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Clarkson University seeks Executive Director of Counseling & Health

Clarkson University seeks an experienced mental health clinician and leader to direct the counseling and student health services at its highly residential campus in Upstate New York. Clarkson University is the third smallest nationally ranked research university and the institution of choice for more than 3,400 enterprising, high-ability undergraduate and graduate students. Through its 50+ programs, Clarkson educates remarkably effective engineers, scientists, health professionals, business people, and creative leaders who easily defy convention and engage—“What’s next.” Clarkson does this by creating an exceptionally demanding, boundary-spanning experience in an entrepreneurial community known for its core values, technology intensive resources, and appreciation of the Adirondack Park that lies just beyond its doorstep. Located in the college town of Potsdam, NY with three other universities nearby, Clarkson community members enjoy a constantly changing social and intellectual quality of life largely influenced by proximity to the north slope of the Adirondacks; easy access to Lake Placid as well as two major cities—Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; and a high level of regional camaraderie that encourages innovative partnerships in small business development, arts, tourism, recreation, agriculture, and green energy.

The Position
Reporting directly to the Vice President for University Outreach & Student Affairs, the Executive Director of Counseling & Health is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and management of the Student Counseling & Health Center in support of the overall personal growth, development, and wellness of Clarkson students, while assuring the Center is in step with current national best practices. The Executive Director will have primary management responsibility for the Counseling Services, maintain a clinical practice serving students directly, coordinate with external mental health providers, and facilitate educational programs and outreach to the campus community. Administrative responsibilities include strategic planning; data collection and outcomes assessment; budget management; staff development, supervision, and evaluation; and oversight of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital contract for health services. Direct reports include three licensed mental health counselors, an administrative assistant, and the Director of Health Services who manages the day-to-day operations of the health services side of the Center. Building and maintaining collaborative working relationships between the Center and the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Success Center, other administrative offices, faculty, staff, and students is an ongoing priority for the Executive Director of Counseling & Health.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in counseling psychology, clinical social work, psychiatric-mental health nursing, or related field and be eligible to obtain New York licensure. Demonstrated managerial leadership and significant clinical experience are required. Experience working in a higher education environment and a track record of innovation in addressing rising counseling and mental health needs of a college-aged population strongly preferred. Cultural competency, a collaborative and adaptable working style, effective communication and presentation skills, commitment to uphold professional ethical standards, as well as an ability to design and lead educational programs and community outreach will also be important considerations in the selection of the Director of Counseling & Health.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Inquiries or nominations may be directed to Valerie Szymkowicz at

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group
Clarkson University – Executive Director of Counseling & Health Valerie Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

Visit the Clarkson University website at

Clarkson University has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

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