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Head of Counselling Services, University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is looking for a self-motivated and adaptable individual who will lead the service at an exciting time of change of change, ensuring a confidential and professional service to both students and staff whilst devising new approaches alongside the traditional provision of therapeutic counselling and a range of other therapeutic/psychological and mental health interventions. The Head is supported by the Deputy Heads of the service, who have responsibility for delegated areas of service delivery and line management of clinicians and practitioners.


This role is based in the Student Welfare and Support Services (SWSS) section located at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford and aims to offer a high quality service to students and other stakeholders, maintaining professional standards and compliance with relevant codes of ethics and the law, and guidance from national bodies.


The workload will be variable and demanding, and the ideal applicant will have strong clinical, administrative and communications experience, preferably within a higher education setting.


Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of developing a consistent and co-ordinated approach to psychological support across an organisation.
  • Strong leadership and management skills. 
  • Evidence of working and influencing at a senior level within an organisation and able to demonstrate the personal authority required to be able to take on the responsibilities within the role.
  • A proven ability in complex project and change management.

For further information see the Service website at: Counselling and mental health | University of Oxford.  If you would like to speak to someone about the role, please contact the SWSS Administrator on


To submit an expression of interest, please send a CV and cover letter to by Tuesday 27 September 2022.


Interviews for those short-listed are expected to take place week commencing 31 October 2022.


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