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Director of the Student Counseling Center

Requisition ID:  23168

Join Purdue University Fort Wayne:

Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  PFW is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  We strive to add hardworking people to our team and we are currently seeking a Director of the Student Counseling Center. The Director will be responsible for assisting in the building and management of the Center, supervising clinicians and interns, and wellness outreach to the campus community. The successful candidate will work closely with the Division of Student Enrollment Management and The Student Experience, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Wellness, the Office of Student Conduct and Care, and the staff and faculty of the Counselor Education master’s degree program on campus. The Student Counseling Center is dedicated to providing compassionate clinical services to students and promoting mental health and well-being for the entire university community.

Your day to day:

  • Participate in the development of a new Student Counseling Center which will initially focus on providing compassionate clinical counseling care for students, with a gradual roll-out of additional campus services such as training/programming and serving as an internship site for master’s level counseling students.
  • Responsible for the development and management of SCC policies and procedures. Ensure policies and procedures meet all relevant federal and state laws, ethical guidelines, and professional standards of care. Ensure that SCC employees understand and comply with all policies and procedures.
  • Provide effective clinical supervision with provisionally licensed employees.
  • Provide direct clinical care to students.
  • Responsibility for personnel management and administrative supervision of clinicians and staff at the SCC.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that students are offered high quality counseling services and that those services are allocated fairly.
  • Manage the annual office budget and oversee expenditures at the SCC.
  • Serve on the University CARE team to support effective responses to student needs.
  • Work in conjunction with other relevant offices to respond to campus or student crisis events. Be available for consultation as needed.
  • Participate in the implementation of the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Experience Strategic Plan and work to develop and implement a SCC strategic plan.
  • Attend relevant senior leadership meetings.
  • Work with staff to develop and maintain a data base to track utilization and service delivery at the SCC. Prepare reports based on collected data bi-annually.
  • Active participation in professional organizations with the purpose of maintaining knowledge of trends in college student mental health and best practices for college counseling centers.
  • As the SCC develops and essential care is established, the director will also be responsible for coordinating efforts (in conjunction with the AVC for Student Wellness, SCC staff, and other related University offices) related to the following:
  • Support the development of the SCC as an internship site for master’s level counseling students. Provide oversight and conduct supervision as a site supervisor.
  • Work collaboratively with other related offices on campus to support wellness and promote mental health campus wide.
  • Advocate for student wellness and mental health at the University level.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain the campus mental health outreach program at the SCC aimed at raising awareness about relevant mental health topics (healthy relationships, drug and alcohol use, suicide, etc.) for the university community.
  • Create, coordinate, and conduct training seminars for faculty and staff focusing on relevant mental health topics, how to support student mental health, and how to effectively practice self-care.
  • Develop evaluation procedures to assess the efficacy of programming to share with the campus community.
  • Teach graduate level counseling courses (or similar courses) as desired or requested, especially those that may be associated with the SCC as part of a clinical practicum or internship.
  • Connect and collaborate with local community partners in wellness and mental health.

Why we’ll love you:

  • You have worked hard to earn a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in a mental health field.
  • You are fully licensed as a LMHC in Indiana (or the equivalent that would immediately transfer). Licensed professionals in related fields are also invited to apply (i.e. LCSWs, psychologists, etc.).
  • You have experience in providing clinical supervision.
  • You have administrative or managerial experience.
  • You are dedicated to working inclusively with students of all backgrounds.

Why you’ll love us:

  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance available on first day of employment
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family-friendly community


Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Immediately


Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Career Stream

Management 3
Feb 3, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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