Director, Psychological Services Centre

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 08 Dec 2023

  • $160,672 to $176,649 pa (ALEVD)
  • Ongoing, Full Time, Joondalup Campus
  • Open to candidates with relevant work rights

$160,672 to $176,649 pa (ALEVD) PLUS 17% SUPERANNUATION

If you want to lead the community-facing ECU Psychological Services Centre as the key location for our programs to train the next generation of psychologists, this job is for you.

The Role
At the centre of our highly regarded and APAC-accredited postgraduate Psychology programs is ECU’s Psychological Services Centre (PSC), where our Master of Clinical Psychology students undertake placements.

We are now looking for the next Director to lead the PSC and its staff. For this position we are seeking a senior leader that has a vision, and the entrepreneurial skills to lead in the next stage of the PSC’s development. The role is located at the PSC but works with colleagues on Joondalup campus as the integration of the clinic and teaching is paramount to our programs. As the Director you will be using your high-level skill to maintain and build effective working relationships with the clinical supervision team, provide excellent opportunities for the next generation of training psychologists, build partnerships to assist in the expansion of the PSC.

You will report to the Associate Dean Psychology, Counselling and Criminology and have close working relationships with the course coordinators of our various psychology postgraduate degrees and the school’s Work-Integrated Learning team who support placement operations. You will line manage the clinical supervisors working with you in the PSC. You can expect a positive collegial work environment and should be a great team player who is able to balance the needs of individual students, colleagues, and yourself within a university context that embraces links with industry and community. Your focus in the role is on educational leadership but may extend also to developing research programs; as a result we will consider applications for candidates seeking either a teaching-focus or teaching and research appointment.

Selection Criteria
To be considered for this position, you will need to meet current registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology with no conditions, undertakings, or reprimands, have current Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor Status, with approval to supervise provisional psychologists during an accredited higher degree program, and recent experience in supervising provisionally registered psychologists. 

You will need to demonstrate, based on past achievement and potential for future development, that you can:

  • High-level leadership and management skills for team leadership in clinic environment;
  • engage productively with industry and community to develop and sustain the PSC’s clinical services;
  • coordinate clinical placements within the PSC with our teaching programs and contribute to the teaching program within the school;
  • develop in partnership with researchers and community effective applied research programs based in the PSC;
  • design and lead innovations that improve the effectiveness of PSC operations as part of a university program in clinical education;
  • undertake significant leadership work within and beyond the university; and
  • work productively and collegially to achieve the goals of the school and university.
  • It is very desirable that you also have experience in supporting or conducting clinically relevant research and have an appropriate research qualification such as a PhD or Doctor of Psychology.

    You will be expected to demonstrate personal attributes congruent with the University’s values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry, personal excellence, and courage.

    About the School and the University
    Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. ECU has been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality by their graduates for 14 years in a row, making ECU the only public university in Australia to achieve such a consistently high rating. ECU’s reputation for teaching quality and student experience has been built on the productive relationships they have with their students, industry, communities, and alumni- sharing knowledge for the benefit of all.

    The School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) is one of the largest at ECU with many diverse disciplines arranged into three main clusters: Creative Humanities; Psychology, Counselling and Criminology; and Social Sciences, Social Work, and Youth Work. SAH has more than 100 academic and professional staff and boasts strong on -campus and online courses and excellent research programs, particularly relating to social care, mental health, and creative production. The diversity of the school is a strength, enabling interdisciplinary innovation, a sustainable financial platform, and many opportunities for collaborations with industry and community. The school operates across four campuses, including our new Sri Lanka Campus.

    This appointment will be part of the Professional Psychology group within Psychology, Counselling and Criminology, located on our Joondalup campus. The focus of the work to be performed is at the long-established Psychological Services Centre within ECU’s Health Centre in Wanneroo. The school is also now developing a Counselling Clinic in Yanchep to begin training our post graduate Counselling and Psychotherapy students in 2024. This Clinic may, in time, come to include psychology students. The Professional Psychology group works closely with the Academic Psychology group as part of an integrated program of education across all four APAC levels.

    Benefits and Remuneration
    This position provides a full-time salary of $160,672 to 176,649 pa (Level D) plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

    ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

    ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

    For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities Overview.

    ECU is a smoke-free environment.

    More Information
    You are encouraged to contact Prof Julie Ann Pooley ( [email protected] ) to discuss the role and your application and learn more about the exciting opportunities ahead in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University.

    Application Process
    Your application is in two parts. The first part is a statement (maximum 4 pages) that clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role and the difference you will make for the school if appointed. You should highlight key examples of your experience and your capabilities: you do not need to address each point in turn so long as all the criteria are covered.

    The second part is a detailed curriculum vitae, including summaries of your prior roles and achievements. Please include details for three referees including your current supervisor / manager (we will not contact referees without your approval). A covering letter is not needed.

    You are also encouraged to read the school’s Statement of Purpose, Principles, and Ambition for more information.

    Applications close on Friday 8th December 2023 at 11:30pm AWST. 


    ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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