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NBCCF Program Director 

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The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization whose primary purposes are to establish and administer a national certification system and to identify qualified counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained NBCC board certification. The organizational mission is to advance counseling as the premier certification body of the profession with the vision of enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling. NBCC and Affiliates is comprised of three organizational affiliates: the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), and the NBCC Foundation (NBCCF). 

NBCC and Affiliates has operations and partnerships in approximately 40 countries providing professional certifications, occupational credentials, training programs, educational activities, and public mental health services through institutes and residencies. Over 66,000 board certified counselors serve the public and advance mental health efforts across the globe. With a portfolio of nine credentials related to professional counseling, mental health, addictions, human services, and career development, NBCC and Affiliates seeks to expand the professional capacity of counselors and human service professionals. 

NBCC’s primary organizational functions relate to the development and operation of quality credentialing, certification, and quality assurance programs. CCE creates and administers other occupational programs, including education and training activities, and leverages credentials to best serve communities. Additionally, CCE provides management services for associations, boards, agencies, and other organizational clients. NBCCF administers programs focused on capacity building, the expansion of access to mental health services in underserved and never-served communities, and the development of highquality professional development resources for counselors. 


NBCCF leverages the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change with the goal of improving the mental health of the underserved and never-served throughout the world. The Foundation’s primary objectives are to increase the number of board certified counselors and Mental Health Facilitators working with high-priority populations and to engage them in becoming innovators of counseling practices that benefit the underserved. Scholarships, fellowships, and capacity-building grants are our primary tools for accomplishing our objectives. The Foundation’s strategy is to award scholarships to individuals pursuing careers as professional counselors who are affiliated with high-priority populations and who commit to serving them after graduation. Capacity-building grants fund expansion efforts to increase mental health resources in rural and minority communities where access to mental health care is extremely limited. Scholars and fellows also participate in NBCCF-sponsored trainings and receive other academic and professional supports to expand effective practice in their communities. 


The Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and capacity-building programs, including planning, organizing, and staff oversight and leading and controlling program activities. Existing programs are funded through grant sources and large-scale contributions by affiliate partners, with the Program Director responsible for program budget management. The Program Director will lead the identification and pursuit of new grant programs. Additionally, the Program Director will assess needs and ensure that program objectives are met. 


Grants Management 


  • Identifies potential grant sources for funded programs and prepares grant proposals (including budget development and programmatic planning) for submission.
  • Participates in the preparation of organizational budgets to be presented for approval by the NBCC and Affiliates Board of Directors and ratified by the NBCC Foundation Board.
  • Ensures procedures are implemented and maintained that enable sound fiscal management and accurate reporting, and reduce risk to the safety and stability of the organizational funds, physical assets, and other property.
  • Ensures that fund distributions are delivered ethically, equitably, effectively, and with respect to the priorities as set forth by the NBCC Foundation Board.
  • Manages program projects, including but not limited to grants and execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule and scope.
  • Participates in the prospecting, development, implementation, and evaluation of grant projects.
  • Prepares grant reports for existing grant-funded programs within guidelines provided by grantor. 

Program Management 


  • Leads the implementation and evaluation of Foundation award programs, including but not limited to the scholarship, fellowship, and capacity-building programs.
  • Leads the communications and program staff to implement the design, production, and distribution of program materials, including but not limited to program implementation documents, program announcements, letters/email/social media communications, brochures, grant reports, grant proposals, and website information. 
  • Participates in the development of new methods to educate National Certified Counselors (NCCs) and the public at large about the Foundation and its programs.
  • Provides oversight to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of organizational events, including learning and special events, to educate NCCs and the public at large about the Foundation and topics related to its priorities.
  • Hires, supervises, directs, provides support, and evaluates staff and volunteers in performance of their duties and/or delegates these responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Serves as NBCC representative and participates in Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)-related activities, as assigned. ? Facilitates the initial development of terms and conditions for all grant- and event-related contracts and agreements, in conjunction with Foundation leadership, using model language approved by legal counsel and/or with guidance from legal counsel.
  • Participates in organization-wide planning activities as assigned.
  • Develops and maintains effective partnerships with key local, state, regional, and national networks and organizations.
  • Ensures that all program practices are aligned with the organizational vision, mission, bylaws, and approved policies.
  • Works with NBCC and Foundation leadership in the development of new programs and initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with universities, other agencies, and organizations in order to successfully achieve the goals and objectives of the Foundation.
  • Prepares and makes presentations to the board of trustees or senior management as directed.
  • Provides training, consultation, and technical assistance activities when necessary to meet organizational goals and responsibilities.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the NBCC Foundation’s training and professional development-related policies.
  • Participates in creating new procedures, updating existing procedures, and ensuring accuracy of the Departmental Procedure Manual.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Annual Work Plan.
  • Prepares reports for management as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibilities (if applicable): 


  • Administrative Staff
  • Program Staff
  • Volunteers
Position Requirements

Required Skills/Abilities: 


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent sales and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate them when appropriate.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Ability to work remotely if necessary.
  • Occasional travel required 



  • Communication – Must be able to listen to others, process information, and communicate effectively.
  • Leadership – Ability to encourage, instill trust, provide direction, and delegate responsibility.
  • Adaptability – Ability to adjust to circumstances and think creatively.
  • Task Management – Involves working efficiently and competently.
  • Developing Others – Ability to cultivate individual talent and successfully motivate others. 

Education and Experience: 


  • Master’s degree in counseling required.
  • NCC required.
  • Minimum of five years of experience is required in program management, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in learning event development and implementation is required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in grant writing and grant-funded program implementation.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in successful communication through online platforms.
  • Substantial experience with and understanding of the priority service populations of the Foundation.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Physical Requirements: 


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.  






Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Position Foundation Program Director  
Close Date  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number MAN-19-00007  
Open Date 8/12/2020  
Location National Board for Certified Counselors  
About the Organization  
EOE Statement NBCC and Affiliates is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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