The Director supervises the staff of the Campus Mental Health and Wellness Center, develops relevant outreach activities and programs, builds relationships with internal and external constituencies, and ensures compliance with all appropriate counseling protocols. The Director will partner with colleagues from across the University, including Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, University Police, and Title IX Office to ensure an integrated approach to mental health, wellness, education, and outreach campus wide. The position’s focus is on the enhanced well-being of the campus community as a whole. The Director reports to theExecutive Vice President of Administration and Business Affairs and supervises clinical and support staff, including graduate practicum/intern students.
Responsibilities: Leadership and Administration
Lead department operations and activities, including, but not limited to departmental goals, strategic planning, record maintenance, budget management, reporting, program evaluations, and other operational activities.
Coordinate and develop a university-wide framework for health and wellbeing, including partnerships with academic administration and human resources.
Provide clinical supervision of Center staff and graduate practicum/intern students.
Ensure the Center’s compliance with all ethical, legal, and policy issues related to providing mental health services.
Monitor the University population for evidence of mental health issues and establish management protocols to address these issues.
Develop and administer Center protocols in keeping with best practices, including case management and emergency/crisis response procedures.
Respond to a wide range of mental health concerns for students, including the assessment for acute and episodic incidents, provide a range of short-term solutions and/or referrals, as appropriate.
Facilitate presentations and training for faculty, staff, and students on mental health and wellness to include but not limited to alcohol and other drugs, substance abuse, and suicide prevention.
Establish networking with appropriate University departments and/or programs and initiate collaborative college health promotions.
Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional mental health and medical professionals.
Remain up to date on current research, best practices, and developments in local, state, and federal legislation related to all dimensions of university counseling centers.
Ensure the quality, security, and confidentiality of student counseling records.
Maintain a commitment to ongoing professional development engagement, including membership in the American College Health Association (ACHA), as well as other relevant professional affiliations.
Ensure high quality mental health care through the effective delivery of counseling and clinical appointments.
Serve on-call 24/7 in rotation with other Center staff, responding to campus mental health concerns, as necessary.
Consult as needed with all members of the campus community on psychological and wellness issues.
Plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of health promotions and services based on ACHA Standards for Health Promotion Practice in Higher Education, in response to results reported through the National College Health Assessment administered to SVSU students.
Oversee the coordination of field placements/internships.
Pursue grant funding and oversee programs established through grant funding.
Participate in all required University and/or divisional meetings and training, serving on committees and otherwise representing the department or the University, as directed.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
Appropriate credentials/licensure in the State of Michigan or ability to meet licensure requirements in the State of Michigan.
A minimum of 7 years of related experience in a medical or mental health organization.
Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills, including supervision of a diverse workforce, conflict resolution, and employee evaluations.
Experience and ability to positively interact with diverse student populations and groups.
Ability to build and maintain rapport with students, staff, faculty, and community agencies.
Commitment to the personal growth of students.
Strong client service orientation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Computer skills should include word processing, database, spreadsheet, and internet abilities.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation.
Progressive experience in a higher education student counseling/mental health setting.
Doctorate in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
10-15 years of relevant experience that demonstrates a preparedness for the administrative responsibilities of the position.
Experience supporting first-generation students, first-time college students, and non-traditional student populations.
About the Campus Mental Health and Wellness Center:
SVSU cares deeply about the well-being of students and co-workers. SVSU has pride in its inclusive campus community and strives to improve the challenges facing it.
The Campus Mental Health and Wellness Center supports the Saginaw Valley State University student body through counseling, groups, workshops, and consultation services for faculty and staff. College years can bring a great deal of excitement and transition. Oftentimes, students experience new pressures and experiences, feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, or down. Staff members are licensed and experienced mental health professionals ready to help guide students’ wellness.
Mental health resources were of great importance before the pandemic and now they are needed more than ever. Saginaw Valley State University is committed to increasing the quality and access to services for the campus community. In 2021, the new Mental Health and Wellness Center was launched. The center responds to a wide range of mental health concerns for students, faculty, and staff at SVSU. Education and training are available for faculty, staff, and students on topics such as substance abuse and suicide prevention. Students also have access to free, confidential, short-term in-person or teletherapy counseling services for their individual needs.
In Fall 2021, the newly remodeled Mental Health and Wellness Center was opened to the campus community. The Center also introduced Protocol, a 24/7 service for students in crisis and Well Track, an inter-active self-help therapy tool for managing depression and anxiety.
In the past six months, 180 SVSU employees have been certified in Mental Health First Aid. The certification process introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges. Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related challenge or crisis. You learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
This is an important initiative that aligns with the overall goal of the new Campus Mental Health and Wellness Center. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
About Saginaw Valley State University:
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), founded in 1963, is one of Michigan’s 15 public universities with an enrollment of just over 7,500 students with 2,000 of them residential. SVSU is in the heart of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay region and stretches across 748 acres. Most of the campus buildings are connected and have been newly built or updated in the past 15 years. Surrounded by a nature preserve, SVSU is a beautiful campus, and was voted Best College Campus in Michigan and Best Housing in the US for 2022 on Niche.com.
SVSU offers over 100 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in five colleges: Health & Human Services; Arts & Behavioral Sciences; Science, Engineering & Technology; Business; and Education. SVSU offers a wide range of additional opportunities for students to thrive and be engaged. Potential leaders may choose from several elite honors programs with opportunities to do faculty-led research and compete nationally. Student athletes may compete in NCAA Division II varsity sports programs or choose to be involved in any of the 170 registered clubs, organizations, and intramural sports.
There are over 1,100 staff and faculty working together to enhance the lives of students from around the world. SVSU’s inclusive campus culture fosters diversity and inclusion and engages in coordinated efforts across campus to support every aspect of the student journey, including the following areas: Tutoring & Academic Support, Mental Health & Wellness Center, Center for Career Readiness, Multicultural Support and Services and Accessibility Resources and Accommodations.
SVSU has received national recognition among “Great Colleges to Work For” for six consecutive years. SVSU’s collective commitment to supporting student success in the Cardinal community makes SVSU a great place to work and learn.
Saginaw Valley State University was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution in 1970. In 1980 the HLC/NCA continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master's degree level. In 2013, SVSU added its first doctoral program in nursing. These accreditations have been reaffirmed continuously since the original accreditation. SVSU also has ten programs that have been awarded specialized accreditations, including being selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, marking SVSU as a university that is exceptionally engaged with the community it serves. To learn more visit: https://www.svsu.edu/
Why Consider the Opportunity:
· Impact. As the university increases its commitment to and resources for mental health and well-being, this Director has an opportunity to have a major impact on the student experience and campus community in a holistic way.
· Alumni are the talent pipeline for the Great Lakes Bay region. Alumni become the health care workforce, teachers, first responders, and business people in the community.
· SVSU is a great place to work. Collaborative culture driven from the president and including faculty and staff. This is a community that really supports and cares for one another.
· Exceptional benefits. Benefits highlights include a 12% employer contribution to retirement, low healthcare costs, and tuition waivers.
· High quality of life. The Great Lakes Bay region offers an affordable cost of living with many housing options. The region is a family-oriented community close to many recreational activities.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your CV/resume and cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position. To apply online, go to:https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su282
For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 100 programs of study for its more than 8,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. For five consecutive years, SVSU has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” (2016-2020).
SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. SVSU earned the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.
SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEAM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math, science and the arts at the middle school, high school and university levels.
More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student hous...ing that has been rated No. 1 among public universities in the U.S. (2018-2020). SVSU fields 19 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.svsu.edu.