AVC For Student Support and Wellness
Company: Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St Louis, MO
Job Schedule: Full-time
Published In: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Published On: 02/01/2019

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Student Wellness provides leadership for a range of student support functions, and strategic direction for the development of a holistic approach to ensuring student health, personal development, and overall well-being, for a diverse student population. Specifically, the AVC oversees the Division of Student Affairs’ student support and wellness cluster--a comprehensive portfolio that includes the following departments/offices/functions as direct reports: the Habif Health and Wellness Center (including medical and pharmacy services; mental health counseling services, and wellness education and advocacy); the relationship and sexual violence prevention (RSVP) program; the WashU Cares program (Washington University’s behavioral intervention program).  The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness also works 1-1 with students to provide support to, and intervention with, students who may be experiencing a range of challenges with a particular focus on enhancing the support provided by student affairs programs and services to first-generation and under-resourced students. As part of the student support and wellness cluster, the AVC also works closely with Directors of Athletics and Recreation. The AVC serves on a variety of University committees and task forces, serves as a primary point person for the University’s response to students of concern, and plays a critical role in crisis management response for incidents involving students. As part of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team, the AVC also coordinates the Division’s internal professional development activities.



  • A Master’s degree in Education, College Student Development, Counseling, Public Health, Social Work or a related degree is required.
  • Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs or other related fields for which this position provides oversight and/or works with closely including: Health/Wellness, Recreation, Counseling, Public Health, Crisis or Behavioral Intervention, Student Conduct and Community Standards; Support programs for first generation and/or under-resourced students.
  • Strong management and supervisory skills; ability to mentor and develop staff, and the ability to work collaboratively; budget management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to manage multiple, competing priorities; strong analytical skills and excellent communication skills are required.
  • Possess the ability to respond to and manage student crises.
  • Highest standards of integrity and ethics in both performance and behavior; ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Strong commitment to, and understanding of, working with a diverse student population and as part of an inclusive campus environment.
  • Understanding of college student development and critical issues facing college students.


  • Doctorate in Education, College Student Personnel, Counseling, or a terminal degree in a related field (e.g., MSW or a health-related profession; JD) is highly desirable.
  • Active participation in professional associations.
  • Experience working with high achieving diverse students.


  • Strong management and supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques and the ability to de-escalate emotionally distressed or agitated students or family members.
  • Student focused.
  • Active listening skills and empathy.
  • Highly organized and attention to detail.
  • Maintain the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaborate across a wide variety of disciplines.


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