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Associate Director, Counseling & Training
Student Affairs
Health Center
Full time
Full time salaried

The Associate Director for Counseling & Training is a mental health clinician who is responsible for managing the Counseling Program at the University’s Health & Counseling Center. This position is responsible for providing broader campus leadership on mental health of the University’s students. This position also provides direct clinical services to students and supervises and coordinates the psychology training program.

This is a full-time, 11-month, exempt position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick & vacation time, tuition remission benefits starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

The full job description is available at: http://bit.ly/ADC_T

This posting was posted on March 9, 2020, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

*Please see the end of the “Requirements” section for supplemental questions that we request applicants respond to as part of the application packet.

Ensures that the Counseling Program within the Health & Counseling Center provides integrated, comprehensive, high-quality, and cost-effective mental health services to students by:

Providing direct services to students of the University including counseling and evaluation, outreach, and crisis response services;

Ensuring access to after-hours crisis response and care for students through partners such as ProtoCall and Project Respond, and overseeing counseling follow up when such support services are accessed;

Providing leadership for the development of culturally-appropriate services that meet the needs of a diverse student population;

Participating as a member of the Health & Counseling Center’s leadership team;

In conjunction with the Director of the Health & Counseling Center, manage the discretionary and counseling-related portions of the annual budget;

Updating Counseling Program policies and procedures and addressing potential legal and liability issues associated with providing mental health services; 

Supervising Counseling Program staff;

Acting as lead user of Electronic Health Record for the Counseling Program.

Serves as a resource for the campus community by:

Being available to consult with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students; 

Promoting the health and wellness of individuals, and contributing where appropriate to facilitating the health and wellness of the University community;

Serving as advisor of the University’s chapter of Active Minds;

Acting as a liaison to the JED Foundation Campus Program.

Oversees psychology training program by:

Recruiting, interviewing, and selecting trainees annually;

Ensuring a high-quality training experience for counseling or clinical psychology trainees.

Perform additional responsibilities according to the needs of the Center and/or at the request of supervisor or designee.

Education and Experience

Required: Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology.

Required: 3+ years’ post-licensure experience.

Required: 2+ years’ experience supervising clinical staff.

Preferred: Experience providing clinical services in a collegiate mental health setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to learn, understand, respect, and support the University’s mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.

Effectiveness and experience in working in interdisciplinary clinical and educational settings.

Demonstrated competence and commitment to diversity and inclusion and clear ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Extensive knowledge of campus-based mental health systems and understanding of how those systems fit within the larger context of a university.

Possess knowledge of applicable laws, ethical standards, and practice guidelines.

Experience and effectiveness in administration of health or mental health systems (e.g., staff evaluation, budget, planning, and policy development).

Has ability to receive direction and to give direction effectively.

Experience and effectiveness as a supervisor of mental health professionals. Demonstrated ability to give corrective feedback and facilitate staff development.

Expertise and effectiveness in short-term therapy, crisis intervention, and diagnostic issues common in a college environment.

Professionalism including punctuality, organization, timely and accurate documentation, and effective and professional verbal and written communication skills.

Models professionalism and excellence and inspires confidence in others via interpersonal manner and expertise.

Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes.

Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals and organizations within and outside the University.

Ability to effectively utilize electronic medical/counseling records, Microsoft Office, and other software programs. Ability to use and learn computers, technology, software, and applications at level of sophistication required for the duties of the position.

Certificates and Licenses

Required: Licensed or license eligible as a psychologist in Oregon.

Physical Requirements

Frequently: sit, perform desk-based computer tasks; read; write by hand; sort and file paperwork; use a telephone.

Occasionally: stand and walk; twist; lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

Frequently: interact and communicate with others persons (including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the University).

As necessary: attend events on or off campus.

Working Conditions

Hours of employment: will require working flexible or irregular hours as necessitated by areas and programs, including early mornings, regular business hours, evenings, nights, overnight hours, weekends, and holidays.

Work-related stress: stress from work-related situations such as those involving challenging, urgent, time-sensitive, or multiple matters.

*All University of Portland positions require the ability to use and/or learn to use in a timely manner current or new technologies, software, and applications at level of proficiency and sophistication required for duties of the position. In most situations, the necessity of learning, using, and/or supporting new technologies, software, and/or applications does not change a job description nor make the position one that involves higher level duties.

Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.

Supplemental Questions

1. Why are you interested in this position at the University of Portland?

2. What are your areas of work-related strength? What are work-related areas that you would like to improve?

3. Please explain what diversity, inclusion, and equity means to you. Please describe your education and work-related experiences applicable to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Cover Letter, References, Resume, Supplemental Questions

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.