Miami University — Assistant Director for Mental Health Promotion and Education

The Assistant Director for Mental Health Promotion & Education is an exciting new role in the Office of Student Wellness (OSW) charged with enhancing, promoting, and developing resources, skills, programs, and opportunities related to mental health and emotional well-being for all Miami (Oxford) students. Education topics include emotional wellness skill building, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, disordered eating behaviors, self-care, stress management, distress tolerance, resiliency, developing a growth mindset, and any other topics that arise as a need. All education should come from a perspective that is research-based, culturally inclusive, and applicable to college students. In addition to being highly collaborative and creative, the ideal candidate will also have depth of knowledge regarding the health and mental health behaviors and trends of college students, understand and be able to implement best practices of public health, mental health promotion, and health communications, and have a proven track record of developing and evaluating programs and initiatives.

Create, implement, and assess comprehensive, evidence-based educational programming on mental health education that has a high likelihood of achieving measurable improvements in health behaviors and/or student success. Education will be targeted to all students, with specific programs designed for specialty populations based on needs assessments (specific student organizations, student groups with shared identities, etc), and will be grounded in Miami’s Stepped Care Model as a theoretical framework.

  • Increase student awareness and knowledge of behaviors, skills, and opportunities to inspire their emotional development and ability/willingness to effectively care for themselves and others.
  • Cultivate an inclusive campus environment focused on the reduction of stigma around mental health and help-seeking behaviors.
  • In partnership with OSW and Student Counseling Service (SCS) staff, coordinate the peer delivery of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training events.
  • Advise and/or consult with student organizations related to mental health (e.g. MiamiHope, Active Minds, etc.)
  • Strategically collaborate with departments across campus, especially faculty, Student Counseling Service, Student Health Services, the Dean of Students Office, Miller Center for Student Disability Services, and Residence Life.
  • Utilize findings from institutional surveys to improve programming and target education toward topics that are most relevant for Miami students.
  • Oversee assessment efforts pertaining to mental health programming and prevention efforts. This includes developing a methodology for establishing baseline data and trends in student mental health, and using this data as part of evaluating programmatic success. This also includes establishing timelines for assessment, defining measurable objectives, creating data collection instruments (qualitative and quantitative), and synthesizing data into reports.
  • Coordinate and implement mental health promotion programs ranging in size from small group workshops to large campus-wide events. Examples include: suicide prevention, stress management, stigma reduction, help-seeking, body positivity, campus-wide forums, large-scale trainings, mental health screening days, etc.
  • Ensure all mental health promotion programs and services are culturally inclusive.
  • Serve on and/or chair committees pertaining to mental health and emotional wellness (e.g., suicide prevention team).
  • Manage programming budget specific to mental health education and prevention.
  • Work occasional nights and weekends, as needed.
  • Participate as a full team member of OSW, contributing to shared initiatives, and supporting all members of the team to celebrate shared success.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of OSW.

***This position is not a clinical position, nor does this role provide therapeutic services. This person is considered a responsible employee (mandated reporter), and is therefore NOT a confidential resource to students.***

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (to be completed by position start date) in health education, public health, social work, counseling, or a related field and at least one (1) year of experience with health promotion and prevention programming; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in health education, public health, social work, counseling, or a related field and at least three (3) years of experience with health promotion and prevention programming;
  • Mental health licensure is not required

Desired Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Demonstrated experience working with a traditional college age population for 1 or more years.
  • A thorough understanding of student development, health promotion, behavior change, and population-based theories and models.
  • Ability to thrive in a team-based environment that values student-centered approaches, collegiality, and a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Experience working with a peer education delivery model.
  • Demonstrated experience with program assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programming both independently and through collaboration across departments.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse community, recognizing different approaches and barriers to accessing mental health resources exist for various groups, and provide education from an inclusive, non-judgmental perspective.

Salary: $47,500 – $50,000

Application Instructions:
Submit Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to

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