Assistant Director For Education and Prevention, Center for Wellbeing

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Health Services, Other Student Affairs
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director for Education and Prevention (Administrative Professional 1 – MR10 )

UTC Center for Wellbeing

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

The Assistant Director for Education and Prevention is a grant funded position for three years through the Garrett Lee Smith Grant (GLS) with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant years are January 15, 2020 – January 14, 2021; January 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022; and January 15, 2022 – January 14, 2023. Annual reappointment is contingent upon the continued funding of the grant and satisfactory performance.

The Assistant Director’s primary responsibility will be to provide full-time support for the grant goals, projects, activities, programs, and training. This position is responsible for researching and establishing best practices in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention and education.

Duties and Responsibilities


Manage the Garrett Lee Smith grant, a Campus Suicide Prevention grant program which utilizes comprehensive, collaborative, well-coordinated, and evidence-based approach to: enhance mental health services for UTC students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness(SMI)/serious emotional disturbances (SED), and/or substance use disorders that can lead to school failure; prevent mental and substance use disorders; promote help-seeking behavior and reduce negative public attitudes; and improve the identification and treatment of at-risk UTC students so they can successfully complete their degree; develop and facilitate mental health education and suicide prevention programs and trainings for UTC community members reporting outcomes; and serve as assigned by the Director, the Dean of Students office, and the Chief Health Affairs Officer on appropriate committees.


Develop, implement, and measure the goals of the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Grant as outlined in the grant document addressing SMI/SED and substance use disorders, including suicidal behavior, substance-related injuries, and school failure reporting outcomes to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the University as outlined in the grant; report outcomes for mental health education and suicide prevention programs and trainings for UTC community members; review current data pertaining to suicide, depression, and serious mental illness identifying strengths and weaknesses of the campus community; conduct an individual and campus community needs assessment in relationship to trends within our campus community for suicide, depression, and serious mental illness including satisfaction with the services rendered through campus departments as a basis to develop programming; develop short and long term goals measuring achievement in the areas of suicide, depression and serious mental illness; and develop short and long term goals to address any services not currently available at UTC and a plan for implementation.


Collaborate with various UTC student groups, departments, and services to develop and provide services; and work with community partners to enhance access to funding, resources, and evidenced-based prevention strategies and prevention efforts.


Develop and facilitate mental health education and suicide prevention programs and trainings for UTC community members reporting outcomes; promote resources for distressed students, including information for students seeking UTC mental health resources and external resources necessary for higher levels of care; and assist with outreach programming and promotion for suicide, depression, and serious mental illness.


Help manage the Center's social media accounts and other forms of communication, promoting events, and creating educational programming for these platforms; assist with the implementation of other CSW programs as needed; and develop and distribute quarterly reports as required by (SAMHSA), EMSA, and the university.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate large-scale events and programs
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Adobe software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write learning objectives and measure student attainment
  • Ability to work with limited budgets and can make recommendations regarding allocating funds where needed
Review of applications will begin on September 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree; two to three years of experience in an educational environment or a closely-related setting; and work as a Graduate Assistant may be considered as applying towards the years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working as part of a case management or treatment team; experience with state or federal grants; and prior employment within an institution of higher education.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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