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Director of Counseling & Testing

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Counseling & Testing

Salary Range
This is a full-time, 12-month position, which includes a State of Wisconsin benefits package.

Position Description
Positioned along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Counseling & Testing. The Director of Counseling & Testing position at UW-L is an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students. The student-centered culture at UW-L is what makes our university special.

Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, the Director oversees the administration, coordination, and operation of the university Counseling & Testing Center (CTC). The Director provides leadership and education to the university in its response to mental health related issues; provides counseling services, crisis intervention, and outreach services for students; maintains compliance with accreditation standards; directs campus mental health outreach programs; and serves on the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team. The Director recruits, trains, supervises, mentors, and evaluates counseling and support staff personnel. In addition, the Director is the primary supervisor for post-doctoral residents. The ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere is essential. The successful applicant will work with students, faculty, staff, parents and community members of diverse populations and various cultural backgrounds. UW-L believes that we are all enriched by exposure to differing ideas, opinions and cultures. The institution strongly feels that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical and integral to fostering excellence as a nationally recognized leader in the arena of higher education, to that end we strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people, and strongly encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The UW-L Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) offers comprehensive counseling services and works closely with the campus Student Health Center to offer medical and psychiatric services as appropriate. Our campus values the importance of mental health, and the CTC staff works in close collaboration with numerous campus offices and constituents. Our testing center offers a variety of national testing programs such as ACT, Praxis, and GRE to UW-L students and local community members. Additionally, counseling center staff may provide psychological assessments and interpretation for clients and groups. CTC also offers workshops and individual sessions focusing on academic skills such as test preparation and managing test anxiety. Our growing training program provides support for Master’s level practicum students and post-doctoral residents.

Minimum Qualifications
- Doctorate in Psychology, Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology or related field.

- Minimum 3 years licensed experience.

- Hold or be eligible for State of Wisconsin certification as a Licensed Psychologist within six months of employment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in a university Counseling Center or other significant administrative or managerial experience in a mental health care setting. Five years total as a professional staff member in a mental health setting.

- Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention and issues related to college student populations.

- Ability to plan and implement a strategic plan and understand the role of counseling & testing services in a university setting.

- Creativity in assessing student and campus needs and adapting service delivery as appropriate.

- Ability to complete multiple tasks, handle emergencies and unexpected situations in a timely manner as well as assess and prioritize departmental needs and resources.

- Strong conflict management skills and ability to solve problems, set goals, negotiate compromise, settle personality differences, and resolve conflicts.

- Experience in supervising clinical staff and/or trainees.

- Experience and appreciation for the role of group modality.

- Experience presenting to groups or in a teaching setting.

- Ability to develop and administer budgets.

- Capacity to determine appropriate employee expectations and hold individuals appropriately accountable to those expectations.

- Experience in developing and implementing preventative mental health outreach programs.

- Knowledge of relevant legal and ethical requirements for counseling services and mental health professionals.

- Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.

- Experience with electronic medical records.

University Description
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as "... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of "America’s Best Colleges" for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

Region Description
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

Required Application Materials
A complete application must include a cover letter, vitae, and contact information for three references (address, telephone number, e-mail address). If you have any questions about this position, please contact Angie Lee, Search and Screen Chair, at alee@uwlax.edu. Visit http://www.uwlax.edu/hr/ to submit an application. UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/

Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled with priority given to applications submitted on or before July 2, 2013.

Starting Date
The preferred start date will be September 1, 2013.

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