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Position Title
Director of Counseling & Health Services

Suffolk University

Student Affairs

Salary Range
Not specified

Position Description
Reporting to the chief student affairs officer, the Director of Counseling & Health Services (CHS) provides visionary leadership to a mental health/medical health care organization that is forging new collaborations across disciplines and enhancing services in the delivery of holistic care supporting the health and wellness of a vibrant, diverse student body. Maximizing resources to respond to growing demands for services including expansion of educational outreach and prevention initiatives; monitoring clinical trends, evolving protocols and best practices, and establishing a culture of continuous improvement directed at providing effective, efficient high quality care; and hiring, supervising, and developing clinical, administrative, and support staff equipped to respond to student health needs, as well as complex compliance and confidentiality requirements are primary duties of the Director. As an experienced psychologist, the Director will lead the IACS accredited counseling center and APA accredited internship/training program, as well as maintain a small clinical practice serving Suffolk students as time allows. Additionally, the Director will manage the partnership contract with Massachusetts General Hospital and work collaboratively with the medical director who provides direct oversight for university clinical medical services including standards of practice in medicine, nursing, and staff management. The Director of CHS is an integral member of the student affairs division and works collaboratively with numerous units including dean of students, residence life & housing, international student services, academic support, diversity services, risk management, and university police and security to address coordinated support for student success as well as manage crises. The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining an annual operating budget of $320,000 and manages a team currently comprised of ten professionals—including eight direct reports, five administrative support staff members, three counseling interns, three graduate fellows, and a core group of student peer health educators. A full position description is available on the SJG website.

Minimum Qualifications
A doctoral degree in psychology, eligibility for licensure as a psychologist in Massachusetts, and minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility combining clinical work and counseling center administration are required. Experience working in a higher education setting and in a collaborative medical/mental health program model utilizing electronic health records preferred. Evidence of a strong student service orientation, experience working with diverse populations, and documented experience in staff and budget management, as well as an ability to analyze complex information and situations and direct appropriate action even under difficult circumstances are essential to success. Additionally, strategic planning skills, project management ability, excellent listening and communication capabilities, and a willingness to work flexible hours to meet the demands of the position will be important considerations in the selection of the Director of Counseling & Health Services.

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University Description
Founded in 1906, Suffolk University enrolls over 9,500 students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk Law School. Suffolk takes pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. The University takes the time to recognize each student’s promise, raise his or her expectations, and build important mentoring relationships. The University’s excellent academic programs emphasize high-quality teaching, small class size, and real-world career applications. The diverse student body hails from 45 states and 103 countries. Suffolk’s location in the heart of Boston, one of America’s most historic and innovative cities, provides a unique vantage point amid a myriad of political, cultural, academic, financial, and medical institutions. Suffolk University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status in its employment, admission policies, or in the administration or operation of, or access to, its academic and non-academic programs and policies. Visit the Suffolk University website at www.suffolk.edu

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Required Application Materials
Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, please submit all application materials not later than July 12, 2013 via the SJG website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the link Open Positions. Complete applications will consist of an online application form, position specific cover letter, and resume. SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is assisting Suffolk University with this search. For confidential inquiries, or to nominate an individual for this position, please email Valerie Szymkowicz, Senior Associate, (vbs@sjgsearch.com), or call 413-529-2895.

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July 12, 2013

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