Founding Director, MA in Mental Health Counseling

FLSA Employment Category: Salaried; Exempt; Faculty; 12 months

DEPARTMENT: Mental Health Counseling


Alma College seeks a faculty member with vision, a passion for cultivating relationships, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the founding director for a new low-residency Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Key responsibilities of this position include: curriculum development, graduate student recruitment, program supervision and administration, and building relationships with external stakeholders. 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 a dual faculty/administrative appointment. The director, working in coordination with an interdisciplinary advisory group of faculty and reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, will oversee all elements of the new program.


* Oversee program development, faculty recruitment and assignment, and organization of the unit.
*Assure that Alma College’s 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 1-3 courses annually once the initial cohort is enrolled.
*Represent the program to the larger College, shape the emphasis of the program, and address issues relevant to the program’s goal 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.


Candidates should have a deep knowledge of professional 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 terminal degree in Mental Health Counseling, or a closely related field, in addition to professional licensure as a counselor is required.


Alma College anticipates the salary for this combined faculty/administrative will be $120,000-130,000 depending upon qualifications.


Interested candidates should submit a letter outlining their qualifications to build this new program, a C.V., and the names of three professional references to: Alma College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ( 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.

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

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.

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