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Position Title
Director of the Wellness Center

Alfred University

Division of Student Affairs

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Position Description
The Director of the Wellness Center provides leadership for Alfred University’s student health services, counseling services and wellness education. The Director coordinates the delivery of high quality primary health/counseling services. The Director also provides supervision and leadership to a dedicated team of professionals. He or she will oversee operations including strategic planning, budget management, assessment, and personnel consistent with the University’s mission. The Director must be a licensed mental health professional in order to assist with providing counseling services to students. The Director also participates in the emergency response team and behavioral assessment team which will necessitate some after-hours and weekend work.

The Director will have extensive cooperative and collaborative relationships with students, faculty, parents and staff within the University and will be professionally active. Additionally, the Director reports to the Dean of Students.

Other responsibilities include:

• Plan, coordinate and direct clinical activities.
• Establish positive working relationships with other departments within student affairs, relevant university offices and external constituents.
• Ensure the Wellness Center is offering the most effective and beneficial prevention programming available.
• Provide consultation to faculty, staff, students, and parents on health issues (within limits defined by confidentiality).
• Work closely with the Wellness Center staff in order to provide coordinated efforts in areas that relate to mental and physical health.
• Efficiently and effectively manage resources within the Wellness Center.
• Engage in strategic planning, assessment of student learning outcomes and be responsible for budget management. Evaluate and measure the effectiveness of current services and programs offered by each functional area. Continue to stay apprised of best practices in the respective service areas to determine future direction for maintaining cutting edge services.
• Plan and prepare operational reports and analyses
• Use standardized assessment measures to identify mental and physical health trends and student needs and recommend appropriate programs and solutions.
• Establish long and short-range departmental goals and objectives and devises methods to improve the overall effectiveness of counseling programs.
• Participate in bi-weekly Directors meetings and planning retreats.
• Conduct programs and presentations as requested
• Maintain a high standard of professional ethics consistent with the guidelines of the American College Health Association and the American Counseling Association.
• Manage and direct a quality improvement program (includes quality assurance, incident review, risk management, and peer review).
• Hire, direct, and evaluate personnel according to University policy.
• Coordinate scheduling of services and act as primary liaison with consulting physician and psychiatrist.
• Oversee public affairs activities for Wellness Center including marketing, publicity, social media, presentations and publications to get topical information distributed in an efficient manner to the appropriate audience.
• Coordinate and direct the student insurance program.
• Is an integral member of the Emergency Response Team and the Behavioral Assessment Team

Minimum Qualifications
• NYS License eligible as a mental health professional.
• Minimum of five years or more professional experience in a university setting preferred.
• Understanding of university health and counseling services.

• Strong working knowledge of outcomes assessment and basic data analysis.
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills; decision making skills; supervisory skills; and project management skills.
• Experience with diverse populations.
• The ability to make difficult decisions under pressure.

Desired Qualifications
• Doctorate degree preferred in counseling, psychology or social work.
• The ideal candidate will have knowledge of student development, counseling, student health and wellness issues, demonstrated management of complex organizations, and experience in crisis response and behavioral assessment teams.

University Description
Alfred University is a private institution that was founded in 1836. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,953, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alfred University’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 26. Its tuition and fees are $27,754 (2012-13). Alfred University aims to provide academically challenging programs in a student-centered environment in order to prepare well-educated, independent thinkers.

Region Description
Alfred, New York, a village in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains about an hour west of Corning, an hour and a half south of Rochester and two hours from Buffalo.

Required Application Materials
Candidates should submit e-mail a letter of interest, resume and the contact information for three references to studentaffairs@alfred.edu.

Application Deadline
Open until filled

Starting Date
July 1, 2013

Send Applications To:
Chair of the Wellness Center Director Search

Mailing Address
Central Student Affairs, Carnegie Hall, Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

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