Executive Director- University Counseling Services

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


The purpose of this position is the overall administration and coordination of all functions of the University Counseling services.


  • Reporting directly to this position are:
  • Director of Research and Administration
  • Director of Testing
  • Director of Training
  • Director of Extern and Practicum Program
  • Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation
  • Coordinator of outreach training
  • Medical Officer(s)
  • Administrative Aide
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Clinical Psychologists/Training Staff

    Interacts with University’s senior management, Vice President for Student Affairs, Deans, Directors, Faculty administrators and staff of the University Counseling Services along with outside professionals, American Psychological Association and other professional organizations.


  • Administers the operations of the University counseling Services and advises the Vice President for Student Affairs on matters pertaining to the psychological adjustment and career development needs of the student body.
  • Selects, provides training and administrative supervision to all professional and non-professional staff consisting of program directors, psychologists, psychological counselors, psychometricians, research personnel, and secretarial/clerical support staff.
  • Directs the implementation of administrative policies of the university pertaining to the operations of the University Counseling Services.
  • Directs and coordinates related personnel functions such as administrative/clinical supervision and evaluation.
  • Directs and ensures the accountability of the departmental budget.
  • Reviews and evaluates all operational phases of the University Counseling services.
  • Supervises and collaborates with heads of related units and oversees inter-unit program planning and development.
  • Reports to and consults with the Vice President of Student Affairs on matters pertaining to psychological adjustment and career development needs of the student body.
  • Provides crisis intervention services to Students in psychological and psychiatric crises.
  • Guides and directs the staff of the University Counseling Services in establishing and attaining goals and objectives in the provision of direct counseling and psychotherapy to students, with the purpose of alleviating students’ emotional distress and help students adjust to the demands of university life. 
  • Guides and directs the staff of the University Counseling Services in developing and implementing a wide array of preventive programs throughout the University for the emotional and psychological well-being of the student body.
  • Guides and directs the Director of Testing in the administration of national and institutional testing to candidates annually.
  • Guides and direct the Director of Training in the administration of the doctoral internship programs in clinical and counseling psychology and ensures the compliance of the program to the accreditation standards of the accrediting agency (American Psychological Association).
  • Directs and guides the Director of the Externship and Practicum training at the University Counseling Services in providing training in counseling, psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and other psychological services.
  • Provides consultative services to deans, directors, administrators, department heads, and the faculty on matters pertaining to the psychological and mental health needs of the student body.
  • Ensures that all psychological services provided under the incumbent’s supervision are in compliance to the ethical guidelines of professional bodies and in compliance to the legal statutes of the District of Columbia.
  • Provides in-service staff development programs for the staff to be kept up with requirements of state and professional organizations.

    Experience working with college students. Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information.

    Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationship with faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public.

    Competent in oral and written communication.

    Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, evaluate and supervise the work of others.


    Earned doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology. 

    Licensed to practice psychology in the District of Columbia.

    Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in administration and progressively responsible senior level work experience.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex,sexual orientation,gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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