Company Name:

Cornell University


Ithaca, New York

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Adolescent Psychology

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:


Date Posted:

May 8, 2019

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Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Divisional Statement:
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

Unit Statement:

Cornell Health is a flagship college health organization, employing over 200 staff in support of campus health and well-being. Together we foster student readiness to learn, with the goal of helping all students participate fully in the Cornell experience. Our staff members provide innovative campus leadership on a range of public health issues. We also work together to deliver affordable, high-quality, medical and mental health services in a manner that recognizes the experiences, needs, and values of the individuals who comprise Cornell’s diverse community.

Department Statement:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is a department of Cornell Health. CAPS staff members collaborate with primary care medical staff and others to provide whole-person care to students. With over 40 multidisciplinary staff members, CAPS serves approximately 20% of the student population with over 24,000 visits each year. Services include brief goal-focused interventions, individual and group counseling, skill-building workshops, psychiatry services, and referrals to specialized care. CAPS staff members also support the mental health of the campus environment by providing faculty and staff with training and consultation about how best to identify and support students in distress.

Position Impact

The Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will join Cornell Health at an exciting moment in history. This dynamic, innovative, future-oriented leader in college mental health will join a like-minded group of senior leaders to oversee an important period of change. Over the coming year, CAPS will implement fundamental changes to its model of clinical mental health service delivery with the goal of meeting increasing campus needs and expectations, while matching students with the most appropriate level of care.

The immediate actions the CAPS director will lead include:

  • Supervise evaluation and direct refinement of this new model of care.
  • Lead a large, diverse, and multi-disciplinary staff through this time of change, modeling adaptability and providing inspiring leadership.
  • Consult and collaborate with university partners as they navigate the impacts of substantial change to the delivery of campus mental health services.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology or in medicine (if in medicine, must have current board certification in psychiatry); licensed clinical social worker

    • At least three years post-professional clinical experience

  • At least two years of pertinent administrative experience supervising multidisciplinary clinicians and managing a clinical service

  • Current licensure and eligibility for or possession of a current license to practice in the State of New York

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in administration in higher education mental health

  • Documented contributions to the field of college mental health

  • Excellent public speaking and ability to work with the media

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