Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, is accepting applications for a Director of Counseling Services. This position will be responsible for providing personal and individual counseling for students, serves as a resource for faculty and staff concerning issues of college student mental health, provides educational programming and training for student staff and professional staff who manage the Student Affairs emergency response plan in the residence halls, and directs mental health crisis response. The purpose of the Office of Counseling Services is critically tied to the mission of Salem College which centers on the student experience and supports students’ academic persistence through graduation, helping them achieve their highest potential in a rapidly-changing world.

Salem College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Among the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, the Director of Counseling Services will:

  • Provide confidential short-term individual counseling for students
  • Provide referrals to qualified professionals in the community both by student request and following assessment of student need
  • Facilitate the development of support groups, as needed
  • Work with off-campus professionals to coordinate delivery of counseling services for students who require additional clinical/medical and other services; serve as College liaison to mental health agencies
  • Provide training for Residence Life staff, as requested by the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Student Conduct
  • Conduct educational programming in residence halls and other venues on campus, as requested
  • Work closely with Health Services, Chaplain’s office, Fleer Center, faculty and deans, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities, Leadership & Intercultural Education, Academic Support, Athletics, and Residence Life to coordinate practices and programming rooted in holistic model of student wellbeing
  • Serve as consultant and resource for faculty and staff on college student mental health issues
  • Coordinate schedules and supervise graduate counseling interns and part-time counselor
  • Provide crisis response and intervention assistance; share on-call duty as assigned by the Dean of Students and serve as primary coordinator of mental health crisis response
  • Assist with New Student Orientation, Family Weekend, and other campus-wide events when staff in Student Affairs participate
  • Participate in weekly Early Alert student success and persistence meetings
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

This is a full-time, 10-month position that reports to the Dean of Students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education:    Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology or relevant field; Doctorate preferred
  • Experience:  Previous experience in counseling required and in a college setting strongly preferred
  • Self-directed, motivated, and demonstration of strong initiative
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, maintain confidentiality, and supervise staff and interns
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations, as part of a team, and collaborate with others

Application Process:

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is August 15, 2019. To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and the contact information for two professional references to Shannon Alford, Assistant Dean of Students, at The review of applications begins immediately.