• Title

  • Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

    Posted: 09/11/2022

    Job Summary
    Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks an Associate Director to join our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team.  This role provides input and makes recommendations for the effective and efficient administrative, clinical, consultative, and outreach functions of CAPS. Provides consultation and oversight on sensitive, challenging, and more acute clinical cases, in consultation with the Director. Provides urgent clinical services during regular hours of operation. Attends administrative meetings, participate on relevant committees, and provide input and recommendations to enhance the general operational flow of clinical services. Provides on call coverage, crisis intervention, psycho-educational programming, community liaison and referrals, data collection, assessment and evaluation, and reports as needed. Serves as the Administrator-in-Charge when the Director is absent or unavailable. 


    The Associate Director is responsible for responding to the mental health needs of RISD students. Under minimal guidance from the Director, this role is responsible for the clinical training for practicum students and interns from a variety of academic programs. Provides a full range of culturally informed clinical and administrative services to support the psychological health of a culturally diverse and creative student body at RISD. Delivers consultation and training to faculty and staff in the RISD community.


    The successful candidate will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities. CAPS provides a range of mental health services to support the unique needs of art and design students, which include objective and non-judgmental counseling, individual and group therapy, 24/7 crisis referral services, as well as tools and resources to build campus-wide awareness/understanding of mental health issues. Learn more about RISD Health and Wellness.


    Essential Functions:

    • Provide culturally informed clinical services to all RISD students. This includes, but is not limited to:  intake evaluations, short- and long-term individual therapy, and group therapy.
    • Assist Director in providing leadership and oversight of the clinical services provided within the center. This includes administrative consultation of cases, outreach both internally and externally, and training and development of clinicians. This also includes attending CARE team meetings if the Director is unavailable. Provide outreach and consultation to faculty, staff, and students who may need support when dealing with student behavioral issues. This may also include supervision of part-time staff as requested by the Director.
    • Oversee the selection, training, and evaluation of clinical trainees in accordance with program guidelines. Manage policy development and implementation; maintaining affiliations with various clinical training programs; and mentoring and guiding RISD’s clinical staff in their roles as trainee supervisors. Develop the schedule for in-service, case conference, and other meetings relevant to the training program.
    • Ensure record-keeping and clinical services are in regulatory and ethical compliance and meet accreditation standards. Maintain monthly statistics on student usage of Counseling Services
    • Serve in the CAPS on-call rotation for the college.  This includes after hours management of psychological crises and all psychological cases.
    • Assess current college-wide training programs as they relate to mental health on college campuses, particularly within CAPS, and within student leadership trainings.
    Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience:
    • Demonstrated experience in program development and evaluation.
    • Demonstrated experience in policy development and implementation.
    • Demonstrated competency providing clinical services for diverse or marginalized clients, including international populations and clients who identify along the gender and sexual orientation spectra.
    • Demonstrated experience with considering and implementing social justice elements into training and practice from a systemic standpoint.
    • Demonstrated competency in managing and responding to crisis and emergency clinical situations.
    • Demonstrated experience providing clinical services for the wide range of presenting issues seen in college students, including assessing and managing risk and the treatment of acute concerns (e.g., eating disorders, prodromal symptomatology).
    • Appreciation and knowledge of the process of intersectional identity development.
    • Ability to manage a very full caseload within a time-limited clinical setting.
    • Ability to manage crisis situations, including suicidality and danger to others.
    • Highly effective interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner.
    • Strong outreach, consultation, and written and verbal communication skills.
    • Must be computer literate.
    • An MSW or master’s in counseling (or related field) with at least 7 years of experience post-licensure in mental health settings; Or a doctorate in counseling, clinical, or psychology from an APA-accredited program with at least 2 years of experience post-licensure in mental health settings.
    • At least 2 years of clinical supervisory experience required.
    • Must be licensed or license-eligible as an LICSW, LMHC, or Psychologist in Rhode Island (i.e. must file for licensure in Rhode Island immediately upon hire and obtain license in accordance with RI State Board of Health prevailing standards and schedules).



    Work Schedule:

    35 hours per week; 12 months per year


    Employment Status:

    Full-Time, Regular, Exempt





    Documents Needed to Apply:

    Resume (required)

    Cover Letter (required)


    Salary Grade Structure


    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.


    The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.


    RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our 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.
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