Posting Salary: $106,000 - $124,000 commensurate with experience
Position Summary: Student Affairs provides strategic leadership and advice in the development and implementation of systemwide policy and practice related to freshman and transfer admissions, undergraduate and graduate campus life, and student financial support.
As a department in the Division of Academic Affairs, we seek to create and maintain a productive, diverse, equitable and inclusive community. We are committed to the University of California's academic mission and to our core values: integrity in what we do, respect for one another, accountability for and effective use of our public resources, and excellence in our service to the University and to the State.
Reporting to the Vice President, the Director - Student Mental Health and Well-Being serves as the systemwide resource for best practices, regulatory and statutory requirements, licensing requirements and accreditation standards in the area of student mental health policy and practice. The Director utilizes advanced, specialized expertise to manage a diverse portfolio of systemwide research, planning, development, and training programs and initiatives to address student health and well-being at three levels: Tier I) Access to direct services and urgent care needs, Tier II) Targeted interventions and outreach to vulnerable populations, and Tier III) Development of healthier learning environments/stigma reduction. The Director operates in a highly visible, politically sensitive, legally complex and evolving arena to resolve complex policy issues, and deals with highly sensitive student and campus records and information. The Director collaborates with leaders and stakeholders in UC Health, Risk Services, and State and Federal Governmental Relations to respond to key initiatives related to student health and well-being. The Director collaborates with UC campuses and other education sectors to develop and improve the policy framework for student mental health, and the processes, procedures, and services that advance student success. Supervises professional and student intern staff in the provisioning of stakeholder services.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
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Serves as the organization expert for mental health and wellness policy, practice and initiatives. Advises the Vice President and other executive leaders on student mental health policy issues. Oversees systemwide mental health collaboration and evaluation of services and outcomes.
Identifies and facilitates the use of best/promising practices related to mental health and wellness across the 10 UC campuses. Offers expertise on how to assess and enhance cultural competencies of clinical interventions, trainings, and services. Develops and maintains complex and sensitive relationships with external mental health stakeholders (partner institutions, county/government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc.). Identifies and pursues opportunities for conference presentations, publications, and recognition for the University.
Pursues funding opportunities and leads grant proposal development to bring additional resources to the University to address mental health and wellness needs.
LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
Plans, develops, and implements new programs and organizational structure changes required to implement new policies. Drawing upon a combination of expertise, leadership, and research, uses a collaborative approach to determine systemwide needs as well as the technical, operational, and social vision for professional staff development, training, and continuing education requirements.
Coordinates and manages fundraising strategies as appropriate to ensure that appropriate opportunities are available for staff development and training. Develops and analyzes feedback on professional development activities from participants to share with senior leaders.
POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Serves as the primary liaison between Student Affairs, the UC campuses, and other Office of the President departments to develop, implement and communicate policies and practices related to student mental health and well-being.
Develops and maintains the appropriate analytical and procedural framework for addressing the issues in the organization. Ensures that student mental health resources and best practices are integrated with considerations of other student life and student success issues (e.g., student basic needs, housing, sexual violence/sexual harassment, student financial support, equity and inclusion).
Presents to a variety of audiences to share University policies and practices related to student mental health and well-being. Utilizes extensive knowledge of UC policies, processes and practices to provide leadership on external panels, committees, and meetings.
Responds to mental health and wellness related press/media inquiries in consultation with External Relations and Communications. Represents the University on work groups and advisory boards pertaining to student mental health as well as in professional forums where UC policies and practices are the focus of discussion. Prepares talking points for legislative hearings and Regents discussions for the Provost, the Vice President, and other senior leadership.
Prepares legislative and regental reports; identifies and analyzes themes and trends to be included; coordinates the production of necessary data; and is responsible for all aspects of the content, appearance, and publication of the report.
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONS
Manages professional and intern staff responsible for developing appropriate content for websites and publications, providing technical assistance to campuses, conducting policy analysis, researching best practices, and staffing committees, work groups, and task forces.
Attends classes, seminars and conferences that enhance expertise. Represents the university at meetings, conferences and events as appropriate, and participates in activities that enhance the UC community and support the university mission. Upholds the organization's Principles of Community and assures that those values are upheld throughout the department. Other duties as assigned.
PhD in related field and 3-5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in clinical/ counseling psychology, social work, sociology, health education, or closely related field.
Advanced knowledge in student mental health clinical care, outreach, prevention, early intervention, and management of sensitive information and data.
Demonstrated ability to focus on key issues, research, gather and integrate information and participate with others across organizational lines (UC campuses and non-UC entities/agencies) in developing a wide range of qualified resources and data as the basis for formulating recommendations.
Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations (race/ ethnicity/ gender/ sexual orientation/ nationality/ ability status/ SES/ etc.). Sensitive to cultural differences and implications for health care.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of performance for staff and the actions to improve performance.
Advanced skills in all levels of project management. Proven track record supporting policy development and implementation that effectively furthers an institution's goals.
Demonstrated ability to be proactive, creative and innovative in solving problems and issues. Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Advanced training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting.
Excellent oral communication skills which demonstrate the ability to effectively convey and explain information and tactfully deal with diverse populations, situations, and ideas. Strong oral communication skills to communicate with senior management, and lead and direct subordinates.
Excellent written communication skills which demonstrate the ability to draft clear, concise specifications, documentation, analytical reports; editing and proofreading training and resource materials.
Knowledge of principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Experience managing social media, web-based applications, and various electronic media formats.
Moderate to advanced knowledge of University-specific computer application programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Cascade.
Experience in sponsored project post-award grant administration.
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