Director of Student Well-Being

Job description

Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of our inaugural Director of Student Well-Being. For full consideration for this position, materials should be received by Dec. 14, 2018.

Under the direction of newly appointed Dean of Students Dr. Wesley Brooks, our Director of Student Well-Being will be charged with leading inclusive mental health promotion and prevention efforts for a diverse student body. The Director of Student Well-Being was conceived and championed by a diverse group of campus leaders among faculty, student life and academic affairs tasked with finding ways to improve the student experience at Augustana College. Working with enthusiastic campus partners, the college seeks the development, implementation and evaluation of programs to address student mental health issues, including substance abuse and suicide prevention. Based on interest and background of our final candidate, a small teaching load can be incorporated if desired and advisable.

Augustana College is a private, selective, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences with enrollment
of 2,600 students. Our current cohort of students includes 29% first-generation students, 23% Pell Grant
recipients, 21% students of color and 9% international students. Our beautiful, residential 115-acre campus
is located in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the Quad-Cities metropolitan area (population 400,00) along the Mississippi River, 165 miles west of Chicago. Augustana awards the Bachelor of Arts in about 90 majors and related academic programs, including public health and psychology. The college has had a Phi Beta Kappa chapter since 1950, and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. President Steven C. Bahls is Augustana’s eighth president.

As an excellent liberal arts college that will continue to thrive through the 21st century, Augustana seeks a Director of Student Well-Being who is committed to pursuing the college’s strategic goals, promoting a safe and healthy campus that is welcoming and inclusive of all students who want to learn here, and supporting students’ mental and emotional well-being.

1.Conduct a campus community needs assessment to inform development, implementation and evaluation of culturally inclusive education, outreach programs and policies to enhance student mental health and wellness. Suggest ways for advocates and partners on campus, including faculty, staff and student groups, to align efforts towards this plan.
2.Develop a peer health educator program that will engage interested students in efforts to promote mental health, reduce substance abuse and suicide, and promote bystander intervention.
3.Provide training and consultation for faculty, staff and administration on student mental health issues and evidence-based suicide prevention strategies. Establish a longer term plan for
additional collaboration with academic programs and individual faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in deeper engagement in this area.
4.Work collaboratively with the Counseling Services leadership and staff to develop strategies for early identification and intervention with students in need. Augustana currently is engaged in a search for a Director of Counseling due to the upcoming retirement of a long-term leader in this area.
5.Develop and teach an immersive January-term course for students on mental health and wellness beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.
6.Provide leadership to the Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Coordinator, a part-time position that will report to the Director of Student Well-Being. Oversee work priorities, manage allocated budgets and ensure that work is aligned with overall strategic goals of the college and division.

AN INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL who is passionate about program creation using evidence-based
strategies and driven to continually improve offerings to meet the changing needs of students.
A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION who brings experience and knowledge to advance Augustana’s commitment to building an exemplary community that cherishes diversity of all kinds.
A STUDENT-CENTERED EDUCATOR who understands student needs and engages our students in peer education to promote mental health and wellness.
A COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL who enjoys working with others across campus and the Quad-City community to solve problems and improve the student experience.
A VALUES-CENTERED PERSON who leads by example, and for whom honesty, integrity, caring and inclusion matter in both work and personal life.

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in public health, health education, social work or related field. Ph.D. applicants with programming experience are welcomed. Three or more years of experience
in a health or wellness leadership role and/or 7+ years’ experience as a health educator with program planning and implementation responsibilities.

Application and Nomination: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, including salary requirements,
and résumé to [email protected] no later than Dec. 14, 2018, for full consideration.
Résumé review will begin immediately.

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer. It is Augustana College’s intent and policy to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/14/2018
Application Due: 1/13/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive