The Assistant Director participates as a member of the Student Counseling Center (SCC) leadership team, works closely with the Director and other department leadership to oversee operations of the Counseling Center and to ensure the psychological health and well-being of the campus community. The Assistant Director may represent the SCC to the University when the Director is unavailable by responding to issues of concern from the campus community and serving as an SCC representative on university committees as appointed by the Director.
The person in this position is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and administrative management over all community engagement activities of the SCC, including outreach, liaisonship/consultation with other university offices and departments, connections with community-based resources, and social media. Professional staff who coordinate areas under the community engagement umbrella, including the outreach and liaisonship coordinators, report directly to the Assistant Director/Director of Community Engagement.
Demonstrated leadership and managerial abilities, strong organizational and communication skills, and passion for community engagement from a multicultural, social justice perspective are necessary qualities for the person in this position. The Assistant Director/Director of Community Engagement reports to the Director.
Minimum Education and Experience
- Master's degree or doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or closely related field including one year of supervised internship
- Licensed or license eligibility in the state of Texas
- Four (4) years post-internship/associate experience, including substantial experience providing counseling and crisis services
- Two (2) or more years experience providing clinical supervision to trainees or professional staff
- Demonstrated experience providing services to members of marginalized populations
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Demonstrated understanding of ethical and legal issues in mental health practice
- Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with a multidisciplinary team of professionals
- Effective therapist with strong clinical skills and ability to maintain up to date and accurate documentation.
Preferred Education and Experience
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Assistant Director provides mental health services and mental health programming to a diverse college student population, assumes administrative responsibility for center as determined by and in collaboration with the Director, and contributes to the training and education of graduate students as future helping professionals.
The Assistant Director assumes administrative duties of the Director in the Director's absence.
The role of Assistant Director for Community Engagement includes:
Helps oversee, plan, and create outreach programming for the SCC to be provided to the UTD community. Helps run the Community Engagement team within the SCC and serves as the direct report/supervisor to the SCC Outreach Coordinator, Liasonship Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, and other members of the SCC Community Engagement Team as needed.
Provides psychological services and programs to the university community. Provides clinical services including initial consultations, brief individual counseling, group therapy, workshops, consultations, and crisis interventions. Assists department leadership in responding to student and campus crisis situations. Experience with developmental and serious mental health issues relevant to university students is required.
Initiates and fosters SCC policies and programming that increase engagement between the SCC and the campus community and increase access of services for diverse UTD students and students from marginalized communities.
Provides supervision/training to graduate-level trainees within the APA-accredited doctoral internship and practicum training programs.
The University of Texas at Dallas, a public institution serving 21,000 undergraduates and 8,500 graduate students, is a rising research powerhouse with eight schools and more than 140 academic programs including top-ranked programs in business, engineering, science, audiology, and arts and technology. The campus community is enriched by a commitment to the arts, service-learning opportunities, and an athletics program with new esports teams. The UTD community is made up of a diverse student population, including 20% international students, a large LGBTQ+ community, and one of the top schools serving neurodiverse students. The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to fostering an inclusive community where all individuals are valued and engaged. In 2019, the University was identified as an LGBTQ-Friendly campus and awarded 5/5 stars by Campus Pride Index. Located in Richardson, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the University benefits from the cultural and business opportunities offered in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
There is also the potential for occasional nights or weekend hours.
Remote Work Eligibility Statement:
FOR TEXAS RESIDENTS - Hybrid remote work environment available and a UT Dallas Remote Work Agreement is required upon employment. Use of personal computer and other standard office equipment may be required. Must be located within the State of Texas (or Must be located within the DFW Area) and have the ability to be on campus with 24 hours of notice.
1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.
2) The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the university community. UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its services, programs, activities, employment, and education, including in admission and enrollment. EOE, including disability/veterans. The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the employment application and interview process, contact the ADA Coordinator. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator.
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