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Student Life has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Vice President for Student Life. The Associate Vice President for Student Life provides strategic leadership in the area of student support, development of a healthy campus climate, and articulating a vision for collaboratively aligned, developmentally-oriented student support services congruent with current best practices.
The Associate Vice President for Student Life provides broad leadership in the realm of student well-being, including suicide prevention, mental health promotion, sexual assault prevention and response, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and education, and support for students with disabilities.
The Associate Vice President for Student Life supervises five departments within the Division of Student Life: Counseling Center, Health & Wellness, Community Standards & Student Conduct, Disability Resources for Students, and the Career & Internship Center. Each of these departments involve direct service to students – including regular management of students at risk – and require highly specialized training including Licensed Psychologists, Career Counselors, Case Managers, Learning Disability Specialists, and Student Conduct Hearing Officers. These departments are varied in their specific missions, but they each involve supporting students in their developmental and academic progress. The departments work directly with students' mental health concerns, other personal concerns, disability accommodations, career development, and disciplinary issues.Please note that the specific departments may change over time as organizational shifts take place in the division
In the current national landscape, developing a coordinated team of professionals whose work falls under the rubrics of Title IX and the ADA, as well as Clery and the Campus SaVE Act, is critical to the campus environment. The Associate Vice President for Student Life must stay apprised of rapidly changing regulations and expectations, national trends, best practices, and effectively coordinate the leadership in these areas to develop policies, protocols, and practices that will best support UW students.
This position requires a broad body of knowledge in Student Life practice as well as excellent management and leadership skills. The position requires a very high level of independent decision-making and professional judgment.
The Associate Vice President for Student Life provides broad leadership and consultation regarding students of concern, policies related to student support functions (e.g., Mental Health Counseling, Student Conduct, Suicide Intervention, Substance Use Education, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention), and crisis management. The position oversees the delivery of a variety of services essential to the health and safety of the student population.
- Serve as a member of the Division of Student Life Executive Leadership Team; collaboratively help develop organizational goals, objectives, and priorities.
- Develop organizational priorities and goals for the collective of five critical student support units: Counseling Center, Health & Wellness, Community Standards & Student Conduct, Career & Internship Center, and Disability Resources for Students.
- Provide strategic leadership for the development and implementation of initiatives, policies and procedures related to student support functions including students of concern or at risk, healthy campus climate, and student mental health.
- Coordinate and/or oversee education, prevention and postvention efforts related to student mental health and well-being, substance use, crisis management, and a healthy campus climate.
- Evaluate program effectiveness and strategically plan to continually improve effectiveness and efficiency.
- On behalf of the Division of Student Life, Chair and/or serve on a variety of University Committees, e.g., Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, Steering Committee on Disability Issues, Student Well-Being Collaborative, Violence Prevention and Assessment Team, Behavioral Intervention Team.
- Chair and/or serve on a variety of Student Life committees, e.g., Assessment, Professional Development, Strategic Planning and Implementation.
- Represent the University and/or the Division of Student Life through university engagement, interaction with the media, and consultation with parents of UW students and other members of the community.
- Supervise Directors of five Student Life Departments:
Counseling Center – 20 staff members (including Director) who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled UW students. They also provide consultation for faculty, staff, parents, and students who are concerned about a student as well as educational outreach for the campus community on issues related to college mental health. The counseling center maintains a fully accredited pre-doctoral psychology training internship.
Health & Wellness – 5 staff members (including Director) who work with students to support their academic careers by building relationships and plans for success; work with faculty and staff as well as families developing individualized care plans and intervention strategies for students who may be struggling for a variety of reasons. In addition to offering general support for students, the following programs and services are available through Health and Wellness: The Suicide Intervention Program, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Harassment Intervention and Education, and Alcohol and other Drugs Education.
Community Standards & Student Conduct – 4 staff members (including Director) who investigate and adjudicate violations of the student conduct code, promote student accountability through cultivating responsible, ethical behavior of the individual student; collaborate with student leaders, student organizations, student government, and local neighborhood associations to advance students’ understanding of their role as members of the greater community; ensure that students are knowledgeable about what it means to be responsible citizens in their neighborhoods; provide leadership and consultation to other units, schools, colleges and departments in working with students of concern and offers resources and support; and provide disciplinary checks and Dean’s Certifications for students who are transferring to different institutions, planning on traveling abroad or applying for graduate programs.
Disability Resources for Students – 8 staff members (including Director) who provide academic accommodations for students with a documented, permanent or temporary physical, mental or sensory disability as well as resource and referral information and advocacy support as necessary and appropriate.
The Career & Internship Center – 14 staff members (including Director) who provide a full spectrum of services, from self-exploration and decision-making to understanding career options, from knowing how to prepare for the work world to making significant contributions to employers and the community. The Career Center interfaces with a variety of employers, working to understand their complex needs and facilitate a variety of ways for them to connect with UW students and alums.
- Prepare annual reports regarding activities, initiatives, programs, and outcomes. Provide ad hoc reports as requested.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
- Doctoral Degree in Psychology / Education / or related field.
- Nine or more years of work experience related to strategic leadership in the area of student support.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
- Evidence of regional and/or national involvement in professional organizations related to management of student support functions, university mental health management, and other Student Affairs services/activities.