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Position Title
Director of Counseling Services

Columbia College

Division of Student Affairs

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Position Description
The Director of Counseling Services at Columbia College in Columbia, SC serves as a personal counselor to students in the Women’s College and is a contributing member of the Student Affairs staff. She/he consults regularly with faculty, staff, and students. The skilled mental health practitioner who fills this position must possess a passion for helping students achieve academic and personal
success through individual counseling, support groups, outreach programming and training. The Director guides and evaluates the counseling functions based on the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Council for the Advancement of Standards for Student Services/Development Programs (CAS), and the Mission and strategic plan of Columbia College. The
Director of Counseling Services is expected to be a visible and active member of the campus community. This is a full-time position reporting to the Dean of Students.

1. Provide direct short-term counseling with full-time students of the Women’s College, including crisis
2. Keep accurate records of services to comply with professional standards.
3. Plan and facilitate outreach programming and support groups focused on developmental, personal and
academic needs of students, collaborating with other campus constituents when appropriate.
4. Conduct assessments, referrals and consultations to support students with behavioral health needs.
5. Respond to referrals and CARE reports submitted by faculty, staff and student leaders.
6. Provide relevant psycho-educational programming and resource information for students on topics related to healthy relationships, self-care, emotion management,
7. Participate in the training of Resident Advisors, Orientation Leaders, STEMs and elected student leaders as needed.
8. Assist with New Student Orientation planning and implementation, including sessions planned for parents and family members.
9. Establish an off-campus referral network for further treatment, assistance for and support of students.
10. Participate in weekend on-call system.
11. Manage all aspect of the Counseling Services Office including the budget, confidential student files,
updating forms, maintaining files, assessment, data collection, writing annual reports, policy development,
ensuring compliance with legal guidelines and best practices in college counseling.
12. Review, update and revise the “Columbia College Guidelines for Responding to Student Crises” on an annual basis. Lead the related training and debriefing sessions for the On-Call Administrators, Live-In Staff and Campus Police.
13. Serve as a member of the Student Affairs team, participating in staff meetings, retreats, and events,
etc., as directed by the Dean of Students.
14. Strategically plan, through assessment and collaboration with the Student Affairs staff and others,
to carry out the mission and values of Columbia College.
15. Serve on College Committees as appointed by the President of the College.
16. Maintain state and/or other appropriate
professional counselor licensure through training and educational experiences.
17. Other duties as assigned.

The compensation package for this position includes a competitive salary and full college benefits. Licenses and an unofficial transcript must be provided for copying at the time of interview. EOE M/F/D/V

For more information about Columbia College, visit our website at www.columbiasc.edu

Minimum Qualifications

1. No less than a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or social work from an accredited college or
2. Licensed or license-eligible within 2 years, in the state of South Carolina.
3. Three to five years full-time professional work experience in a setting of higher education. Previous
professional experience in a college counseling center strongly preferred.
4. Knowledge and demonstrated skills in individual and group counseling methods and the ability to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relations with clients.
5. A working understanding of the developmental, psychological and emotional needs of college-aged women.
6. A demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse populations of students.
7. Excellent organizational, administrative and communication skills.

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Required Application Materials
If interested in applying for this position, submit a resume with cover letter, the names and contact information for three professional references, and the college application to Brett Welsh, Search Committee Chair, Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29203. Application materials may also be submitted electronically to bwelsh@columbiasc.edu. Review of applications will begin November 19, 2012 and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Application Deadline

Starting Date
January 2, 2012

Send Applications To:
Brett Welsh

Mailing Address
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

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