Director of Counseling Center at Northwest University
Kirkland, WA

Position Summary
Provide leadership and oversight for counseling services at the Counseling Center, including program development, administration, regulatory and ethical compliance, quality assurance, clinical training of counselor and interns, supervision, recruitment of interns, and management of student health and wellness training. This position is a 40 hour/week, 10 month position (August 1 to May 15) with benefits over a 12 month period prorated based on start date. (.83 FTE benefit-eligible)

Essential Functions

  1. Deliver counseling services, including crisis intervention, risk assessment and appropriate referrals.
  2. Supervise counseling staff and oversee all clinical hours.
  3. Program development and evaluation.
  4. Provide consultation/training for the university community regarding student mental health concerns.
  5. Develop and implement counseling policies and procedures in accordance with best practice standards and applicable laws.
  6. Develop and maintain professional partnerships with community mental health providers, and referral sources.
  7. Oversight of department budget.


  1. Doctorate or master’s degree in counseling or related field.
  2. Licensed in the State of Washington as a mental health counselor (LMHC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), or psychologist for a minimum of two years.
  3. Washington State DOH approved supervisor.
  4. One to two years of experience in university counseling and awareness of college population current challenges/risks preferred.
  5. Experience in acute crisis assessment and intervention.
  6. Knowledge of, and compliance with, professional ethics/standards and federal/state laws related to clinical services (WAC, RCW, HIPAA, etc.).
  7. Leadership skills and experience in management and supervision.
  8. Communication and interpersonal skills.
  9. Demonstrate professional cooperative skills with students, faculty, staff, and university constituents.
  10. Demonstrate commitment to maintaining a safe work environment free of harassment, violence, and unlawful discrimination.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively, get along well with co-workers, and deal effectively and professionally with colleagues.

Working Environment

  1. Work is generally performed indoors in a typical office setting.
  2. Some weekend/evening work required.
  3. Travel, including overnight travel, may be required.
  4. Position works with strictly confidential information.
  5. Frequently required to be in front of a computer screen for long periods of time.

Physical Demands
The functions are usually performed while sitting or standing, but may involve some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting (max. of 40 lbs.), walking, carrying, reaching, stretching, climbing, repetitive motions of the hands or wrists, and other movements. The abilities of seeing, hearing, and speaking are also required.

Based on education and experience, the compensation range starts at $33.05 per hour to a median of $36.16 per hour.


Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, Washington 98033


Dr. Rick Engstrom
[email protected]


Kirkland, WA
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Psychological Services