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Director, Health and Wellness

by Western University

Reference #: 19797
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Jun 05, 2020
Education: Masters or PhD
Western University

Job Description

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

Student Experience fosters equitable learning environments in which all students can thrive to their full potential. Through our commitment to integrating research, theory, and practice across all of the programs, resources, and supports we provide, Student Experience leads an ecosystem of people, places, and spaces that empower student thriving.  Our vision is for all Mustangs to discover their personalized pathway through Western’s rich, wholistic learning environment; engage in brave conversations with our diverse community on and off campus, and develop the skills and courage to be uncomfortable without fear of failure in order to thrive throughout their degree and after graduation.

At Western, the Student Experience portfolio is organized into three inter-dependent pillars that provide the programmes and supports that inspire Western Students to discover themselves; engage with their communities and thrive as learners. These Pillars are: Wellness & Wellbeing (Wellness Education Centre, Health & Wellness Centre, and Student Support & Case Management), Sport & Recreation (Sport, Recreation, and Spirit & Tradition), and Leadership & Learning (Academic Support & Enrichment, Careers & Experience, Entrepreneurship, and the Indigenous Student Centre). Professional and student staff working across these three pillars collaborate with student organizations and academic and administrative leaders throughout campus to foster inclusive and wholistic learning environments that maximize the potential of each student.

As a key member of the Wellness & Wellbeing leadership team, the Director of Health & Wellness is responsible for providing programmatic leadership, operational direction and management for the units in Health & Wellness (Mental Health and Health Care).  Health and Wellness includes the following units, which will eventually move into the new integrated Health and Wellness Centre in Thames Hall: Student Health Care Team, Student Mental Health Team, Staff and Faculty Family Practice Clinic (FPC), and Student Emergency Response Team (SERT).  The Director will continue to develop and introduce a comprehensive and responsive care system that is strengths-based and evidence informed, with a view to fostering a thriving campus where students explore their selves and their relationships with the world around them. The incumbent will foster a philosophy that the physical and mental healthcare we provide students is deeply relational and fundamentally focused on teaching individuals how to make informed decisions about their physical and mental health care needs. The Director will lead an interdisciplinary team of professional health care and mental health staff that guide students, staff and faculty to understand and maintain their diverse health needs and ongoing health and wellness journeys.  The incumbent will ensure innovative practice, staff education, and efficient and effective delivery of health care that supports students, staff and faculty.

-   Masters in Health Sciences, Science, Social Work, or a related discipline
-   Registered health practitioner such as Occupational Therapist, Nurse, Social Worker or Physical Therapist
-   Doctoral Degree preferred

-   7 years’ experience in managing an interdisciplinary health care team, preferably in a post-secondary education setting
-   5 years’ experience managing staff and projects
-   Experience developing systems, introducing new technology in a health care setting
-   Experience developing creative solutions to complex challenges
-   Experience in report writing
-   Experience planning and managing operating budgets

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   In-depth knowledge of clinical case management and college professional standards
-   In-depth knowledge of care for Personal Health Information Protection Commitment to and expert understanding of patient centered care and evidence based practice
-   Familiarity with the Ontario public health care system and services
-   Exceptional interpersonal, communication, organization and collaborative skills
-   Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and support effective team building and functioning
-   Expert critical thinking and decision making skills to make decisions and recommendations that are clearly linked to the organization's strategy and goals
-   Expert negotiation and conflict resolution skills
-   Project management skills and experience to manage multiple projects simultaneously
-   Relational professional who is respectful, collegial and committed to equality, diversity and inclusion
-   Demonstrated ability to deal with complex situations, including crisis, professional conduct issues, and interpersonal relationship issues
-   Dedicated to understanding the issues in higher education as they relate to health and mental health in students and trends in medical care
-   Excellent understanding of the Personal Health Information Privacy Act
-   Skill and understanding of budgets in a university setting
-   Excellent presentation skills to help communicate to staff, students, and the broader university community the health and mental health issues of students and young adults and how these issues might impact the academic aspects of student life

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #19797, by midnight on June 18, 2020.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.