Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Students Affairs, the Associate Director of Student Wellness works closely with the Graduate Student Affairs team to provide support and case management to graduate students in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Associate Director will enhance the mission of Graduate Student Affairs by promoting wellness and access to appropriate services and resources, internally and externally, in order to alleviate possible barriers to a student's academic success. The incumbent will collaborate with the Graduate Student Affairs team to provide wellness programming and initiatives and liaise with campus offices and services to share resources and referrals, including, but not limited to, Counseling and Psychological Services, Columbia Health, Columbia Residential, Public Safety, Disability Services, International Students and Scholars Office, and Financial Aid. The position provides non-clinical support to students in crisis or distress related to medical and psychological concerns, life traumas, or other events or hindrances that may limit a student's success. The Associate Director ensures ongoing support to students, providing follow up for referrals and resources, and fosters student self-advocacy to help students better manage and thrive in their academic, personal, and fiscal responsibilities.
(1) Case Management: (45%)
Meet individually with students, as needed, to provide support and referrals to resources and services. Provide timely follow up with students to ensure they have ongoing support and are engaging with referrals and resources.
Create and update student wellness cases through online management systems.
Provide crisis intervention, serve as primary on-call staff,and manage the on-call team for Graduate Student Affairs.
Manage relationship with the Columbia Office of Disability Services (ODS), working closely with ODS and academic department administrators to provide and ensure timely and appropriate implementation of disability support and accommodations to students registered with ODS.
Provide support for students in the Dean's Discipline Process for academic integrity and behavioral conduct cases.
(2) Education and Outreach: ( 40%)
Develop and implement wellness programming for the Graduate Engineering community in collaboration with the Graduate Student Affairs, Professional Development and Leadership, and Career Placement teams.
Develop effective outreach, peer initiatives, activities, and prevention programs, including but not limited to nutrition, mental health, substance use, interpersonal violence, sleep management, sexuality, body image, and physical activity.
Work with graduate student groups and organizations to support student health and wellness.
Remain abreast of emerging trends in student wellness in higher education particularly in graduate/professional school, in STEM fields, and among international student.
Collaborate with appropriate university offices to provide programming and awareness of campus resources and wellness initiatives.
In conjunction with the Student Life team, coordinate oversight of Columbia University's Food Pantry
Assist in training faculty and staff in managing and responding to students of concern.
Both electronically and in-person, communicate and publicize wellness information, initiatives, and event. Serve as a resource for faculty and administrators who have questions or concerns about a student.
(3) Assessment and Data: (5%)
Measure and collect data on wellness initiatives and programs. Evaluate student wellness services and identify ways to further strengthen student wellness for Graduate Engineering students
(4) (5%) Oversee and update existing policies and procedures. Support Assistant Dean with the maintenance of electronic and paper records. Track wellness related incidents and convene groups to proactively address incidents.
(5) (5%) Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned/requested, including but not limited to: Assist with school- and university-wide events and programs. Provide support as needed within the Office of Graduate Student Affairs.
A bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree in social work, counseling, higher education, or related field strongly preferred. A minimum of four years of experience in academic environments with experience in case management and/or counseling.
The Associate Director should have experience with diverse student populations and international student populations. The qualified applicant must demonstrate awareness and understanding of FERPA, Clery Act, HECMA standards, and other issues and standards pertaining to case management in a higher education setting. The candidate must be able to manage sensitive and confidential information, demonstrate excellent written, oral, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. The candidate should be familiar with or have the ability to learn and use student software and management systems. The candidate should also be familiar with the challenges international graduate students face.
Evening and weekend work hours will be required for this position. Position may require timely on-campus response under emergency and time-sensitive circumstances. Must have the ability to arrive on- campus during time sensitive circumstances Preference will be given to candidates who live within close proximity to the campus.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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