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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: R7001 / Cnslg & Therapy Svcs Dir/SHC
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under indirect supervision, manages the clinical, fiscal, and administrative operations of the mental health service within a defined patient care facility. Develops, implements, and evaluates programs to ensure quality of operations. Administers community outreach programs; oversees risk management issues; ensures proper patient referral services. Provides direct patient services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Manages the day-to-day operations of the mental health services through supervision of support staff, scheduling, and allocation of resources.
  2. Supervises mental health personnel and provides administrative and clinical direction.
  3. Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates mental health programs.
  4. Monitors accreditation requirements, health care reform issues, and facility performance; develops and collects performance data and develops quality management and improvement policies.
  5. Carries out clinical responsibilities, including emergency room, urgent care, and clinic assessment, therapy, consultation, follow-up, referral, and treatment planning.
  6. Serves as advocate for student and staff mental health needs; oversees risk management issues and interacts with university counsel as necessary.
  7. Develops and participates in community outreach programs concerning mental health.
  8. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  9. Participates in the development of annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  10. Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and safe operation of the unit.
  11. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
  12. Develops and implements systems and processes to establish and maintain records for the operating unit.
  13. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Doctorate degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of NM Licensed Psychologist, or eligibility for NM licensure, as documented by out-of-state licensure.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Knowledge of community mental health resources.
  • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
  • Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
  • Interviewing and psychological/developmental evaluation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assess and provide for the day-to-day needs of mentally, emotionally and/or developmentally disabled patients.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant current special education methodologies and techniques.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles and practices.
  • Ability to develop and administer psychotherapeutic programs.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Ability to coordinate quality assurance programs in area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of applicable risk management principles and procedures.
  • Receptionist skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017