Associate Director for Counseling (45 views)

East Lansing, Michigan
February 28, 2019

Associate Director for Counseling
Michigan State University
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Position Description
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at Michigan State University invites applicants to join our team as the Associate Director of Counseling. We are a multicultural, multidisciplinary staff who strives to create a welcoming, safe, inclusive, equitable, and affirming environment for all students. We believe diversity enriches learning and enhances personal growth, and we strongly value multicultural competence, social justice, and accessibility.

The Associate Director assists in administration, program planning, and supervision of CAPS, in order to coordinate, regulate, monitor, and improve counseling services. The person who fills this position will oversee the day-to-day counseling operations; provide support, consultation, outreach, preventative education, and referral functions; supervise Assistant Directors and Coordinators in various areas; assist in planning, facilitation, and coordination of resources to assure availability and accessibility of services; identify key issues and service needs; assist in the development and monitoring of record-keeping standards; lead the development of ongoing review and compliance procedures; provide leadership for ongoing updates of policies and procedures; facilitate communication with staff about professional and service-delivery issues; and serve as Acting Director, as assigned, in the absence of the Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate in a relevant field, such as counseling psychology or clinical psychology;
  • Completion of a one-year, full-time, APA-accredited doctoral internship;
  • Five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in counseling, consultation, outreach, and preventive education within a mental health clinical setting;
  • Full licensure as a Psychologist in the state of Michigan within 6 months of hire.

Desired Qualifications

  • Significant experience providing administrative clinical services in a large, complex system with multiple staff;
  • Experience with developing, implementing, and overseeing clinical processes and services;
  • Experience with providing administrative supervision and leadership;
  • Experiencing with creating and developing mechanisms for clinical oversight, equity, clinical efficiency, and quality services.
  • Experience serving diverse student populations and leading a diverse staff.

About CAPS
This is an especially exciting time to join our staff. In August 2017, MSU’s Counseling Center officially joined with the Psychiatry unit from our Student Health Service to become Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). CAPS moved into a larger, newly renovated space on the third floor of our Student Health Services building, where our offices now overlook beautiful brick buildings and tall, mature trees. As part of our expansion, CAPS has been allocated additional resources to recruit and hire a number of new mental health clinicians, and we recently moved into a newly renovated satellite location in the MSU Union. Also, since June 1st 2018, all MSU students now have access to free, confidential, 24/7 online crisis and counseling services provided by licensed mental health professionals through Morneau Shepell. This service is specifically geared toward helping domestic and international college students, and is available in many languages. For more about our recent changes, we invite you to visit

The counseling services unit within CAPS remains committed to maintaining our “university counseling center” identity and traditions, while also fully embracing the benefits of integration (for us and for students) with our campus health services. We continue to value our thriving training program, which includes an APA-accredited doctoral internship and a masters-level training program.

About MSU
MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation—and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. MSU has more than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study. About 50,000 students are enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester, about 20 percent of whom are students of color, and 14 percent who are international.

About East Lansing
MSU is located in East Lansing, a diverse community with a friendly, small-town ambiance, and a mix of restaurants, unique shops, art galleries, and entertainment. East Lansing is just minutes away from the capital city of Lansing, and is in close proximity to many large cities, including Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit. Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, the state of Michigan has over a hundred beaches along the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, with over 38,000 miles of Great Lakes water areas.

Application Instructions
Please submit applications, including curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter, to Careers@MSU. Use this link to learn more or to apply:

MSU is an Affirmative-Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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