Reed College is pleased to announce the search for the position of Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellbeing. The College, founded in 1908, is a coeducational independent liberal arts and sciences college in southeast Portland, Oregon, known for high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

The Associate Dean of Students will have the tremendous opportunity to create a strategic vision to develop and enhance holistic health and wellbeing programs and services which embrace the College’s commitment to fostering a positive and supportive environment in which students strive to engage intellectually at the highest levels. With the commitment to establishing an integrated team addressing all aspects of students’ wellbeing, the Associate Dean will lead departments dedicated to engaging students and responding to their physical and mental health priorities. The position is newly designed and sets the stage for broad collaboration with the departments and services that provide opportunities for students to lead, create lifelong healthy practices, and engage with other students around critical wellbeing issues.

Position Summary

The Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellbeing provides strategic leadership, vision and direction for key campus programs, services, and initiatives including the Health and Counseling Center; Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs; Community Wellness; Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention; and the Peer Health Advocate program. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean will serve as a member of the leadership team in the Division of Student Life. As part of this team and in settings with other members of the College community, the Associate Dean will be actively engaged in key conversations around student health and wellness, and will lead multi-disciplinary efforts to engender and sustain an equitable and inclusive culture of student health and wellbeing at Reed.

Essential Duties

  • Provide leadership and supervision of the offices listed above, as well as supervision and management of additional staff members, graduate assistants, and student workers employed by these offices, in coordination with individual departmental directors and in accordance with College policies and procedures.
  • Build a cohesive team among the Health and Wellness staff and facilitate effective collaborations to accomplish departmental and divisional goals and priorities.
  • Collaborate with other Associate Deans and their teams within the Division of Student Life and with other leaders, students, faculty, and staff across campus to promote and advance the priorities of the Division of Student Services.
  • Lead an ongoing strategic planning and assessment process for the area of student health and wellbeing.
  • Create and implement approaches to support and enhance all aspects of student health and wellbeing.
  • Through collaboration and dialog, design and create programs and strategies to identify and address access, equity, social justice, and other issues impacting students’ health and wellness.
  • Assist in the design, development, implementation, interpretation and evaluation of policies and procedures.
  • Assist all service areas with strategic planning, prioritization and implementation of relevant goals and objectives.
  • Identify trends, promising practices, and visionary strategies to assist each area to reach the most successful outcomes for current and future Reed students.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of the budgetary and financial planning process for each area of the Health and Wellness cluster.
  • Meet regularly with directors of each area to effectively assess, administer and manage services.

Health and Counseling Center

  • Oversee the HCC with a focus on prevention, education, health promotion and effective clinical intervention.
  • Ensure that the HCC staff provide effective management of student illness and prevention and intervention programs within available resources, and efficient referral to resources outside of Reed.
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality, culturally responsive care to students in alignment with the College’s mission and goals.
  • Serve as the liaison to the HCC to effectively administer existing contractual relationships pertaining to student health and wellness.
  • Support campus emergency preparedness and response to public health issues.
  • Oversee HCC-related communications, including the website.
  • Represent all issues of health and counseling services to students, faculty and other campus and community constituencies.

Alcohol and Other Drugs/Harm Reduction 

  • Chair the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Committee tasked to develop initiatives, policies, and assessment centered on prevention and intervention.
  • Oversee the implementation of AOD-related educational programming.

Community Wellness and Health Promotion

  • Participate in Reed’s Sexual Assault Response Team as needed
  • Develop, within the Divisional Curriculum, learning goals and objectives related to promotion. of healthy relationships among students.
  • Supervise the full-time Wellness Coordinator, who oversees a robust student peer health advocate program.

Student Services Senior Staff Member

  • Assist with the management of departmental projects, strategic plans and staff development.
  • Serve as a member of the Care Team, AOD Committee, and other divisional and College committees as appropriate.
  • Attend and actively participate in divisional staff meetings and retreats.
  • Serve in an on-call rotation with other divisional colleagues assisting with the coordination of student emergency responses.
  • Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • At least seven years of relevant progressive leadership and professional experience that includes demonstrated success in the management and supervision of health, mental health, or health promotion services, athletics or recreation/fitness, or a closely related area of practice and administration
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience in higher education settings specific to health and wellness
  • Experience in budget and personnel management in a student life or healthcare environment
  • Ability to lead and manage organizational change and the demonstrated ability to understand and respond to the climate and the culture of a college campus
  • Excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
  • Strong commitment to student growth and development, and a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to student health and wellness
  • Ability to work collaboratively and lead successfully across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships, and build consensus and support
  • Demonstrated ability to understand perspectives and experiences related to socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, privilege and power relationships, and transitions to adulthood; and a proven track record of carrying out equity and social justice efforts
  • Demonstrated experience addressing issues of equity and inclusion with specific commitment to supporting a diverse student population and leading a diverse staff in an education environment committed to inclusion and fostering a sense of belonging

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct related experience in a college or university setting
  • Knowledge of integrated care and ability to effectively lead an integrated model of health and wellness preferred

Application Process

 Reed College has engaged Keeling & Associates, LLC to support the search for this exciting opportunity. Applications should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to with the subject heading “Reed College – Associate Dean.” All materials received by July 1, 2019, will receive full consideration.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

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