Associate Director of the Counseling & Student Development Center

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs

The Associate Director of the CSDC oversees all aspects of clinical service provision within the CSDC, and serves, along with the Director, as the CSDC Leadership Team. The Associate Director engages in strategic planning to inform the provision of high quality clinical services with a focus on inclusivity and best practices in the context of a liberal arts, residential, co-curricular institution. The Associate Director provides executive direction for the CSDC in the absence of the Director.
We seek candidates who understand the impact that experiences of marginalization, inequality, and prejudice can have on students, and are experienced in providing therapy, consultation, and outreach to address, and/or diminish this impact. The successful candidate will be an experienced generalist psychologist, counselor or social worker with demonstrated multicultural competence.

The CSDC serves as the primary mental health unit for the Bucknell University campus community. The CSDC is a well-resourced staff of 10 psychologists/counselors and 1 consulting psychiatrist with a strong and intentional commitment to promoting psychological well-being and inclusive community.

Job Duties:
1. Provide direction and coordination for the center’s clinical services, including assessment, individual and group counseling, referral, consultation, and crisis intervention.
2. Develop, maintain, and monitor the infrastructure for the center’s clinical system (e.g. developing coverage schedules, managing EHR (Titanium)).
3. Evaluate and monitor clinical services provided by the CSDC, including maintaining/updating the Policies and Procedures Manual.
4. Develop the staff after hours on-call schedule and coordinate follow-up for after-hour calls.
5. Provide clinical supervision to Staff Psychologists or Staff Counselors seeking licensure. Support the Director in the administrative supervision of all staff, including Office Assistants.
6. Support the Director in ensuring full compliance with mental health ethical standards, including maintaining confidential client records, data and all PA Licensure requirements.
7. Manage the Counseling Center’s electronic record system (Titanium), including maintaining the accurate collection of records and statistics to provide information for decision-making and feedback to staff and university partners and quality assurance of documentation.
8. Oversee the CSDC’s participation in the Center for Collegiate Mental Health data collection, including IRB compliance.
9. Engage in need and service outcome assessment to support the effectiveness of clinical services
10. Foster strong professional relationships with local mental health providers for referral and networking.
11. Serve on Divisional and University committees as appropriate.
12. Build multicultural competency by intentionally supporting an inclusive climate within the CSDC, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Bucknell University community.
13. Perform other duties as assigned.
14. In the absence of the Director, the Associate Director will supervise all operations of the CSDC.

In addition to leadership responsibilities outlined above, the Associate Director will engage in direct service as outlined below:
1. Provide comprehensive clinical assessment for students; triage clinical needs and make recommendations based on clinical judgment and available resources.
2. Provide individual therapy to students with presenting issues including, but not limited to: trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, loneliness/isolation, identity development, family conflict, career exploration, attention/focus issues, stress management, chronic suicidal thoughts, and relationship issues.
3. Manage urgent mental health needs during same-day appointments (e.g., suicide risk assessment, evaluation of ability to care for self, evaluation of risk to campus community).
4. Complete risk assessment when clinically indicated during course of treatment and identify appropriate interventions for students in crisis.
5. Provide clinical assessments of students in a mental health crisis demonstrating effective clinical skills and effective treatment planning for a variety of mental health concerns and conditions, with varying levels of severity.
6. Respond to mental health emergencies in a culturally responsive manner to support students in a framework and manner that acknowledges their unique and intersecting personal and cultural identities.
7. Identify appropriate interventions for students in crisis, working effectively with the staff of the UCC to access appropriate resources, and engaging campus partners effectively to develop an effective plan for supporting students.
8. Provide 24/7 on-call coverage for urgent mental health needs as a part of the center’s after hours crisis management system.
9. Evaluate the need for psychiatric evaluation and facilitate referral.
10. Coordinate care with off-campus providers including primary care physicians and mental health providers.
11. Consult with university staff, faculty, students, family members and other university professionals to support student’s health and safety.
12. Maintain current and accurate information about local resources and refer students to campus (e.g., career services, student health, etc.) and off campus (e.g., community mental health programs, community clinicians) resources as needed.
13. Provide services consistent with professional ethical standards and generally accepted standards of practice.
14. Develop, implement and evaluate community intervention programs/outreach services that: a) help prevent problems, b) educate students, staff and faculty about mental health/psychological issues and wellness, and c) teach skills for self-care and community health and safety.
15. Participate in the planning of effective and innovative intervention and skill development programs for students based on knowledge and awareness of emergent campus mental health trends and needs.
16. Actively participate in weekly Staff and Case Conference meetings.
17. Maintain appropriate and timely documentation for recordkeeping and communication with other service providers based on ethical and legal standards and requirements to enhance care for students.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. An earned doctorate in clinical mental health counseling or psychology (APA accredited program and pre-doctoral internship). Minimum four years experience in a demanding clinical setting (e.g., college counseling center), with evidence of increasing administrative responsibility (e.g., policy writing, clinical supervision, oversight of clinical service model). OR Master’s level degree in clinical mental health counseling, psychology or Social Work. Minimum six years experience in a demanding clinical setting (e.g., college counseling center), with evidence of increasing administrative responsibility (e.g., policy writing, clinical supervision, oversight of clinical service model).
2. Licensed as a psychologist, LCSW, or LPC for at least 5 years in the state of Pennsylvania.
3. Knowledge of developmental issues of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
4. Effective therapist with generalist clinical skills and demonstrated experience assessing and intervening with a range of clinical issues, degrees of pathology, and crisis management.
5. Well-developed clinical supervision skills.
6. Strong organizational skills.
7. Strong interpersonal skills, including strong oral, written, and listening communication capabilities.
8. Strong commitment to student growth and development

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience working in College/University Counseling Center

Work Type: 
This is a staff exempt, full-time, benefits eligible position.  

Salary Range:
This is a staff exempt position with a hiring range of $70,500 - 88,125. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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