Director of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) - Rhode Island School of Design

  • Spelman Johnson
  • Providence, RI, USA
  • Oct 07, 2020
Full time Executive

Job Description

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), through its college and museum, is to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge, and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship, and innovation. Their immersive model of art and design education emphasizes robust liberal arts studies and conceptually driven studio-based learning in full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs across 19 majors. RISD's exceptional faculty foster student growth and development in extensive specialized facilities, enabling students to become confident, cross-disciplinary thinkers and nimble problem-solvers ready to confront the complexities of global practice in the 21st century. Nearly 30,000 alumni worldwide testify to the impact of a RISD education, exemplifying the vital role artists and designers play in defining global innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region.

Reporting to the executive director of integrated health and wellness, the director of counseling and psychological services (CAPS) is responsible for overseeing the provision of services that address the psychological and psychiatric needs of the students, including needs assessment and evaluation, individual and group counseling/psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation and treatment services, 24-hour coverage for mental health emergencies, and crisis intervention throughout the calendar year. The director provides vision and leadership for CAPS, and through the hiring and supervision of staff and consultants, assures the provision of high quality, culturally competent clinical and outreach services that are consistent with the highest ethical standards.

The director is responsible for creating consistent operating principles and ensuring collaboration with others in achieving the strategic goals of the college and the Division of Student Affairs. Through dynamic collaboration with other departments within Student Affairs, as well as other campus partners, the director advises on situations and policies having a mental health component. The CAPS director also serves as one of the key directors in the Division of Student Affairs and actively engages other campus leaders such as the director of health services and other members of Student Affairs to develop, evaluate, recommend, and implement, as approved, comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles.

Minimum qualifications include an earned master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field. Applicants must also be licensed or license-eligible in the state of Rhode Island within six months of employment. The director will possess a minimum of seven years of experience working in mental health settings, with at least three years working in college mental health coupled with demonstrated leadership experience. The new director must possess the ability to articulate a comprehensive philosophy of psychological services and to provide leadership in the assessment of programs and services. The successful candidate will have a commitment to the developmental orientation of CAPS, experience and skill in the delivery of appropriate clinical, outreach and consultative services to diverse populations of students, and a strong commitment to working with diverse clients including international students, individuals from ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds, and individuals representing various sexual orientations and gender identities.

Further, candidates must have experience with strategic planning, program planning, budgeting, and personnel matters as well as solid team management and coalition building skills. The director will have experience managing response to crisis situations, working as part of a Student Affairs support team, navigating complex, decentralized environments, and operating in interdisciplinary environments. The ability to work collaboratively with Health Services and Health Education staff to create an integrated model of wellness is necessary. Other required skills include the ability to identify and implement digital technology tools to enhance mental health services, demonstrated experience with computer information systems (Titanium preferred), highly effective interpersonal skills, and a collaborative approach to leadership. The director must be accessible after hours for consultation with front-line clinicians and administrators. To be successful at RISD, the director also must have an appreciation for the arts and the artist’s mind and view of the world.

Preferred qualification include an earned doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program and knowledge of student development theory and psychological/college counseling trends and literature.

Review of applications will begin November 4, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. RISD welcomes candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to its commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.