Director of Counseling Services
Employee manages and coordinates counseling, mental health education programming and
substance abuse education programs for the college. These duties include, but are not limited to, assessment, referral, counseling and education. Employee also serves as an ombudsman to students. This position reports directly to the Dean of Student Services, but works very closely with student health services. May provide budget and report preparation. This is an 11-month position, with benefits, 1 August through 30 June (generally).
- Provides a wide range of counseling services to students on a short to medium term
basis and refers students for long-term counseling as needed.
- Designs and delivers wellness programming to students including, but not limited
to, stress management, healthy coping strategies, fostering social connections and
building healthy relationships. This may include curriculum development and
classroom teaching in the First Year Experience and Professional Development
courses for all first-year students as well as others.
- Works closely with faculty, Residential Life & Student Activities, Commandant of
Midshipmen, Athletics, Campus Safety, and Student Health Services to educate and
assist with programming that will encourage students to prioritize their mental
health and make choices that will assist them in achieving their academic goals.
- Develops and implements peer resource programs and develops resource groups
(AA, NA, Grief & Loss, Survivor Support, etc.) as needed.
- Provides and supports outreach to and from the local communities, with local
service providers, and other colleges and schools in Maine.
- Maintains relationships with other Maine college counseling centers to share trends,
ideas, and solutions for common concerns among the student population.
- Serves on the Academy’s Behavioral Intervention Team (SEA Team) and may be
asked to serve on other campus committees that involve student satisfaction and
- Assists the Commandants Office and Student Services in assessing campus mental
health and campus substance abuse. Provides strategies to improve both. Develops
social norming campaigns.
- Maintain a social media presence for additional educational opportunities.
- Sets goals for and evaluates the effectiveness of outside counseling for students
wishing to return to MMA after dismissal that required counseling.
- In the role of ombudsman serves as an advocate for students by helping them
develop strategies for solving problems related to their collegiate experience.
- Maintain appropriate LCPC or LCSW license.
- Administers appropriate department budget.
- May supervise student and/or regular Academy employees and external contractors
- May be asked to provide emergency on-call services from time to time.
- May be asked to provide tele-counseling to students aboard the TSSOM or
commercial vessels while at sea during training periods and to students ashore
while on field experiences.
This job description reflects the general duties of the job but is not a detailed description of all duties which may be inherent to the position. The Academy may assign reasonably related additional duties to individual employees consistent with policy and collective bargaining agreements.
- LCPC or LCSW license required.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
- Able to work on call occasional nights and weekends required.
- Experience working with college age population preferred.
- Experience with substance abuse counseling preferred.
- 3 years of experience preferred.
- Criminal background check required.
- Participation in MMA’s Random Drug Testing Program.
- Tobacco-Free Campus
- Exerting up to 10 – 20 pounds of force occasionally.
- Able to work on call occasional nights and weekends
- Use of computer keyboard and monitor