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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Associate Director, University Counseling Center

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3768

UW Job Family: 34

SOC Code: 11-9151

Pay Grade: 25

Date: October 22, 2009

Job Purpose:

Assists the Director of the University Counseling Center with the overall management, personnel, and operational functions; responsible for directing the daily operations of the University Counseling Center clinic in the Directors' absence; provides professional psychological services including counseling, assessment and emergency services to campus community, as well as providing outreach and educational workshops.

Minimum Qualifications


Doctorate in Counseling, Psychology, or a related field


5 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Wyoming

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Professional ethical guidelines.
  • Counseling service operations, administrative functions, and personnel management.
  • Accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Clinical operations and procedures.
  • Psychotherapeutic principles and practices.
  • Budgeting and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Community mental health resources.
  • Applicable risk management principles and procedures.
  • Professional ethical guidelines associated with the practices of psychology.
  • Current psychology methodologies and techniques.
  • Crisis intervention techniques.
  • Emotional, social, psychological and environmental problems, and the techniques used in treating or managing them.
  • Techniques for observing and assessing behavior.
  • Psychotherapy techniques.
  • Counseling techniques.
  • Abnormal psychology.
  • Principles and practices of clinical psychology.
  • Principles of group behavior and interaction.
  • Techniques of conducting evaluative and therapeutic interviews. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Effectively communicate in written and verbal form.
  • Assist with operations and effective management of the University Counseling Center.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Manage, monitor, coordinate, and assess services of the University Counseling Center.
  • Administer psychotherapeutic programs.
  • Develop, plan, and implement short-and-long-range goals.
  • Perform essential functions under stressful situations.
  • Adhere to professional guidelines associated with the practices of psychology.
  • Effectively interact and establish a rapport with clients, and to develop therapeutic relationships.
  • Use intervention methods to bring about positive behavioral changes in clients.
  • Facilitate positive group interaction and mutual support.
  • Prepare clear and concise case studies.
  • Process, analyze, and interpret statistical data and to prepare clinical statistics.
  • Maintain records, and prepare reports and correspondence related to work.
  • Effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
  • Maintain favorable public relations.
  • Assess mental status in clients and to develop individual treatment goals and plans.
  • Maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Utilize crisis intervention techniques.
  • Foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Provide formal evaluations of interns and graduate assistants.
  • Instruct, train, supervise and evaluate doctoral interns, graduate assistants, and practicum students.
  • Provide leadership and assistance  in the development, implementation, and evaluation of workshops, seminars, and other intervention strategies. 

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assist with or act on behalf of the Director, University Counseling Center, which includes directing the daily operations of the University Counseling Center clinic, its services, staffing, and record keeping, and assisting with personnel, budget, and policy issues, as needed, in accordance with the University of Wyoming's policies and procedures affecting the University Counseling Center.

Provide individual, conjoint, or group counseling and therapy for campus community; perform psychotherapy, psychological testing and diagnostic evaluations.

Provide emergency psychological services during non-office hours.

Instruct, train, supervise and evaluate postdoctoral residents, doctoral interns, graduate assistants and practicum students in methods and procedures of counseling, psychotherapy, and diagnostics.

Provide leadership and assistance in the development, implementation and evaluation of workshops, seminars and other intervention strategies designed to enhance the mental health and well being of the campus community and the learning atmosphere of the campus environment.

Provide consultation and outreach services and programs to campus, faculty, staff and students.

Liaison to Student Health Service; coordinate services and training between this department and Student Health Service.

Supplemental Functions:

Maintain client files and case notes; maintain correspondence and compile information; prepare reports as assigned.

Participate in professional development opportunities and in-service training.

Working Conditions:

No major sources of discomfort, standard office environments at two different locations.  Routinely works during non-office hours.

Distinguishing Features:

Associate Director:  The Associate Director level acts with full-delegated authority as Director.  As the Unit Administrator directs the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit including fiscal planning and management and strategic planning, hiring, firing, grievances and conflict resolutions, employee evaluations.  The majority of support staff report directly to this level.  The Associate Director level is the senior level and direct successor to the Unit's Appointing Authority in their absence.  

Assistant Director:  The Assistant Director assists the Unit Appointing Authority or Administrative Director with the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit or directs a specified entity within the unit. 

In a Unit with both an Associate Director and Assistant Director level, the Associate Director level is the level with a much broader scope of responsibility and is called upon to "act as Director with full decision-making authority in their absence."  In a Unit with only one level (either an Associate Director or an Assistant Director), whichever level is present may be called on to temporarily "act on behalf of Director in their absence, as directed."

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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