Project Description

Lead an Integrated Approach to Student Wellness and Success

The University of San Diego, a university with a contemporary Catholic mission, is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and student-focused leader to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Student Wellness (Assistant Vice President for Wellness; AVP). This senior-level administrator is responsible for inspiring, leading, overseeing, and supervising key functional areas that provide an integrated approach to supporting student wellness. The AVP is the institution’s expert and voice on issues of health and wellness, engaging with both internal and external stakeholders. An understanding of the University’s faith-based mission and its interaction with the services provided by the departments in Wellness is important to the AVP’s success in the role. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including ensuring the programs, services, and practices within Wellness are culturally sensitive and antiracist, is an expectation of the individual joining the University in this capacity.

The University of San Diego (USD) is committed to providing students with the resources they need to succeed. The Wellness area of Student Affairs includes the following vital departments: Mental and Behavioral Health Services, Student Health Center, Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Campus Recreation, and the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center. In addition, the AVP shares oversight of Gender Identity Resources (the Women’s Commons and LGBTQ+ Allies Commons). This team of student-centered professionals bring a strong commitment to providing high-quality and integrated support to USD’s almost 9,000 students coming from 50 states and 85 countries.

The Assistant Vice President for Wellness reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the AVP provides guidance, direction, and supervision to the Directors of the departments within the position’s portfolio. The AVP: is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of services for students provided by the Wellness departments; is a key leader in the direction of the Student Affairs division, especially in relation to the Wellness area; provides direction for the development, implementation, and setting of goals of the Wellness departments, including strategic plan themes and co-curricular learning outcomes; and provides leadership to the University’s Crisis Response and Disaster Response teams. The AVP provides guidance and consultation to providers, students, and families, and, if a licensed clinician, will provide clinical care to students. 


Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

The Assistant Vice President for Wellness must possess strong communication, supervision, administrative, data analysis, and crisis response skills, and must have extensive knowledge of public health issues, especially those impacting the college-aged population. Other key attributes of the AVP include: a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; familiarity with Catholic higher education and a willingness to support the Catholic mission and vision of the University; proven ability to establish effective working relationships with University, community, regulatory, and governmental stakeholders; and knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and policies.

The University is seeking candidates who meet or exceed the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Counseling, Health Administration, or relevant health-related discipline (required); Doctorate in a relevant health discipline (e.g., counseling or clinical psychology, or medicine) from an accredited institution preferred
    • If a clinician, must be currently licensed and, if not already, be eligible to be licensed in California
  • At least 8 years of progressive leadership experience in Public Health, College Health, and/or Student Affairs (required)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a supervisory or leadership role in a Counseling, Wellness, and/or Health Center (required).
  • Leadership Experience in a college or university student health, mental health, or health promotion setting (preferred).


The University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.


Application Procedure and Timeline

Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A) is supporting the University of San Diego in this search process. Those interested in submitting nominations or in having a confidential discussion before applying should contact K&A Senior Consultant Jeff Ewing (jfewing@keelingassociates.com). 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “USD—AVP for Wellness.” The search process will continue until the position is filled with those who apply by April 23, 2021, receiving full consideration. 

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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