Director of Counseling

University of Alaska Anchorage  |  Anchorage, AK

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Posted 2 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Director of Counseling

Job Type: Administrative Counseling Services Health/Wellness/Drug and Alcohol Management
Location: Anchorage, AK
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 15,000 Students
Employer ID: 31117
Application Deadline: 06/21/2019

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Additional Compensation:
Housing for Position:
None provided
Additional Compensation:
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Other
5-7 Years

Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Other
5-7 Years

Position Description

The Director of Counseling at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a key decision-maker in the operation and strategic direction of a comprehensive college counseling program. This includes the administrative supervision of the mental health professionals in the University’s Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC). Further, the position provides clinical services to students while maintaining responsibility for effective upkeep of the counselor-on-call program which provides night/weekend mental health support to students. The position collaborates across campus units to develop effective strategies to create and maintain healthy environments through the prevention of and intervention in psychological and behavioral issues. The Director also works in collaboration with the Dean of Students and the Director of Student Health to develop institutional policies, procedures, and guidelines that inform the University’s response to individual health needs as well as events that impact student health on campus. Specific skills that will be important for the Director will include a focus on the coordination and provision of direct client services, engagement in data-informed decision making, knowledge of current trends in college mental health care services. The Director will be called upon to regularly inform university leadership on mental health issues that impact UAA students and the services that are necessary to support students.


Clinical Practice: Provide diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic mental health illnesses.

Clinical Supervision: Oversee the competent and ethical clinical practice of all mental health care providers in the SHCC. Provide resource information/treatment when necessary to providers.

Supervise staff, oversee scheduling of patients, plan and direct the campus mental health care programs. Supervise 6 psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners and a psychiatric consultant. Recruit, hire, credential, train, supervise, evaluate and terminate staff. Oversee the development, implementation and review of SHCC programs. Oversee operation of Counselor-on-Call schedule (night/weekend/holiday coverage) to ensure program efficacy/stability.

Serve as a spokesperson for SHCC. Coordinate with other student affairs departments and other university units to promote healthy environments on campus and in the community. Serve as a member of the UAA behavioral intervention team (Care Team) representing the SHCC as liaison on students engaged with the Center. Analyze and resolve significant problems, develop policies regarding students, professional referrals, provide problem solving, establish long-range, strategic goals. As a part of the Division of Student Development and Student Affairs leadership team, this position provides leadership, supervision, advocacy and administration of programs and services to assist students in being successful in the university setting. The Director reports to the Dean of Students and works collaboratively with Division of Student Affairs leadership to accomplish divisional and university goals. The Director partners with UAA staff, academic departments and faculty, and external agencies in service and program delivery. The Director works particularly closely with the Director of Student Health to ensure comprehensive medical care for UAA students.

Maintain compliance with state and federal codes, regulations, ethical standards and Board of Regents Policies and Regulations through interpretation and application. Implement policies, and procedures as well as manage operating budget.

Conduct campus community mental health needs assessment and provide outreach to the UAA community. Coordinate and provide outreach projects to the campus community. Coordinate public health care services required by other departments on campus. Identify new services and opportunities for process improvement.


The Director of Counseling will work in close collaboration with the other Directors within the sphere of the Dean of Students Office (Student Health, Disability Support Services, Student Conduct, Multicultural Affairs, Native Student Services, CARE Team, and Residence Life). The Director has primary responsibility for leadership of all aspects of mental health services provided at the Student Health and Counseling Center at UAA. Specific areas of responsibility include oversight and guidance of the development and implementation of comprehensive college counseling program and demonstrated ability to provide the following: 

- Expert mental health assessment/diagnostic skills. 
- On-call afterhours and weekend counseling services.
- Knowledge of medical/legal documentation.
- Presentation, public speaking and teaching skills.
- Knowledge and interpretation of a wide variety of health care related regulations: professional, state, and Federal guidelines and/or mandates relating to health care and the confidentiality of records, as well as professional, ethical and legal codes of conduct.
- Skill in fiscal planning, budget management, goal setting and decision making.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with healthcare providers, including ability to supervise and lead a team.
- Ability to treat and assess complex mental health cases.
- Ability to design, implement, assess and administer programs to support student needs in a higher education environment.
- Ability to actively participate in long range strategic planning for a university unit and division.
- Experience working with diverse populations of students, parents, staff and university community members.
- Experience in organizational leadership, personnel management, decision-making, and conflict management. 
- Experience in assessment of student services activities and proven knowledge of the use of information to improve functions, services, and programs.
- Demonstrated ability to perform and lead in a team environment, build consensus, and lead organizational change. 
- Commitment to student-centered approach to healthcare.

Required Experience:

- Significant experience providing mental health counseling.
- Experience in a supervisory position.
- Experience with fiscal management.
- The ability to function independently with minimum supervision.
- Significant experience in progressively responsible positions in the mental health care field. 
- Ability to work with traditional and non-traditional students in a diverse environment with a demonstrated record of service to diverse populations including active-duty and veteran students.

Typical Education or Training:

Master’s degree or higher in an applied mental health field (e.g., Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy) from an accredited institution. A minimum of 7-10 years of experience as a professional clinical counselor serving clients and 5 years of experience supervising mental healthcare providers. Licensure, or the ability to gain such, in the State of Alaska within 60 days of employment and the maintenance of licensure for the duration of employment. 

Strong preference will be given to candidates that possess experience in the provision mental health care in a higher education environment.

Position Information:

Grade 83, Regular, Exempt, Full-time, 12 months per year

Application Instructions:

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Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references (to include a current or recent supervisor).

Review Date:

June 21, 2019

Job Requirements

Please see position description.

Application Information

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