The Mental Health Promotion Specialist will develop and implement inclusive and evidence-based prevention and mental health promotion programs and strategies that support the mental health and well-being of all students using a comprehensive public health framework, with attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The incumbent works in partnership with other departments in the Health and Well-Being cluster to provide programs, services, and health communications addressing well-being topics such as resilience, stress management, emotion regulation, self-care and community care, mindfulness, and social justice.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate programming in a variety of formats that promotes the mental health and well-being of students by offering skills and strategies for optimizing mental health and well-being.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate programming that addresses issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and their interaction with student and campus well-being.
- Develop and disseminate health communications via the various venues through which students can be reached, such as social media, webpages, and on-campus messaging. In order to be continuously effective in communication, maintain awareness of and skills in current student preferences regarding communication.
- Contribute actively to efforts promoting well-being as a campus-wide initiative, including participating in workgroups, collaborating across departments, and providing training to faculty and staff.
- Provide oversight for undergraduate student peer educators.
- Supervise graduate assistants.
- Update and maintain webpage materials related to mental health and well-being. Experience with websites is a plus.
- Evaluate student needs via internal data and external resources to inform programs and their responsiveness to student and campus needs.
- Track and respond to requests from campus partners for mental health promotion programming.
Master’s degree in a relevant area from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization. Most relevant degree areas include Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Education, and Mental Health Counseling. Degrees in other fields may be considered with evidence of sufficient coursework and/or professional continuing education in related areas.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible to obtain professional credential within two years of appointment.
Experience in health/mental health/behavioral health promotion.
Experience working with a college or university population or with emerging adults.
Experience supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students.
Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion, behavior change, and population-based theories and models.
Demonstrated skills in a variety of communication/education methods, including social media, web-based communication, presentations, and workshops
Demonstrated ability to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of mental health promotion work
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