Director, Wellness Center
Director, Wellness Center
Blue Bell, PA
Montgomery County Community College invites applications for the Director, Wellness Center position.
The national proliferation of college dropouts is driven by a complex and interconnected set of academic and non-academic factors. Faced with these complexities, higher education institutions have struggled to achieve their goal of substantially improving student success rates. For although significant efforts have been directed toward reconfiguring the academic experience for college students (with mixed results), considerably less has been invested in addressing the non-academic “wellness” needs (e.g. physical and mental health needs, food and housing needs, etc.) that so often prevent students from completing their academic degrees and securing sustainable wage employment within their communities.
Indeed, our data (collected via leading national surveys and aligning with national data) indicates the severity of the need, with 49% of Montgomery County Community College students dealing with at least one significant mental health problem (Healthy Minds Survey, 2018) and 61% of students experiencing at least one form of essential needs insecurity in the prior year (#RealCollege Survey, 2018). These challenges have been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an increase in psychosocial stressors and has negatively impacted the physical and psychological health of community members.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned negative academic and personal outcomes that result from non-academic obstacles are more often realized at community colleges, given the relatively greater wellness needs of the students served by these institutions, coupled with the relatively fewer resources allocated to address such needs. Faced with this situation, Montgomery County Community College determined that such outcomes were untenable, and subsequently developed and began implementation of a Student Wellness Model (SWM) in January 2020 to sustainably address non-academic obstacles to success and thereby further the College’s mission and uphold its responsibility to its students and its community.
To continue building upon the work of the Student Wellness Model, Montgomery County Community College seeks an innovative and experienced leader to manage and oversee the launch of a new Wellness Center. The Wellness Center Lead must have the background and qualities necessary to bring a comprehensive wellness model to scale and integrate that model into the College’s current infrastructure and the surrounding community. Delivering a program that responds to the College’s guiding belief that every student is able to receive what they need to be successful, the Wellness Center Lead will develop and implement programming that is inclusive and provides meaningful access to services for all students. The Wellness Center Lead provides organizational leadership and administrative oversight for the Wellness Center, which includes health services, counseling services, case management services, health and wellness promotion, as well as additional student support programs —a portfolio that recognizes and exemplifies the commitment to addressing well-being holistically.
*This position requires the candidate to obtain the PA Child Abuse, PA State Police, and FBI Fingerprinting clearances prior to their start date.
*Following Governor Wolf's announcement on March 30, the selected candidate will work remotely until further notice. As the College re-opens the campuses, the selected candidate will transition to on-campus work. This position has college-wide responsibilities that require travel between campuses and to offsite locations. The primary office location is the Blue Bell campus.
- Master degree in public health, social work, psychology, medicine, higher education, and/or business administration. Doctorate preferred.
- A minimum of five to eight years of relevant experience including familiarity with designing and implementing an initiative from concept to implementation.
- Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and managerial skills, including oversight of financial resources and budgetary planning; experience and skill working on multiple projects with competing deadlines; and ability to establish goals and workload priorities.
- Experience establishing and managing partnerships with external agencies, including government, public and private non-profits, and corporate entities
- Demonstrated experience in grant management in identifying, securing and maintaining compliance.
- Demonstrated commitment to serving, and experience with effective outreach, to a diverse student population.
- Experience with program development, outcomes assessment, and the use of data to enhance services and make decisions.
- Strong consultation skills with particular ability to assess situations and recommend appropriate responses and/or resources; ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency situations
Specialized Knowledge & Skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work cross-functionally with students, administration, faculty and the community at large
- Ability to work independently and with a team
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
- Understanding of relevant regulatory issues including HIPPA and FERPA
- Sensitivity to cultural diversity and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds
- Highly motivated, focused, and results oriented
- Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times
- Ability to manage multiple tasks according to required deadlines
- Ability to maintain composure under stressful conditions
- Ability to be optimistic, positive, and supportive in interactions with others
Montgomery County Community College offers a comprehensive curriculum of more than 100 degree and certificate programs, a Virtual Campus, a Culinary Arts Institute, a Municipal Police Academy, and specialized workforce development programs, all of which leverage the College’s nationally ranked use of innovative technology. An Achieving the Dream (AtD) Leader College of Distinction, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to increase completion, improve learning outcomes, and remove barriers to access for more than 19,000 students annually. The College is also recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, and community service and service learning opportunities. Montgomery County Community College has been named as one of the top 60 employers for 2019 in Pennsylvania by Forbes and as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in the nation for four consecutive years by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for its commitment to diversity through inclusive learning and work environments, student and staff recruitment and retention practices, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities. Visit mc3.edu or join us on Twitter @mccc.
Apply online: For the complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit https://www.mc3.edu/employment-opportunities Closing date for applications is 2/28/2021.
About Montgomery County Community College
For more than 55 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online through a robust Virtual Campus.
As an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to remove barriers to access, improve learning outcomes, and increase completion for all students. The College also is recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For the fourth consecutive year, MCCC has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in the nation by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for its commitment to diversity through inclusive learning and work environments, student and staff recruitment and retention practices, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities. For more information, visit https://www.mc3.edu.
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and is dedicated to excellence through diversity in education and employment. MCCC, an EEO Employer, provides equal employment and educational opportunities to all who are qualified. In keeping with the College’s diversity initiative, MCCC seeks and welcomes applications from diverse candidates, those who have had multicultural experience, and those who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity.