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Director, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)! This role reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and is responsible for providing leadership, vision and management of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services center. The Director leads all aspects of CAPS services and ensures that services meet the needs of students, the Division of Student Affairs, and the campus at large. The Director supervises professional staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice principles.

Consistent with the mission, goals and priorities of the department, division and university, the Director is responsible for meeting accreditation and federal/state compliance. This position will select, supervise and evaluate staff psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers and other counselors who provide clinical, developmental and/or educational services.

The Director will serve as an institutional leader on the well-being of students and collaborate with additional CU departments on programs, services, policy development and crisis response/management. Additionally, this role will maintain the center as a venue for the training of graduate students and interns in counseling theory and practice.

Working in a team-oriented environment with the Associate Vice Chancellor and the directors within the Health and Wellness Services team, the Director will create a person-centered environment that promotes creativity and innovation in responding to students' needs, those of the community and advocacy for health and wellness initiatives.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CAPS fosters the well-being of students and helps them succeed by providing a full range of clinical services, consultation, and outreach to the campus community. We also offer outstanding training to the next generation of mental health professionals. CAPS is a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff. We are committed to affirming diversity and seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone we serve!

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Leadership and Administration

  • Provide direction and oversight for all mental health services of the center. Provide oversight of staffing, budget planning, management of resources, and overall clinical and outreach operations.
  • Create an environment that applies the strengths and accomplishments of staff. Promote alignment and teamwork, empowering experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities.
  • Actively strive to foster and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of differences. Cultivate a working environment that encourages collaboration and professional development.
  • Support CAPS' DEI mission to ensure that all staff incorporate considerations of diversity and social justice in all aspects of their work.
  • Provide vision, direction and plan strategically for CAPS. Stay abreast of legal and regulatory issues and the best methodologies related to mental health and public health programming.
  • Establish consultative and collaborative relationships with members of the campus and external communities.
  • Present student-focused innovative and creative ideas to continue to build on the current and future success of Health and Wellness Services.
  • Advise the AVC on related matters and design strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Health and Wellness Services.
  • Manage all requests for reports, data, publications, compliance and budgets.
  • Provide backup crisis and/or initial screening coverage.

Planning, Development and Evaluation

  • Continuously assesses and improve service offerings in response to shifting needs.
  • Anticipate challenges, prepare short- and long-terms plans for wide-ranging campus priorities related to CAPS.
  • Apply technology to enhance and expand services.
  • Partner with the Office of Assessment and Planning to develop, implement, and analyze assessment initiatives that foster student success, oversight for departmental publications, statistical and annual reports.
  • Coordinate student support services assessment and evaluation efforts by identifying, collecting, and analyzing appropriate data. Develop key strategies, effective prevention and intervention programs for students.
  • Facilitate divisional, campus-wide, and community partner working groups around goals and outcomes related to student success and retention.
  • Develop and implement ongoing services for all students that promote academic, social, personal growth and success.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, State, Federal laws, codes, and regulations as well as procedures specific to the department and campus community.
  • Provide leadership and strategy for unit and campus-level accreditation activities by sharing data and best methodologies.

Threat Assessment

  • Conduct timely and expedited violence risk assessments. Relay opinions on violence risk, including assessment of students, staff and faculty. Interview persons of concern and involved parties to gather relevant information.
  • Implement effective interventions to mitigate violence risks.
  • Collaborate with University community members to provide and connect individuals to community resources.
  • Ensure compliance with ethical standards, rules, regulations, and privacy requirements.
  • Organize and deliver training to students, staff, faculty, and community on the threat assessment program.
  • Identify program outcomes and develop reports.

Professional Development

  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Ensure professional development plans for staff that incorporate and encourage the best methods and new programming models for student learning and development.
  • Participate in local, regional and national research; as well as, presentations pertinent to job functionality.
  • Attend conferences and professional institutes to stay relevant and build a professional network that enhances the potential for innovation at CU Boulder.

What You Should Know

This position is expected to work primarily on campus, with some flexibility for remote work.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $140,000 - $160,000 annually. Onboarding Assistance is available within Student Affairs division guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be ambitious. Be innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Master’s degree or higher degree in counseling, social work, or appropriately related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible leadership, management, and supervisory experience within a college counseling center.
  • Current Colorado licensure or ability to attain licensure within one year of appointment.

What You Will Need

  • Retain a competent understanding of the current challenges that college/university students are facing currently. In addition to understanding the challenges, demonstrate an ability to navigate a changing environment post-pandemic.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity and inclusion, work with students, faculty and staff from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory in a mental health context; current psychological/counseling practices and methods; effective strategies for responding to crisis situations and effective mental health promotion strategies.
  • Ability and specialized skills to design and apply appropriate instruments to determine the efficacy of services, measure progress in the attainment of goals and student learning outcomes.
  • Empower and lead a diverse staff in the accomplishment of goals. Effectively manage within a large complex organization, including supervision of a large staff and responsibility for planning, budgeting, assessment and evaluation practices.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and other agencies to deliver student services and achieve shared goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills; ability to effectively create and deliver presentations before a variety of audiences.
  • Creativity and innovation in the delivery of student mental health programs and services.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in Psychology, Public Health, Higher Education Administration and/or related field or ten years of experience of increasing responsibility as a senior leader.
  • Advanced experience developing organizational priorities, proven success with setting and obtaining goals, and demonstrated experience with high-level financial operations.
  • Experience with assessment, planning strategically and implementation of new initiatives and organizational change.
  • Initiative to be a regional and/or national leader in health and wellness within higher education and demonstrated experience serving in similar roles.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by November 10, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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