Director of Counseling Services Search

Missouri S&T invites the campus community to attend and engage in a virtual open forum for the director of counseling services search.

Monday, December 21 Candidate

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Open forum Zoom link

Campus participants can log in to view candidate resume, CV and link to canditate survey.

Candidate materials will be posted here two business days prior to each candidate’s visit.

Event format

The forum will include a 15-minute candidate presentation on the role of counseling services in supporting student mental well-being within higher education followed by 30-minutes of questions, answers, and dialogue. The session will be facilitated by the search chair.

Position description

Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking an experienced mental health professional and leader to serve as Director of Counseling Services.  The director will be a team leader who provides direct service to students along with a dedicated staff of licensed mental health professionals.

Counseling Services utilizes a short-term model, where services are goal-focused and brief, providing resources, solutions and strategies to deal with individual concerns.  Services include individual and group counseling, intake assessments, consultations, crisis intervention, and outreach programs. Services are provided in person and via teleservice modalities.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Director is responsible for management of staff, departmental operations, assessment, and strategic planning.  The Director provides vision and leadership in establishing and monitoring departmental services, ensuring operations are consistent with national standards of practice, professional ethics, and best practices in college counseling services.

The Director is expected to establish strong, collaborative working relationships with Student Health Services, Care Management, and Miner Wellness to promote student wellbeing and success. The Director must be a visible and engaged member of Counseling Services and the campus community. The Director plays a key role in the mental health of the campus community.

  • Provide individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, referrals and crisis counseling within a brief treatment model to students, faculty and staff
  • Oversee department operations, personnel, budget, program activities and strategic planning
  • Assess services and implement continuous improvement plans
  • Supervise mental health service providers and support staff
  • Promote an office culture of support, compassion, and effective service
  • Establish strong, collaborative relationships Student Health Services, Care Management Services and Miner Wellness to promote student well-being
  • Promote and represent the department, developing relationships with Student Affairs departments and other S&T partners
  • Serve on campus committees and taskforces

A Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

  • Ph.D. in counseling, psychology or related field
  • Licensed/license eligible in Missouri as a mental health practitioner (psychologist, counselor, social worker or other relevant profession)
  • Experience working in a college/university counseling center
  • Seven (7) years’ experience providing mental health services
  • Experience with crisis intervention
  • Leadership experience, including at least three (3) years of direct supervisory responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Experience with innovative approaches to address mental health needs of college students
  • Experience in organizational management, strategic planning, and assessment of outcomes
  • Training and experience promoting diversity, inclusion and multicultural competence
  • Search committee members
  • Search timeline

Search committee members

  • Barb S. Prewett, Chair Assistant Dean of Students, Chair of UCARE
  • Mindy Bryson RN, FNP-C Director of Student Health Operations
  • Lynne Davidson MA, LPC Senior Counselor, S&T Counseling Services
  • Jessica Gargus Director of Miner Wellness
  • Alyssa Goldkamp Peer Involvement Advisor, Former PanHel President
  • Jacob Kelly Student Council, Vice President for Services
  • Dave Westenberg Professor, Biological Sciences, Faculty Athletics Rep.
  • Joshua Whitehead Resident Director, Residential Life

Search timeline

  • August 2020: Job Posting and Recruitment Process Launch
  • September 2020: Search Committee Launch
  • October 2020: Preliminary Candidate Review began
  • November 2020: Initial screening process
  • December 2020: Search Committee Zoom Interviews
  • December 18 and 21: On Campus Interviews
  • December 2020: Candidate Selection
  • January 2021 – Mid-March - Candidate Seated