William James College announces an opening for a Director, Undergraduate Studies in the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department. The William James College Counseling and Behavioral Health Department is comprised of a friendly, dynamic, and energetic group of practitioners/scholars. We have an undergraduate completion program in Psychology and Human Services and graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in Psychology. We are a student-focused department passionate about training our students to be culturally intelligent, and well-rounded members of a behavioral health workforce. Rank is commensurate with experience.
William James College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. William James College endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities
The Director of Undergraduate Studies is a full-time faculty member with administrative responsibilities who reports to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs (AVPAA)/Chair of the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department. The Director provides leadership for the undergraduate programs. The Director supervises faculty and administrative staff, evaluates curriculum, oversees student-oriented activities, and manages student enrollment, outreach, and recruitment activities. The Director works with the Chair to ensure that the undergraduate programs are aligned with the mission and strategic goals of William James College. Strong, inclusive leadership skills, flexibility, creative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession are essential requirements for this position.
Serves as onsite director for the delivery of the undergraduate academic programs.
Supports the strategic goals of the College through all the undergraduate programming decisions and through new initiatives.
Represents the program to internal and external academic communities.
Assists and leads in the development of new minors or concentrations in the BS in Psychology and Human Services programs, and in the development of new undergraduate programs.
Assists with the active recruitment of a diverse student body by creating and maintaining a productive partnership with the admissions office.
Ensures that the undergraduate program meets best academic practices as articulated by William James College, The Department of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the New England Council on Higher Education.
Maintains an updated curriculum and design and promotes changes and revisions in the curriculum as needed.
Maintains awareness of current trends and policies in undergraduate education across the country.
Serves as the WJC Coordinator for the Mass Guarantee program.
Collects data about the undergraduate program for the Office of Academic Data, Development and Institutional Effectiveness (ADDIE) and reviews reports from that office.
Collaborates with Department Chair to do program reviews on a regular basis.
Coordinates with relevant student support and administrative offices at the college to facilitate an optimal student experience. These offices include the Dean of Students, Career Counseling, Academic Resource Center, Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid, Office of Veteran’s Services, Military Veterans’ Program, Office of Online and Professional Education, Marketing, Library, Human Resources and Office of Academic Affairs.
In collaboration with the Center of Workforce Initiatives and Specialty Training, recruits new community college and social service agency partners.
Works actively with Marketing to promote the program including providing content for marketing campaigns and doing public presentations as needed.
Responds to and manages student problems and crises.
Coordinates with all relevant academic and operational departments of the college to ensure the smooth and coordinated functioning of the undergraduate program.
Recruits, hires, onboards, supervises and evaluates the faculty. Keeps the faculty informed and conducts regular faculty meetings.
Supports adjunct faculty with student issues.
Serves as arbiter of student and faculty appeals.
Oversees the academic advisors in the program.
Provides ongoing support for all issues concerning LMS in collaboration with the Office of Online and Professional Education.
Maintains a Student and Faculty Handbook for undergraduate education and develops and revises, in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Office, academic and faculty policy as needed.
Reviews and approves transfer of credits for admitted students.
Approves course substitution for students as needed.
Assigns academic advisors to students prior to orientation.
Plans and leads orientation sessions prior to the fall and spring semesters.
In collaboration with the Department Chair, schedules all courses, determining appropriate number of sections of courses for the academic year, adjusting enrollments at registration periods.
Determines evidence needed to support assessment efforts, ensure evidence is incorporated into appropriate courses and rubrics allow for appropriate assessment of evidence.
Regularly reviews curriculum and proposes changes to the Curriculum Committee and details how changes impact the sequence of courses for each student.
Ensures learning objectives are consistent across multiple sections of a given course.
Develops new curriculum for minors/concentrations (as needed).
Assists Department Chair with collecting information needed for program reviews and accreditation reports.
Participates in open houses, webinars and other admission events.
Collaborates with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure students are aware of scholarship opportunities and other financial opportunities to subsidize their education.
Teaches at least two courses per year.
Assumes other duties as requested by their supervisor to administer a well-functioning undergraduate program at the college.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Michelle Costa, Human Resources Recruiting Manager at HR@williamjames.edu.
Inclusive Excellence at William James College
William James College is an institution and a community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness and respect for all people. Our Inclusive Excellence model infuses diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core of institutional functioning to realize the educational benefits of diversity both locally and globally. We are committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for change agents in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
Doctoral degree in Psychology or a Human Services field. Preference will be given to individuals licensed to practice independently in their field.
Five years of experience teaching at the undergraduate degree level and at least three years leading it.
Ability to promote collaboration, teamwork and mutual respect in an academic environment with students, faculty and staff.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational and work environment. Must be willing to contribute to the College’s strategic plan of inclusion.
Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated administrative skills and superior attention to detail.
Ability to work with an increasingly complex and diverse community.
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity working with databases.
Experience working with Learning Management Systems (LMS), especially Canvas.
Applicant must be able to assume employment in the U.S. without College sponsorship.
About William James College
From our new campus in Greater Boston, William James College educates students for careers that meet the growing demand for access to quality, culturally competent psychological services for individuals, families, communities & organizations both locally & around the globe. We offer graduate programs attentive to the needs of vulnerable populations including children of adversity and the needs of specific populations such as Latinos and veterans, as well as organizations and leaders on the forefront of creating social change.
William James College is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, working and bringing psychological knowledge to the multi-cultural world community. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.