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Program Director for Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA-CMHC) Program

Union Institute & University
Job Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Counselor Education

Union Institute & University, a national, not for profit university offering Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree programs for adult students, is searching for an experienced Program Director for Its Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA-CMHC) program.


The program director of the MA-CMHC program performs a range of functions with students, faculty, and the university, with the primary role of direct administration of the program. The program director serves as a member of the program faculty and is responsible for supervising and mentoring the assistant director, internship coordinator, and all assigned faculty, resolving student complaints, coordinating with other university departments to address logistical needs of the program (space for residencies, library support, etc.), approving residency schedules, overseeing accreditation and curriculum and its development. As faculty, he/she will deliver direct instruction and academic advising to students enrolled in the program. Moreover, he/she will participate in program development, peer evaluation and university service on a continuous basis and devote a portion of his/her time to professional development, scholarly research, and professional practice.


  • Responsible for organizing, coordinating and supervising the administrative and academic components of the program. (40% of time)
  • Responsible for overall academic and administrative functioning of program, under the AVPAA, including all state and national accreditation and licensing and accreditation.
    • Ensures proper academic procedures are employed in the program (registration, end of term reports, final professional presentation, documents are tracked, accurate and maintained in each student's file).
    • Oversees curriculum, online course development and academic quality.
    • Chairs the program's Admissions Committee and remains available to answer questions posed on the program when referred by the Admissions staff.
  • Responsible for supervising program faculty and staff, as assigned. (10% of time)
    • Direct responsibility for mentoring and supervising the assistant director and internship coordinator.
    • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring qualified faculty.
    • Assigns faculty to courses and monitors/manages faculty work load.
    • Ensures all faculty perform their required job functions to include timely feedback to students on their progress and academic performance.
    • Conducts annual faculty evaluations, provides timely feedback to faculty members on their performance and ensures the faculty evaluation system is properly employed on an annual basis.
      • Makes recommendations to the AVPAA concerning the renewal of faculty contracts.
  • Responsible for direct academic affairs and instruction of students in the program. (30 % of time)
    • Attends all weekend residencies.
    • Ensures students are properly oriented during their first academic term.
    • Develops and teaches core content courses for which he/she is appropriately qualified and trained.
    • Develops and presents, individually or with co-faculty, informational sessions to address identified areas of student need (i.e., program orientation, career development, master’s projects).
    • Works to investigate and address all student concerns in a fair and timely manner.
    • Works to develop communication system with students, faculty, senior university leadership and other departments as warranted to maintain a strong, supportive culture to minimize student concerns.
    • Remains available to students, faculty and the AVPAA to receive and address all student complaints that may be referred to him/her for resolution.
    • Reviews student residency evaluations to accommodate evolving areas of student interest and need
    • Responsible for overseeing academic advisement of students.
      • Serves as primary point of contact regarding academic and programmatic issues
      • Maintains appropriate communication with advisors regarding students' academic and professional performance and development throughout duration of the program.
      • Seeks consultation from program faculty as needed.
      • Ensures that assigned advisees successfully meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) on a term-by-term basis.
  • Responsible for service to the university administration and Board of Trustees on a continual basis. (10% of time)
    • Attends and participates in all national faculty meetings. Reviews meeting minutes when excused from attendance by the university administration.
    • Participates as directed in program and university accreditation activities.
    • Participates in university committees, as assigned.
    • Participates on task-specific program committees to develop written curricular and administrative materials.
    • Engages in all assigned activities and projects that promote the educational and professional integrity of the university and the recruitment and retention of successful students.
  • Responsible for scholarly and clinical aspects of professional development. (10% of time)
    • Maintains active membership in relevant professional organizations.
    • Engages in continuing education per the requirements of professional discipline, and in areas of professional specialization.
    • Actively engaged in professional development in the field.
    • Promotes the general welfare of society through engagement in regularly scholarly, professional, and social activities



      • Possession of a doctoral degree in counseling or closely related field.
      • Knowledge of regional accreditation standards and general credentialing requirements for mental health professionals at the state and national levels.
      • Knowledge of the breadth and depth of theoretical, practical and scholarly facets of counseling and related disciplines.
      • Demonstrated high level skills in written and oral communication, including ability to compose reports and presentations independently.
      • Proficiency in word processing, database management, spreadsheets and the Internet.
      • Ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple activities.
      • Strong ability to work without supervision, demonstrate initiate, and willingness to be a team player.
      • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
      • Experience teaching in higher education and demonstrated commitment to social justice.
      • Knowledge and skill in at least one specified content area related to counseling intervention, assessment, multicultural competence, research and evaluation, or education and consultation.
      • Proficiency in the use of technology to accomplish teaching and other tasks.
      • Ability to comply with university and professional (e.g., ACA) codes of conduct, including tolerance of differing individual characteristics, backgrounds, and lifestyle choices.
      • Demonstrated leadership.
      • Experience with degree programs designed for nontraditional students and adult learners.
      • Knowledge of and commitment to best practices in teaching and learning online.
      • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain high level of confidentiality.
      • Ability to travel to residencies, conferences, meetings, etc., primarily by car and air.


      • An earned doctoral degree in counselor education, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program; or have a related doctoral degree and have been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2019.
      • Holds license as an independent counselor or other licensed mental health practitioner.
      • Identify with the counseling profession (1) through sustained memberships in professional counseling organizations, (2) through the maintenance of certifications and/or licenses related to his/her counseling specialty area(s), and (3) by showing evidence of sustained professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, professional service and advocacy in counseling, and researchand scholarly activity in counseling commensurate with faculty role.
      • Knowledge and experience in meeting accreditation standards, specifically CACREP, and knowledge of state licensing and national certification requirements for counselors
      • Experience with course management systems (e.g., CampusWeb, BrightSpace, etc.), video conferencing technologies, such as Zoom, and web content development and maintenance.
      • Strong track record of scholarship or professional practice (i.e., presentations, publications and/or substantial professional experience in the fields of counseling.
      • Prior experience working with adult learners in a non-traditional graduate program.

      Application materials must include a cover letter, curriculum vita with statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. 

      For more information about the MA-CMHC program, see

      This is a full time position with benefits including flexible work schedules. Union Institute & University is committed to providing work/life balance for its employees.

      Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Human Resources Department at 513-487-1195.

      Founded in 1964, Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (

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