University of Dayton Director, Counseling Center

University of Dayton

Director, Counseling Center


The University of Dayton (UD), founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top-ten Catholic research university located on a beautiful 388-acre campus in Dayton, Ohio. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community. With more than 11,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, UD is Ohio’s second largest private institution of higher education. More than 90 percent of the University’s first-year undergraduate students and 85 percent of all undergraduates live in residence halls, apartments, and approximately 400 University-owned porch-clad houses in the student neighborhood, making UD one of the most residential campuses in the country.


The University of Dayton is seeking a visionary, innovative, and collaborative leader and strong clinician to serve as the director, counseling center. Reporting to the assistant vice president, student health and wellbeing, and serving as a member of both the student development leadership team and the health and wellbeing team, the director of the counseling center is responsible for general oversight within an IACS accredited college counseling center, which is also in the process of becoming an APA accredited doctoral training site. Through an approach of prevention, education, treatment, and care, the Counseling Center team is missioned to provide a positive impact on the mental health, wellbeing, and academic success of all students through services that promote resiliency, capacity building, and facilitate optimal student development and growth.


This position plays a vital role in the assessment of counseling staff clinical competencies, evaluating intake protocol, ensuring appropriate treatment planning and documentation, providing crisis intervention and management, expanding outreach initiatives, and developing a strong referral network. The ideal candidate for this position will provide leadership, vision, financial management, policy formation, assessment and strategic planning to enhance the delivery of comprehensive mental health initiatives and psychological services. The successful candidate must be dedicated to reducing barriers to care that exist for communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. Further, the director will be called upon to regularly inform university leadership on mental health issues that affect University of Dayton students in an environment that embodies Catholic Marianist values, is primarily residential, and encompasses traditional age students.


Minimum required qualifications include seven years of relevant and progressive professional clinical experience in administering collegiate mental health services and a minimum of two years of supervision of professional staff or comparable experience. Applicants must hold independent clinical licensure as a PhD or PsyD in Counseling or Clinical/Counseling Psychology. The successful candidate will have expert knowledge of the mental health needs and concerns of a college-aged population, possess active experience in crisis intervention and emergency management operations within a university setting and the ability to work on an on-call basis as a part of a 24/7 crisis response system that may require the person to respond to campus or a hospital/mental health facility after hours. In addition, candidates will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with various constituents; articulated passion for promoting holistic wellbeing and enhancing student learning; attention to detail; and excellent written communication skills.


Preferred qualifications include four years of successful supervisory experience in a clinical setting with knowledge of best practices in staff development, group dynamics and leading organizational change and demonstrated integrity, dependability, sound judgment, teambuilding, and resourcefulness to establish and maintain collaborative, positive, and effective working relationships with multiple constituency groups. Further, it would be beneficial for candidates to have proven success working with a range of culturally and ethnically diverse populations, and evidence of commitment to fostering equity, inclusion, and a collaborative multicultural environment.


License Requirement: applicants must currently hold independent licensure as a PhD or PsyD in counseling or clinical/counseling psychology and will be required to obtain Ohio licensure within six months of their start date and must maintain that licensure throughout the duration of employment.


Review of applications will begin February 26, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


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To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities or on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.