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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Mental Health
Department Chair of Counseling (CACREP, CES, CMHC)
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EDMC | Arlington, VA
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Job Description

Job Summary

The Department Chair is an employee of the Argosy University (AU) and is appointed to be the academic and administrative leader of a specific program (or programs) offered at a campus by AU. The Department Chair is responsible to the campus President/Chief Academic Officer, and the University College Dean for the efficient and effective functioning of the program. The Department Chair is responsible for fulfilling all duties in conformity to the policies and procedures of AU as well as those processes and mechanisms developed within the campus in which the program is offered. Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment that is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion - is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements

* Lead the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs on the Northern Virginia campus.
* Pursue CACREP and programmatic accreditation as appropriate and as agreed with the campus President, the University College Dean, including the writing of all necessary reports; pursue continued accreditation on the schedule determined by the accrediting body.
* Implement Faculty Program Governance as specified in the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, including the implementation of Program Advisory Boards.
* Recruit, supervise, and evaluate core and adjunct faculty.
* Conduct annual departmental reviews and demonstrate continued program improvement
* Manage the learning outcomes process in the counseling programs.
* Oversight of field training in the counseling programs
* Grow programs as determined in yearly campus strategic plans
* Play an integral role in the student recruitment process
* Participate in the strategic planning and budgetary activities of the campus.
* Participate in the school counseling and clinical mental health counseling chairs meetings and actively contribute to the work of this group.
* Engage in public relations with regard to organizations impacted by the program; serve as liaison with the local professional community, colleges, and the public.
* Other duties as may be assigned by the College Dean or campus President/Chief Academic Officer.

Reports To: Campus President/Chief Academic Officer

Directly Supervises: Faculty

Interacts With: Inside contact encompasses the entire range of personnel. Outside contacts may include community and professional leaders as well as other educators.

Job Requirements

* An earned doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP accredited program is required. Faculty with a doctoral degree in a related field who have one year of Full-Time core faculty experience prior to July 2013 may be eligible.
* Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry and/or Academic Affairs.
* Fiscal and personnel management experience.
* A minimum of 5+ years of post-doctoral experience
* Experience in the education and training of counselors (in a CACREP accredited program a plus)
* Evidence of management experience or potential
* Experience with supervising a staff is required.
* Knowledge and experience with CAEP and CACREP a plus
* Graduate from a CACREP accredited institution a plus


* Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
* Strong interpersonal skills with supervisor and staff populations.
* Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.
* Strong computer literacy skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.


* Ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments.
* Ability to listen to customers (e.g. staff, etc.) and to understand and respond positively to their requests.
* Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities.
* Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.

Work Environment & Notice

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term qualified individual with a disability means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

DCEH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

DCEH is a Veteran Friendly Employer.