Reporting directly to the vice president for student affairs and serving as a key member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT), the executive director (ED) of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) serves as the chief clinician and strategic leader for CAPS. The executive director manages a team of 25 professional staff in the areas of clinical services for the Chicago and Evanston campuses, sport psychology, psychiatry, outreach and education services and training and postdoctoral supervision (see the organizational chart in the appendix of this document). CAPS carries a salary budget of $3.9 million and a non-personnel budget of $202,000. The executive director coordinates CAPS operations and policies including the direct oversight and management of personnel, budget, assessment, policy formation, logistics and strategic planning. The executive director also serves as a member of the CAPS staff, providing clinical, supervisory, outreach, and consultation services and acts as a critical member of the collaborative support and crisis management teams for the university.
Provides strategic leadership for CAPS, including clinical services, sport psychology, psychiatry, professional training, and outreach and education components of a comprehensive counseling and psychological services organization for all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.
Plans and manages critical operational components of the CAPS organization, including annual budget, annual reporting, fundraising, clinical record retention and maintenance, mental health insurance, recruitment, training and supervision of eight CAPS leadership staff.
Ensures the CAPS team provides direct services to students including crisis intervention, consultation, assessment, individual and group therapy, case management, and referral.
Oversees and leads the Mental Health Advisory Board.
Conducts group outreach to student groups, new students, parents and other workshop presentations.
Develops and maintains relationships with local clinical and community resources including private practices and hospitals.
Serves as critical component of crisis management and collaborative support teams, and as a member of key university committees, including but not limited to the student insurance oversight committee, Emergency Management Team, Behavioral Consultation Team, and Care and Coordination team.
Consults with psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy patients.
Performing other related duties as required or assigned.
A terminal degree in a mental health profession with licensure or immediate license-eligibility in the State of Illinois.
Demonstrated at least seven years of experience as a licensed mental health provider, with at least four years of experience in a university counseling center.
Demonstrated at least four years of direct supervision of licensed mental health professionals.
Demonstrated at least four years of administrative experience leading a complex, cohesive and interdisciplinary team.
Direct experience in the provision of crisis intervention and consultation.
Direct and demonstrated experience with and commitment to working with diverse clients and staff, including individuals from ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds and individuals representing varying sexual orientations.
Direct evidence of incorporating cultural competencies and equity practices into training and development of a counseling and psychological services team.
Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of collegiate mental health and higher education law and ethics.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Direct experience with creating policies and procedures relevant to the successful operation and leadership of a counseling and psychological services program.
Direct budget management experience.
Direct experience with assessment and data driven decision-making.
A doctoral level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA approved program.
Demonstrated at least four years of leading a university counseling center.
Demonstrated experience with developing a recruitment, retention, training, and development strategy for staff organizational health.
Demonstrated expertise in mental health and developmental issues of college students at a highly competitive university.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Direct evidence of implementation of student learning objectives as part of strategic planning, program development and participation in a Division of Student Affairs.
Expertise in clinical assessment
Demonstrated commitment to continued personal and professional development.
Experience with presentations and marketing.
Direct experience with leadership in professional associations for counseling and psychological services.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.