Program Director – MS Clinical Counseling Program – Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Position Summary

The MS Clinical Psychology Program Director oversees the academic/programmatic components of the program and will be eligible for faculty appointment at a level commensurate with experience.  Position responsibilities include: 1) Oversight of student recruitment, admission, and retention through collaboration with internal departments (Strategic Enrollment, Admissions) and via participation in recruitment and orientation events; 2) Oversight of academic program development, as well as program policies and procedures.  Responsibilities within this domain include developing academic policies and procedures, monitoring compliance of these, and reviewing/updating all pertinent web-based materials and published documents related to curriculum development, evaluation and implementation. 3) Program administration responsibilities including but not limited to: advising the Chair on appropriate staffing for the courses of the program and supervising adjunct faculty assigned to the program; working with the associate director of clinical training to facilitate practicum placements for students; making budget requests and contributing to the budget planning activities of the Chair as needed to ensure the financial stability of the program; assisting with adjunct faculty hiring; in conjunction with program faculty, developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative relationships, activities and communication with other programs within the College; engaging with alumni and tracking proximal and distal program outcomes; participating in the department advisory board; 4) Teaching courses within the MS clinical counseling program and Psychology Department; 5) Participating in Department, College, and University service.

Who We Are

The MS Clinical Counseling Program is housed within the Department of Psychology at RFUMS and is designed as a full-time two-year terminal master’s program in which students, upon completion of the program and passing the national licensure examination, are eligible for licensure in the state of IL.  The Department consists of 10 full time doctoral-level faculty and offers a PhD program in clinical psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association) along with the MS Clinical Counseling program.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) is a graduate health sciences university committed to serving the population through the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving wellness. The university embodies the spirit of inquiry and excellence modeled by its namesake Dr. Rosalind Franklin, whose Photo 51 was crucial to solving the structure of DNA.

Today, the university’s 6 colleges continue Dr Franklin’s legacy through rigorous academics, pioneering research, and innovative community service. Our unique interprofessional education model allows students to learn from and with each other in a variety of settings, including our simulation labs, the student-led Interprofessional Community Clinic, and through partnerships with area hospitals and clinics. RFU is a national leader in interprofessional research and practices, and is nationally recognized for its research in areas including neuroscience, brain-related diseases, inherited disorders, proteomics, cancer cell biology and immunology, cardiac resuscitation, and gait and balance.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage the MS Clinical Counseling program 
  • Oversee the applicant evaluation process, including review of applications and conducting applicant interviews in collaboration with other department faculty to make admissions decisions
  • Work closely with outside clinical partners and Associate Director of Clinical Training to provide a robust clinical experience for students.
  • Provide training and supervision in practicum, internship, and program issues for university staff as needed
  • Respond to student questions and concerns 
  • Monitor student academic progression, serving as student advocate offering academic support and professional guidance as needed
  • Understand university academic policies, federal and state guidelines, and academic records 
  • Develop a plan and timeline for accreditation by APA, once that becomes possible 
  • Work with department faculty to establish measurable program outcomes, identify program strengths and challenges, and design and implement methods of addressing identified challenges
  • Work with the appropriate RFU departments in the preparation of informational materials, events, and other marketing efforts related to promoting the Clinical Counseling program to ensure that all literature, exhibiting, marketing, etc. is accurate and aligned with strategic planning, values, etc.
  • Maintain professional development through membership and participation with state, regional, and national associations, presentations at professional conferences, and continued involvement in academic and scholarly efforts
  • Maintain licensure/certification in specialty field
  • Participate in University committees and completes additional assignments at the discretion of the Dean, the Provost, and the President, as needed
  • Promote academic excellence and diversity in curriculum and faculty and student recruitment
  • Promote a graduate culture of scholarship, teaching, service, and practice
  • Teach courses in the Clinical Counseling program
  • Complete all required professional development activities as defined in the Faculty Handbook
  • Reasonable and consistent attendance to fulfill requirements of the position
  • Other duties as assigned

All full-time faculty members employed by RFUMS are expected to engage in activities that are considered core to their primary role as a faculty member. These activities may include teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Scholarly activities and/or clinical activities are negotiated and determined at the department level and are primarily based upon the faculty track.

Teaching responsibilities vary and may include:

  • Direct instruction
  • Curriculum management
  • Assessment
  • Advising and mentoring for students

Scholarly activities vary and may include:

  • Original scholarship
  • Grant procurement
  • Research mentoring

Service activities vary and may include internal and external contributions through:

  • Committees
  • Contributions to the profession
  • Recruitment
  • Direct patient care

Conditions of Employment

  • Must achieve satisfactory results from a background check
  • Must have proof of COVID 19 vaccination or a university approved exemption

Required Education & Experience

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited institution
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or license eligible if not licensed in IL

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated teaching and service record in higher education.
  • Experience with program development and evaluation.
  • Experience with curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Ability to work collegially and effectively with all necessary constituents (students, faculty, administration, leadership).
  • Dedication to excellence in didactics, service, and mentorship to students in graduate Clinical Counseling education
  • Commitment to implementing a student-focused approach to support student success
  • Ability to apply strategic and program planning, program and curriculum planning, development, and evaluation, technology implementation.
  • Ability to organize and direct work efforts and manage several competing priorities.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication, capability to receive and give direction.
  • Ability to communicate clearly to a variety of constituents in a diverse work environment.
  • Ability to communicate online including e-mail, chat rooms, videoconferencing and other technology based on communication media.
  • Ability to make presentations and represent the Clinical Counseling program in various media when called upon.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applications in the Microsoft Office Suite. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience as program director or in similar role
  • Ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas:  Ethics, Psychopharmacology, Trauma, and Career Counseling

Typical Physical Demands & Working Conditions

  • Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

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