Reporting to the Director, Student Wellness, the Assistant Director manages and delivers non-clinical support, referrals to applicable resources and well-being programming to all students at The School of Professional Studies (SPS). The Assistant Director is responsible for evaluation, intervention, and referral services for SPS students who are struggling academically, professionally, or personally. This includes crisis intervention, referrals for mental health services, training, consultation with the campus community about student characteristics and development, as well as campus safety.
In collaboration with the Director, the Assistant Director will have primary oversight and supervision of our year-round pre-college program. This includes our summer residential experience for nearly 1,000 high school students. The incumbent will deliver preventative education and outreach related to various topics impacting students - this may include stress management, time management, anxiety/depression, financial wellness, and many others. This individual will work in collaboration with various University stakeholders to ensure holistic support and referrals - these offices often include Counseling & Psychological Services, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, Student Conduct & Community Services, Disability Services, Student Financial Services, the Food Pantry, and many others. This individual will oversee the Student Emergency Fund, a fund aimed at supporting SPS students who are experiencing a crisis that could adversely impact their academic journey. Finally, this individual will assist in the data and assessment of student wellness at SPS and share annual reports with leadership.
The School serves approximately 5,000 students enrolled in numerous programs ranging from Master's Programs to Post-baccalaureate Studies, summer high school students, to visiting undergrads, to visiting international English Language students enrolled in the American Language Program, to professionals pursuing certificates or executive master's degrees.
Please note that this is a non-clinical case management position that does not provide clinical supervision towards professional licensure or certification.
Programming & Preventive Education
Develop workshops and initiatives that focus on a proactive approach to mental health and well-being. This includes but is not limited to mental and emotional health, stress management, self care, physical health, financial well being, nutrition and time management
Assist faculty and staff as they incorporate wellness concepts and self-care in their interactions with students
Serve as a co-liaison to CU Health and related offices
Develop engagement initiatives that foster social connection, learning and student development
Oversee the design, implementation and assessment of all programming components
Conduct individual wellness appointments with students interested in learning about coping strategies that support their well-being and wellness related resources available to them
Supervises temporary and intern level staff who plan and facilitate preventative education workshops and events
Crisis Triage, Referrals and Outreach
Participates in the rotating 24/7 "on-call' system, responding to student incidents, or crises such as medical, mental health, and facilities emergencies including on weekends, holidays, and after business hours
Serve as a non clinical case manager for a caseload of students identified as students of concern
Provide support to staff and faculty to identify students of concern and ensure these are on the radar of appropriate department leaders
Manages updates to the student of concern tracker and ensures timely case management, intervention and follow-up actions for referrals and students of concern
Consults with CARE team members regarding current students of concern; develops action plans to manage and follow up with situations
Provides triage services to students of concern and guides those to the appropriate support resources
Assist in the development of proactive strategies to identify and help students in need and provide ongoing support, guidance and problem solving to address any obstacles to academic success and student wellbeing
Manage partner relationships with a network of on and off campus services to support student wellness
Refers students to support services; monitors and reports on community climate and factors that affect student well-being; and establishes a reputation as a trusted advisor among students throughout the program
Coordinates parental/guardian notification of wellness concerns that arise when applicable; follows up with students to make sure they are being well supported through the program.
Draft internal and external facing documents that promote and highlight wellness services.
Present at student orientations for a variety of student populations
Assist in the development of an annual wellness overview that outlines key findings from wellness support initiatives and contributions to department learning outcomes
Assist in development and management of Pre-college wellness team that includes training for all Pre-college staff members
Organize and promote trainings on an on-going basis for all SPS students, faculty and staff on topics including but not limited to: Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Ally, Bystander Intervention and Stress Management
PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED OR REQUESTED
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent related experience required
3 years related experience
A resume and cover letter with salary requirements must be submitted to be considered for the position
Master???s degree from an accredited institution in mental health counseling, social work, higher education and student affairs, public health or a related field
2-4 years of experience in a specific student personnel position at college. University or high school setting
Previous experience working with a behavioral intervention team or students of concern
Experience managing health and wellness initiatives in a university setting.
Ability to assess services and learning outcomes
Understanding of the application of FERPA, medical privacy guidelines and other applicable laws and policies
Ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups in a fast-paced environment
Ability to take initiative and manage a variety of tasks and projects simultaneously, with impeccable attention to detail
Effectively handle confidential information and adhere to policies and procedures
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