The University of Utah is searching for an experienced,
collaborative, and student-focused leader to serve as the Associate
Vice President for Student Health and Wellness (AVP). This
senior-level position is responsible for inspiring, overseeing, and
enhancing key functional areas that provide an integrated approach
to supporting student well-being and success. This recently created
role is designed to provide innovative and strategic leadership to
support student wellness by overseeing the planning, management,
and evaluation of student health and wellness programs fostering a
holistic collegiate experience. The AVP is the
institution’s expert and voice on issues of health and wellness,
engaging with both internal and external stakeholders.
The University is committing resources to enhance support for
student well-being, and this position plays a key role in that
effort. The AVP’s focus on collaboration among the units in the
portfolio as well as on partnerships with other entities across
campus and the local community is a strong step in this direction.
The opportunity to continue to build support for the further
development of programs and facilities is exciting.
The AVP must have a demonstrated commitment to equity and
inclusion and to ensuring provided services are responsive to
students from all identities and backgrounds.
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs,
the AVP serves as a member of the Student Affairs
Leadership Team (SALT) and contributes to the strategic direction
of the organization, including participation in the development,
launch, evaluation, and implementation of the strategic plan and
initiatives. The AVP oversees the development of student
programs, supports student life, promotes student learning
regarding health and wellness, and contributes to the University’s
goal of creating an environment that fosters student well-being,
belonging, and success. The AVP provides strategic
leadership and supervision for the following departments:
University Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Center for
Student Wellness, Center for Disability and Access, and Campus
Recreation Services. The AVP oversees over 100 full-time
employees and a total budget of over $15.3 million.
About Student Affairs
Affairs is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused
on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal
of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and
purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that
encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods
to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have
the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture,
collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student
leaders, and academic partners.
Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs,
procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and
inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and
accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our
expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to
create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both
students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be
fully incorporated into university life.
University of Utah Job ID# PRN30216B 02098 - AVP for Stdnt
Commensurate with experience
day, 40 hours/week
Provide strategic vision, leadership, organizational and
administrative oversight of campus-wide programs, services, budget,
space, and operations; facilitate and support the personal,
academic, and co-curricular development of a diverse student
population in the areas of health and wellness through the
effective management and supervision of five departments, as well
as through collaborations and consultations with a variety of
campus partners and community members. Stay current on best
practices and research through study, participation in professional
development activities, and participation in professional
- Provide consultation, education, and recommendations on issues
pertaining to student wellness, including mental health and
disability. Initiate and maintain ongoing communications with
Academic Affairs representatives, including college deans and
academic department chairs, as well as Undergraduate Studies.
- Be an active leader and role-model in promoting equity,
diversity, and inclusion and continually support inclusive and
welcoming learning and work environments.
- Hire, develop, supervise, and retain a qualified, professional,
and well-trained staff to adequately support the mission, scope of
services provided, and volume of students served.
- Lead and administer departmental fiscal operations, including
space/facilities, equipment, and other pertinent resources; oversee
and coordinate with department directors to develop budgets,
monitor expenditures, and ensure effective stewardship of finances
- Evaluate, develop, interpret, and implement policies and
procedures regarding student wellness and access to ensure
compliance with all applicable policies, regulations, accreditation
standards, and laws.
- Understand the importance of data-driven decision-making,
promote a culture of assessment, further develop comprehensive
assessment plans for the departments within student health and
wellness, and determine methods for implementing findings for
improvement and innovation.
- Manage and participate in continuous program evaluations and
improvements to support accreditation and implementation of best
practices to support holistic student wellness.
- Collaborate with the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students
in implementing behavioral intervention strategies and
institutional responses through the Behavioral Intervention and
Threat Assessment teams.
- Connect, interact, build, and maintain partnerships with Utah
Health (medical campus) and Huntsman Mental Health Institute.
- Assist the Vice President for Student Affairs with the
coordination and implementation of a student mental health
- Represent the Vice President and/or serve as lead person for a
variety of initiatives, such as orientation programs and general
communication with parents/families, working closely with Associate
Vice President/Dean of Students and Vice President’s Chief of
- Lead strategic initiatives aligned with Student Affairs’
strategic plan, such as becoming and maintaining status as
a JED Campus.
- Other duties as required.
The University is seeking an experienced leader for this
recently created role. The successful candidate will have had
success building and advancing a progressive program while managing
multiple priorities and contributing at both a strategic and
tactical level and must possess a broad and deep understanding of
national best practices and innovations with regard to student
health, counseling, wellness, and services for those with
disabilities. The AVP must work well in an evolving
environment and be capable of managing emerging knowledge and
technologies, competing priorities, and changing politics.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in counseling, higher education,
psychology, health services/health care, public or community
health, social services, or a closely related field.
- At least eight years successful and progressive leadership and
administrative experience in a higher education institution or an
equivalent complex environment. Demonstrated success in effectively
leading change, improvement practices, and organizational growth
through strategic planning, collaboration, and staff
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity with a record of
leadership in providing equitable and respectful treatment to all
individuals and an ability to foster positive relationships with
- An understanding of the current college health and wellness
issues, challenges, and needs related to student growth and
- Experience supervising and managing people with a record of
utilizing a team approach and an orientation that advocates for
staff, including a commitment to professional development for
- Ability to successfully work with and support students,
including finding the balance of support, accountability, and
challenge in a variety of situations. A willingness to be visible
on campus, to participate in the life of the campus, and to engage
students and staff at all levels.
- An understanding of business operations and organizational
systems, processes, departments, and functions that enhance desired
outcomes, including demonstrated budgetary and financial
- Strong ability to communicate and successfully collaborate
internally, as well as external to the institution.
- Strong organizational, project management, analytical, and
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate
effectively and respectfully with diverse groups of people,
including students, faculty, staff, administrators, third-party
vendors, and the general public.
- Specific experience within at least one of the areas over which
this position oversees (health, wellness, counseling, disability
and access, campus recreation) within a higher education
institution and a general understanding of the other areas.
Knowledge of best practice and experience with all the areas over
which this person supervises.
- Familiarity with accreditation for the units supervised.
- An understanding of student health insurance, including
billing, records and delivery, as well as the management of
sensitive health data.
- Previous experience in related professional organizations.
- Experience in a large, public institutional setting.
- Doctoral/terminal degree
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The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in
the application process will be provided to individuals with
disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and
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Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.