Texas State University – Director, Counseling Center

Texas State University – Director, Counseling Center

With a student population of over 38,000, Texas State University is an Emerging Research and Hispanic-Serving University located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor. Founded in 1899 and currently the 16th largest public institution in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment, Texas State enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 66 countries. Students choose from 98 undergraduate, 90 masters, and 12 doctoral programs offered by ten colleges (Applied Arts, ­the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Honors, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, th­e Graduate College, and the University College). With a diverse campus community, including just over 50 percent of the student body from ethnic minorities, Texas State is one of the top 14 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation. Ideally situated on almost 600 acres across two campuses (San Marcos and Round Rock), Texas State is in the midst of the largest construction program in its history, experiencing an exciting period of growth with approximately $659 million in new construction, renovation, and expansion. The main campus in San Marcos boasts 209 buildings, including 24 campus residence halls and apartments.

Ranked as one of the fastest growing small cities in the U.S. in three of the past five years by the U.S. Census Bureau and listed in Forbes 2018 Best Places to Retire, San Marcos combines small-town charm with big-time energy. Located along the crystal-clear San Marcos River roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio and on the edge of the famous Texas Hill Country, San Marcos offers its 60,000+ residents the best of everything. With the area being widely known for hiking trails, spectacular views, fields of wildflowers, world-class gourmet dining, and a rich cultural history, it’s no wonder the Texas State students call it “San Marvelous!”

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serving as a member of the Student Affairs Council, the Director of the Counseling Center is responsible for general oversight of the Counseling Center, which is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and has an American Psychological Association-accredited training program. This position is responsible for direct oversight and management of the Counseling Center to include personnel management, budget management, formative and summative operations evaluation, policy formation, logistics, and strategic planning. The Director also serves as the primary liaison from the Counseling Center to the University and surrounding community. As a licensed psychologist, the Director provides direct counseling and education services to students; consultation to students, faculty, and staff; and clinical supervision to doctoral interns. The Director ensures staff and programs work collaboratively and effectively with other Student Affairs departments, faculty, and staff.


Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology, or a related field, and applicants must be licensed or license-eligible to practice psychology in the state of Texas. Candidates must possess a minimum of five years of post-doctoral experience in a mental health setting with at least three years of experience in a college or university counseling setting in a supervisory or administrative role at the level of Assistant Director or above. Successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds, passion for enhancing student learning, and an understanding of student development and the role of the counseling center. In addition, candidates will possess active experience in crisis intervention and emergency management operations within a university setting; documented experience in staff and budget management; strategic planning and organizational skills; and exceptional interpersonal and verbal skills. Preferred qualifications include a doctoral degree from an APA accredited program in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology; experience as a clinical supervisor for doctoral and master level trainees; demonstrated leadership and management experience in a college or university Student Affairs division; experience collaborating with other Student Affairs departments, faculty, and staff to promote student retention; and prior experience as a director of a Counseling Center.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 12, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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 Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions. Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.