Director, Student Psychological Services (143 views)

 Reporting to the Medical Director for Student Psychological Services and Student Health Services, the Director of Student Psychological Services (SPS) will perform work of considerable complexity. LMU is an institution that values diversity and candidates with diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

SPS is an IACS accredited mental health center at LMU that is committed to facilitating student growth and development of the whole person by providing high quality, confidential psychological services that are social justice oriented, ethical and culturally informed, to ensure the inclusivity and safety for students.

In this role, the Director of SPS has overall responsibility in directing, managing, and providing comprehensive leadership for the clinical, administrative, fiscal, and strategic operations of SPS and will also provide direct patient care. These administrative and clinical duties are roughly equal.

The Director of SPS is integral in supporting the LMU mission and facilitating the LMU student experience that prioritizes health and wellness. The five pillars of the “Student EXP” serve to inspire students to integrate knowledge with action so they become leaders that transform the world. These pillars are:

1. Integrate Mind, Body & Spirit
2. Commit to Service & Justice
3. Become a Global Citizen
4. Practice Ignatian Values
5. Live a Life of Purpose

Position Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • Supervise and manage multidisciplinary to ensure effective team performance and to meet University goals in accordance with LMU philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision, including supporting and promoting DEI initiatives in alignment with and consist with university initiatives. Provide general administration, oversight, mentoring, evaluation, and development of the SPS clinical service program to ensure standards of care and quality of services.  Develop and maintain policies, procedures and standards of practice for effective and ethical service delivery, continuous quality improvement, accreditation, clinic administration and to manage the risk of professional liability in the delivery of services. Provide mentoring and support of staff’s ongoing professional development.
  • Work closely with Student Health Services team and Student Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team as needed to support integrated mental health in these settings.
  • Member of the Student Affairs management team
  • Prepare and manage the SPS department budget, investigate external funding sources, and participate in the preparation of the Division of Student Affairs annual budget.
  • Establish departmental direction through data driven oversight of strategic planning efforts, annual goal setting, development of programs, coordination of assessment. Coordinate and submit reports including, but not limited to, annual report and accreditation report.
  • Maintain continuing education certification by the professional boards responsible for licensing mental health providers. 
  • Execute and improve upon emergency response protocols to a variety of high-risk situations that are effective, professional, competent, and flexible.  Respond and delegate responses, as necessary, to 24-hour emergency on-call service and crisis intervention for students who experience a psychological emergency (determined after hours through Protocall service who then calls Director or designee on-call).  Demonstrate effective and competent threat assessment skills; consult with faculty and staff regarding critical incidents involving students and use sound judgment in protecting individual student needs within the context of University community needs in special circumstances. 
  • Evaluate treatment programs and conduct independent evaluation and or research that provide evidence-based understanding of clinical interventions to include participating in the national Counseling Director’s Mental Health Study.  Consult with faculty and staff, medical providers about psychological factors affecting students’ well being and develop effective intervention strategies to promote their well-being.  This includes serving on specific committees including but not limited to Community of Care, Critical Incident Team, Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Response Team)
  • Work collaboratively within the Division of Student Affairs and other University departments to provide direction and engage actively with staff in Student Psychological Service, Student Affairs, and the University to assess student trends, campus climate issues and the needs of unique student communities to develop innovative and responsive programs and services.
  • Represent LMU within the community and at professional organizations or associations, serve on committees as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

Loyola Marymount University Expectations

Exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university.  Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct.  Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.

Requisite Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology is strongly preferred. An LCSW, LPCC, or LMFT is minimum education required.  Licensed in the state of California.  Active membership in national or local mental health association(s) and ongoing participation to keep knowledge and practice skills up to date with changing standards.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience
  • Significant experience with providing and overseeing clinical services in a university or college mental health setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology.  Knowledge of laws and ethical principles related to the practice of psychology with an emphasis of adolescent and young adult development.  Commitment, sensitivity, and competence in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, religious, ethnic and academic background of college students. 
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and summaries.  Ability to collaborate on a broad range of projects with the faculty, staff and students in work that leads to quality improvement and promotes wellness. 
  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills and strong work ethic.
  • Competency in the use of electronic medical records systems.
  • Knowledge of Title IX, mental health and disability laws preferred.

The budgeted salary range for this position is $130,000 – $170,000.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   Constantly required to sit, feel, use finger movement, speak clearly, hear conversation, see near and far. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   Work occasional evening/nights.  Lunch hour may vary.  Work occasional weekends and holidays.

MENTAL DEMANDS:  sustained concentration, interrupted work, variety of interrelated tasks, use of reasoning, judgment, resourcefulness, analytical ability and ingenuity.