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Program Director for Mental Health Promotion

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
  • Job Code
    117663475


Amherst College invites applications for the Program Director for Mental Health Promotion position. The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion is responsible for the overall vision, leadership, coordination, and assessment of the Mental Health Promotion Program (MHPP). The mission of MHPP is to mobilize and coordinate efforts to alleviate campus-wide mental health concerns, including depression, loneliness, suicidality, stress and anxiety, and to promote flourishing in the student community. The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion engages the campus in cultural and environmental change efforts to promote student well-being, and analyzes research and theory and then translates it into practical solutions that address Amherst's specific needs and environment. The MHPP operates from a public health model with an emphasis on:
  • proactive prevention efforts
  • group and population level interventions, and skill building in active listening and support, resilience, CBT, ACT, and other skills that promote psychological well-being
  • campus culture change, drawing on theory, research and knowledge of student concerns to inform priorities and develop a strategic plan to promote student mental health and well-being
  • an understanding of how diversity influences the design and implementation of mental health promotion initiatives

The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion understands the intersection of identities with health behaviors and barriers to access of resources. This position also serves as an active member of a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Programming
  • Develop and conduct trainings and workshops to increase awareness of mental health concerns, ensure appropriate response and referral to support resources, and build skills in the areas of active listening and support, suicide prevention and crisis-response, stress-reduction, resiliency, and self-care, e.g. Student Support Network Training, Responding to Students in Distress Training, Grit & Resiliency Training, stress-reduction, and self-care workshops
  • Design and implement large-scale interventions that promote mental health and well-being, e.g. the Wellness Challenge, the Belonging Intervention, ProjectConnect
  • Plan and oversee events and activities related to mental health promotion, e.g. Life Stories, speakers
  • Ensure that planning and programming is inclusive and effective for the diverse and multiple identities represented within the Amherst College community and provide active outreach to at-risk groups
  • Conduct needs assessments and identifies campus mental health goals and priorities
  • Employ knowledge of current research to design evidence-based programs to promote mental health and well-being
  • Employ effective outreach and marketing strategies to raise awareness of issues, services and programs, e.g. maintain the website and social media presence, table, create and distribute passive educational material such as posters, brochures, videos

Leadership
  • Cultivate and train select College staff in mental health promotion methods, including public health and socio-ecological models
  • Engage campus partners in mental health promotion efforts. This includes collaborating with key stakeholders, specifically Health Education, the Counseling Center, Residential Life, the Resource Centers, Diversity and Inclusion, Case Management, and Athletics.
  • Provide consultation to campus partners on best practices and methods to integrate mental health promotion strategies into campus life
  • Recruits, trains and supervises the Wellness Team of student staff to lead mental health promotion initiatives and programs.
  • Advises student mental health groups, e.g. Active Minds
  • Actively engage in ongoing professional development related to mental health promotion

Psycho-educational Interventions
  • Develops and provides group-based psycho-educational interventions that prevent suicide and promote factors that enhance mental health
  • Conducts psycho-educational classes and skills groups with Counseling Center clients and other students, e.g. resilience groups, CBT and ACT for depression and anxiety, skills groups for specific disorders such as disordered eating, etc.
  • Documents all group or class activities

Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • Ensure that MHPP decisions are, to the highest extent possible, data-driven, theoretically-grounded and that they incorporate the vision and values of campus stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students, especially those living with mental illness
  • Organize, implement, and evaluate mental health promotion efforts and continuously refine efforts for maximum impact
  • Analyze Amherst mental health data, including National College Health Assessment, Healthy Minds, and other mental health surveys; track trends in student mental health status and behavior; and provide community education based on results
  • Collect and analyze data on effectiveness of clinical initiatives that promote mental health and prevent mental illness

Administrative
  • Serve on various committees and workgroups both across the College and within the Office of Student Affairs
  • Works effectively within the Counseling Center's electronic medical record system
  • Attends staff meetings and clinical case conference meetings
  • Represent the Counseling Center department as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:
  • Master's degree in public health, health promotion, health education, social work, or related field
  • 3 years of post-master's work experience
  • Demonstrated familiarity with mental health issues common to college students
  • Knowledgeable in current research and best practices in the field of health promotion, public health, behavior change, and organizational change
  • Familiar with modern, evidence-based models of individual behavior change
  • Demonstrated skill in employing evidence-based strategies to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive health promotion initiatives using public health approach
  • Experience providing training on health promotion topics to employees, trainees, and others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with social media and website maintenance
  • Experience supervising students, part-time employees, and/or volunteers
  • Demonstrated communication and diplomacy skills to build coalitions and cultivate relationships with key-stakeholders who may have multiple, and at times conflicting, visions for mental health promotion
  • Experience working with a diverse community
  • Work on weekends and evenings as needed

Preferred:
  • 5 years of experience, post Master's degree, preferably in higher education setting
  • Experience in mental health promotion and/or with work that fosters psychological wellbeing
  • Experience with best practices in suicide prevention
  • Experience in conducting psycho-educational groups and classes, and/or skills-development groups or classes
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. A review of applications will begin on February 28, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The College's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The College's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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<br /><br />Amherst College invites applications for the Program Director for Mental Health Promotion position. The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.<br /><br />The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion is responsible for the overall vision, leadership, coordination, and assessment of the Mental Health Promotion Program (MHPP). The mission of MHPP is to mobilize and coordinate efforts to alleviate campus-wide mental health concerns, including depression, loneliness, suicidality, stress and anxiety, and to promote flourishing in the student community. The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion engages the campus in cultural and environmental change efforts to promote student well-being, and analyzes research and theory and then translates it into practical solutions that address Amherst's specific needs and environment. The MHPP operates from a public health model with an emphasis on:<br /> <ul> <li>proactive prevention efforts</li> <li>group and population level interventions, and skill building in active listening and support, resilience, CBT, ACT, and other skills that promote psychological well-being</li> <li>campus culture change, drawing on theory, research and knowledge of student concerns to inform priorities and develop a strategic plan to promote student mental health and well-being</li> <li>an understanding of how diversity influences the design and implementation of mental health promotion initiatives</li> </ul> <br />The Program Director for Mental Health Promotion understands the intersection of identities with health behaviors and barriers to access of resources. This position also serves as an active member of a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.<br /><br />Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:<br /><br /><strong>Programming </strong><br /> <ul> <li>Develop and conduct trainings and workshops to increase awareness of mental health concerns, ensure appropriate response and referral to support resources, and build skills in the areas of active listening and support, suicide prevention and crisis-response, stress-reduction, resiliency, and self-care, e.g. Student Support Network Training, Responding to Students in Distress Training, Grit & Resiliency Training, stress-reduction, and self-care workshops</li> <li>Design and implement large-scale interventions that promote mental health and well-being, e.g. the Wellness Challenge, the Belonging Intervention, ProjectConnect</li> <li>Plan and oversee events and activities related to mental health promotion, e.g. Life Stories, speakers</li> <li>Ensure that planning and programming is inclusive and effective for the diverse and multiple identities represented within the Amherst College community and provide active outreach to at-risk groups</li> <li>Conduct needs assessments and identifies campus mental health goals and priorities</li> <li>Employ knowledge of current research to design evidence-based programs to promote mental health and well-being</li> <li>Employ effective outreach and marketing strategies to raise awareness of issues, services and programs, e.g. maintain the website and social media presence, table, create and distribute passive educational material such as posters, brochures, videos</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Leadership</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Cultivate and train select College staff in mental health promotion methods, including public health and socio-ecological models</li> <li>Engage campus partners in mental health promotion efforts. This includes collaborating with key stakeholders, specifically Health Education, the Counseling Center, Residential Life, the Resource Centers, Diversity and Inclusion, Case Management, and Athletics.</li> <li>Provide consultation to campus partners on best practices and methods to integrate mental health promotion strategies into campus life</li> <li>Recruits, trains and supervises the Wellness Team of student staff to lead mental health promotion initiatives and programs.</li> <li>Advises student mental health groups, e.g. Active Minds</li> <li>Actively engage in ongoing professional development related to mental health promotion</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Psycho-educational Interventions </strong><br /> <ul> <li>Develops and provides group-based psycho-educational interventions that prevent suicide and promote factors that enhance mental health</li> <li>Conducts psycho-educational classes and skills groups with Counseling Center clients and other students, e.g. resilience groups, CBT and ACT for depression and anxiety, skills groups for specific disorders such as disordered eating, etc.</li> <li>Documents all group or class activities</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Assessment and Program Evaluation </strong><br /> <ul> <li>Ensure that MHPP decisions are, to the highest extent possible, data-driven, theoretically-grounded and that they incorporate the vision and values of campus stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students, especially those living with mental illness</li> <li>Organize, implement, and evaluate mental health promotion efforts and continuously refine efforts for maximum impact</li> <li>Analyze Amherst mental health data, including National College Health Assessment, Healthy Minds, and other mental health surveys; track trends in student mental health status and behavior; and provide community education based on results</li> <li>Collect and analyze data on effectiveness of clinical initiatives that promote mental health and prevent mental illness</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Administrative</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Serve on various committees and workgroups both across the College and within the Office of Student Affairs</li> <li>Works effectively within the Counseling Center's electronic medical record system</li> <li>Attends staff meetings and clinical case conference meetings</li> <li>Represent the Counseling Center department as needed</li> </ul> <br /><strong>QUALIFICATIONS</strong><br /><br />Required:<br /> <ul> <li>Master's degree in public health, health promotion, health education, social work, or related field</li> <li>3 years of post-master's work experience</li> <li>Demonstrated familiarity with mental health issues common to college students</li> <li>Knowledgeable in current research and best practices in the field of health promotion, public health, behavior change, and organizational change</li> <li>Familiar with modern, evidence-based models of individual behavior change</li> <li>Demonstrated skill in employing evidence-based strategies to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive health promotion initiatives using public health approach</li> <li>Experience providing training on health promotion topics to employees, trainees, and others</li> <li>Excellent verbal and written communication skills</li> <li>Experience with social media and website maintenance</li> <li>Experience supervising students, part-time employees, and/or volunteers</li> <li>Demonstrated communication and diplomacy skills to build coalitions and cultivate relationships with key-stakeholders who may have multiple, and at times conflicting, visions for mental health promotion</li> <li>Experience working with a diverse community</li> <li>Work on weekends and evenings as needed</li> </ul> <br />Preferred:<br /> <ul> <li>5 years of experience, post Master's degree, preferably in higher education setting</li> <li>Experience in mental health promotion and/or with work that fosters psychological wellbeing</li> <li>Experience with best practices in suicide prevention</li> <li>Experience in conducting psycho-educational groups and classes, and/or skills-development groups or classes</li> </ul> <strong>APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS</strong><br /><br />Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. A review of applications will begin on February 28, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. <br /><strong>ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE <br />Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The College's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The College's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!<br /></strong> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/ygQ6L2h6WxJlukAdF6qJ8"> <p>PI117663475</p>

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Posted: 2020-02-01 Expires: 2020-03-03

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