System Student Behavioral Health Coordinator

University of Wisconsin System Administration,

Office of Student Success
Last Posted:

Fri, Jun 12th, '20


June 29, 2020

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

Last Updated:

Fri, Jun 12th, '20

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  • Full Time

Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for OSS, the primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the systemwide resource for best practices, regulatory and statutory requirements, licensing requirements and accreditation standards in the area of student behavioral health policy and practice. The coordinator will also utilize advanced, specialized expertise to manage a diverse portfolio of systemwide research, planning, development, and training programs and initiatives in alignment with a comprehensive public health approach to student well-being comprised of the following tiers:


         Tier 1: Critical Mental Health and Crisis Response Services;

         Tier 2: Targeted Interventions; and

         Tier 3: Creating Healthy Learning Environments.


Additionally, this position will operate in a highly visible, politically sensitive, legally complex and evolving area to resolve complex policy issues, and deal with highly sensitive student and campus records and information. This position will collaborate with leaders and stakeholders across the system and state to respond to key initiatives related to student behavioral health and well-being.


The major responsibilities of this position will include the following:


Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Advise the Associate Vice President and other executive leaders on student behavioral health and disability and accessibility issues
  • Identify and facilitate the use of best practices related to student behavioral health, and disability and accessibility issues across the UW System.
  • Develop and maintain complex and sensitive relationships with external student behavioral health stakeholders (partner institutions, county/government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc.).
  • Pursue funding opportunities and lead grant proposal development to bring additional resources to the system to address student behavioral health and wellness needs.
  • Plan, develop, and implement new programs and organizational structure changes required to implement new policies.
  • Use a collaborative approach to determine systemwide needs as well as the technical, operational, and social vision for professional staff development, training, and continuing education requirements.

Institutional Communications and Relations

  • Serve as the primary liaison for institutions to develop, implement, and communicate policies and practices related to student behavioral health and disability and accessibility services.
  • Ensure that student behavioral health, and disability and accessibility resources and best practices are integrated with considerations of other student life and student success issues (e.g., student basic needs, housing, sexual violence/sexual harassment, student financial support, equity and inclusion).
  • Represent the UW System on work groups and advisory boards pertaining to student behavioral health, and disability and accessibility services.
  • Prepare talking points for legislative hearings and Regents discussions for UW System leadership.

UW System Counseling Impact Assessment Project

  • Serve as the system liaison for the UW System Counseling Impact Assessment Project (UWCIAP), which includes communications management, report distribution, and webpage curation for project reports.

The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country and employs more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System’s combined enrollment headcount exceeds 170,000, and the System confers more than 36,000 degrees each year. The UW System is comprised of 13 four-year universities with 13 two-year branch campuses affiliated with seven of the four-year institutions. Two of the universities (UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee) are doctoral degree-granting institutions and 11 are master’s degree-granting comprehensive institutions. The UW System is governed by a single Board of Regents comprised of 18 members. The UW System head is the President of the System. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The central mission of the UW System Office of Student Success (OSS) is dedicated to advancing the educational success of all UW students. The OSS works under the direction of UW System’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Among its core functions, OSS partners with UW System institutions in the following critical areas:


             Creating a stronger educational pipeline from the K-12 system to college;

             Supporting the design and implementation of effective,  student-centered retention and graduation initiatives; and

             Developing a more seamless system of transfer for students who are moving between UW institutions.


Additionally, the OSS serves as the main liaison to the several UW System Leadership Groups including the Senior Student Affairs Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Advising Center Directors, Admissions Directors, Registrars and the Senior Strategic Enrollment Officers.


To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD from an accredited institution in related field or a master’s degree with 3-5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in clinical/counseling psychology, health education, or closely related field
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on key issues, research, gather and integrate information and participate with others across organizational lines in developing a wide range of qualified resources and data as the basis for formulating recommendations.
  • Recent and relevant experience presenting information to a variety of stakeholders on topics related to student behavioral health
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of institutional structure in an educational environment
  • The ability to prioritize work and manage time efficiently
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work well with diverse people and a demonstrated understanding of cultural competency

Well qualified applicants will also have a substantial amount of experience in a combination of the following:

  • Advanced knowledge of student behavioral health clinical care, outreach, prevention, early intervention, and management of sensitive information and data.
  • Experience with the development and coordination of broad scale student success projects related to student behavioral health and disability services
  • Demonstrable leadership in implementing and/or coordinating student success initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and coordinate cross-functional teams in a higher education setting
  • Relevant knowledge of contemporary student success issues in higher education today

This position is a full-time, salaried (exempt) academic staff position. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $93,000 to $96,000 commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications. UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UWSA comprehensive benefit package, please access ALEX, the UW System’s on-line virtual benefits counselor. In addition to ALEX, you can read our benefit summary guide: Summary - Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees. Furthermore, the UW System Total Compensation Estimator is a tool designed to provide you with total compensation information.


To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through Monday, June 29, 2020. However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

1.    Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials online. The web address is:

2.    Select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants.

3.    Locate the position you want to apply for and click on the position.

4.    Follow the onscreen instructions; be sure to upload ALL THREE of the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF files. Failing to include any of these documents may disqualify your application. Uploading your documents as PDFs is also critical to maintain the formatting of your documents.

a.    Your cover letter MUST specifically address how your education and experience relate to the position and qualifications. Be sure to emphasize the areas outlined under “Minimum Qualifications.”

b.    Your reference page should include the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references with at least one being from your current supervisor.

5.    Include a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. The UW System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

6.    Submit your application.


The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and person with disabilities.


Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Senior Human Resources Manager; UW System Human Resources; at .