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Director of Student-Athlete Well Being

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 29, 2022

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This position is designated as Exempt from the Human Resources Act ( EHRA ).

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​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy , and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Working Title
Director of Student-Athlete Well Being

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Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus

Home Department
Counseling Center - 40240

Student Affairs - 40000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Director of Student-Athlete well being reports to the Counseling Center embedded within the Athletics Department at UNCW . This position also has a dotted line to the Deputy Director of Athletics, working as a team member of both the Counseling Center and the Athletics Department. This role is responsible for supporting the holistic development of UNCW student-athletes. This individual will provide clinical services, education, resources, and programming to support learning essential life skills vital to student-athlete success at UNCW and beyond. The position will build rapport and relationships with student-athletes, coaches, campus/community partners, and other athletic department staff; assess and identify the challenges of student-athletes to promote mental health; support student athletes’ transition to college and the UNCW campus environment; and refer as appropriate to on and off campus resources that meet those identified challenges. The position will also be responsible for adhering to the philosophies, ethics, and regulations of the Counseling Center, UNCW Athletics Department, and the NCAA / CAA as they relate to assigned duties. Finally, the position is expected to help shape the evolving mental health and well-being of the athletes.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or counseling
  • Eligibility for licensure (or current licensure) as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist and Health Services Provider in Psychology in the state of North Carolina within the first year of employment
  • Two years of experience (can include internship) providing mental health counseling to students, preferably with student-athletes, in a university or college athletic department and/or college counseling center setting
  • Interest in engaging in the typical work of a university counseling center, including short-term counseling, group counseling, crisis work, outreach, consultation, supervision, and training with student-athletes
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Doctoral degree in psychology, social work, or counseling
  • Current Licensure as a LCMHA, LCSW, or Psychologist and Health Services Provider in Psychology in North Carolina is preferred
  • An individual with Applied Association of Sport Psychology – Certified Mental Performance Consultant credentials is also preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to problem-solve, handle sensitive information and nuanced situations
  • A solid understanding of boundaries and professional ethics
  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of NCAA and CAA rules and regulations associated with providing counseling and psychological services to student-athletes
Required Certifications or Licensures

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Over the last year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has made significant investment in the wellbeing of students, which has included funding new full time permanent positions in the Counseling Center and expanding the current practicum and post doctoral training programs. This is consistent with the new strategic plan for the university and the UNCW Chancellor’s dedication to improving mental health resources available on campus.

It is anticipated that these changes and investment in mental health will result in an increasingly multidisciplinary staff that includes a Case Manager, Embedded Clinician in Athletics, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, and Licensed Psychologists.

The existing training program at UNCW’s Counseling Center, currently composed of two practicum level trainees, is also expected to expand, eventually including multiple practicum trainees from Social Work and the doctoral Psychology program at UNCW . The current Post Doctoral Fellowship training program, which also received significant financial investment in 2024, recently completed the process to become an APICC member program. The training program has also received funding to secure three doctoral internships beginning in August 2025, and it will pursue full APA accreditation. We encourage clinicians who are on the path to licensure to consider this exciting opportunity embedded within Athletics.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings
Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Months Per Year
12 Months

1.0 (40 hours per week)

Type of Position

Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2023)
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • UNCW Instagram Account (UNCW_jobs)
    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Career Events/Job Fairs
    • Billboards/Marquee
    • Other
  2. If you responded 'other' above, please indicate where you learned of the opportunity at UNCW:

    (Open Ended Question)


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