Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (58 views)

San Francisco, CA
August 26, 2022

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Search for the Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

The University of San Francisco (USF) seeks an accomplished leader and professional counselor with a dynamic vision and passion for the mental health and overall wellness of a highly diverse student body to serve as the next Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (Senior Director). After a period of tremendous societal upheavals, this is a tremendous opportunity for a visionary mental health provider to set the stage for innovative approaches to mental health care, outreach, and programming. Further, the Senior Director will join USF as it commits to a holistic vision of health and wellness as part of an overall plan to provide students with a transformational educational experience. The Senior Director will partner closely with thought leaders across campus, including the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, to develop and execute a strategic vision that will ensure students have access to excellent counseling and support and enhance health and wellness across the USF community.

USF is widely recognized nationally and internationally as a premier Jesuit, Catholic, urban university with a global perspective. Established as San Francisco’s first institution of higher education in 1855, the University of San Francisco serves over 10,600 students in Arts and Sciences, Management, Law, Education, and Nursing and Health Professions. USF offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be “people for others.” The University takes pride in educating leaders who are committed to creating a more humane and just world, inspired by the vision to “Change the World from Here.” USF has been recognized as among the nation’s most racially diverse universities and among those with the highest proportion of international students.

The Senior Director will be joining a vibrant division of Student Life that supports holistic student development within a social justice framework. The Senior Director will report to and work in close partnership with the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and will oversee all clinician therapeutic activity, define and disseminate CAPS scope of practice, and promote CAPS services to the campus community. The Senior Director will be a thought leader who will shape the role to improve university mental health, innovate, and increase accessibility for USF students. To lead the CAPS unit, the Senior Director will address a set of key opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop a strategic, cohesive vision for CAPS at USF;
  • Lead a well-integrated unit that provides care representing best practices in university mental health outreach, programming, and services;
  • Lead a multidisciplinary, culturally-competent, and team-oriented staff;
  • Support continuous growth and innovation in CAPS; and
  • Promote and maintain an engaged visibility with the division of Student Life and across the university.

USF has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti, Hayden Lizotte, and Katie Pusecker Kilcawley

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The university does not discriminate in employment, educational services, or academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related), disability, or other bases prohibited by law, and will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. We particularly encourage minority and women applicants for all positions.