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University of Southern California Director of Student Wellness in Los Angeles, California

Director of Student WellnessApplyViterbi Admissions and Student EngagementLos Angeles, California

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering (https://viterbischool.usc.edu/) is innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs. The school’s first priorities are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of new research.

The Viterbi School of Engineering seeks aDirector of Student Wellnessto develop a range of initiatives and services supporting a strategic and comprehensive school-wide student wellness education and promotion program. This is a new role. The Director will establish a specialized program – tailored to the unique challenges of the engineering community – that integrates wellness goals with all aspects of student advisement, services, support, and outreach; advise the Viterbi Admissions and Student Engagement (VASE) leadership team on wellness issues and concerns; and develop and implement targeted workshops and outreach initiatives to educate and inform our students on the wellness challenges they face as students in academically demanding and high-pressure disciplines.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish an Office of Student Wellness to provide school-centered counseling support to a population of over 8,500 students

  • Provide specialized training and guidance to Viterbi staff and faculty in identifying students in crisis

  • Develop materials that can be used by faculty and staff in how to identify students who might be in crises

  • Work with student affairs leader to create and implement student wellness check protocols into our advisement model

  • Act as the first point of contact for faculty and staff who have concerns about a student

  • Collaborate with student services and engagement leaders to develop targeted outreach and educational workshops and initiatives.

  • Compile and maintain accurate data on all student wellness tracking from point of concern to resolution

  • Serve as an advisor and key member of the Viterbi Crisis Team

  • Serve as the key liaison with USC Counseling services

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Graduate study in counseling psychology preferred; Doctorate preferred

  • Seven or more years working as a counseling psychologist is highly preferable

  • Seven or more years of related health education programming experience is preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency of students, faculty, associate deans, academic advisors and administrative staff

  • Ability to maintain sensitivity, understanding, and patience when dealing with students in crisis

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

  • Creative and strategic thinker regarding programmatic offerings with the skills to implement and manage projects

  • Knowledge of USC student and academic programs, policies and procedures is preferred; knowledge of Viterbi School operations is preferred

  • Demonstrated success in conflict resolution and crisis management

Required Applicant Documents:

Resume/CV

Cover Letter

These documents may be submitted as one PDF. Applications will not be considered complete without these documents.

Minimum Education: Master’s degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 7 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated experience in the disciplines of wellness, wellbeing, positive psychology, thriving and flourishing, and harm reduction, and with prevention and intervention strategies. Experience in consultation and outreach with diverse populations. Demonstrated proficiency with local, state, and federal laws and regulations related to providing health services, including HIPPA. Experience in academic and/or higher education development, collaborating with prominent faculty, and working understanding of university units, policies, protocols, documentation and databases. Outstanding written and oral communication skills, and proven ability to communicate in a clear, consistent, transparent manner to counsel individuals, foster understanding, and create shared goals. Experience with emergency management and/or behavioral/healthcare intervention activities. Exemplary interpersonal and emotional intelligence, developing relationships with all types of students, staff and alumni, and being particularly sensitive to diverse groups. Demonstrated success in recruiting, retaining, and building diverse teams. Experience applying policies and procedures, writing legal and technical documents, and at assembling, organizing, and conceptualizing numerical data in spreadsheets, databases, reports, and presentations. Demonstrated experience developing communication plans, instructional materials and related content, and with conducting in-person meetings. Lead/guidance skills, with the ability to manage, balance and prioritize different tasks and projects for various projects. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Knowledge of risk management and liability issues affecting higher education.

REQ20084805 Posted Date: 01/12/2020

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