Assistant Director for Student Support and Health and Wellness Education
The George Mason University Division of University Life invites applications for an Assistant Director for Student Support and Health and Wellness Education, reporting to the Director of the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Assistant Director is charged with the primary responsibility for oversight of the university's health education program and services. This individual works within the context of, and provides leadership for, a comprehensive health education program for the university. Within this comprehensive approach, attention is provided for a diverse audience with needs along a continuum of care. The incumbent works collaboratively with campus, community, state, and national groups and agencies. Additionally, the this position is part of Student Support team, that will offer comprehensive services for students in an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the Mason community and will help triage and conduct intakes as needed related to students in crisis/and or distress, to include Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence. Additional responsibilities include:
1. Direct Programming and Development: This includes implementation and oversight of workshops, public awareness campaigns, materials development and technology for a range of audiences (students, faculty, staff and community members). Examples of programming include (but are not limited to) AIDS awareness, smoking cessation, eating disorders, body image, sexual health, breast cancer, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, healthy relationships and stress management.
2. Victim Assistance: This includes sharing responsibility for the 24-hour crisis hotline; and helping to provide crisis intervention, ongoing case management, and referral to the campus community. Additionally, manage referrals and student issues related to distress/crisis intervention; and implement developmentally appropriate interventions, coordinate resources and services, and monitor follow-up and progress of students of concern cases.
3. Supervision: This includes supervision of graduate students and student volunteers.
4. Student Coordination and Leadership/Well-Being: This involves working closely with student leaders, student groups, and individual students. It will involve the recruitment, training, and coordination of peer educators and/or peer leaders. Additionally, it will include participating in well-being initiatives.
5. Assessment, Counseling and Referral: Individual students may need counseling or advice regarding issues surrounding health-related issues. This is designed as immediate and short-term solutions, with longer-term assistance referred to other professionals and agencies as deemed appropriate. Additionally, incorporate planning appropriate approaches including linkages with other campus and community offices and agencies for assessment, educational programming, and follow-up services. This also includes direct educational sessions that complement other campus-based efforts.
6. Workshops, Seminars and Training Sessions: These workshops will be appropriate for a variety of groups including peer leaders, students, staff and faculty. These may also include discussion sessions at state, regional and national conferences.
7. Public Awareness: This incorporates campaign materials, from initial conceptual design to final product development, in a range of formats (i.e., brochure, poster, flier, PSA, PowerPoint, Web site, and social media).
8. Developing Curricula: This is conducted as needed for university classes, workshops and seminars to a variety of professionals and community groups.
9. Needs Assessment, Evaluation and Research: This includes coordinating periodic assessments of student's knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors. Methodologies may involve quantitative and qualitative strategies, with linkages to existing offices and departments as appropriate. Collaborate with faculty, staff, and community members to develop, implement and evaluate health education services and programs. This also includes an overall strategic plan with timelines and milestones.
10. Policy Support and Development: This involves working with campus and community offices and agencies to implement and support current policies and procedures. It also includes identification of ways of further enhancing meaningful and appropriate policies and procedures.
11. Preparation of Written Reports: This includes internal documentation and reports, as well as the required biennial review of programs and services.
12. Funding and Institutionalization: This includes the preparation of applications for supplemental funding of specific programs and services and strategies. This may include internal resource allocation as well as external grant funds.
13. Coordination with the Campus Advisory Group and Other Related Community Coalitions: Linkages with these campus-based and community committees are essential for further promoting shared responsibilities for substance abuse prevention, intervention and support services. This will be particularly helpful with the strategic planning and resource allocation processes.
14. Internal Coordination and Cooperation: This involves close work with a range of university offices and personnel, with particular attention to University Life offices, academic departments, faculty and other staff. Serve as a member of the university CARE team. Provide support and guidance to offices in matters pertaining to case management; consult with Director and Dean of Students staff when impact of a situation crosses functional boundaries, while maintaining confidential reporting status related to Title IX.
15. External Collaboration and Assistance: This includes work with community offices and agencies including local groups, state agencies and federal/national agencies.
16. Recordkeeping: Ensure that students of concern records, and interpersonal violence and sexual assault records are maintained in accordance with university policies and applicable laws and are readily available to internal staff. Additionally utilize database to record and document all wellness and health related assessments and appointments.
17. Standards of Practice for Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention in Higher Education: This includes knowledge, awareness, and support of the standards of practice for health promotion in higher education developed by a variety of organizations, including the American College Health Association and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
18. Other duties as assigned.
Advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree. The department will consider a broad range of relevant backgrounds, such as community health, health promotion, social work, criminal justice, public health, women's studies, community health education, higher education, community organizing, psychology and/or others as appropriate;
Ability to maintain and manage confidential information;
A strong attention to detail and accuracy; and
Previous experience in a broad range of topics related to AIDS awareness, smoking cessation, eating disorders, body image, sexual health, breast cancer, nutrition, sexually transmitted disease, healthy relationships and stress management.
Experience with a college student population is strongly preferred; and
Commitment to a collaborative approach to student wellness including working with committees, coalitions, and community agencies.
Salary: Low-$50,000s; commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA549z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
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