Director of Counseling Services and Assistant/Associate Faculty MFT

Mount Mercy University is a Catholic, coeducational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 enrolling approximately 1850 students. The University offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated and graduate degree programs on a picturesque campus overlooking the city.

Mount Mercy University is seeking candidates to fill a joint Administrative/Faculty position of Director of Counseling Services and Assistant/Associate Professor Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Success in collaboration with the Director of MFT and is a full-time, exempt position with an administrative focus during the Fall – Winter – Spring terms with faculty practicum responsibilities during that time and teaching focus during the summer months.

The Director will serve a diverse student population of both residential and commuter students through direct counseling services, supervising a practicum course for the Mount Mercy University MFT interns, engaging with the greater campus to educate our community about mental health topics through workshops, and teaching within the MFT program. 

The Director will directly supervise 4-8 Mount Mercy University MFT graduate students each semester who will provide the majority of the direct counseling service to students.

The ideal candidate should possess a familiarity with the developmental needs of young adults in the process of attaining higher education.   They will promote and represent the student services area and Mount Mercy University in a professional manner at all times and enhance the strong tradition of mental health support at Mount Mercy University while contributing to the Sisters of Mercy tradition of educating the whole person.

Ideal candidate should possess experience in both supervising counselors and providing direct counseling service with a strong preference for experience providing direct counseling service to traditional undergraduate student populations.  This position requires an individual to be proactive and take the lead on initiatives in collaboration with both the Student Services team and greater Mount Mercy University community.


  • Successful experience in providing direct counseling service support for traditional undergraduate students (residential and commuter populations).
  • High level of initiative, planning, communication, and organizational skills including demonstrated abilities to properly document a client case load.
  • Extensive experience using positive personal relationship and community building skills to motivate exceptional performance with student leaders and community members.
  • Demonstrated experience and credentials to supervise graduate students that will be providing direct counseling services to students.
  • Established teaching experience in the field of counseling services with a preference in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Proven experience providing programming and education to address the stigma of mental health issues in a community environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and lead programs.


  • The position must have a Doctoral degree in (preferred) marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, or social work, and be fully licensed-eligible in the state of Iowa.
  • This position requires AAMFT approved supervisor or supervisor-candidate status.


  • Preferred 3+ years of relevant experience as a mental health provider
  • Preference given for experience in teaching in Marriage and Family Therapy course
  • Experience in mental health and wellness education and in managing a college or university counseling services area, and with a college-age population is preferred.
  • Strong consideration given to a mental health provider with  3+ years of supervision experience


  • A valid Counseling/MFT License is required. The person in this position must meet all ongoing requirements to maintain a Counseling/MFT License as set forth by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to: with the subject line “Director of Counseling Services”.  Paper application materials will not be accepted.  Position will be open until filled.  Application review will begin immediately.

Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and smoke-free campus.