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MA in Mental Health Counseling Program Founding Director

Alma College (Alma, Michigan) seeks an individual with vision, a passion for cultivating relationships, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the founding director for our new low-residency Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Key responsibilities of this position include: graduate student recruiting, internal and external communication and marketing, career and professional development, pursuing accreditation with Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and graduate program event planning. Candidates for the position should have significant professional experience working in clinical settings and in higher education. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative administrator who values collaboration and embraces the challenge of bringing a vision to life.

The founding director will hold an administrative appointment. The director, working in coordination with an interdisciplinary advisory group of faculty and reporting to the provost, will oversee all elements of the new program. Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee program development, faculty recruitment and assignment, and organization of the unit.
  • Assure that Alma College values regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are evident in all aspects of the program
  • Supervise the work of faculty and students in the program, assuring quality and integrity.
  • Teach 1-4 courses annually.
  • Represent the program in meetings, help shape the direction of the program, and address issues relevant to the program’s goals of excellence and growth.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of student recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of program budgets and maintain spending in line with projections
  • Establish and encourage mutually beneficial collaborations with other clinical, research, and academic facilities.
  • Build and maintain communication with friends of the program, as well as local, state, and national professional associations and prepare to engage alumni.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of respect, collegiality, support, and encouragement for diligence, creative effort, and professional excellence among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Develop and implement academic standards and policies.
  • Promote ongoing outreach to alumni, the Alma campus, and the external community

During implementation, the director will work with the faculty advisory group to ensure that the program is developed in accordance with Alma College’s standards and accrediting body requirements. Specific tasks include revising the proposed curriculum, creating ongoing links to the Alma campus and the professional community, and completing all necessary program approvals. Once implementation has been completed the director, depending on interests and qualifications, may assume duties in teaching.

Candidates should have a deep knowledge of CACREP standards, strong professional connections, and proven administrative skills, preferably in higher education. The director must be an individual who is collaborative and decisive, and adept at balancing vision with the pragmatics of implementation. A Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision or a closely related field is required.

Interested candidates should submit a letter outlining their qualifications to lead this new program, a C.V., and the names of three professional references to Ms. Megan Brown at The letter should describe your goals for the program and the three or four steps you think are most important in establishing a program of quality.

A Phi Beta Kappa institution, Alma is a selective baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. For more information about the college, visit

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on August 08, 2022