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Stephens College- Program Director, M.Ed. Counseling Program
Title:Stephens College- Program Director, M.Ed. Counseling Program

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Stephens College in their search for a Program Director, M.Ed. Counseling Program. (Tenure Track)

Stephens College seeks an experienced Program Director to lead their counselor education program. This is an exciting time to join the program as they pursue their CACREP accreditation process. With an excellent reputation, strong regional draw, and significant partnership and growth opportunities, the program is poised for growth. The ideal candidate enjoys building and developing new programs and partnerships and creating lasting opportunities for students.

The successful candidate brings a strong background in CACREP accreditation and has been through accreditation or site visits. Armed with collaborative leadership, recruitment and mentoring skills the Program Director will build strong relationships with the community, practicum sites, peers, existing and new faculty.

This is a full-time, tenure-track position reporting to the Dean and offers excellent benefits as well as tuition waiver and College-paid retirement plan.

The M.Ed. Counseling Program offers specialties in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling with a current enrollment of approximately 100 students. The curriculum is offered primarily in-class, during the evenings. Stephens College is committed to pursuing accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is actively seeking faculty to fulfill core roles for this program.

The M.Ed. Counseling program has a vision of training counselors that strive to be lifelong learners who recognize the possibility for growth in all humans, and who are leaders in the field of counseling. The mission of the M.Ed. Counseling Program is to prepare socially conscious and multicultural competent counselors through the delivery of a comprehensive counselor education program that focuses on sound relational skills, comprehensive theoretical knowledge base, strong counselor identity, and social justice. Graduates of the M.Ed. Counseling Program are prepared to work with diverse clientele in schools and community agencies. We uphold The Ten Ideals of Stephens College and use them to assess counselor dispositions.


1. Program Management: Plans, organizes, directs, staffs, and monitors operations of the M.Ed. Counseling program including working with admissions and marketing, program assessment/review/development, and leading the CACREP accreditation effort. Maintains program currency and reviews and revises programs to enhance the student learning experience.

2. Teaching Excellence: Teaches half-time in the fall and spring semesters, or the equivalent, as assigned by the Dean or VPAA, to ensure quality of program and student learning experience. Models excellence in teaching and learning, and fosters student development.

3. Performance of Faculty: Oversees and monitors the performance of faculty to ensure program quality. Assumes responsibility for hiring, developing, evaluating, and managing expectations of faculty. Ensures effective orientation, training, mentoring, and coaching for faculty to foster a respectful, empowering learning environment that contributes to a positive faculty and student experience.

4. Curriculum Development and Review: Ensures that program curriculum is in alignment with the mission of Stephens College and focuses on application and current practice. Assumes accountability for developing new program offerings and for evaluating and updating existing programs. Provides oversight for program and course quality. Ensures alignment of program with accreditation standards.

5. Counseling Center: Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Stephens College counseling center including supervision of staff.

6. Student Learning and Development: Oversees and advocates for student learning and engagement. Supports students to become responsible, ethical, self-directed professionals.

7. Academic and Faculty Governance: Influences academic and faculty governance through leadership and participation on committees and task forces.

8. Currency and Scholarship: Provides visionary leadership to ensure faculty currency. Models, promotes, and participates in research and scholarly work.

9. Stephens College is committed to the promotion of diversity and thus the candidate should facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Candidates should have an understanding and knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues, and their potential applications to pedagogy, programming, and service activity.


  • An earned doctoral degree from a CACREP-accredited institution in counselor education
  • Five years proven experience teaching in counselor education
  • Five years higher education experience
  • Must include development of CACREP-aligned curriculum and maintenance of CACREP standards
  • Experience in higher education management and adult education
  • Ability to address student academic-related issues and concerns in support of retention and student success
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing in a creative and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. Must be able to relate to and communicate with diverse students, faculty, staff, and external communities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and learning management systems in support of quality teaching and learnin


About Stephens College:

Founded in 1833, Stephens College is proud to be the second-oldest women's college in the country and the first institution of higher education in Columbia, MO. Focused on the creative arts and health sciences, Stephens College is committed to its mission: Learn. Grow. Lead.

With three schools, the undergraduate women’s college offers twenty-three majors and eighteen minors. The co-educational graduate program and related certificate programs offer three majors.

Stephens remains committed to women’s education at the undergraduate level, and is also committed to expanding programs at the graduate level. Building on its tradition of strength in the creative arts and programming in areas of high demand in the health sciences, Stephens College and its programs are changing to better serve its students, the community, region, and nation. The School of Health Sciences currently offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Biology, Equestrian Studies, Health Sciences, Psychology and Physician Assistant Studies.

Living in the Area:

The area offers a trifecta of benefits – vibrant college town; rising high tech sector and strong economy. These factors along with numerous others are why Columbia, MO has been on Livability’s Best Places to Live for four consecutive years.

Columbia, Missouri is located approximately 120 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis. Known as “CoMo” to locals, the city has many hospitals, well-maintained parks, popular nightspots and good restaurant and shopping choices. The economy in Columbia features strong sectors in healthcare, insurance, technology, and higher education and a dynamic downtown and many hiking and biking trails add to the city’s overall livability.

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter and CV. 


Candidates moved forward in the process should be prepared to present:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • List of three references with contact information


Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search at


The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check.

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