Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

Virginia Tech
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech (, invites nominations and applications for the calendar-year position of tenured Professor and Director of the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program in Falls Church, Virginia (, 6 miles from Washington, DC. The ideal program director is a dynamic and engaged leader with the administrative and interpersonal skills necessary to guide an energetic and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. The program director will advocate for the MFT program, guide program development and growth, oversee program reaccreditation, foster faculty development, facilitate student clinical development and scholarship, supervise staff, serve as a liaison to the main campus in Blacksburg, and manage fiscal and facility resources. In addition, the program director will maintain a program of externally funded research and publications, teach MFT graduate courses, provide clinical supervision, and direct master’s theses.

The mission of the MFT Master's Program is to provide the training necessary for graduates to become competent, research-informed clinicians, able to work systemically in varied settings with individuals, couples and families from diverse populations, and to become active contributing members to the MFT field. The MFT Program is known for its strong clinical training and high quality research. The program is located in a large metropolitan area and the on-campus clinic, the Center for Family Services (, serves a diverse community population. An ideal candidate will have the clinical experience necessary to effectively supervise students and clients from a variety of backgrounds. A strong commitment to innovation, diversity, social justice, community engagement, and a collaborative and collegial atmosphere are highly valued.

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is to understand and improve the lives of people of all ages in relationships, families, organizations, and communities through education, research, and engagement. Opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration exist across the university through the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment; the Center for Gerontology; and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute; among other programs. The proximity to Washington, DC is also advantageous for researching diverse populations, accessing extramural funding agencies, and engaging in policy initiatives.


Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or related clinical field. Candidates must have an exemplary record of teaching, mentoring, nationally recognized scholarship, extramural funding and grant management, and engagement in professional service commensurate with appointment as a tenured Professor at Virginia Tech.

Preferred qualifications include previous administrative experience in MFT or a closely related field, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow with Approved Supervisor designation, and eligibility for MFT licensure in Virginia.

Organization Summary

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT (—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who both adopt and practice the Principles of Community (, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing global leaders.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Virginia Tech
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The position start date is August 10, 2019. Applications, consisting of a letter of application outlining qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy and experience including leadership abilities and accomplishments (upload under the “Candidate Statement” option), 2 representative publications (upload under the “Other Doc” and “Other Doc #2 options), and contact information for 3 letters of recommendation, should be submitted at (Posting TR0180187). Address questions to Dr. Jeff Jackson, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] or 703-538-3787.

The Department of Human Development and Family Science is dedicated to Inclusive VT ( and affirms the Virginia Tech Principles of Community ( We recognize that diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities. We therefore seek a broad spectrum of candidates.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

Application Deadline
Review will begin on January 4, 2019; open until filled.