Employment at ArtCenter

Center for the Student Experience

Director, Mental Health Services and Campus Counseling

As a member of the Center for the Student Experience (CSE) team, under the leadership of the Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and in support of the core educational mission of the College, the Director will evaluate current policies and procedures, as well as create and modify policies and practices as appropriate, to support a holistic approach to meeting the mental health and developmental needs of ArtCenter students. The Director serves as the lead administrator for campus counseling services, will promote health and wellness through prevention and educational programming and offer individual counseling to students. The Director also supports the College’s efforts to promote individual and community health, aligned with the strategic goals of the institution to enhance student success.

This position requires a full-time work schedule and on-call availability. (Regular business hours are MondayFriday, 8:30am–4:30pm.)

Reports to: Associate Provost / Dean of Students

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: The salary range for this postion is $90 - $100k.

Job posted 2/2/2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Director, Mental Health Services” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • A doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology is required; licensure in the State of California is required
  • Minimum of 5–7 years post-licensure as a practicing psychologist/counselor/therapist
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in a college environment or with a college-age student population
  • Experience working in a small liberal arts or specialized sector of higher education as a director, administrator, or supervisory role of a psychological counseling or wellness center
  • Experience and/or familiarity with the unique psychological and developmental needs of a diverse student population (including but not limited to military/veteran students, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, international students, undergraduate and graduate students, etc.)
  • Strong leader and collaborator with proven organizational abilities and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative, team setting
  • Self-starter who can recognize the needs of a specialized and unique student population
  • Committed to understanding the needs of a diverse population of faculty, staff and students and able to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge and adherence to professional standards related to APA and AUCCCD
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills, computer proficiency and demonstrated use of computer applications, database maintenance and web based technology
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Experience working with art and/or design students in a fast-paced, academically rigorous, and competitive environment
  • Experience with evaluating treatment plans and prescribed medications to enhance support for college student success
  • Experience with or knowledge of facilitating campus-wide health promotion programming and giving presentations on mental health and wellness topics
  • Experience conducting research and writing assessment reports that interpret data for multiple audiences
  • Experience starting/coordinating post-doctorate or LCSW internship program

Employment Requirements

Successful candidate must:

  • Agree to have professional references checked
  • Complete a professional and criminal background check
  • Provide confirmation of earned degrees and California state licensure

Essential Functions

Operational — 70%

Counseling Services Leadership
  • Provide strategic, clinical, fiscal and administrative vision and leadership regarding the counseling services and mental health programming for the College
  • Provide day-to-day managerial direction and control of departmental activities; plan, direct, and review the activities and operations of the department; provide leadership and directly supervise clinical staff
  • Develop and maintain the College’s policies and procedures for all counseling services
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of departments’ faculty and staff; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; counsel, discipline and make recommendations in terminations, as required
  • Collaborate with counseling staff on all as-needed case consultations
  • Maintain confidential counseling records
Assessment and Strategic Planning
  • Conduct periodic assessments of campus counseling services: create term reports of counseling experiences (three terms per year) and annual reports of client experiences, evaluate policies and procedures, prioritize tasks and projects to implement, support the College’s strategic plans with further development of on-campus counseling
  • Provide leadership and assistance in the development, implementation and evaluation of workshops, seminars and other intervention strategies designed to enhance the mental health and well-being of the campus community and the learning atmosphere of the campus environment
  • Manage budget related to financial resources, including planning, monitoring, and analysis
  • Work collaboratively with the staff of student affairs and other departments to provide the best co‑curricular programs to support our students

Mental Health Services — 25%

On-Campus/Off-Campus Leadership
  • Plan, develop, and implement mental health counseling services for students
  • Develop Memorandum of Understanding with local hospitals in order to provide after-care plans to students hospitalized for mental health
  • Establish relationships with off-campus (clinical or forensic) providers for college-mandated threat assessments of students presenting a risk to the community
  • Cultivate and manage contacts to off-campus providers that students can be referred to for consultations, assessments, evaluations, medication evaluation, and treatment recommendations
  • Create relationships with local community health professionals and organizations, psychiatrists, clinical and counseling psychology training programs, and other appropriate resources in the local Pasadena and greater Los Angeles communities
Crisis Intervention and Emergency Response
  • Manage after-hour and weekend calls for students in crisis
  • Provide crisis consultation to the Associate Provost/Dean, Assistant Dean and other staff as appropriate
  • Respond to acute student mental health crises that may from time to time involve hospitalization of the student
  • Serve as a coordinator of mental health resources to address campus crises and emergencies that may cause trauma to members of the campus community
  • Participate in College infrastructure to assist and intervene with students of concern (including attending meetings and working with the campus CARE Team, a campus-wide representative behavioral intervention team)
Promotion of Individual and Campus Community Health
  • Cooperate with other CSE staff to identify and implement campus-wide programming to promote mental health and personal wellness among students
  • Provide professional consultation training, and/or resources to faculty/staff regarding counseling services and classroom management techniques appropriate for students in crisis and difficult/disruptive students
  • Provide direct individual counseling sessions to students as needed
  • Administer group-counseling sessions on topics of importance and relevance to ArtCenter students
  • Plan and implement educational outreach programs and services, including but not limited to annual Depression, Eating Disorders, Alcohol and Drug Screening programs
  • Promote health and wellness in the ArtCenter student community with regular assessment of mental health needs, and with special attention paid to specific developmental needs of a culturally diverse campus
  • Conduct individualized, comprehensive psychosocial intakes to students who are referred or self-referred to determine specific treatment needs. Such intakes may lead to further neuropsychological testing for students with possible diagnoses of specific learning needs (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Learning Disabilities)

Other Duties — 5%

  • Plan presentations on counseling services and wellness programs for the new student and family orientation programs, Design Culture Immersion program (for new international students), and faculty orientations as requested
  • Serve on College-wide committees as assigned by the Associate Provost/Dean of Students
  • Maintain active professional membership and participation in American Psychological Association, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, and other relevant associations
  • Office administration including processing check and purchase order requests, creating and posting fliers as needed for announcements and campus events, and communicating announcements, campus events, and external events and activities via Inside.ArtCenter (the College’s intranet) and weekly Dot Life emails (CSE newsletter)
  • Collaborate with academic departments and others including but not limited to Faculty Development, Writing Center, Career and Professional Development, Admissions, Enrollment Services, Marketing and Communications, and Development on programs that enhance the student experience and promote health and wellness
  • Collaborate with ArtCenter Student Government, as issues arise and needs are identified
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Provost/Dean

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate with co-workers and clients effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

Updated 8/2017

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.