The University of Utah seeks a highly motivated, student-centered, and dedicated professional to serve as the Assistant Dean of Students for Behavioral Intervention. The Assistant Dean supports and reports directly to the Dean of Students and provides leadership in three broad areas: 1) coordinates and chairs the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team, 2) oversees the management of students who need intervention and/or threat assessment and 3) coordinates outreach to campus and community for education and training as well as sharing relevant resources.
The incumbent will provide a mental health clinical perspective and coordinate the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team which consists of a core group of thirteen professional staff members who collaborate to provide support and interventions for students at risk. Members represent the offices of the Dean of Students, Housing and Residential Education, the Center for Disability Services, the University Counseling Center, Public Safety, General Counsel, Center for Student Wellness, and a faculty member.
Coordination and Case Management: The primary role of the Assistant Dean is to coordinate and provide on-going management and oversight of students who are experiencing difficulty in several areas including academics, physical and psychological health, student conduct, family and personal relationships, and social adjustments through a variety of interventions, referrals and follow up services. This position serves as a mental health resource for the Office of the Dean of Students, specifically:
• Chair of the multidisciplinary Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team; coordinate regular meetings of the team and trainings with the team and other campus offices as needed.
• Provide significant input and assistance in the formulation of interventions and support strategies for University students who are facing a myriad of difficulties on campus.
• Assist students with social services needs including, but not limited to, referral to campus and community resources and facilitating access to medical care such as coordination of hospitalizations, discharge planning, and crisis intervention.
• Coordinate and collaborate with healthcare providers, parents, and University personnel in order to efficiently and effectively respond to students.
• Serve as a mental health consultant and advisor to campus personnel regarding student behavior issues.
• Document and update interventions and student information on a database.
• Track trends in student behavior and provide midyear and annual reports.
Student and Faculty Outreach and Advocacy: The Assistant Dean provides training and education to campus entities regarding student behavioral issues, intervention strategies, and current national and University trends in behavioral intervention. They will assist with outreach and educational efforts to collaborate with campus and community agencies and departments.
Serve on University, division, and departmental committees and task forces as assigned.
Working independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, this position has the authority to make decisions regarding the management of student needs on campus. Creativity and flexibility are essential in assessing an appropriate intervention on strategies for students facing various levels of academic, behavioral, emotional, and social adjustment difficulties.
• Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field of counseling
• Current professional licensure in current state of practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or Psychologist
• Demonstrated ability to lead a multidisciplinary team
• 3-5 years clinical experience
• Experience with crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and case management services
• Knowledge of and experience with threat assessment
• Experience working with campus and community resources
• Excellent communication skills both written and oral
• Sensitivity to concerns of diverse constituents
• Keen desire to contribute to student success and persistence
The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information: http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-106.html.
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
Cover letter, resume and answer to supplemental question should clearly demonstrate how applicant meets the requirements of the position. For full consideration, applicants must submit:
1. Completed application at http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/42916.
2. Cover letter which summarizes qualifications and expresses interest in the position and answers the following question: The Division of Student Affairs is intentionally creating a multicultural organization that actively strives for inclusive excellence. What does this mean to you and, if you are selected as the Assistant Dean of Students for Behavioral Intervention, how will you help us achieve this goal?
3. Current resume or curriculum vitae, which includes dates of employment.
4. Name and contact information for at least three professional references.