The Director of the Counseling Center (UTCCC) manages the clinical team that provides counseling to approximately 13,000 UTC students, consultation/educational outreach to UTC staff and faculty in the areas of academic and personal concerns, provides mental health crisis intervention and emergency intervention as needed. The Director of the Counseling Center provides clinical supervision to staff clinicians for licensure, during crisis situations, as needed during case consultation and makes final decisions regarding dispositions and course of action in emergent situations. The Director determines when a student has met the threshold for breaking confidentiality, demonstrating SI/HI and diminished capacity, and seeks to inform relevant university services in order to maintain campus safety and ensure students' continued success. Finally, the director provides administrative supervision to all counseling center employees and manages the budget and allocates resources appropriately. Duties include:
Impacts all aspects of the UTCCC services including scheduling, initiating new programs offered by the UTCCC or in conjunction with other units or community stakeholders, hiring, and ensuring that comprehensive counseling services are offered to all UTC students; and determines needs for additional staff during peak hours and hours of operation depending on student needs.
Direct Clinical Care
Consists of holding a reduced caseload of ongoing clients; engaging in intake services as needed; completing emergency evaluations of students in distress during business hours; and providing clinical consultation to UTCCC staff and other UTC employees as needed.
Teach one graduate level Counselor Ed course each semester; serve as a member of the Faculty Organization and appropriate committees; partner with staff in all areas of the University to ensure that UTCCC programs are integrated into the mission of the University and are a central component of general mental wellness education and outreach efforts within the University; and serve on the UTC Academic Health Partnership committee.
Emergency Crisis Intervention
Available to coordinate mental health crisis response and intervention services for the UTCCC and communicates these procedures to other University units so that students are served with expediency; provides supervisions for on-call clinicians after-hours; serves as a back-up for on-call services, and engages in on-call services as a first line responder when needed; and engages with area mental health services providers, such as hospitals, in-patient psychiatric hospitals/clinics, psychiatrists and clinicians, to create a network of referrals for university students and staff/faculty as needed.
In addition to this, the Director will have shared responsibilities with an estimated or recommended 20% in the School of Professional Studies-Counselor Education program and 80% in the UTC Counseling Center. This allocation allows the Director to serve as a liaison between the service unit and academic unit. The individual will have earned clinical degrees from accredited programs and is licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to build and maintain a team from a diverse selection of staff
Ability to make decisions in emergency and crisis situations
Knowledge of the budget process and ability to maintain budget
Ability and knowledge to perform mental health care at the advanced practice level
Skills to obtain mental health histories, interpret diagnostic tests, and other treatments
Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020.
Internal Number: 195086
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.