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Husson University is a private university in Bangor Maine


The Director is responsible for administration and coordination of the Counseling and Human Relations program, composed of two CACREP accredited graduate degree programs (MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS in School Counseling), as well as the MS in Human Relations, Post-Master’s Certificate in Counseling and Early Start PY-CO programs. Along with the Dean, the Director represents the program in national, state, local, university, college, regulatory, and governmental arenas.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


The Director participates in the supervision and evaluation of two other core, full-time faculty members, the Clinical Coordinator, adjunct faculty, and a part-time administrative assistant. The position involves the development, coordination, monitoring, and administration of the curriculum and pertinent academic policies. The Director is also responsible for the evaluation and success of matriculated students. Additional responsibilities include teaching in areas of expertise, scholarship, academic, and career advising and service to the college.

The Director works professionally and collaboratively within the university and external communities, is knowledgeable about assessment and program accreditation and along with the director of assessment, will manage information and data necessary to annually assess the program and its students.

The Director will support the admissions process in a timely fashion, organize the faculty to follow up with prospective students, and to cover all admissions events. Staying current with industry standards and practices the director will also work with the dean to develop new degree programs and implement viable new degree offerings.

Teaching: a reduced teaching load of one course per semester from the 9 credit hr load of graduate faculty.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Professional Activity: The Director, who is also a ranked faculty member, teaches 6 credits per semester is expected to maintain currency within a relevant professional area of expertise and to participate in scholarly activities as defined by the Faculty Handbook.

Service: The Director is expected to provide service to the college and to interact with the internal and external community promoting the counseling programs, and maintain strong, positive professional connections in a collegial and professional manner at all times.

Student Advising: The Director/faculty member will maintain student office hours and advise students, including certification and licensing students, providing information and advice for course selection and progress, and professional career pathway development, following the policies and procedures documented in the Husson Faculty Advising Manual. The Director will advise and assist in developing remedial plans as appropriate for those students who are in academic jeopardy according to progression and dismissal policies. The Director will review and will approve if appropriate program completions and petitions for graduation and will complete forms and letters of recommendation as needed for licensure or certification and employment, upon successful completion of requirements.


Education:       Earned PhD.  or Ed.D. in Counselor Education or closely related field, preferably from a CACREP accredited doctoral program.

Licensed or eligible for license as clinical mental health counselor (LCPC) in Maine and/or certified or eligible for certification as a school counselor.

Evidence of Counseling Professional identity (ACA, ACES, AMHCA, and/or ASCA membership(s))

Experience:      Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in Counselor Education, preferably in a CACREP accredited program. Experience in a leadership role as a Coordinator or Director.  Training and experience in clinical supervision and school counseling and/or mental health counseling experience preferred. Experience in program administration, recruiting and evaluating faculty, developing and implementing curriculum and policy, and budgeting are highly desirable.  Familiarity with CACREP accreditation process desired.

Special Skills:

Exceptional skills in written and verbal communication, interpersonal relations, and personnel management

An ongoing record of scholarship

Demonstrated excellence in teaching

Knowledge of issues in higher education

In-depth understanding of contemporary counseling practice

Ability to work with university and off-campus constituencies

Evidence of long-range planning skills and visionary perspective of Counseling and Human Relations programs and professions

Leadership and advocacy skills

Competence in organizational skills, program assessment and evaluation, and financial management

Grant writing skills and experience are desirable

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