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Program Director, Counseling Program

Wright Institute
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The Wright Institute, located in Berkeley, California, is searching for a Program Director for our Counseling Psychology Master of Arts Program at our West Berkeley campus. This administrative position helps oversee the strategic direction and plans for academic, financial, organizational, and physical development.

As one of the Institute’s two programs, our Counseling Program provides students with the education and clinical skills necessary to pursue licensure in California as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) or a professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Throughout the two-year curriculum, students attend day, evening, or weekend classes. In their second year, students participate in supervised clinical training at external community mental health agencies. The student population is approximately 180 graduate students ranging in age from 21 to 65 and about 35% identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.

The program director oversees the academic activity of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program. This person is responsible for academic policies, curriculum development, faculty and student recruitment and retention, program evaluation, and compliance with accreditation and licensing standards. This person manages and works closely with the Assistant Program Director/DEI Director, the Dean of Students, and the Field Placement Director. This position reports directly to the Institute president, and interacts with all program staff and faculty. This person will also interact with some Institute-level staff, for example, the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Affairs, the Director of Admissions, the Director of Institutional Research, and the Director of Financial Aid, and outside vendors.


  • Lead student learning experiences and teach courses in the curriculum as needed.
  • Recruit, orient, and mentor students. Attend monthly open houses; interview applicants; plan new student orientation; advise current students; collaborate with the mentoring program and DEI office to support students.
  • Recruit, orient, and develop faculty. Recommend faculty hires, interview adjunct faculty, onboarding and mentor faculty, providing faculty training.
  • Ensure program compliance with accreditation standards and licensure requirements; conduct curriculum review and oversight. Stay abreast of legislative changes impacting the curriculum, collaborate with faculty to ensure consistency of syllabi and program goals, update course content and signature assignments.
  • Oversee the Assistant Program Director/DEI Director, providing support where needed for their work in developing transparent policies, procedures, practices, and governance that align with DEI values.
  • Oversee the Dean of Students, providing support where needed for their work in preventing and mediating conflicts, responding to petitions, hosting community town halls/restorative justice informed circles, conducting investigations and writing reports in response to grievances.
  • Oversee the Field Placement Director, providing support where needed for their work in advising and supporting students with developing a career path from practicum to associateships to licensure.
  • Attend all-faculty and board meetings as a representative of the Counseling Program.
  • Provide program evaluation and assessment of student learning. Gather and review program data, propose and implement changes based on the data, track and analyze the impact of changes.
  • Organizational stewardship/department leadership. Participate in and chair Counseling Program and Institute committees; attend staff, faculty, and accreditation meetings; respond to external events that impact the community.
  • Support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school climate.
  • Provide curricular support.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Effectively manage sensitive, complex, and stressful situations.
  • Prioritize duties when faced with interruptions, distractions, and fluctuating workload.
  • Work collaboratively across multiple constituencies to establish rapport and trust, facilitate teamwork, and build consensus.
  • Ability in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems in a fast-moving environment, and persuasion.
  • Use motivational interviewing/enhancement, solution focused, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques to engage students in conversations about change and help students build coping and self-regulation skills.
  • Set and enforce limits and engage in difficult conversations.
  • Work independently to make administrative decisions.
  • Evaluate strategies, recommend changes, and analyze results.
  • Write concise reports and progress notes.
  • Organizational and planning skills with ability to prioritize workload.
  • Analytical skills with ability to analyze complex issues and provide recommendations.
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively with others, foster a team environment and be adaptable to change.
  • Employ excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Teach at the graduate level.

Doctoral degree from an accredited university preferred, Masters degree from an accredited university required. Clinical license (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Clinical Psychologist) required. Required 5+ years experience in managing a team and department, ideally with some experience in an educational or foundation-based environment. Pertinent work experience may be substituted provided the level of skill and knowledge base are equivalent.

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