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SUNY New Paltz Assistant Director of the Psychological Counseling Center in New Paltz, New York

SUNY New Paltz is seeking an Assistant Director of the Psychological Counseling Center. This is a full-time, 12-month position and includes full university benefits.


General scope of role/function:

The Assistant Director will serve as the chief assistant to the Director of Counseling in discharging the responsibilities of that office and supervising professional employees and graduate interns. As part of the management team of PCC, they will work closely with the director to provide strategic leadership in the general administration of service operations. In the absence of the Director, the Assistant Director will respond to the administrative needs of staff, clinical issues that arise and make decisions that reflect a balance of the best interests of students and the university. The Assistant Director will also maintain a clinical caseload proportionate to their administrative duties.

Assistant Director Major Duties and Responsibilities Administrative/Leadership Role/Function:

Assists in coordination of counseling processes and associated workflow

Provides oversight of a wait list for clinical services

Provides consultation and supervision to staff regarding clinical crises

Ensures quality control regarding clinical services and programmatic needs

Identifies and defines system issues, and develops and implements effective solutions

Works with IT and Institutional Research using PCC’s IPad to collect assessment data for analysis, analyzes data and provides insights from data for clinical operations/decision making

Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to respond to current and future trends/needs

Creates and updates a comprehensive PCC manual including overall policies, procedures, and training outlines, including those for intern and practicum trainees

Assists the director with the PCC budget, preparing purchase requisitions for contracted services, ensuring the Administrative Assistant processes bill payments in a timely manner, and preparing Employee Action Forms for the Director as needed for staff positions

As “Program Manager Designee” of Titanium, PCC’s electronic record keeping system, manages, maintains and enhances staff knowledge and skills associated with system use

Works collaboratively with the Office of Information Technology and Titanium’s technical support liaison to execute and maintain Titanium upgrades as well as trouble shoot problems

Maintains and updates the PCC webpage, adhering to campus standards and procedures

Oversees PCC Instagram page and posts regular updates

Coordinates all recruitment, selection, orientation and supervision for Social Work and/or Mental Health Counseling interns and Mental Health Counseling practicum trainees

Maintains correspondence with partner institutions’ program coordinators (regarding interns and trainees)

Coordinates Summer and Winter training of Resident Assistants and Resident Directors with Office of Residence Life

Coordinates PCC’s assessment plan design, development, implementation and outcome analysis

Works collaboratively in the development of PCC’s annual report and preparation of Summer Report presentation

Attends administrative meetings in the absence of the director

Performs other duties as assigned Clinical Role/function:

Provides intake assessment, short-term psychotherapy, consultation, group counseling and outreach services in a culturally competent manner, especially reflecting the values of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups

Provides walk-in crisis and risk assessment, including urgent counseling services to students in acute distress

Provides after-hours and 24/7 weekend coverage on a rotating basis with other PCC staff

Maintains clinical records in compliance with legal and ethical standards and best practices

Consults with PCC’s Consulting Psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for caseload clients

Consults with parents, faculty/staff, off-campus treatment specialists, other students and sources when appropriate in order to provide quality care to students

Facilitates referrals to both on and off-campus resources including clinics and hospitals when warranted.


Skills necessary:

Strong leadership skills and exceptional analytical and strategic management skills;

Proven ability to develop, implement, articulate, and direct policies, procedures, and measurable objectives including the design, development, and direction of holistic-wellness-related programs and/ or services for students;

Knowledge of the application of evidence-based practice to the clinical setting

Highly experienced and skilled at planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating activities appropriate to the advancement of organizational goals

Demonstrated understanding of the unique challenges and needs in delivering health care to a diverse population

Understanding of college student development and knowledge of the mental health issues that impact student performance and success

Demonstrated collaboration and solid interpersonal skills



Doctorate in professional psychology (e.g., PhD, PsyD) or Doctorate in Social Work (D.S.W/PhD) or masters-level clinical/counseling degree (e.g., LCSW, LMHC)

License/Certifications: New York Licensed


• Minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in a college counseling center

• Demonstrated proficiency in and a commitment working with individuals from culturally diverse populations, as well as underrepresented and/or underserved populations

• Demonstrated understanding and clinical application of the intersectionality of identity and mental health

• Strong consultation skills and experience with campus and/or key stakeholders

• Strong interpersonal skills

Strongly Preferred:

• Experience working in higher education and multidisciplinary environment

• Experience in outreach and/or program evaluation.

Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please apply by visiting

Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.

Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.

Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full NYS benefits, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation. Recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs, New Paltz is a highly-selective public college with about 8000 students. It is located on a beautiful campus 75 miles north of New York City in a picturesque area at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains with easy access to the City and nearby cultural and recreational amenities. New Paltz recognizes the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work here is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members--students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to inclusive excellence is an important part of our mission of public education and our culture. New Paltz continues to work on building a community that supports freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support these values of diversity and inclusiveness and candidates of all diverse backgrounds who wish to participate in our cultural aspirations are welcome and encouraged to apply. The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer. Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”) at

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