Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Pennsylvania United States
12 Sep 2018
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12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) is Penn’s foremost provider of student services and educational access. VPUL partners and collaborates with diverse organizations across many dimensions including: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, historical tradition, age, religion, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds. We enhance the ability of nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, along with other community participants. University Life programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more. Our efforts help to fulfill Penn’s strategic vision of integrating knowledge across campus. VPUL is part of the Office of the Provost and includes 32 campus departments. http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/

Reporting to the Chief Wellness Officer (CWO), the Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will lead a transformative organizational and operational evolution as CAPS joins a new, integrated Penn Student Wellness Center (PSWC) devoted to nurturing the holistic well-being for a vibrantly diverse student community and a cohesive vision for wellness across campus. CAPS provides comprehensive, world class mental health services that nurture the resilience of nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The Executive Director will serve as a thoughtful partner and collaborator with Penn Student Wellness Center colleagues representing the Student Health Service (SHS), Campus Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives (AOD), and Penn Violence Prevention (PVP). The Executive Director will also be deeply-engaged with Penn students. CAPS also works closely with Student Intervention Services (SIS), Special Services (within the Division of Public Safety), the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Chaplain, and key partners in all 12 schools.

Specifically, the Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will:

  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of clinical and administrative staff in the delivery of services that incorporate contemporary and innovative models of care, promote collaboration, and assure cultural competency and continual professional development
  • Provide strategic vision and campus wide leadership on mental health and wellness issues, representing Penn’s mission and values with internal and external constituencies including students, families, administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Promote engagement and collaboration with student groups, leaders, and individual students to ensure that Penn continues to provide best-in-class mental health care and wellness services
  • Use quantitative and qualitative metrics to assess CAPS services and programs and continuously evaluate the efficacy of care to students including discrete, underserved, cohort communities.

This position requires a doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology or related discipline. In addition, a minimum of five years of relevant experience in a clinical setting is required, preferably in a college counseling center. Must be licensed or license-eligible in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Evidence of successful administrative or program coordination experience is highly desirable. Must be able to perform administrative and clinical duties competently under pressure.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.