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Executive Director

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The Counseling and Education Center
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Western Slope
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Executive | Health & Mental Health
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The Counseling and Education Center’s Executive Director is responsible for giving direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, vision, mission, strategic plan and its annual goals and objectives. This position is also responsible for the overall day to day management of CEC’s activities and office, including but not limited to administrative and clinical supervision, fundraising, grant writing and reporting, financial management, Board and community relations, and other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director must be able to work independently, have knowledge of management techniques, marketing and fundraising techniques, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. This is a full time (40 hours) position. 

This position will split his/her time between the responsibilities of the executive director, clinical director, and as a mental health professional with a client caseload providing individual and/or family psychotherapy.

Areas of Responsibility

Promote the philosophy and mission of The Counseling and Education Center, Inc.

●      Provide the leadership and administrative support in the conception, development, and implementation of long-range plans, policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.

●      Exercise the authority necessary for the effective administration, management, and direction of the agency, within the limits of authority delegated by the Board of Directors.

●      Participate as an ex-officio member in regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors and in its designated committees by providing data and necessary information.

Oversee the day-to-day operations of the corporation.

●      Maintain high quality and reliable technological and system infrastructure and procedure.

●      Ensure proper maintenance and upkeep of facilities.

Ensure the financial stability of the organization

●      Develop, implement, and monitor the approved budget of the agency.

●      Ensure that sound bookkeeping, and accounting procedures are followed.

●      Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the agency.

●      Oversee the development and implementation of fundraising plan.

●      Research and diversify funding sources.

●      Write funding proposals to increase the funds of the corporation.

●      Cultivate donor relationships.

●      Oversee fundraising campaigns, drives, and events.

●      Oversee collection of needed data for grants and foundations.

Establish and maintain a sound plan of organization and assure that subordinates are delegated adequate authority to carry out their responsibilities within an appropriate framework of control.

●      Determine staffing requirements for the organizational management and program delivery of professional mental health services.

●      Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies.

●      Review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.

●      Recruit, select, and evaluate staff members in accordance with the legal and organizational personnel policies of the corporation.

●      Supportive corrective action of staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.

●      Develop and manage employee benefits.

●      Pursue insurance credentials for staff as appropriate.

Ensure quality mental health services are provided to families and individuals

●      Provide supervision and/or designate appropriate staff to supervise interns and counselors pursuing licensure.

●      Provide ongoing consultation to and evaluation of mental health counselors in terms of quality care for clients, assuring maintenance of client records, and best practice interventions.

●      Promote client and provider satisfaction by developing and maintaining collaborative relationships, internally with staff and externally with other providers in the community.

●      Promote the utilization of Feedback Informed Treatment.

●      Develop and maintain a schedule for 24/7 emergency services coverage by a licensed and Medicaid certified provider.

●      Provide and facilitate relevant training for staff and community partners to promote access to high quality mental health care in the community.

●      Develop and lead weekly team meetings for clinical staff.

●      Provide individual and/or family therapy and maintain clear accurate client records.

Develop and promote educational programs

●      Oversee the operation of an annual internship and postgraduate training program.

●      Schedule and promote professional training programs for staff and community professionals.

●      Provide and facilitate community presentations on topics related to mental health.

Coordinate and develop a sound public relations program for the agency.

●      Represent CEC at local, state and national levels and involve other administrative officers and members of the professional staff as necessary.

●      Assure the maintenance of continuing relationships with the business and civic community, with government agencies, and with private foundations supporting mental health activities.

●      Oversee the development referral avenues, including marketing campaigns.

●      Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the corporation.

●      Ensure that written communication is created to keep funders, donors, staff, board, and community informed of CEC’s mission, activities, needs, and resources.

Other duties and responsibilities performed as assigned by the Board of Directors.

  • Knowledge of social and/or mental health issues, treatments, and services
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical requirements for mental health counselors in the state of Colorado
  • Knowledge of modern counseling practices and methods, which are guided by evidence of best professional practices
  • Management techniques which include financial, fundraising, personnel, marketing and public affairs
  • Knowledge of non-profit 501 c (3) Federal and State rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of community and community resources
  • Knowledge of computers and implementation of applications
  • Masters level Degree or higher in counseling or related field and Licensed in the State of Colorado or able to obtain licensing in the State of Colorado.
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of clinical experience in a mental health/substance abuse setting providing direct client counseling
  • Possesses professional liability coverage at a minimum level of $1,000,000 aggregate. (Face sheet of policy must indicate applicant as the insured, policy period, and coverage amounts.)
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Certified Medicaid Provider are desirable.
  • Five years of relevant work experience, including three years of upper-level management experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Training in: management, human resources, mental health care organizations, fiscal management, grant writing, statistics, accounting and finance is highly desirable

The position will be compensated at $29.00 an hour for a projected annual salary of $60,320.


Current policy at the agency provides paid access to a primary care program for the employee.  Children can be included at no additional charge, while coverage for a spouse or significant other is paid by the employee at the corporate rate.  All employees have access to EAP supports.  For the first three years of service a full time employee earns 10 hours of Personal Time Off (PTO) each month.  At the fourth year this increases to 15 hours a month.  Employees are provided 8 to 10 paid holidays a year (calendar varying depending on when holidays fall during the week).

How To Apply

Interested applicants must email a letter of interest with included resume to:



2708 Patterson Road

Grand Junction, Colorado 81506

Applicants must also include within the body of their letter or in the resume their State of Colorado counseling license number.  This is to allow for on-line verification and review of status.

Applicants must include contact information for three professional references.

Applications are accepted through January 27th, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure the candidate meets minimum qualifications.  All applicants will be notified within one week of receipt whether the application qualifies or not.  Qualified applicants will be scheduled for interview which will be conducted through Google Meet on-line during February 2021.

The selected applicant will have to complete a CBI background check prior to formal hire.

The selected applicant will receive mentor support by the current executive director for up to six months or less as desired.

Details about the Counseling and Education Center (CEC) can be viewed at or by contacting Chris Mueller, Executive Director, at 970-210-0173 or .

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