Manager of Student Counselling & Mental Wellness Services

NCI is seeking a professionally qualified person as Manager of Student Counselling & Mental Wellness Services.


This role is for an experienced mental health professional with the competence to develop and lead the implementation of appropriate policies, services and practices to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of students as appropriate for a higher education institution.

Key Relationships:

  • Director of NCI Learning & Teaching (reports to)
  • President/ Vice President
  • Deans/Vice Deans of School
  • Director of HR
  • Director of Statistical and Quality Services
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Students

Key Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the establishment of a mental health and wellbeing policy framework across the college
  • Be responsible for the development and oversight of a range of services to support the mental health & wellbeing of students including mental health counselling with clinical responsibility for counselling and mental wellbeing delivery
  • Ensure ethical standards are met and maintained
  • Act as a referral point of contact for student counselling and mental health services
  • Review and update emergency policies and procedures in relation to student mental health in a third level setting
  • Review and report on student counselling and mental well-being services to senior management, academic committees and Academic Council and working groups exercising discretion and judgement as appropriate
  • Manage the work of a student counselling and mental wellbeing team on a day-to-day basis
  • Offer clinical supervision and guidance to staff working with the student counselling services
  • Manage designated budgets
  • Take responsibility for the recruitment, selection, induction and development of staff within the student counselling service including setting objectives, undertaking reviews and monitoring performance
  • Oversee the promotion of a range of events and resources and self-help techniques for students to maintain and safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of students
  • Manage and co-ordinate counselling and medical services with external service providers

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum 5-7 Years’ experience working in Student Counselling/Mental Health Service
  • A Masters/Doctoral Level Qualification in Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Psychology or Psychotherapy
  • Be a member of a professional regulating body with a professional code of ethics (PSI, IACP, IAHIP)
  • Experience of working in higher education or third level Universities or Colleges
  • Managed people and implemented systems
  • Leadership skills and the ability to oversee development of services in this area
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse internal and external groups
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Capability to lead, motivate and facilitate the work of a team

Terms of Employment

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Part-time - 3 days/21 hours per week
Salary: Dependent on experience
Pension: Defined Contribution Pension

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV in PDF format only, quoting reference number: NCI0820 to: by 5pm, Tuesday, 4th June 2019.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the role of Manager of Student Counselling & Mental Wellness Service are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.