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Director Counseling Center

Amherst College

Counseling Center

Salary Range
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Position Description
Exceptional Opportunity to Lead and Shape a First-Rate Counseling Center

Amherst College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, seeks an experienced and visionary counseling and mental health professional for the position of Director of the Counseling Center. This position reports to the Dean of Students and is responsible for vision, strategy, leadership, and administration of the Counseling Center. The primary goals of this position are to ensure that the Counseling Center responds effectively to the counseling and mental health needs of Amherst students, to encourage and enable appropriate utilization of counseling and mental health services, and to promote resiliency, well-being, and readiness to learn throughout the student community.

Position Summary

Amherst College’s Counseling Center provides psychological assessments, individual and group counseling, brief psychotherapy, crisis services, risk assessments, psychiatric consultation, and referral services for Amherst College students, and liaison and consultation services for College faculty, staff, and administrators. Staff includes 4 full-time and 2 part-time psychologists and social workers, two part-time contracted psychiatrists, and an administrative assistant/office manager.

Key areas of responsibility for the Director include: (1) formulation and implementation of the vision, mission, priorities, and strategy for the Center, consistent with Amherst College’s goals and values; (2) leadership in planning, implementing, coordinating, assessing, and continuously improving programs and services; (3) supervision, professional development, and evaluation of all professional and support staff; (4) accountable management of resources, including finances and budget; (5) direct clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation with students, faculty and staff; and (6) serve as the key College liaison on mental health issues, policy, and practices.

This is a full-time, 12-month, senior administrative position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Amherst provides competitive and attractive fringe benefits.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Amherst College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3-5 references with full contact information, none of whom will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. All application materials must be submitted electronically to Recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity prior to applying or nominating, contact Dr. Almeda Jacks at ajacks@keelingassociates.com or (212) 542-3218.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or M.D. (with current Board certification in psychiatry)
• Current Massachusetts license to practice psychology or medicine, as appropriate, or eligibility for such licensure.
• At least 7 full years of post-doctoral clinical experience.
• A strong record of progressive operational, administrative, and management experience in interdisciplinary counseling/mental health services, preferably in a college or university counseling setting.
• Strong leadership, management, supervisory, interpersonal, collaborative, communications and critical thinking skills.
• Preferred: Experience managing a college or university counseling center, and developing and implementing clinical and operational protocols.

Desired Qualifications

University Description
Amherst College is a private undergraduate College for men and women with 1,800 students, 200 faculty and 600 staff members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.

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