University of Kansas — Mental Health and Wellbeing Director

Mental Health and Wellbeing Director

Human Resource Management

Position Overview

The University of Kansas is excited to launch the search for a Mental Health and Wellbeing Director. This new position will be critical to the creation, development, and implementation of resources focused on supporting faculty and staff in all areas of health and wellness (mental health, emotional and physical wellbeing, burnout prevention, work + life, financial management, food security, dependent care, etc.) This position will report to the Chief Human Resource Officer and will partner with leaders in Human Resource Management; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Student Affairs, and other on and off campus community partners to provide resources and services to connect individuals by providing training and growth opportunities and creating programming initiatives to promote and build healthy work environments that improve overall quality of life.

The creation of the Wellness Office is aligned with Jayhawks Rising, the University's strategic plan, to improve health and wellbeing through the Healthy and Vibrant Communities priority. KU actively aligns resources and expertise to create healthy and vibrant communities that improve the quality of life noting that environment, workplace, benefits and resources are critical to everyday success, wellness, and positive outcomes.

The successful candidate will be an effective communicator who has experience working with varied constituencies, who will be a strategic partner with the ability to engage and connect with others to develop resources and programs and to build relationships. This position will require competencies in effective listening, managing projects to actionize results, and collaboration.

This position may also work to propose and write grants to develop funding avenues for specific initiatives and programming, work with KU Benefits, Learning and Development, and other units to engage with state of Kansas programs, community boards and commissions for programmatic activities that would be beneficial to employees across all campus locations.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are important components of our culture and strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that diversity brings to our organization and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment and successfully complete all background check requirements.

Job Description

Strategic Leadership (20%)
• Provide mental health triage, resources and education to assist employees with high levels of stress and anxiety.
• Work with senior leaders to created an office resource that focuses on wellness initiatives specifically for faculty and staff. Analyze programs and policies to evaluate performance, effectiveness, areas of potential program improvement, and/or policy change. Compile statistical summaries of participant data, program evaluation and other analytics to demonstrate program outcomes and cost impact.

Programming Training and Communications Development (30%)
• Broaden efforts to promote wellness and prevention strategies by expanding the scope of health and wellbeing offerings to employees by developing and presenting prevention programming and workshops.
• Create, plan, and implement on and off-campus outreach events, activities, lunch and learns, classes, speakers, seminars, wellness booths at University sponsored events, coordinate assessments, etc. in the promotion of healthy life choices, mindfulness, stress reduction, and safe spaces.
• Create and sustain a strong presence with employees while frequently promoting, encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyle behaviors.
• Develop programs to focus on remote, in-person and hybrid workers. Develop programs and initiatives to manage burn-out, loneliness, engagement, etc.
• Coordinate, plan, facilitate and promote mental health and wellness activities and programs for employees through campus and community programs.
• Develop an effective and comprehensive web presence.

Community Engagement (20%)
• Work with on and off-campus stakeholders to develop and increase materials (including, but not limited to, brochure, website, social media) focused on wellness, behavior and life choices.
• Act as a liaison to health program vendors. Promote and communicate health programs, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and HealthQuest opportunities. Work with KU Benefits, Learning & Development and other units to collaborate and coordinate activities to leverage resources effectively.
• Develop and maintain relationships. Hold regular meetings with off-campus social service providers, non-profits, and community agencies as appropriate.

Supervision/Management (15%)

• Oversee the recruitment, retention, and supervision of office staff. Responsible for setting goals and objectives, conducting annual evaluations, managing personnel matters, and facilitating a positive work environment.
• Responsible for overseeing the operational budget and related expenses annually.

Program Funding Development (10%)
• Participate in and write grant proposals for specific funding initiatives.
• Work with KU Endowment to create relationships to identify donors for programming, space and development.
• Coordinate with community partners such as Douglas County, Johnson County, Bert Nash, United Way, etc., to develop community-based support activities.
• Other duties as assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, human resource management, or related field and seven years of related experience or a Master's degree in social work, psychology, human resource management or a related field and five years related experience.
• Five years of professional work experience with progressive responsibility in providing counseling, coaching, and/or training.
• Experience with making referrals to appropriate resources and agencies for issues of concern.
• Experience working with under-represented and/or at-risk populations.
• Experience in managing and coordinating events.
• Experience developing training programs, materials and resources both in print and online.
• Two years of progressive supervisory and/or program management/oversight experience.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication (oral and written) skills as demonstrated through the application materials, interview, and references.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or Human Services.
• Familiarity with Douglas, Shawnee, Johnson, and other county or state of Kansas resources.
• Experience writing and managing grants for programming.
• Experience with fundraising or donor relations.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kimberly Grosse

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete online application consists of:

• Cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
• Resume.
• Three professional references.
• Application review begins December 9, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Advertised Salary Range:
$83,344 – $100,000
Application Review Begins: 09-Dec-2022
Anticipated Start Date: 16-Jan-2023
Primary Campus: University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular
FLSA Status: Executive
Employee Class: U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5

Job Family Administrative/Management-KUL
Conditions of Employment: Serve at the Pleasure
Work Location: Assignment Hybrid

If interested, please apply:


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