Southern Methodist University — Student Life Coordinator – Campus Recovery and Mental Health Promotion – (STU00000109)

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:
The Office of Wellbeing, created in 2022, aims to create a living and learning environment in which people can reach their full potential. Our approach is proactive, uses various strategies and focuses on the whole person. We subscribe to a harm reduction philosophy and present information in an interactive format. Our aim is to infuse wellbeing into the everyday operations of the University through strategic campus culture change.

About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Office of Wellbeing seeks a Coordinator whose function will be to provide leadership and responsibility for the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Campus Recovery Community (CRC) and Mental Health Promotion (MHP) initiatives. The Coordinator responsibilities include CRC process and procedures development, recruitment, and development/implementation of program evaluation. The development of MHP initiatives including the development of stigma reduction campaigns and suicide prevention curriculum, as part of a comprehensive health promotion program. The Coordinator will serve on Division of Student Affairs and campus-wide committees ensuring the use of a wellbeing lens in program and process development. They will also serve as a catalyst for campus wellbeing culture change. The Coordinator will develop and deliver trainings to the campus community. The Coordinator will utilize a social justice and equity lens.

Essential Functions:

  • Supports student in recovery by utilizing best and evidence-based practices to create and maintain a Campus Recovery Community.
  • Designs, conducts, and evaluates campus-wide campus recovery and mental health promotion using health promotion theory and student development theory, including but not limited to environmental management, social movement, policy development, or social norming.
  • Provides consultation, trainings, educational workshops, and resources aimed at decreasing the stigma associated with seeking recovery and mental health services and increasing awareness, intervention, referral, and help-seeking behaviors.
  • Develops resources relevant to campus recovery and mental health promotion and a proactive approach to healthful living for the student population, including articles, website content, and other materials.
  • Collaborates with campus and community partners on initiatives, policies, and research to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to campus recovery and mental health promotion initiatives.
  • Mobilizes key stakeholders for collective action to shift the campus culture and environment around campus recovery and mental health.
  • Conducts environmental and survey assessments of campus community recovery and mental health promotion needs and resources and utilizes data to inform programs and initiatives.
  • Develops short- and long-range goals and measurable objectives for policies, programs, and services and evaluate effectiveness and other duties as assigned.
  • Occasional evening/weekend hours may be required for student events.


Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in Health Promotion, Public Health, Social Work, Counseling, Higher Education or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Two years work experience is required. Experience working in program development is required. Experience working in college health promotion/wellbeing/health/counseling is preferred. Experience working in substance recovery/misuse prevention with college students is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Candidate must be able to handle sensitive information and maintain discretion.
  • Candidate must have the ability to refer students to appropriate resources when necessary.
  • Candide must be able to demonstrate cultural competence and inclusiveness when working with populations of diverse cultures and identities.
  • Candidate ability to navigate complex university systems is preferred.
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:
Submissions received by April 3, 2023, may receive priority consideration.

This position is open until filled.

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EEO Statement:
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.