Western Washington University — Suicide Prevention Coordinator

About the Position:  Western Washington University’s Counseling Center has an opening for a permanent, full-time, 12-month Suicide Prevention Coordinator. This position will create and implement a new campus-wide suicide prevention and mental health promotion program that will include education and awareness training for faculty, staff and students, program and policy development, program evaluation, collaboration with campus and community partners, peer education and social marketing. This position will play a key role in prevention efforts on Western’s campus.

Employment to begin as soon as possible.

About the Department:  The WWU Counseling Center provides students with short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as workshops, outreach programs and consultations to the Western community.  Our counseling staff includes a collaborative team of 10+ FTE of psychologists and licensed mental health counselors, case manager and men’s resiliency positions.  We have four doctoral intern positions, and two full-time support staff.   We work closely with the Student Health Center and Health Promotions to provide coordinated services for students.  We seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. As such, we are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively seeking diversity in our employees. WWU’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for doctoral interns.

For more information, visit our website: http://www.wwu.edu/counseling

Position Responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of suicide prevention strategies aimed at increasing college students’ mental well-being and maximizing students’ ability to attain academic success.
  • Utilization of theory and research to inform prevention priorities; using evaluation to assess prevention outcomes.
  • Seeking and cultivating interdisciplinary campus and community partnerships that advance suicide prevention and mental health promotions initiatives.
  • Using mental health communication strategies and social marketing as part of a comprehensive prevention programming.
  • Coordinating program’s website and social media efforts.
  • Coordinate all general outreach, tabling events, and other opportunities to interface with the campus community.
  • Chair the Suicide Prevention Advisory Board and serve on relevant campus committees and workgroups.
  • Overseeing graduate and student assistants.
  • Leading the student organization (BRAVE peer educators).

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field and four years of work experience in a capacity related to duties to be performed OR Master’s degree in health education, public health, or other specific health-related area, and two years of work experience in a capacity related to duties to be performed.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive, population-    based prevention programming.
  • Experience with suicide prevention programs.
  • Experience in applying an ecological framework to prevention strategies.
  • Demonstrated commitment, interest and experience in working with issues of diversity.
  • Experience leading peer education programs including development of curriculum, recruiting and training peer educators and coordinating and supervising peer educator presentations.
  • Experience in facilitating groups, leading discussions, and providing presentations to student populations.
  • Demonstrated skills in with organizing and managing multiple complex job duties.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in above areas and two years of applicable experience.
  • Experience in developing and implementing comprehensive suicide prevention programs.
  • Experience with innovative outreach and education applications.
  • Experience in working with campus and community coalitions.
  • Experience with prevention programming on a college campus.
  • Supervision experience with college students
  • Demonstrated experiences with organizing and implementing large scale public health initiatives.
  • Experience with developing and implementing social marketing campaigns.
  • Experience utilizing web and social media prevention initiatives.

Academic Emphasis: N/A

Job Location: Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham, a city of over 80,000, is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, 75 miles north of Seattle and 65 miles south of Vancouver, BC.  Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands lie to the west of Bellingham and the North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker to the east.  Bellingham is often highly ranked in “best cities” listings.

Counseling Center’s Website:  http://www.wwu.edu/counseling/

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: Not applicable

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants should submit their application materials via Western’s online application  http://www.wwu.edu/hrjobs/

Complete applications require: (1) a letter of application that must specifically address the listed job qualifications, (2) a current vita, and (3) contact information for 3 (three) professional references (supplied in the EASE applicant system). 

Closing Date: Review of applications begins August 22, 2016; Position is open until filled.

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Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).


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