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Assistant Vice President, Student Life & Wellness

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Student Affairs & Services




As a member of the Student Life senior leadership team and the Vice President for Student Life’s leadership team, the AVP serves as a key leader in the Division and provides advice, guidance, and assistance to the VPSL, and represents the Division and the University in campus-wide meetings, events and discussions related to student wellbeing, health, and mental health. With an equity-based mindset, the AVP provides leadership for advancing the Division's strategic focus on student wellbeing; provides strategic planning to meet the needs of the campus in alignment with campus growth and ensures that services align with and support the University’s overall mission.


Major Responsibilities:


  • Foster a vision that supports a strong culture of equity and inclusion-based wellbeing on UD campuses; convey the value of enhancing the campus ethos of wellbeing to the University community.
  • Develop an overarching framework to support population-level wellbeing aims, enact aims of innovative and evidence-based practices available in the field; increase health promotion actions on the UD campuses.
  • Guide and strengthen collaborative work among Student Life wellbeing units, the Division, and campus wellbeing partners to foster environments that are necessary to engender a holistic ethos of wellbeing.
  • Oversee a complex budget portfolio and direct long-range budget forecasting; develop and maintain a fiscal philosophy to ensure optimal utilization of existing revenue and resources and development of new revenue and resources; ensure effective, efficient operations of supervised units through ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement.
  • Identify strategies to increase services, support, and advocacy for all student populations and ensure the delivery of antiracist, culturally responsive, and equity centered wellbeing services to meet the diverse needs of student populations (e.g., racially minoritized communities, LGBTQ+ students, veterans, first-generation students).
  • Collaborate with academic units and UD colleges to enhance wellness services and research opportunities related to college student health and wellbeing. Directly connect the work of Employee Health and Wellbeing with the work being done in Student Life to amplify a campus-wide commitment to creating a wellbeing culture for all UD community members.
  • Strategically partner with a wide range of departments within Student Life and across campus to integrate wellbeing services and initiatives campus wide.
  • Participate in local and regional efforts to improve community wellbeing, such as with the State of Delaware and represent UD on a wide range of wellbeing coalitions and projects, and liaise with organizations, such as the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities, to connect campus actions regarding health and wellbeing for greater community impact.  
  • Support University and Divisional fundraising efforts through participation in the development of relevant materials, attendance at Development and Alumni Relations events, engagement in donor meetings and stewardship and other initiatives.


  • Provide high-level leadership and direction to The Division and the University for the integration and enhancement of health and wellbeing initiatives across campus.
  • Research, develop, and collaborate to implement a comprehensive health and wellbeing ethos of care for students. Network and systematize current programs for efficiencies, easier access and referral, and greater impact.
  • Lead the integration of wellness policies, services, and initiatives across Student Life departments to ensure efficient, effective delivery of services to students and optimal coordination of care.
  • Oversee wellbeing facilities including compliance with health, safety, and security standards and regulations; projects, maintenance, and renovations; space planning and allocation; technology; cost-effectiveness and efficiency; and reporting and recommendations.
  • Direct the negotiations of contracts for health and wellness related services on UD campuses and oversee the development of new contracts and agreements to provide wellbeing services beyond the scope of the Division and the University.
  • Oversee compliance and accreditation activities across the wellbeing units to ensure proper adherence to requirements.
  • Lead the development of counseling and related wellness services on the Associate in Arts Program campuses, including coordinating consultation with relevant Student Life and other University departments.
  • Build and maintain a cohesive team within Student Life and facilitate effective collaborations across the Division to accomplish departments and Divisional goals and priorities. Supervise directors within their portfolio and create synergies among direct reports and other Student Life staff to create a multi-faceted and holistic approach to campus health and wellbeing.
  • Develop and lead advisory boards for campus wellbeing, including one that is student-populated and one that is professional/staff/community members-at-large populated, to ensure the Campus Wellbeing Collaborative and the Division make well-informed decisions regarding campus wellbeing initiatives and policies.
  • Provide leadership for a variety of Student Life and University committees including the Campus Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Campus and Community Coalition for Alcohol and Other Substance Misuse Prevention, and the Campus Wellbeing Collaborative.
  • Respond to requests for information and interviews from the media as a senior leader within the Division in collaboration with the VPSL and the Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Lead and oversee the response to campus health crises and emergencies.
  •  Other duties as assigned.


  • Maintain a deep understanding of key national trends and best practices in functional areas of reporting and ensure that units are on the cutting edge of student services and are engaged in continuous improvement to ensure that services are responsive to changing needs of students and the campus.
  • Direct data and assessment informed strategic planning for supervised units and in coordination with other Student Life units.
  • Leverage unit-level assessment plans and results to efficiently use resources, identify points of collaboration, and to effectively communicate contributions to student learning and success.



  • Master’s degree in related field, doctorate preferred and minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
  • Ability to communicate a strong leadership vision for student health and wellbeing and inspire and engage in collaboration with a diverse student, faculty, staff, and community constituency.
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to convey clinical information in accessible terms to a variety of audiences and to secure and/or provide information to clarify situations, resolve problems, and communicate policy decisions.
  • Ability to form and maintain healthy, successful relationships with students and colleagues including skills in mentorship, conflict management, and a demonstrated absence in conflict avoidance.
  • Experience working with diverse populations; demonstrated professionalism and cultural humility.
  • Ability to create and sustain a collaborative organizational culture focused on student success.
  • Experience as a systems thinker with a strategic mindset that aligns with the direction of an integrated student health and wellness service.
  • Experience using a social justice lens in the process of planning and problem solving.
  • Experience managing a large unit or multiple units, and at least 5 years of experience in clinical administration, including supervisory experience of professional staff and personnel management.
  • Ability to make data informed decisions and utilize a cycle of assessment and continuous improvement.
  • Experience effectively developing and overseeing complex budgets and financial processes and managing financial resources. Knowledge of/experience with medical insurance billing and operations a plus.
  • Experience with use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and electronic patient management systems is a plus.
  • Understanding of state of Delaware Child Abuse Reporting law, FERPA, HIPAA, Title IX, Clery Act, and trends in legal liability within student health and college counseling center operations and awareness of federal and state guidelines that govern safety and wellness of students on college campuses. 
  • Experience in collective impact framework and restorative practices concepts.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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