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Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

George Mason University

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George Mason University
Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University, a large public institution enrolling over 33,000 students, seeks an Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to provide leadership to an International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)-accredited center of well-qualified and dedicated staff; to consult and coordinate with stakeholders invested in student care and the student experience; and to engage with a university and campus community that embraces creativity, innovation, diversity and collaboration.

Responsibilities include:
Ensuring the overall quality, timeliness and effectiveness of CAPS including psychological, learning and multicultural services;
Oversight of staff recruitment, hiring and supervision including supervision of the senior leadership team. Staff includes licensed psychologists and mental health counselors, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, social worker, learning specialists, predoctoral interns, externs and assistants;
Providing leadership in the delivery of emergency services and crisis intervention coverage within CAPS and the university at-large;
Enhancing relationships and fostering partnerships with a broad base of campus and community stakeholders that result in improved delivery of services and programs to benefit students and university departments;
Providing consultation to campus groups including participation in assessment and management of individuals of concern; serving as a resource on crisis response, health and safety concerns;
Facilitating strategic planning to ensure quality, continuous improvements, efficiencies, and effective services. Consider sound assessment strategies, trends, and best and emerging practices in planning and decision-making;
Encouraging innovation in services and delivery methods to advance new initiatives critical to the success of Mason students and in response to institutional growth and priorities, expansion of programs at distributed campuses, and changing needs of students and the community; and
Managing fiscal resources, space and equipment.

Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in a mental health care discipline; be licensed, preferably as a psychologist, in Virginia (or eligible for licensure within one year of appointment); possess progressive professional experience (minimum six years is preferred) working in clinical and/or a counseling setting; experience supervising professional counseling staff; and previous experience (beyond internship) in a university or college counseling setting.

Additional knowledge and competencies considered in the candidate selection process include: a leadership style that is collaborative, empowering and transparent; understanding of contemporary professional practices in the delivery of counseling and psychological services; familiarity with needs of diverse populations and with multicultural competency; knowledge of/management of crisis response, health and safety concerns; familiarity with accredited training programs (American Psychological Association); effective communication and interpersonal skills; experience applying and using technology to enhance delivery of programs and services; and experience with multidisciplinary teams, practices, and approaches.

Application Instructions:
Mason only accepts online applications. For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA021z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013. For inquiries or to recommend an individual for this position, please e-mail Patricia Carretta, Assistant Vice President, University Life, at pcarrett@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2367.

To visit George Mason University’s Web site go to www.gmu.edu and for CAPS Web site, go to caps.gmu.edu/. AA/EOE

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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in 198 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

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