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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Job no: 494588
Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Administration, Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) oversees and directs all services provided by CAPS and is responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of students, the Student Affairs division, and the College at large. The Director provides clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and leadership regarding the provision of mental health services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming, and student support groups for a variety of different topics.

The Director serves as a key liaison to other departments, administrators, faculty, and staff on mental health issues, policies, and practices; provides supervision, professional development, and evaluation of professional and support staff; manages the operational budget and setting of priorities for resource utilization; directs clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation with students, faculty, and staff; and leads CAPS in the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and continual improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles. As a licensed clinician, the Director provides direct counseling and education services to students. The Director also oversees a multidisciplinary internship/training program.

Essential Responsibilities:
The Director has responsibility for and is expected to:
● Provide executive vision and leadership to comprehensive counseling and psychological services program in support of student learning in a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college setting.
● Facilitate strategic planning leading to quality improvements, efficiencies, and effective delivery of services; foster planning and decision-making informed by internal and external data derived from sound assessment, trends, and best practices.
● Encourage innovation in services and delivery methods to advance new initiatives critical to the success of Swarthmore College students and in response to institutional growth and priorities and changing needs of students and the community.
● Provide supervision to the team of licensed mental health professionals, including hiring, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
● Develop a strong, collaborative staff culture and support the professional development of the clinical staff and interns/trainees.
● Provide direct clinical care to students, including re-entry evaluations, and consultation to other CAPS counselors to assist with patient management as required.
● Manage and supervise emergency on-call service.
● Competently manage fiscal resources, space, and equipment.
● Expand utilization of technology in delivering services.
● Ensure compliance with applicable Commonwealth of Pennsylvania laws governing the provision of mental health services and with professional ethics guiding the work of CAPS’ diverse staff.
● Establish appropriate liaisons with other College departments, federal, state, and community mental health agencies.
● Direct the administrative operations, and establish, review, and update policies and procedures to support staff and student needs.
● Provide consultation to campus threat assessment teams and processes, including participation in assessment and management of individuals of concern and serving as a resource on crisis response, health, and safety concerns.
● Enhance relationships and foster partnerships with a broad base of campus and community stakeholders that result in improved delivery of services and programs to benefit students and college departments.
● Serve as a member of the student affairs leadership team and the Student CARE Team (a multidisciplinary students-of-concern team); provide counsel to senior leadership on matters related to the mental health of students and the campus community.
● Serve on departmental, divisional, college, state and/or national committees as required and assigned.

Required Qualifications:
● Earned doctorate in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or a related mental health care discipline.
● Current licensure in Pennsylvania or current licensure in another state and eligible to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania
● Minimum of five years of progressive experience, including supervising multidisciplinary clinicians and managing clinical programs and services.
● Strong fiscal management skills and experience managing departmental funds.
● Ability to work collaboratively with campus partners, including working closely with colleagues in Student Health and Wellness Services to provide comprehensive care and support to Swarthmore students.
● Understanding of contemporary best practices in the delivery of comprehensive counseling and psychological services.
● Understanding of and appreciation for the values of residential liberal arts colleges rooted in Quaker traditions, including respect for the individual, consensus decision-making, and social responsibility.
● Proven record of success and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the ability to meet the mental health needs of a diverse population.
● Familiarity with relevant ethical and legal issues.
● Strong crisis management skills.
● Familiarity or direct experience with college, university, and medical school training programs.
● Effective leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
● Experience applying and using technology, including electronic health records, to enhance the delivery and evaluation of programs and services.
● Experience with adolescent and young adult/college aged patients, preferably in a college or university setting.

Application Process

Swarthmore College has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to The subject line of the email should read “Swarthmore – Director, CAPS.”  Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Gordon Winsor, Consultant and Project Director for Executive Search, at Applications received by September 17, 2021, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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