Counseling Director

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Counseling Director

University Overview

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.

Posted Job Title
Counseling Director

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
The Director of Counseling Services (Counseling Director) within Student Health and Counseling is a senior leader who oversees the provision individual and group psychotherapies for undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania. The Counseling Director reports to the Executive Director for Student Health and Counseling, and joins the clinical services senior leadership team alongside the Medical Director and the Director of Integrated Care Initiatives.

Job Description

The Counseling Director oversees a student-centered approach to clinical counseling and psychological service operations. The Counseling Director manages staff clinicians and supports complex case management; this support may also be offered in collaboration with various student-facing offices within the University that reside outside of the counseling center.

The Counseling Director manages all general counseling and psychological clinical services and procedures offered at the counseling center This includes decision-making regarding allocation of clinical resources, including, but not limited to, the Drop-In Team, and management of the master schedule for Initial Assessments for office-based visits.

The Counseling Director leads 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 in order to transform the health, well-being and potential of students, with unwavering compassion for those most vulnerable. The Counseling Director provides supervision and oversight of the interface between the administration and clinical staff including the master schedule.

This position, in collaboration with the Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling and other Wellness departments, will ensure that the scope and delivery of mental and behavioral health services provided to undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Penn are aligned with student needs. The Counseling Director will also provide the primary responsibility for managing complex and high-risk clients within Student Health and Counseling and also in partnership with Student Intervention Services (SIS), and other campus partners.


This position requires a Ph.D. or doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling or a 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 under pressure. Must have previous supervisory experience. Must be available nights, weekends, and holidays as required.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Health and Wellness

Pay Range
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement
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.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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