Founding Director of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

July 11, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
August 18, 2023
Franklin Pierce University

Position Description

Franklin Pierce University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to invite applications and nominations for a Founding Director of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Manchester, NH campus. Working with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and other relevant University offices, the successful candidate will translate a well-articulated program plan into a vibrant and distinctive hybrid program. The Founding Director will be instrumental in hiring the requisite core faculty to meet CACREP accreditation standards, will oversee established clinical placements, as well as assisting with initial admissions. A key requirement for this position is a working knowledge of the CACREP accreditation process. The Director will also be responsible for teaching a reduced load within the program. Remote work may be considered, but relocation to New Hampshire or New England state is preferred. 

Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the curriculum of the MA CMHC program in compliance with state licensure and CACREP standards.
  • Serve as the liaison for College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) to CACREP in matters related to accreditation.
  • Prepare and submit all reports required by external bodies, such as CACREP and state agencies, as well as internal reports required by the University and the College.
  • Actively participate in recruitment, hiring, and oversight of Core Faculty for the program, including the Clinical Placement Coordinator.
  • Make recommendations to the Dean regarding program faculty and staff related to promotions and contract status.
  • Support development and maintenance of curricular quality through the monitoring of student course evaluations, grading patterns, post-graduation placements, and related measures to assure on-going accreditation.
  • In collaboration with the Dean, develop course schedules and propose curriculum changes for the program and provide input on changes in the catalog and other related publications as requested.
  • Under the direction of the Dean, engage in budget planning and effectively manage the operational budget of the program.
  • Seek and secure external funding to support the mission and goals of the CMHC program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean.


  • The Director must have an earned doctoral degree in counselor education, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program.
  • Experience as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year.
  • A minimum of two years of experience as a practicing clinical mental health counselor.
  • A record of excellence in teaching as well as a record of professional and community service.
  • Involvement with the CMHC community and past success in management and academic leadership.
  • Licensed or license-eligible within the State of New Hampshire.
  • Knowledge of the discipline areas of clinical counseling and supervision as it relates to state and CACREP standards.
  • Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching and clinical supervision, including proficiency in residential and online instructional technology.
  • Established strengths in strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, and management.

About The Institution

About the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences:
With a firm foundation in liberal arts, students have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. In small classes with an average ratio of 12 to 1 on our Rindge campus or online, students work with faculty who are passionate about their fields, gain broad perspective on social and cultural issues, and get hands-on experience through internships, projects, and research opportunities. The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences offers degree programs in Communications, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Design, Education, English, General Studies, Global Citizenship, History, Human Services, and Intelligence and Security Studies among others.

About Franklin Pierce University:
Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives.  Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, FPU offers programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promotes close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and positions our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network, educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our campus in Rindge, NH, at our centers in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon (NH), Goodyear, AZ, and online. FPU continues to explore new educational models and programs that build on a legacy of excellence to help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

At Franklin Pierce University, we believe in establishing a legacy through our unique ability to support and prepare students to thrive as leaders and engaged members of society. To do this, we know that it takes outstanding people from every background imaginable to support our mission. 

About The Community

About the Manchester, NH community:
Located in the heart of New England, Manchester is a spectacular combination of a vibrant urban center and the famed natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities that abound throughout the Granite State. This city’s location is prime—Boston, the Atlantic Coast, and New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountain and Lakes Region are all within an hour’s reach. This city has fast become a first-rate entertainment hub in the Northeast, playing host to the hottest concerts, top acts, and biggest events ranging from theater to sports. With a wide range of shopping and dining options throughout the community, Manchester also has beautiful parks throughout the city, and Lake Massabesic, which is set in the heart of the city, offers boating, gorgeous picnicking locations, and hiking and biking trails. Franklin Pierce University at Manchester, NH is located at the Jefferson Mill building, which has been awarded the Manchester Historic Preservation Award.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter highlighting your professional experience.
  2. Complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials.
  3. List of three (3) professional references including name, title, relationship to you, and contact information.

Applications received by August 18, 2023 will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Franklin Pierce recognizes the impact of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at or 603-899-4075. We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.