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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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About Amherst College
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,800 students in the fall of 2013.