Director of the Wellness Center (54 views)

Position Title: Director of the Wellness Center

Job ID: 24392

Compensation: $113,072-$126,774. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date: July 1, 2022 

Position Details:

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC).

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The GC seeks a director for its Wellness Center. The Wellness Center has two components, the Student Counseling Services (SCS) and the Student Health Service (SHS). The SCS provides counseling, psychotherapy, and referral services to students experiencing psychological issues related to their personal and academic lives. Its counseling services primarily consist in short-term counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, and academic counseling. The SCS also provides a rich set of workshops directed toward issues relevant to graduate students. Services are provided by psychologists and Clinical Fellows/Externs who are enrolled in mental health-related doctoral programs. The SCS maintains a high-quality training program for its Clinical Fellows, including a seminar series and individual supervision. The Student Health Service is currently focused on providing relevant health-related information for Graduate Center students through workshops, social media, and the Wellness Center website. Restoring in-person health services for Graduate Center students, provided by a health care practitioner, is under consideration.

The preferred candidate will be a licensed psychologist with administrative experience, excellent judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with graduate students, faculty members, and other members of the Graduate Center community. The Director of the Wellness Center reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for the overall development and general management of the Wellness Center. The Director will oversee the psychological counseling staff (currently consisting of three full-time licensed psychologists and 7 to 11 Clinical Fellows/Externs), the SHS staff, currently consisting of a part-time Health Education Coordinator, and the Wellness Center support staff, including the Wellness Center Administrative Manager and two part time College Assistants. Administrative supervision of a health care practitioner may return to the Director’s responsibility in the future.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Exercises leadership and professional supervision to ensure that GC students receive counseling and health care services which conform to the highest professional and ethical standards; develops mechanisms for ongoing and systematic evaluations of all aspects of the unit;
  • Manages the Wellness Center to ensure effective administration and provision of services;
  • Directs outreach efforts to ensure that students and other members of the GC community are aware of the full range of Wellness Center services; organizes services to ensure that students have maximum access to SCS and SHS;
  • Provides regular updates on the Wellness Center and communicates the needs of the Center to the Vice President for Student Affairs; provides comprehensive and timely reports on the scope and quality of Wellness Center services; forms strong collaborative relationships with others who provide services to students;
  • Regularly advises Vice President for Student Affairs on health and mental health policy issues, and on issues related to psychological counseling services for students; develops, maintains, and evaluates training procedures for Clinical Fellows;
  • Mentors and develops staff and provides ongoing professional development opportunities;
  • Monitors and maintains electronic record keeping (via Titanium software);
  • Recommends policies and procedures to mitigate risk;
  • Serves as a key member of the GC’s interdisciplinary crisis response team and coordinates procedures for addressing psychological emergencies.
  • Develops and maintains manuals on policies and procedures; ensures that all staff members are familiar with Wellness Center policies.
  • Develops relationships with mental health service providers in the community to facilitate appropriate referrals for students; monitors efficacy of referral processes.
  • Develops and administers Wellness Center budget, including personnel services and non personnel services.
  • Serves as GC liaison to CUNY Counseling Directors Council and serves on GC committees as designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs; remains current on health and mental health issues, as they relate to doctoral student population; participates in local and national professional associations.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus.


Bachelor’s Degree required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Doctorate and licensure in Health Service Psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling psychology) or mental health service field.
  • Proven team leader.
  • Experience in administration of student counseling or wellness center.
  • Extensive professional experience with graduate student mental health/wellness issues.
  • Experience in supervision of mental health trainees.
  • Experience with a range of treatment approaches (e.g., psychodynamic, CBT).

CUNY Title Overview:

– Directs a college counseling center, integrating counseling services into a comprehensive student development experience.

– Manages a counseling center providing a variety of services such as individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, workshops, classroom instruction, and academic intervention

– Supervises and develops counseling faculty and staff

– Develops department budget and manages fiscal affairs

– Directs planning, evaluation, assessment and marketing of counseling services

– Interfaces with academic departments, other College offices, and student groups to assess program needs and develop appropriate responses

– Participates in inter-divisional programs to increase student success and retention

– Performs related duties as assigned.


CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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