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Assistant Director for Mental Health Promotion and Education

Miami University
Oxford, OH
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Employees must have received at least the first dose of the vaccine before beginning on-campus employment, be fully vaccinated within 30 days of beginning employment and provide proof of vaccination, unless exempted as provided for in Miami University's COVID19 Vaccination Program and Policy. If you need additional information regarding exemptions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Job no: 500212
Department: Student Health Services
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Student Services
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title:Assistant Director for Mental Health Promotion and EducationSalary/Grade:

$47500 - $50000

Hours Per Week:


Job Summary:

The Assistant Director for Mental Health Promotion & Education is an exciting new role in the Office of Student Wellness (OSW) charged with enhancing, promoting, and developing resources, skills, programs, and opportunities related to mental health and emotional well-being for all Miami (Oxford) students. Education topics include emotional wellness skill building, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, disordered eating behaviors, self-care, stress management, distress tolerance, resiliency, developing a growth mindset, and any other topics that arise as a need. All education should come from a perspective that is research-based, culturally inclusive, and applicable to college students. In addition to being highly collaborative and creative, the ideal candidate will also have depth of knowledge regarding the health and mental health behaviors and trends of college students, understand and be able to implement best practices of public health, mental health promotion, and health communications, and have a proven track record of developing and evaluating programs and initiatives.

Duties/Physical Demands:

* Create, implement, and assess comprehensive, evidence-based educational programming on mental health education that has a high likelihood of achieving measurable improvements in health behaviors and/or student success. Education will be targeted to all students, with specific programs designed for specialty populations based on needs assessments (specific student organizations, student groups with shared identities, etc), and will be grounded in Miami’s Stepped Care Model as a theoretical framework.
* Increase student awareness and knowledge of behaviors, skills, and opportunities to inspire their emotional development and ability/willingness to effectively care for themselves and others.
* Cultivate an inclusive campus environment focused on the reduction of stigma around mental health and help-seeking behaviors.
* In partnership with OSW and Student Counseling Service (SCS) staff, coordinate the peer delivery of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training events.
Advise and/or consult with student organizations related to mental health (e.g. MiamiHope, Active Minds, etc.)
* Strategically collaborate with departments across campus, especially faculty, Student Counseling Service, Student Health Services, the Dean of Students Office, Miller Center for Student Disability Services, and Residence Life.
* Utilize findings from institutional surveys to improve programming and target education toward topics that are most relevant for Miami students.
* Oversee assessment efforts pertaining to mental health programming and prevention efforts. This includes developing a methodology for establishing baseline data and trends in student mental health, and using this data as part of evaluating programmatic success. This also includes establishing timelines for assessment, defining measurable objectives, creating data collection instruments (qualitative and quantitative), and synthesizing data into reports.
* Coordinate and implement mental health promotion programs ranging in size from small group workshops to large campus-wide events. Examples include: suicide prevention, stress management, stigma reduction, help-seeking, body positivity, campus-wide forums, large-scale trainings, mental health screening days, etc.
* Ensure all mental health promotion programs and services are culturally inclusive.
* Serve on and/or chair committees pertaining to mental health and emotional wellness (e.g., suicide prevention team).
* Manage programming budget specific to mental health education and prevention.
* Work occasional nights and weekends, as needed.
* Participate as a full team member of OSW, contributing to shared initiatives, and supporting all members of the team to celebrate shared success.
* Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of OSW.
***This position is not a clinical position, nor does this role provide therapeutic services. This person is considered a responsible employee (mandated reporter), and is therefore NOT a confidential resource to students.***

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree (to be completed by position start date) in health education, public health, social work, counseling, or a related field and at least one (1) year of experience with health promotion and prevention programming; OR
Bachelor's Degree in health education, public health, social work, counseling, or a related field and at least three (3) years of experience with health promotion and prevention programming;
Mental health licensure is not required.

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will bring many of the following:
* Demonstrated experience working with a traditional college age population for 1 or more years.
* A thorough understanding of student development, health promotion, behavior change, and population-based theories and models.
* Ability to thrive in a team-based environment that values student-centered approaches, collegiality, and a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
* Experience working with a peer education delivery model.
* Demonstrated experience with program assessment.
* Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programming both independently and through collaboration across departments.
* Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills.
* Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse community, recognizing different approaches and barriers to accessing mental health resources exist for various groups, and provide education from an inclusive, non-judgmental perspective.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References

Diversity Statement:

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560. As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.Labor Law Posters for Applicants:Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).Benefits Eligible:


A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact [email protected] or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 03 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


Nationally recognized as one of the country's most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati), with regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio, and the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Miami combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. A liberal education core complements the more specialized studies of the majors.

Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on and immersive experiences, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who enjoy teaching and mentoring students. Recognized as a "Public Ivy" by Richard Moll in his 1985 book about America's flagship universities, Miami is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best schools for “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This commitment to teaching is demonstrated in the University's record of exceptional retention and graduation rates-which are among highest for NCAA Division I schools. Miami also regularly ranks among the top public doctoral university in the country for study abroad participation by undergraduate students.

Chartered in 1809, Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the nation. Enrollment includes almost 15,000 undergraduates and more than 2,200 graduate students on the Oxford campus, which is lauded for its exceptional beauty. The charming, historic uptown area of Oxford is adjacent to the campus.

Miami offers bachelor degrees in over 100 areas of study and master's degrees in more than 50 areas; the University also offers a number of doctoral degrees.

More information on Miami may be obtained via

Miami University is deeply committed to the success of every member of the community. At Miami, our mission is to empower each student, staff, and faculty member to promote and become engaged citizens who use their acquired knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of the community and the world.

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) exists to provide an inclusive, equitable, working, living, and learning environment to members of the Miami University community. OEEO provides members of the university community a place to obtain guidance for providing equal opportunity in personnel matters, and to resolve issues of harassment and discrimination

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) ensures that Miami University provides an equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. This will be achieved with compassion, understanding, and fairness to all parties involved and act as a resource for all members of the university community.

Office of Diversity Affairs is located at 336 Shriver Center 3rd Floor. The Main Office line is (513) 529-6504.

Janine Todd, Program Associate
Mr. Gerald Yearwood, Senior Administrative Director
Dr. Juanita S. Tate, Director of Divisional Initiatives
Demere Woolway, Assistant Director of ODA & Coordinator of GLBTQ Services
Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S., Assistant Director & Coordinator of Diverse Student Development

Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity is located at 219 E. Spring Street Oxford, OH 45056. The Main line is (513) 529-7157.

Kenya Ash, Director, Title IX Coordinator & Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Kristie Marcum, Associate Director
Tandy Hamm, Assistant Director
Janet Fink, Administrative Assistant

For a list of contacts involved in diversity-related efforts, see Diversity Contacts (PDF 229KB).

As part of institutional diversity and inclusion goals, our efforts diligently center on four core areas: recruitment, retention, curriculum and climate. These core areas are addressed through key initiatives that are tailored to faculty, staff, and students and are executed either through programs and support from our office or in collaboration with other university offices, departments, and programs. In addition, we also value relationships with our community partners who also work with us to promote diversity and inclusion at Miami.

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