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Director, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Requisition Number:

56897

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

City

Boulder

State

Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff

Schedule:

Full-Time

Posting Close Date:

20-Jun-2024

Date Posted:

24-May-2024

Job Summary

Attention: This is a listing for visibility, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSITION ON THIS SITE. CU Boulder has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “CU Boulder—Director, CAPS.” Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Mark Patishnock, Senior Consultant, at mpatishnock@keelingassociates.com. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and all materials received by June 20, 2024 will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications submitted here on the CU Boulder Job Site WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. 

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is seeking an experienced, relational, and highly skilled mental health administrator and leader to serve as the next Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). The Director will provide strategic direction and oversight of all CAPS services—leading, supporting, and motivating a robust team of multidisciplinary providers and trainees in delivering high-quality, culturally competent mental health care to meet the needs of the University’s undergraduate and graduate student population. Competitive candidates will demonstrate strong management and supervisory experience; well-honed interpersonal and communication skills; an ability to effectively navigate and build partnerships within complex organizations; a commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and access; and a proven ability to utilize data, assessment, innovation, and best practices to stay at the forefront of student trends and needs. 

The Director reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Health and Wellness and is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and management of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services Center (CAPS). The Director oversees and directs all services provided by CAPS and is responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of students, the Division of Health and Wellness, and the campus at large. The Director provides vision and leadership regarding the provision of mental health services on campus. Collaborating with other departments within health services, as well as campus partners, this position will be tasked with advising on situations and policies having a mental health component. The Director supervises professional staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and 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 standards and requirements. This position is responsible for selecting, supervising, and evaluating staff psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and other counselors who provide clinical, developmental, and/or educational services.

The Director serves as an institutional leader regarding the mental health and well-being of students and collaborates with other CU departments on programs, services, policy development, and crisis response/management. The Director maintains 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 Assistant 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 and the needs of the broader community and advocating 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 furthers the well-being of students and helps them succeed by providing a full range of clinical mental health services, consultation, and outreach to the campus community. We also offer outstanding training to the next generation of mental health providers. 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 
  • The CAPS Director will not carry an ongoing caseload but, as needed, will provide backup crisis management support, initial screen coverage, or other clinical care when needed or relevant, and to maintain clinical skills.
  • Responsible for managing all requests for reports, data, compliance, and identifying and drafting communication priorities.
  • Advises the AVC on related matters and designs strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Health and Wellness.
  • Presents innovative and creative ideas to continue to build on the current and future success of the departments within Health and Wellness to be student-focused.
  • Actively participates in Health and Wellness Division director’s meetings and select divisional projects and initiatives.
  • Serves on various division-, campus-, and university-wide committees and work groups to ensure a more seamless educational experience for students.
  • Establishes consultative and collaborative relationships with members of the campus community and external communities.
  • Provides vision, direction, and strategic planning for CAPS; stays abreast of legal and regulatory issues and best practice standards for mental health and public health programming.
  • Supports CAPS' mission by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that all staff integrate multicultural competence and issues of diversity and social justice in all their work.
  • Actively strives to foster and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of differences and creates a working environment that encourages collaboration and professional development.
  • Creates an environment within CAPS that leverages the strengths and accomplishments of staff, promotes synergy and teamwork, and empowers experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities.
  • Provides direction and oversight for all mental health services of the center; provides oversight of staffing, budget planning, and management of resources, quality, and overall clinical and outreach operations.
Planning, Development, and Evaluation 
  • Provides leadership and strategy for unit- and campus-level accreditation activities that relate to Health and Wellness initiatives by sharing data and best practices.
  • Ensures compliance with all local, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations; and systems, campus, and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements ongoing programs and services for all students that promote academic, social, and personal growth and success.
  • Facilitates divisional, campus-wide, and community partner working groups around goals and outcomes related to student success and retention.
  • Partners with the Office of Assessment and Planning on assessment initiatives that foster student success, overseeing the assessment data, review and preparation of statistical and annual reports.
  • Responsible for directing student support services assessment and evaluation efforts within Health and Wellness by identifying, collecting, and utilizing appropriate data to enhance services, report student trends, and develop key strategies and effective prevention and intervention programs to meet the needs of current and future students.
  • Utilizes technology to enhance and expand the delivery of services.
  • Anticipates challenges and prepares short- and long-term plans for wide-ranging campus priorities related to CAPS.
  • Continuously assesses, monitors, and improves service offerings in response to the changing needs of students and the University.
Professional Development and Other Duties as Assigned 
  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws, and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Ensures staff have a professional development plan that incorporates and encourages best practices and new programming models for student learning and development.
  • Participates in local, regional, and national research and presentations pertinent to job functionality. 
  • Attends conferences and professional institutes to stay relevant and build a professional network that enhances the potential for innovation at CU Boulder.
  • Participates in research relevant to student development, mental health, and well-being. 
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

What You Should Know

DO NOT APPLY ON THIS SITE.

CU Boulder has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “CU Boulder—Director, CAPS.” 

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Mark Patishnock, Senior Consultant, at mpatishnock@keelingassociates.com. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and all materials received by June 20, 2024, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled. 

What We Can Offer

Annual salary range of $140,000-$180,000 with onboarding assistance which includes a sign-on bonus.

Benefits

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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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or appropriately related field.
  • Current Colorado licensure as a counselor, social worker, psychologist, or similar mental health license, or ability to attain licensure within one year of appointment.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible leadership, management, and supervisory experience preferably within a college counseling center.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity and inclusion, and work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory in a mental health context; current psychological/counseling practices and methods; effective strategies for responding to crises and effective mental health promotion strategies.
  • Ability and specialized skills to design and utilize appropriate instruments to determine the efficacy of services and measure progress in the attainment of goals and student learning outcomes.
  • Ability to lead a diverse staff in the accomplishment of goals; effectively manage within a large complex organization, including motivating and supervising a large staff; and work constructively with faculty and staff to deliver student services and achieve shared goals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget management, strategic planning, assessment, and strategy development for a department/unit.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills; ability to effectively make presentations before a variety of audiences.
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in the delivery of student mental health programs and services.
  • The Director should have a competent understanding of the current challenges facing college/university students and adapt to the evolving post-pandemic landscape.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • 5 to 7 years of experience working and leading within a collegiate mental health environment. 
  • Experience with change management and leadership transitions.

Special Instructions

DO NOT APPLY ON THIS SITE.

CU Boulder has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Interested applicants must send a cover letter and resume, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “CU Boulder—Director, CAPS.” Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Mark Patishnock, Senior Consultant, at mpatishnock@keelingassociates.com. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and all materials received by June 20, 2024, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Mark Patishnock

Posting Contact Email: mpatishnock@keelingassociates.com