University of St. Thomas
Director of Counseling and Wellness Services


The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Counseling and Wellness Services. This position is within the Enrollment and Student Engagement Division and reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.


The Director of Counseling Wellness Services is a critical position on the Student Affairs leadership team and spearheads counseling and wellness strategies across campus. This position oversees the Counseling Wellness Office and collaborates with departments on strategies that focus on critical student success metrics. This position will actively contribute towards furthering our Student Affairs Board of Trustee charges to strengthen UST’s (a) student success efforts, and (b) Catholic mission and faith integration efforts.


Essential duties and responsibilities:

Oversee all counseling and wellness efforts across campus, including proactive initiatives and crisis intervention

Lead the Counseling team, including licensed Counselors, the Assistant Director of Student Wellness Persistence Initiatives, and Coordinator of Counseling Wellness Services

Serve as an advisor to the Care Team that supports students who are on an active watch list

Spearhead a formal training program for faculty, staff, and student leaders that targets competencies surrounding mental health and wellness

Identify, recommend, and implement holistic care strategies that support the goal of student retention

Oversee the development of a proactive wellness coaching model for the campus that contributes to overall holistic wellness

Explore a partnership with UST’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program that utilizes graduate students for wellness coaching and professional counseling practicums

Lead select cross-departmental committees focusing on strategies that prioritize student success outcomes

Utilizing appropriate technology, create new initiatives and access current programs and services to increase departmental effectiveness and meet student needs

Collaborate with other University departments on mental health and wellness strategies

Monitor program budgets and control of expenditures

Consult as appropriate with faculty, staff, and parents regarding their concerns about students

Cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with external providers of mental health services for the purpose of referrals and the coordination of a continuum of care for students

Set and participate in the counselor on-call schedule to support student emergencies and crises

Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs


Supervisory responsibilities:

This position supervises full-time licensed Counselors, the Assistant Director of Student Wellness Persistence Initiatives, and Coordinator of Counseling Wellness Services


Experience and Education:

Master’s or doctoral degree in Psychology, Counseling or Social Work

Appropriate professional licensure in Texas

A minimum of three years of professional experience in a college or university setting is strongly preferred

Previous supervisory and budgetary experience is highly preferred.

Intermediate level of proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, including making presentations to groups of various sizes

A thorough familiarity and knowledge of typical student affairs policies, protocols, and procedures is preferred

Ability to serve and support a diverse student body


Working conditions:

Position may require irregular office hours including after-hours and weekend work to attend student meetings and events. Office hours will be established in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and may include virtual components. Physical requirements are those of a typical office.


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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