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Counseling Services Director

Health and Counseling

Reed College seeks an experienced and dedicated leader to be our next Counseling Services Director. The Counseling Services Director oversees the counseling operations of the Reed Health and Counseling Center (HCC). The Director works closely with the Medical Services Director and Administrative Manager to lead a collaborative and integrated team of clinical and administrative staff. The Counseling Director reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Health and Well-being, and provides clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and leadership regarding the equitable and inclusive provision of mental health services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups for a variety of different topics. The Counseling Services Director serves as the primary liaison from counseling services to the College and surrounding community and is the  lead clinician and primary point of contact for parents, faculty, staff, hospitals and outside providers for issues relating to student mental health. The Director works collaboratively with HCC staff, other campus departments and with community partners and providers to coordinate services as needed.

The Counseling Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration and supervision of a multi-disciplinary team of counseling staff. The Counseling Director is responsible for compiling clinic utilization data for review and analysis to inform clinic service delivery practices and policies. The Counseling Director provides direct mental health services to students including triage, outreach, and consultation. Professional responsibilities include a clinical load of approximately 10-15% direct patient care. The Director serves as an advisor to HCC colleagues and is responsible for final decision-making on high acuity, complex mental health situations pertaining to students.

The Director is responsible for assessing and optimizing the quality of counseling services in keeping with the overall mission and goals of the HCC, Student Life Division, and Reed College. This includes budgetary planning, appropriate staffing based on trend data and available resources, HCC policies and procedures, implementation of up-to-date counseling guidelines and standards of practice and quality improvement activities, including efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all dimensions of the clinic’s work.

The Director implements successful recruitment and retention strategies to ensure a highly qualified and diverse staff and an excellent, equitable, and inclusive clinic culture. The Director coordinates with the HCC staff and equity team, Student Life, and Human Resources to optimize recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision processes.

This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. The salary for this position ranges from $97,000 - $110,000, depending on licensure (master's level at $97,000, doctorate level at $110,000). Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You have a strong understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults.
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of counseling best practices and methods and are committed to the best professional practices in college student mental healthcare.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to multicultural competence in mental health service provision. You have extensive knowledge about equity, diversity, and inclusion and social justice theories, methods, and practices.
  • You are self-aware, in terms of understanding your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • You are able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse college community including students, parents, and staff members.
  • You demonstrate strong interpersonal skills to communicate with colleagues who work in multiple disciplines.
  • You have impeccable integrity and the highest ethical standards.
  • You enjoy working in a fast paced and busy environment where priorities may change quickly, people would describe you as flexible.
  • You give thoughtful feedback and are equally comfortable receiving it.
  • You are an experienced leader and are comfortable managing high acuity, complex patient scenarios.  

What You’ll Do

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for counseling services and for mental health priorities on campus; manage day-to-day operations, communications, and ensure adequate staffing for daily provision of services.
  • Establish administrative and clinical policies and procedures to ensure the optimal provision of high-quality and timely mental health services to a diverse student population.
  • Establish annual departmental goals, allocate staff and financial resources, communicate with key stakeholders across the College, and support the broader student success mission of Student Life.
  • Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of counseling services as a student-centered facility, including strategic planning and needs assessment.
  • Develop and implement innovative methods of delivery of services based on needs of students.
  • Recruit, hire, train, mentor and evaluate the clinical staff to ensure quality of care standards are met. Assign work activities, projects, and programs and monitor workflow. Review, evaluate, and communicate progress.
  • Provide risk assessment and crisis intervention for students in crises and provide 24-hour crisis consultation to Student Life staff as part of a weekly on-call rotation schedule.


Master’s or doctoral degree (MA, MFT, MSW, PsyD, PhD or EdD) in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or related fields. Licensed or eligible to obtain licensure in the State of Oregon; Five years of progressively responsible relevant counseling experience, including administrative and supervision experience and experience working in or leading a clinical training program; A proven track record of carrying out equity and social justice efforts; Experience formulating and implementing counseling services policy; At least two years experience working in a college or university setting is highly preferred.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. However, priority will be given to those who apply before Monday, April 27, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.