Assistant Vice President of Wellness & Support

Job Description


Job Summary:
The Division of Student Affairs (DoSA) is a forward-thinking student success operation committed to its role as the leading custodial unit guiding the student experience at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Staff members within the Division of Student Affairs are expected to positively contribute to our mission of supporting students in the co-curricular environment and provide an experience that inspires students academically, intellectually, personally, and emotionally.

The Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness and Support (AVPSW) will provide leadership and oversight for the university's student wellness and support functions. The AVPSW will collaborate with other Student Affairs departments and campus stakeholders to promote overall student wellbeing, quality of life, empowerment, and the promotion of self-advocacy, to enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom, and to create services that will support students to persist and complete. The AVPSW will provide vision and strategic planning that supports the work of UNC and that fulfills the division's mission and strategic objective of student success. The AVPSW will promote best student practices pertaining to counseling and mental health, campus recreation, disability resources, peer education, wellness, and advocacy programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree earned in clinical counseling, agency counseling, social work, clinical psychology, student affairs or related field
  • Experience in the supervision of other mental health professionals
  • Familiarity with the components of approved training associations, such as the American Psychological Association
  • Experience in the development and implementation of mental health agency policies
  • Ability to perform psychological evaluations
  • DSM-V experience and ability to diagnose and develop treatment plans
  • Knowledge of state and national legal and ethical codes dealing with the provision of mental health services; ability and knowledge to develop and deliver outreach programming
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational, communication, and people skills
  • Ability to conduct program assessment/evaluation and develop strategies to meet the evolving needs of the higher education student community
  • Ability to lead, inspire, and motivate
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills, emotional intelligence, and independent judgement
  • Budget and fiscal resource management skills with a deep knowledge of issues, current trends, and best practices and the ability to understand the complexity of working with large budgets
  • Commitment to working with students and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, mainframe systems, and virtual meeting products

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven years of full-time experience in university or college wellness, mental health support, and counseling
  • A seasoned mental health/wellness professional with generalist skills in assessment and time-limited solution focused individual, couples, and group counseling. Excellent case management skills, considerable knowledge and experience in consulting/crisis intervention, workshop presentations and training/supervision of professional and administrative staff
  • Have active licensure as a mental health professional in the state of Colorado or the ability to acquire a license in Colorado within six months of hiring.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Attach resume, cover letter, and a list of references electronically.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $120,000-$125,000. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.

Additional Requirements and Information:
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online ( and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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