Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness (AVP-SHW)

University of Utah  |  Salt Lake City, UT

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Posted one week ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness (AVP-SHW)

Job Type: Health/Wellness/Drug and Alcohol
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 30,000 Students
Employer ID: 824


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Doctorate/J.D. Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Doctorate/J.D. Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Position Description

The Position:

The mission of Student Affairs at the University of Utah is to create a campus where students find community, support, encouragement, and purpose. The Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness (AVP-SHW) is a newly created role designed to provide innovative and strategic leadership to support student wellness by overseeing the management, planning, administration, and evaluation of student wellness programs thereby fostering a holistic collegiate experience.


Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the AVP for Student Health & Wellness serves as a member of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team. The AVP develops student programs, supports student life, promotes student learning regarding health and wellness, and contributes to the University's goal of creating an environment that fosters student success. This person will supervise and provide strategic leadership for the following centers: Counseling, Student Health, Student Wellness, and Disability and Access. The AVP supervises 87 full-time employees and a total budget of $7.3 million.


Note: The Division of Student Affairs has a new Vice President and several openings in the leadership team, creating an opportunity to review the alignment of offices and update learning outcomes and goals (i.e. the departments listed are subject to change). The new AVP-SHW will contribute to these innovations and engage in a review of the strategic plan with the purpose of providing accessible services and programs that promote student success.



Provide leadership, strategic vision, organizational and administrative oversight of campus-wide programs, services, and operations; facilitate and support the personal, academic, and co-curricular development of a diverse student population in the areas of health and wellness through the effective management and supervision of four centers.
Research, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion strategies, interventions, policies, programs, and services that address the needs of the student community with promotional strategies that include student involvement.
Provide consultation, education, and recommendations on issues pertaining to student wellness, including student mental health and disability, as it relates to individuals of concern.
Manage and participate in continuous program evaluations and improvements to support accreditation and implementation of best practices to support holistic student wellness.
Develop, interpret, and implement policies and procedures regarding student wellness and access to ensure compliance with all applicable policies, regulations, accreditation standards, and laws.
Develop, mentor and promote a qualified, professional, and well-trained staff to adequately support the departmental and division mission, scope of services provided, and volume of students served.
Lead and administer departmental fiscal operations, including facilities, equipment, and other pertinent resources; coordinate and collaborate with unit directors to develop budgets, monitor expenditures, and ensure effective stewardship of finances and resources.
Collaborate with the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students in engaging behavioral intervention strategies and institutional responses through the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment teams.
Collaborate across the institution to ensure that students, staff, and faculty are aware of wellness programs and services.
Connect, interact, and build partnerships with Utah Health (medical campus).
Understanding the importance of data-driven decision-making, promote a culture of assessment, further develop comprehensive assessment plans for the departments within student health and wellness, and determine methods for implementing findings for improvement and innovation.
Assist the Vice President for Student Affairs with the coordination and implementation of a student mental health fee.
Other duties as required.



The University is seeking an experienced or aspiring leader for this newly created role. The successful candidate will have had success building and advancing a progressive program while managing multiple priorities and contributing at both a strategic and tactical level and must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices and innovations with regard to student health, counseling, wellness, and disability services in a large state institutional setting. The AVP must work well in a vibrant, fast-paced, and evolving environment and be capable of managing emerging knowledge and technologies, competing priorities, and changing politics.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential parts of the Utah community, and the AVP should also be a leader promoting an equitable and inclusive environment. Student Health & Wellness must be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased environment at all times to support the many underrepresented student populations within the institution. The AVP should be well prepared to lead around equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms and must strive to implement these concepts throughout the organization.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree or equivalent in counseling; psychology; health services; public or community health; behavioral or social science; or a closely related field.

At least five years progressive leadership and administrative experience in a higher education institution.
Specific experience within at least one of the areas over which this position supervises within a higher education institution (and at least a general understanding of the other areas).
Experience supervising and managing people with a record of taking a team approach and an orientation towards advocating for staff.
A record of being an ardent supporter of students with demonstrated ability to relate to, engage, and connect well with them.
An understanding of the current college health issues, challenges, and needs related to students as well as solid student development skills.
An understanding of business operations and organizational systems, processes, departments, and functions that enhance desired outcomes, including demonstrated budgetary and financial acumen.
Strong ability to collaborate internally as well as external to the institution.
An ability to innovate with a futuristic orientation; must be willing to remain informed on trends and best practices, engage with new opportunities, and lead significant change processes as required.
A focus on process improvement, including a commitment to professional development for themselves and staff members.
An ability to conduct difficult conversations and make hard decisions, when required; an orientation towards listening to all sides of an issue, building consensus, and an ability to remain “cool under pressure” in all situations.
A willingness to be visible on campus, to participate in the life of the campus, and to engage students and staff at all levels.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong project management and organizational skills.
A commitment to diversity with a record of providing equitable and respectful treatment to all individuals and an ability to foster positive relationships with diverse constituencies.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; must be comfortable engaging all levels and communicate consistently, transparently, and frequently both within and outside of the institution.
Professional public presence.


Preferred Qualifications:

Specific experience with all the areas over which this person supervises.
Familiarity with best practices related to higher education accreditation.
An understanding of student health insurance, including billing, records and delivery, as well as the management of sensitive health data.
An understanding of best practices and legal requirements to effectively serve students with disabilities.
Dynamic presentation and training abilities.
Leadership experience in related professional organizations.

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