Director, University Counseling Center

Johnson University Tennessee invites applications for a full-time Director of its University Counseling Center, located on the Tennessee campus. Review of applications will begin March 21, with a desired start date of May-June 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter articulating interest in this position, a resume/CV, and three professional references to , Office Manager for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Sean M. Ridge, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Context

Johnson University is a private institution serving approximately 800 residential students. Johnson is part of a university system that includes a residential campus in Kissimmee, Florida (JUFL) and an online campus (JUOL). The University Counseling Center (UCC) on the Tennessee campus of Johnson University offers a broad range of preventive, remedial, and developmental counseling services to Johnson University’s Tennessee students.

General Description

The UCC Director administrates the mental health and wellness services at the University Counseling Center (UCC) on the Tennessee campus of Johnson University and is available to provide consultation for JUFL and JUOL.  Specifically, this person is responsible for oversight of generalist mental health services including the provision of individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, walk-in services, and consultation and educational/preventative outreach programming across the campus community.

This is a full-time, salaried 12-month position. 40-45 hours per week are typical during fall and spring semesters, with greater flexibility of hours during the summer term. Expected workdays are M-F with occasional nights/weekends as needed when responding to on-call or crisis situations. Salary commensurate with experience and includes a standard University benefits package. This position reports directly to the Dean of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences.


  • Administration of Services
    • Direct and oversee the overall operations of the UCC. This includes supervision of clinicians and a UCC Assistant Director, as well as administrative responsibility of budget, facility needs, and administrative functions to ensure effective, ethical service delivery.
    • Provide vision, strategic planning, and assessment for the Center to advance the UCC and University mission.
    • Develop and administer UCC protocols and procedures in keeping with current best practices for college counseling centers.
    • Develop and maintain all clinical, assessment, and training materials used at the UCC.
    • Maintain and update the UCC Sakai site.
    • Develop and maintain UCC data related to service delivery, service improvement, and accreditation.
    • Facilitate Clinical Orientation and training for all UCC practitioners and clinical supervisors.
    • Coordinate and participate in the UCC’s emergency and crisis response process.
    • Provide individual clinical supervision to practicum/internship graduate students and post-graduate externs.
    • As needed, provide direct therapeutic, crisis, assessment, and referral services.
    • Identify staffing needs and facilitate the hiring of clinical staff.
    • Serve as a consultant in the identification of needs and delivery of services to the JUFL and JUOL campuses.
    • Consult with concerned students, faculty, staff, and parents regarding student mental health concerns.
    • Collaborate with graduate counseling program faculty to ensure cohesion between service delivery, program requirements, and graduate student development.
  • Professional Development
    • Participate in 10 hours of continuing education per year related to the provision of services to the served population.
    • Possess or be willing to obtain membership with a professional mental health association (ACA, AAMFT, APA, or other as approved by Dean) and maintain gap-free professional liability insurance that contains a supervision rider.
    • Possess or be willing to obtain Center for Credentialing (CCE) Approved Clinical Supervisor credential.
    • Maintain the University Counseling Center’s status as an ACEP (Approved Continuing Education Provider). This includes administrative requirements as prescribed by the NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) as well as maintaining and developing collaborative opportunities with community partners.
  • Institutional
    • Teach PSYC4951 Counseling Lab.
    • Participate, as able, on relevant committees and/or teams that have the mission of promoting health and wellness regarding mental health, substance abuse, and/or sexual assault and relationship violence.
    • Provide outreach/education to the JUTN community on a variety of mental health topics.
    • Coordinate with the Division of Student Life to facilitate relevant sections of Resident Assistant training.
  • Key Qualifications
    • Master’s degree or higher in a mental health discipline (e.g., counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, or counseling psychology).
    • Must be professionally licensed to practice within the state of Tennessee or able to obtain license within the first year of employment.
    • Experience administrating provision of counseling services at the program director position or higher.
    • Knowledge of developmental issues of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural issues.
    • Effective generalist clinical skills and demonstrated experience assessing and intervening with a range of clinical issues and degrees of pathology.
    • Well-developed clinical supervision skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong oral, written, and listening communication capabilities.
    • Experience integrating faith/spirituality into the counseling process.

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.