University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell), a branch campus of the University of Washington, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next director of counseling.
University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell), a branch campus of the University of Washington, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next director of counseling.
The director of counseling is the university’s chief mental health consultant regarding student development, needs, transitions, support, and success. Serving as a member of the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA) leadership team, the director provides guidance, feedback, and consultation about programming and services to meet student success goals. The director is a member of the university CARE team and the bias support team and provides consultation, leadership, and direction on crisis response for the university.
The director exercises functional responsibility for the center’s daily operations, including providing clinical services, outreach, assessment, and training. Supervising five professional staff employees and overseeing an internship program, the director assures counseling services that support the university’s educational mission. The leader shapes and evaluates the accessibility and effectiveness of clinical operations and creates a long-term strategic vision for the center in collaboration with students, employees, and community members.
The new director will be challenged with developing a staffing model that will meet the needs of the UW Bothell campus, both in the first year and into the next year when a large number of students will move into a new residence hall currently under construction. The leader will assess the counselor-to-student ratio and utilize other demographic information and best practices to determine the appropriate staffing model. Further, the leader will set priorities in terms of the availability of telehealth as an option so that students can choose between in-person or telehealth appointments.
The director will also join a counseling center that has been under-resourced over the last couple of years without a full-time director and having experienced some clinical staff resignations. The leader will face a balancing act of building capacity in the center while supporting the needs of the clinicians so that campus mental health needs are met. The director must decide about re-starting the clinical training program within the first year.
As the staffing level and training program are evaluated and right-sized for the students and campus at UW Bothell, the director will responsibly engage senior leadership in space discussions to ascertain sufficient spaces for staff and trainees in the future.
The new director will benefit from a supportive team of colleagues at UW Bothell and a group of counseling directors across the Tri-Campus. The Tri-Campus has also unified to make purchases, such as an app that provides after-hours support for students.
In the short term, the new leader will be expected to build relationships with students, staff, and faculty stakeholders, assess the center’s fiscal and human resources requirements, and integrate the center’s resources with the campus constituents’ demands.
The center will be fully staffed with institutional funding for all positions in three to five years, and a training program will return. These success measures will add more capacity for student appointments, programs, and services.
Dr. Tim Wilson, Dean of Student Affairs, has been with UW Bothell since 2018 and is the direct supervisor for the counseling center.
Former director Dr. Rosemary Simmons led the counseling center from 2014 until 2021 (7 years). When she transitioned to another role in the community, Bernie Hershberger joined the university on an interim basis until a new director is in place. Dr. Hershberger had relocated to the Seattle area from Maine, where he was the director of counseling and wellness services at Bowdoin College for nearly 24 years. This interim placement allowed the university leadership to pause and reflect on what was most needed at the time and to engage The Spelman Johnson Group to generate a robust candidate pool for the director search.
While campus stakeholders have described Dr. Simmons’ departure as leaving “big shoes to fill,” divisional leadership sees the opportunity to build on the strengths of what has been established and look to the future under new departmental leadership.
Minimum qualifications for this role require a master’s degree in counseling and licensure in Washington State or another U.S. jurisdiction with the ability to obtain Washington State licensure within six months of hire, with experience in college or university counseling centers, or private, community, or hospital settings. At least three years of experience as a licensed mental health provider with duties including individual and group therapy, outreach, supervision, and demonstration of increasing levels of responsibility and leadership is required. Six to eight years of experience as a licensed mental health provider with progressive responsibility including supervision is preferred. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment and strong interpersonal skills with evidence of a commitment to the ongoing development of multicultural competency and social justice. Other desired qualifications include experience in a leadership role as a counseling center director, clinical director, or training director; strong research and database management skills; and experience with counseling center software, e.g., Titanium. A doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and licensure as a psychologist is preferred.
Counseling Center stakeholders shared the following desired characteristics of the new director.
Campus stakeholders shared the following desired characteristics of the new director.
The Counseling Center is the designated department at the University of Washington Bothell to provide mental health services to UW Bothell students. The role of the Counseling Center is to provide mental health-related services to facilitate students’ adjustment to college and their personal and psychological growth in becoming high functioning and socially responsible adults. The Counseling Center promotes student learning about their emotional and psychological development and increase academic success by positively impacting academic and personal decision-making. Counseling Center staff work to help students resolve problems that interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning while also emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment, and wellness.
The Counseling Center is engaged in the delivery and assessment of a wide range of services.
The role of the University of Washington Bothell Counseling Center is to provide brief mental health counseling and related services to help UW Bothell students make effective use of coping skills to address personal and emotional issues that may impede their academic and career success, developmental issues associated with life transitions and life purpose, and systemic and structural barriers which create health inequities for minoritized students. Services are available to eligible students whose concerns fall within the Counseling Center’s scope of practice. Those whose needs cannot be accommodated within the Counseling Center’s treatment model are referred to community resources for care. Such referrals may occur at the time of intake or after some treatment and a further assessment of need has taken place.
Clientele Served by UW Bothell Counseling Center
Clients are undergraduate and graduate students whose concerns range from adjustment reactions and acute situational stress to more severe trauma reactions and long-standing psychological problems. UW Bothell students are eligible for ten (10) sessions, and Cascadia students are eligible for six (6) sessions per academic year.
Approximately five percent of the UW Bothell student body received services at the Counseling Center in 2020-2021.
The top five reasons for which students seek counseling:
The staff is friendly, dedicated, and committed to providing quality services to UW Bothell students. In addition to employing full-time staff, the Counseling Center has historically provided training opportunities to practicum and post-doctorate students. Staff members are experienced in brief and longer-term therapy, have diverse professional interests and involvements, and strive to model integrative theoretical approaches rather than a single theoretical orientation. Within these approaches, staff actively incorporate personal and cultural values and experiences that reflect each individual’s diversity to counseling and supervision.
The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs collaborates with students in providing services and opportunities which foster student engagement, holistic well-being, personal and professional development, leadership, and experiential learning.
The division is comprised of the following departments.
Scott James – Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Dr. Scott James was named Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, a newly created position, on June 1, 2021. Dr. James was introduced to UW Bothell about five years before his appointment when he completed a fellowship under former Chancellor Yeigh.
He joined UW Bothell in the summer of 2020 to serve in an interim role leading Enrollment Management following the retirement of the former vice president, Steve Syverson. Before this, he served in high-level leadership roles at Salem State University, Harvard University, New Jersey City University, and other higher education institutions. He received a master of education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
The University of Washington Bothell campus was established by the state legislature’s approval in 1989. With a founding faculty of just 12, the campus held its first classes in the fall of 1990 and graduated its first class of three students in 1991.
The University of Washington Bothell was created to bring the world-renowned University of Washington traditions of academic excellence to residents of the growing Puget Sound region. The campus—which is shared with Cascadia College—sits atop a 128-acre plot of picturesque land overlooking protected wetlands and the Cascades beyond. Once home to the 500-acre, purebred cattle Boone-Truly Ranch, the property was sold in 1995 to the state of Washington.
Although thoroughly modern, UW Bothell buildings were designed to complement the land’s natural beauty; they are environmentally friendly and are equipped with advanced technology for faculty and student use. UW Bothell received the American Institute of Architects 2002 Honor Award for Washington Architecture in recognition of the campus’s stunning architecture and landscaping.
The University of Washington Bothell is known for providing a participatory student experience grounded in close relationships with faculty as researchers, teachers, and mentors; and the personalized support of staff dedicated to student success. Faculty and staff have been recognized for innovations in academic programming and support services designed to help students graduate on time and debt-free. As part of its commitment to excellence, UW Bothell places particular value on diversity, community engagement, and sustainability. The campus is also distinguished by its focus on connected learning and cross-disciplinary research, scholarship, and creative practice.
As a unit of the University of Washington accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, UW Bothell is home to more than 6,000 students enrolled in more than 55 different graduate and undergraduate programs.
UW Bothell ranks No. 1 in the nation for public colleges that provide the greatest return on investment. SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology company, ranked UW Bothell No. 2 on its list of Best Value Colleges in the state of Washington. CNBC ranks UW Bothell No. 1 among public colleges that ‘pay off the most’ – July 2020 – News – UW Bothell
UW Bothell holds the student-faculty relationship to be paramount. We provide access to excellence in higher education through innovative and creative curricula, interdisciplinary teaching and research, and a dynamic community of multicultural learning.
The University of Washington Bothell will be a transformational learning community. We will serve as a catalyst to enhance the quality of life throughout our region.
Our culture of learning, committed to disciplined inquiry and responsible service, will be woven into our organizational and operational life. We will be noted for discipline-bridging scholarship, valued in the community, and respected in the academy. Our success will attract a highly motivated and diverse student population and a faculty and staff of exceptional ability and dedication.
Three principal values underlie UW Bothell’s identity and signature strength as an institution of higher learning. These core values are crucial to the realization of UW Bothell’s mission and to the fulfillment of its vision for the future:
Charged by former Chancellor Wolf Yeigh, a campus committee composed of students, staff, and faculty prompted the campus and regional stakeholders during 2018-2019 to define the campus’ aspirational state. The three priorities of Diversity and Inclusion, Community and Campus Engagement, and Cross-Disciplinary Teaching and Scholarship, represent the integration of these diverse points of view.
The strategic plan is inspired by a belief that students, staff, and faculty should collectively and individually explore and address complex social and environmental problems. It celebrates the possibility of collective experience and the conviction that collaborative action can positively impact the UW Bothell community.
Additional information regarding the current strategic plan: https://www.uwb.edu/chancellor/strategic-plan
Kristin Esterberg – Chancellor
Dr. Kristin Esterberg is UW Bothell’s fourth chancellor. She joined UW Bothell on October 1, 2021.
Prior to joining UW Bothell, Esterberg was president of the State University of New York at Potsdam, which is one of America’s first 50 colleges and the oldest institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. At SUNY Potsdam, she demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and focused her leadership efforts on developing inclusive campus communities and providing transformational experiences to all students, including faculty-led research, service learning, internships, and study abroad. Among her accomplishments is the successful completion of a $33.5 million fundraising campaign and securing the largest gift in campus history—$5.25 million—in support of applied learning.
Prior to her term as SUNY Potsdam president, which began in 2014, Esterberg served as provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts and as deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research has centered on gender and sexuality, social identities, research methodology, and social organization and change.
Esterberg earned her master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology from Cornell University and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University.
UW Bothell’s academic programs are distributed throughout its five schools:
UW Bothell offers graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, policy, and engineering in collaboration with the nationally recognized University of Washington Graduate School.
A full list of major and minor undergraduate programs is available here: https://www.uwb.edu/degrees
Faculty and Staff
Headcount as of autumn 2021
The Student Body
As of autumn 2021, a total of 6,069 students were enrolled at UW Bothell:
Undergraduate Students: 5,472 (5,157 FTE*)
Graduate Students: 598 (519 FTE*)
*FTE=Full Time Equivalent
American Native or Alaska Native: <1%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic or Latino: 10%
International (Student Visa) 7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: <1%
Two or more races: 6%
Not indicated: 2%
In autumn 2021, 40 percent of incoming first-year students and 41 percent of new incoming transfers were the first to earn a four-year degree in their immediate families.
Twenty-eight (28) percent of incoming first-year students and 32 percent of new incoming transfers were eligible for federal Pell Grants.
More than 400 students at UW Bothell are eligible for veterans’ benefits.
Ninety-seven (97) percent of incoming first-year students and 83 percent of new incoming transfers in autumn 2021 came from Washington state.
The University of Washington provides excellent benefits, including a variety of health plan options, generous retirement plans, life insurance, and long-term disability coverage.
The Washington State Employee Tuition Exemption Program is another valuable benefit offered to UW employees. For eligible staff and faculty, this state program covers about six credits per term (quarter or semester) for classes taken at the UW or other participating state, community, and technical colleges.
Detailed information regarding employee benefits is available here:
Review of applications will begin on June 3, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Ashley Knight at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the University of Washington Bothell website at www.uwb.edu.
Diversity and Inclusion are core values and priorities of the University of Washington Bothell. Our work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on our campus and in the surrounding community. We recognize that we are bound together in a collective experience and that our actions impact all in our community. When we focus on the lives of the most marginalized groups among us, we also create conditions of equity, justice, and academic excellence for everyone.
As embodied in our Diversity Action Plan, we are engaged in an ongoing process of identifying and confronting the ways in which institutional and interpersonal discrimination inhibits the lives and education of our students, staff, and faculty.