Directors of counseling serve as the heads of counseling departments on school campuses and are responsible for general managerial duties as well as counseling when needed. They either hire their employees directly or may provide recommendations, and some also conduct or organize training for all employees in their departments.
Counseling directors typically assign work to and supervise personnel and resolve any work-related problems that may arise, and are responsible for the quality of work within the department, as they often develop and implement its policies and ensure that regulations and rules are met at all times. Directors of counseling also provide counseling for clients, which may include couples, individuals, groups, or on-call counseling. They are in charge of the budget for the counseling department, and will prepare it, oversee and control expenditures, and justify any costs or requests. They also represent their departments in any meetings, trials, or board meetings and must maintain positive relationships with any agencies which offer counseling services to ensure their cooperation.
Several years of experience in counseling or social services and master's degree in counseling, behavioral sciences, or a related field are generally required for this position, and some employers require a Ph.D. Licensing is also required, but may vary depending on the state of employment.