Associate Director Counselling (MR1030)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Associate Director Counselling (SAF3B)
Position Summary: 

Takes on a leadership role by using clinical knowledge (evidence based treatments, common factors, best practice guidelines) to create a healthier campus by advancing and supporting the mandate of Counselling Service within the context of McGill University. To support the psychological wellbeing of McGill students to promote their healthy development and academic success. Counselling uses a multifaceted approach to support students in distress, supporting the resiliency of our student body, and collaborate with our partners on campus to create a healthier learning and working environment. We provide programming and service delivery with a holistic view of the individual that recognizes the diverse contributors to psychological wellbeing and the different ways of conceptualizing healing.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Under the general guidance of the Director, Rossy Student Wellness Hub works with the Leadership Team on the implementation of Stepped Care as well as other new programs & policies regarding Service delivery. Contributes to the development and functioning of an integrated Rossy Student Wellness Hub.
  • Staff Management:
    • Supervises clinical and administrative staff: Assesses potential future staff; ensures there are appropriate staffing levels of psychotherapeutic staff to cover demands.
    • Supervises Therapists, Counsellors and Psychologists. Ensures schedules of Professionals meet the demands of the clients.
    • Oversees the administration and running of the clinic.
    • Optimizes change management processes and identifies areas where staff training/support is needed
  • Acts as a contact in the event of student crisis situations which may occur outside of normal working hours, e.g., sudden death of a student in Residences.
  • Assists with the development of the annual goals and objectives for the unit.
  • Liaises with McGill & other Clinical Psychology departments to ensure that Counselling is offering the latest in clinical treatments. Responsible for direct & indirect promotion of the Counselling Service as a Centre of Training Excellence. Develops presentations to be made within the McGill community. Liaises with student groups & ensures that they receive adequate training on issues related to psychological well being.
  • Promotes compliance with the professional ethics particularly with regards to the code of ethics for counsellors, psychologists & psychotherapists. Promotes team cohesion. Provides clinical support & psychological expertise to a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
  • Takes a leadership role in special projects, as required.
  • Follows processes and protocols at Counselling Service and the Rossy Student Wellness Hub, such as for record keeping, scheduling appointments, etc. Maintains client records in accordance with the guidelines of the professional orders and the procedures of Counselling Service.
  • Performs the role of Client Care Coordinator by conducting assessments (psychological/emotional) and collaboratively creates wellness plans with students.
  • Plans & conducts group counselling, workshops, and outreach in areas appropriate to the Counselling Service’s mandate and function of treatment and prevention.
  • Provides individual therapy or counselling within the collaborative care framework for students experiencing severe to mild psychological distress. Meets with students in crisis. Conducts crisis counselling or makes referrals.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Five (5) years' related experience


Master's degree or Ph.D.

Two (2) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Must be a member of the OPQ or have appropriate Quebec licensure to assess a psychological disorder. Strong knowledge / background in Stepped Care model and specifically in lower intensity treatments. Demonstrated ability to make clinical decisions independently. Experience supervising interns and professional staff (i.e., psychologists, therapists, psychotherapists), including a track record of performance management with direct reports. Excellent team management, coaching and mentorship skills. Professionalism, good organizational and interpersonal skills are essential. Must be able to contribute actively to a team. Demonstrated competence working with young adults. Leadership skills with a proven ability to build partnerships. Excellent planning, organizational and interpersonal skills. Excellent problem solving and decision making skills. Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills. Able to support students from diverse communities drawing upon personal lived experience, formal training and previous work experience. Lived experience with diverse communities is a strong asset. Demonstrated ability to work in a Microsoft environment using Word, PowerPoint, PRESENT, internet search engines and email. Excellent communication skills in English and French, written and spoken.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Director Wellness Hub
Salary Range: 
(Grade 07) $66,300 - $88,500 (midpoint) $115,100
Student Services
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Student Services at staffing.s2 [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is December 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Student Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.