Reporting to the principal/head of school, the director of student wellbeing develops a vision to support and sustain a culture of care and concern for student wellbeing in the Academy community. The director is responsible for assessing and collaboratively working to lead and manage the Academy’s efforts around health education, promotion, and prevention programs and related trainings for students, faculty and staff; student-directed programming related to the development of healthy relationships as well as strategies for preventing sexual discrimination, sexual harassment , or sexual violence and other issues of concerns adversely impacting student wellbeing (e.g., internet safety, bullying, mental health issues, conscious and unconscious bias, etc.); development and monitoring of policies and procedures for incident reporting; and the design and implementation of investigation protocols.
The director of student wellbeing is responsible for managing the reporting of cases to the proper authorities, including directly to the president of the board of trustees and principal, as well as to local law enforcement and state agencies. Overseeing the compliance, comprehensive programming, procedural, advocacy, and training/development efforts related to student health and wellbeing for students, faculty, and staff, as well as delivering updates and recommendations to senior leadership to effect changes to policies, revise practices, and/or to implement equitable procedures across the Academy are also key responsibilities. The director will coordinate initiatives and work collaboratively with Academy partners including the dean of faculty, dean of students, general counsel, and medical, counseling, and public safety professionals, as well as external constituents including family members, legal representatives, protective services, expert consultants, and law enforcement. Additionally, the director is responsible for scanning for trends and implementing proactive strategies to protect and support the Academy community from behaviors that could adversely impact student wellbeing, as well as the continuous improvement and incorporation of best national practices to ensure highly effective, developmentally appropriate interventions and prevention efforts designed to engage students, faculty, and staff in meaningful and lasting education around issues of consent, personal responsibility, bystander intervention, and survivor support regarding issues of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or other boundary violations.
An advanced degree (master’s, JD, or equivalent) with five or more years of professional experience in a field that directly addresses sexual assault/harassment, dating violence and/or stalking via primary prevention, victim services, and/or training or technical assistance is required, along with a documented understanding of adolescent development. Additional preferred capabilities and experience that will also be important considerations in the selection of the director of student wellbeing include: a keen desire to protect and support the well-being of students and a track record of working collaboratively with others to develop, facilitate, coordinate, and implement prevention programs and initiatives; familiarity with investigations involving sexual misconduct; strong conflict resolution, problem-solving techniques, and interviewing skills; experience writing policy and procedural documentation; successful completion of training on best practices for violence prevention inclusive of Ally/SafeZone and/or ASIST training; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity coupled with the maturity, diplomacy, and tact to work effectively with a diverse community.
Review of applications will begin February 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter must be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Phillips Exeter Academy – Director of Student Wellbeing
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate
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