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Assistant Director, Counseling & Consultation Services (4334) (EXTENDED)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Aug. 23, 2023
Title Assistant Director, Counseling & Consultation Services (4334) (EXTENDED)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Counseling & Consultation Serv
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Student Affairs


Northern Illinois University (NIU) Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) seeks qualified candidates to fill a full-time, 12-month Assistant Director position. CCS is part of the Division of Student Affairs and contributes to the mission to support the academic and personal success of NIU students as we promote their welfare and persistence through the college experience in preparation for their lives after graduation. Staff in the Division of Student Affairs are committed to serving students as they implement core values of student-centered service, collaborative partnerships focused on student success, inclusive communities striving for equity and social justice, professional growth and competency development, and ethical and efficient stewardship of resources.

CCS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and we offer an APA-accredited doctoral internship program with three internship positions. We also offer a practicum training program for 3-5 students each year. CCS staff embrace all aspects of diversity and promote awareness, sensitivity, cultural competence, and advocacy across all services as well as in our work with campus and community partners. CCS is a collaborative and team-oriented work environment that values self-care, work/life balance, and having fun while doing this important and challenging work.

Northern Illinois University is located in DeKalb, IL, 65 miles west of Chicago and 30-40 miles from many west suburban communities. With a current enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the mission of NIU is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation, and world. More than 50% of undergraduate students in fall 2022 identified as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), and those who identified as Latinx or Black comprised nearly 38% of students. More than 50% of undergraduate students identify as first-generation students and half of graduating classes are transfer students. CCS clients reflect this diversity and the percentages above closely match the percentages of clients seen for mental health support.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director provides counseling, consultation, and outreach services within the scope of CCS operations. The position is also responsible for the administration of the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship training program as well as coordination of the CCS practicum training program. The Assistant Director serves as a member of the CCS administrative team, collaborating with Director and Associate Director to provide general oversight for the department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Services 
    • Provide direct client services including individual and group counseling, initial consultation (triage) appointments, crisis intervention and case management. 


Administration of the APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology 
  • Serve as APA liaison and complete all accreditation requirements including report writing and other administrative tasks.
  • Coordinate yearly intern application, selection and match process.
  • Develop and implement training program requirements in collaboration with CCS staff.
  • Oversee supervision and evaluation of interns as well as daily operations of the internship program.
  • Overall administrator for all training provided by CCS including internship, practicum, and GA training.

Supervision and Training 
  •  Provide supervision and training for doctoral interns, practicum student trainees, and graduate assistants. 

Clinical Documentation 
  •  Maintain accurate clinical records in a timely and ethical manner 

Administration of CCS operations 
  • Develop CCS services, programs and policies/procedures.
  • Communicate CCS services, programs and policies/procedures to the NIU community.
  • Assume responsibility for CCS operations during absence of Director and/or Associate Director.

Outreach Programming 
  • Provide outreach programming to the university community focused on topics related to mental health and wellness. 

Consultation Services 
  •  Provide consultation services regarding mental health issues and students of concern to faculty/staff, students, family, and others. 

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)


Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

  • Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology
  • At least three (3) years of experience providing counseling services
  • Previous experience providing supervision to doctoral interns and/or other psychology trainees
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience providing services to diverse clients and a demonstrated commitment to multicultural counseling competencies

Additional Requirements (SPS)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

  • Experience working in a university counseling center
  • Prior and/or current administrative/coordination responsibilities

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