Positions in Counseling Centers

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University of California, Merced

Counseling and Psychological Services

Salary Range
Commensurate with experience

Position Description
Under the supervision of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Wellness, the Director will provide administrative leadership and supervision for CAPS. The Director will ensure students are provided with optimum, comprehensive counseling services in support of their personal, social, academic, and career goals. Major responsibilities include: managing and supervising CAPS staff, clinical operations, outreach programs, budgets, and daily operations; coordinating short-term solution-oriented treatment for students experiencing the full range of DSM 5 pathology; consulting with staff administrators, faculty, parents, and students to facilitate coordination of care for students; managing the CAPS crisis intervention protocols and procedures, and serving as a consultant to University officials on risk reduction and threat assessment; collaborating with professionals within and outside of the Division of Student Affairs in developing programs for the prevention of psychological and behavioral problems and that promote strengths and capacities to optimize healthy student development; providing leadership and vision for CAPS, including development of departmental strategic plans, annual goals, and assessment of clinical operations and services.

The Director must have excellent clinical skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and be able to effectively communicate and interact with peers, staff, faculty and administrators to maintain a cooperative and collaborative approach in the care and well-being of our diverse, multicultural student population. Excellent crisis intervention and consultation skills are essential in this position. The successful Director must have a strong commitment to diversity and social justice.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology. Licensed or license-eligible as a
psychologist in California.
Must be able to pass background check for credentialing purposes.
Previous experience in a University Counseling Center, required/preferred.
Knowledge of the general organization and operations of the University; and ability to establish and sustain communication with faculty and staff regarding the psychological needs of students.
Detailed knowledge of developmental issues and problems typically encountered by college students.
Working knowledge of the APA Ethical Code of Conduct and the California Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Psychology.
Knowledge of the utilization of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s (DSM) 4 and 5 in identifying patient diagnosis of mental disorders.
Demonstrated competence with diverse populations.
Knowledge of appropriate ethical, legal, and University standards and regulations.
Skill to establish professional work relationships with all units and campus personnel, clients, members of the public and off-campus agencies in a respectful manner.
Experience in staff hiring, supervision and evaluation.
Ability to supervise unlicensed staff.
Ability to follow safe work standards and encourage same in others.
Knowledge and experience in program evaluation.
Knowledge of the functions and goals of the Center and ability to appropriately interpret and act on them in response to the inquiries and needs of related University agencies.
Ability to conduct research, analyze results, and share findings.
Competence in giving group presentations, lectures, and workshops aimed at bringing a psychological perspective to bear on University life.
Knowledge of group counseling theory and ability to teach and consult about group process.
Ability to work with complex counseling cases.
Ability to deal effectively with high levels of stress, emotionality, and ambiguity.
Budget development knowledge.
Ability to communicate in a variety of methods (e.g. email, telephone).

Desired Qualifications

University Description

The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 5,600 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

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Required Application Materials
Apply online at: http://jobs.ucmerced.edu/n/staff/position.jsf?positionId=4771

Application Deadline
Open until filled

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Send Applications To:
Dr. Fuji Collins, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health and Wellness

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