Director of Counseling Services
Atchison, KS

Department: Student Life

Job Status: Full-time; 10 month position

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Reports To: Vice President of Student Life

Amount of Travel Required: Minimal travel required

Work Schedule: 8:00am-5:00pm; some night and weekend work

Positions Supervised: Counseling Center staff (part-time counselors)


The Director of Counseling Services oversees the delivery of counseling services to individual students and groups and provides vision, direction, and supervision for Counseling Center staff, operations, facilities, budgets, policies, and initiatives. The Director manages the operations of the Counseling Center, as well as provide direct clinical service. In addition, the Director of Counseling Services collaborates with various internal and external personnel and supports the broader Student Life vision of promoting community within the Catholic and Benedictine tradition.


Provide strategic direction for counseling services; set and achieve long-term and short-term goals that foster Benedictine College’s mission and vision; serve as the College resource for best practices related to student counseling services.
Administer counseling services in accord with Catholic moral principles, Benedictine College principles and policies, licensing and professional standards and ethics, and governmental regulations including HIPAA, FERPA, and Title IX; establish and enforce policies and procedures.
Manage student intake/scheduling procedures; manage department within allocated budget; identify and manage risks associated with counseling services.
Select, train, and supervise counseling staff; review and assign new counseling cases to staff.
Provide mental health counseling, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral and consultations for students, including in crisis/emergency situations.
Collaborate with Director of Student Health in management of the Student Health Center.
Coordinate and/or collaborate with others to provide regular programs of student and staff education and training on wellness topics including mental health, alcohol and other drug prevention, and Title IX/Ravens CARE.
Develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with Residence Life, Student Success Center, Nursing, Athletics, local health providers and resources, other college departments, and the college administration.
Provide annual/semester reports of Counseling Center activities to Vice President of Student Life
This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the College’s needs.


Competency Statement(s)

Understanding and acceptance of Catholic and Benedictine values

Clinical counselor or social work skills

Supervision skills

Strong experience in crisis intervention and risk-assessments.

Ability to create and conduct presentations for staff and students

Ability to provide consultation to faculty, staff, and others on matters relating to student problems

Ability to manage crisis and conflict situations

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills as well as proven administrative and organizational skills

Computer skills including word processing, e-mail and database software



Master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, social work or related field with current licensure



Minimum of five years of experience as a licensed counselor, preferably in a college setting

Leadership and supervisory experience, preferably in a college setting



Physical Abilities 

Stand F

Walk F

Sit F

Handling / Fingering F

Reach Outward F

Reach Above Shoulder O

Climb O

Crawl N

Squat or Kneel O

Bend F


Push / Pull

12 lbs or less O

13-25 lbs O

26-40 lbs O

41-100 lbs N


Lift /Carry

10 lbs or less C

11-20 lbs O

21-50 lbs O

51-100 lbs N

Over 100 lbs N


N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% – 66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


About Benedictine College

Benedictine College, which has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1900 students, is a mission-centered academic community.  Its mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts, and residential college is the education of men and women within a community of faith and scholarship. Benedictine College provides a liberal arts education through academic programs based on core studies in the arts and sciences.