all other tasks which are assigned by the Director, Counseling Center.


The Assistant Director, Counseling Center is supervised by the Director, Counseling Center and supervises interns, graduate students, and other staff as needed.


JULY 2020