Student Affairs

Assistant Director of Counseling

SUNY College at Old Westbury

Old Westbury, NY United States

The Office of Counseling and Psychological Wellness Services at SUNY Old Westbury is seeking an Assistant Director of Counseling.  The Office of Counseling and Psychological Wellness Services is a multidisciplinary team, dedicated to the support and enhancement of the psychological health and wellbeing, personal growth and development of SUNY Old Westbury's students. The Assistant Director of Counseling is expected to have a demonstrated experience and skill in the treatment of clients of diverse backgrounds, as well as dedication and experience in the supervision and development of emerging professionals.  This is a full-time, twelve (12) month position.

The Assistant Director of Counseling will:

  • Provide psychological services to students on both a regular and emergency basis, and when necessary, during non-traditional hours. 
  • Services include, but are not limited to, individual treatment, couple treatment, group treatment, crisis-intervention, triage, clinical consultation, and case management.  
  • Establish liaison with doctoral- and masters- level programs in the mental health professions.
  • Assist in management of counseling center's externship training program.
  • Provide individual and group supervision to trainees in the mental health professions.
  • Provide didactic seminars and other educational enrichment opportunities to the center's trainees.
  • Provide services, including consultation and collaboration, to other college personnel, including faculty, student affairs staff and student leaders.  
  • Initiate and take part in outreach services to the campus community, including collaboration and liaison to other college stakeholders. 
  • Support the students in their pursuit of academic excellence and persistence. 
  • Serve as a member of the Counseling and Psychological Wellness Team and participate in its meetings.  
  • Serve the Division of Student Affairs and the College of Old Westbury by serving on committees and participating in division- and campus-wide activities. 
  • Act on behalf of the department's director in their absence and assist the director in managing the center.



Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A Master's degree in mental health counseling or social work, Master's degree in Family and Marriage Counseling, or any equivalent degree and a professional license in New York State, or a license in another state and an eligibility for licensure in New York State within a year of commencing employment. 
  • Three (3) years of experience in a clinical/counseling position to include a broad generalist experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of disorders and life problems for students and/or individuals, inclusive of students and/or individuals in underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds.
  • Inclusive of the three (3) years of experience must include and be able to demonstrate experience and skill in the treatment of clients who identify as members from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+. 
  • Experience with risk assessment and management for students and/or individuals in underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Ability to manage a large caseload. 
  • Knowledge and experience in the supervision of mental health trainees.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to legal and ethical rules and guidelines regarding the treatment of college students. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to handle spontaneous work demands while undertaking projects that require advance planning. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to handle spontaneous work demands while undertaking projects that require advance planning. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A Ph.D. or PsyD. in Clinical Psychology, preferably from an APA accredited program.  
  • Experience working in college counseling. 
  • Familiarity with psychodynamic psychotherapy. 
  • Familiarity with at least one therapeutic orientation other than psychodynamic. 
  • Familiarity with psychological testing and the diagnosis of learning disabilities.


Additional Information:

The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

The State University of New York at Old Westbury is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in the selection process, please contact the Office of Human Resources/Affirmative Action located in the Campus Center, Room I-211 or by calling (516) 876-3179.

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Position Type:  Professional

Budget Title:  Assistant Director Counseling

Campus Title:  Assistant Director of Counseling

Department:  Counseling and Psychological Wellness Services

FTE:  Full-time

Negotiating Unit:  UUP

Salary Grade:  SL-5

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Comprehensive benefits package:



  • Start Date: 8/3/2023 - Approximate
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 3 - 5 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following online at

  1. cover letter,
  2. resume/CV,
  3. contact information (name, email address and telephone number) for three (3) references, and
  4. a fully completed Old Westbury employment application (available during the online application process).

Only applications submitted online will be considered.


VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.

We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

Employment in this position will be contingent on the College's verification of credentials and any other information required by federal or state law, and SUNY Old Westbury polices, including the completion of a criminal background check.