Director of Counseling Services

The Director of Counseling Services is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Counseling Services office. S/he will develop policies and procedures for the delivery of mental health services; provide training and consultation on the prevention and identification of mental health problems which may jeopardize students’ academic success or compromise the safety and well-being of the campus community; collaborate with students’ families, faculty, staff and others in cases involving seriously ill students; and participate in division and college-wide committees and efforts to support and improve student life and retention. S/he will serve as a liaison to Student Health Services.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Provide leadership and supervision to professional, student, administrative and part-time staff that assures the highest standards of professional and ethical care.
• Provide appropriate psychological services that address a full range of issues.
• Oversee the daily operations of the counseling services office including office budget.
• Develop priorities and goals for the counseling services office in support of student affairs objectives and the academic mission of the College.
• Provide available coverage and oversight of crisis coverage for after-hours mental health emergencies.
• Work collaboratively with the Student Affairs Division and other offices that require input from a mental health expert; i.e. advising, academic affairs, etc.
• Plan and conduct professional development training for staff.
• Supervise and conduct recruitment, selection, orientation and development of graduate interns.
• Maintain and update appropriate off campus resources, files and resource library relevant to the needs of college age students.
• Administer psychological and other screening instruments as appropriate.
• Refer to appropriate outside resources for long-term therapy and/or issue-specific therapists and refer to and coordinate with treating/medicating psychopharmacologists when appropriate.
• Provide regular campus-wide training and workshops as needed, with an emphasis on educating faculty, staff and students to make appropriate referrals to the Counseling Services.
• Prepare periodic reports regarding Counseling Services activities and submit to the Vice President and Dean of Students.
• Collect, store and maintain client records in accordance with state and federal laws and standards of professional ethics so that the highest level of client confidentiality may be maintained.
• Develop and promote the Counseling Services as a college resource by communicating information about services and policies to prospective students, families and faculty.
• Serve as liaison to other offices/departments and serve on committees as needed.
• Attend/assist with College functions of general importance to student body or College (e.g. Orientation, Commencement, etc.).
• Conduct research and prepare reports as requested by the Vice President and Dean of Students, such as caseload statistics and volume and scope of Counseling Services’ activities. Conduct other research as necessary and useful to the College.
• Serve as a liaison to Student Health Services for clinical and administrative concerns regarding SMFA students.

Required minimum qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Social Work or related field
• 5 years post-degree clinical experience
• Licensure or licensure–eligible in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Strong customer/student relationship management skills
• Demonstrated ability to provide vision, training, supervision, and leadership to a small staff
• Interest and experience providing services to a multicultural population
• Ability to communicate successfully with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body

Preferred qualifications:
• 5 years of experience at a college or College Counseling Center
• Experience working collaboratively with College faculty, administration and staff
• Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program

For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and résumé to: You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.




Full Time


Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm


June 20, 2014


SMFA - Student Affairs