Washington University in St. Louis — The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Student Wellness

Washington University in St. Louis invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Support and Wellness. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Lori S. White, the AVC leads programs that support, and enhance attention to student health and wellness and the university’s crisis response. The AVC also helps lead efforts to support students from under-resourced communities. 

The Associate Vice Chancellor provides strategic direction for the development of a holistic approach to ensuring student health, personal development, and overall well-being, for a diverse student population. Specifically, the AVC oversees the Division of Student Affairs’ health, wellness, and crisis management cluster–a comprehensive portfolio that includes the following departments/offices as direct reports: the Habif Health and Wellness Center (including medical services; mental health counseling and psychiatric services; and wellness education and advocacy); the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) program; and the WashU Cares program (Washington University’s behavioral intervention and student support program). As part of the health, wellness, and crisis management cluster, the AVC also works closely with the Directors of Athletics and Recreation. In 2016 Washington University opened a new 55 million dollar recreation facility with an enhanced focus on student fitness and wellness. The AVC serves on a variety of University committees and task forces, and serves as a primary point person, along with the Dean of Students, for the University’s response to students of concern. 

The Associate Vice Chancellor works collaboratively with the other members of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs’ Senior Leadership team who respectively oversee the following cluster areas: Student Transition and Engagement; Diversity and Inclusion; Scholar Programs and Student Success, and Career Services/Student Affairs Development. As part of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, the AVC plays a critical role in the implementation of the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan. Additionally, the AVC also coordinates professional development activities for the Division of Student Affairs. 

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the myriad factors impacting the health and well-being of a diverse student body, including undergraduate and graduate students. Demonstrable leadership experience; the ability to effectively manage student crises; deep knowledge of trends and issues affecting students in higher education; and sensitivity to, understanding of, and commitment to, diversity and attention to students from under-resourced communities are essential skills. Previous experience directing or supervising student health and wellness programs; behavioral intervention teams and student support programs; is extremely desirable. 

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs or other related fields for which this position provides oversight. A Master’s degree in Education, College Student Development, Counseling, Public Health, Social Work or a related degree is required; a Doctorate or a terminal degree in a related field (e.g., MSW, JD) is strongly preferred. 

Washington University is a highly selective university with a student body of 7,300 undergraduate students and 6,800 graduate students. Approximately 70% of undergraduates live in university-owned housing on or off-campus. The university prides itself on knowing its students “by name and by story,” and this mission has been the foundation for excellence and investment in student life, and maintaining a strong commitment to personalized attention to students. 

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter stating interest in the position through the online application portal at https://jobs.wustl.edu/ (job code 42860). 

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. 

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