Assistant Dean of Students for Health Promotion and Student Support

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Claremont, CA, USA
  • Jun 28, 2022
Full time Deans & Directors Student Affairs

Job Description

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement                                    

In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.



Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Assistant Dean of Students for Health Promotion and Student Support


Job Details and Requirement:




This position reports to the Senior Assistant Dean of Students for Mental Health and Health Promotion. The Assistant Dean of Students for Health Promotion and Student Support assists Claremont McKenna College students with the development of a lifelong commitment to their physical and mental health through ongoing education, active health promotion, and mental health student support.


The Assistant Dean assists the Senior Assistant Dean in assessing and supporting the physical and mental health needs of students, identifying trends, and developing individualized and community interventions based on evidence, research, best practices. The Assistant Dean is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating, and continually improving health promotion programs, outreach, presentations, and workshops focusing on healthy lifestyles and habits within a consistent framework, ensuring that all programs demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.


The Assistant Dean supports the mental health case management system within the Dean of Students office (DOS) with a focus on walking alongside students through challenges, connecting them to campus and community resources, monitoring their ongoing progress, promoting growth in self-advocacy, and empowering students to navigate toward their own solutions.






Outreach Programming:

  • Design and implement evidence-based health promotion programs and services that educate and empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Employ concepts of harm and risk reduction, moderate and responsible behavior, environmental and socio-ecological models, and emerging public health constructs such as the collective impact framework when developing health promotion strategies and programs
  • Design and deliver presentations to students, staff, faculty, and families on physical and mental health issues relevant to college student populations, including but not limited to alcohol and other drugs, body image, disordered eating, nutrition, sexual health, stress management, coping skills, healthy relationships, mental/emotional wellbeing, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Well-being to partner on initiatives to build a campus culture that embodies student health and well-being
  • Create health education materials for a range of modalities including email, internet, social media platforms, posters, handbooks, bulletin boards, etc.
  • Facilitate restorative, educational conduct sanctions when students are found responsible for conduct violations in the area of substance use or have experienced health consequences related to use/abuse
  • Work with the Senior Asst. Dean and the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students to design new restorative, assessment, and educational interventions regarding student violations of health-related policies
  • Present training topics to student leaders and groups including but not limited to Resident Assistants, First-Year Guides (FYGs), Romero Success Coaches, CMC Advocates CMS Athletes, ASCMC, and others as needed to ensure they are prepared to support students
  • Maintain website and a library of health resources and educational materials
  • Coordinate assessment and evaluation of programs, constantly refining efforts based on collected data
  • Ensure all programming and assessment efforts demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity to diversity, inclusion, access, gender and racial equity, and equal opportunity


Peer Education Programs:

  • Assist the Senior Assistant Dean with the recruitment, training, and supervision of an inaugural Peer Health Ambassador program, a group that will provide peer-led educational programming within the areas of mental health and health promotion
  • Work closely with the student government, Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC), in particular the Mental Health and Wellness Liaison. Provide students with encouragement and mentorship in the planning and implementation of mental health programming that is responsive to the diversity of identities and experiences among CMC students


Mental Health Case Management:

  • Conduct intake meetings with students related to their health and safety needs and refer them to campus and community resources
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with students; collaborate to develop supportive action plans for success
  • Become certified in suicide prevention training (QPR) and assist with the training of various campus constituents
  • Respond to mental health crises when necessary and provide appropriate individualized and group interventions, including assisting with CMC’s behavioral health hospitalization process.
  • Document real-time case records via our Maxient system to monitor students’ progress
  • Attend departmental Student of Concern meetings when requested
  • Become familiar with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to effectively assist students in navigating their benefits as they pertain to mental health treatment
  • Stay abreast of national trends, best practices, and literature related to student health and wellbeing, mental health, cultural competencies, and federal regulations including Title IX, FERPA, HIPAA, and ADA


Leadership & Partnership:

  • Ability to deliver programs and interventions when it is most conducive in the students’ daily schedules, which sometimes is evenings and weekends
  • Remain a visible and approachable leader on campus
  • Represent the Dean of Students office on various CMC and 7C committees
  • Collaborate with Dean of Students staff including residential life, student activities, academic success and the CARE Center to ensure programs meet the needs of CMC students
  • Support the work of health & wellbeing-related student clubs
  • Seek opportunities to interact with students in order to be aware of current student issues and concerns
  • Build partnerships with stakeholders within CMC and The Claremont Colleges Services consortium departments including, but not limited to: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics and Recreation (CMS), Health Education Outreach, Student Health Services, Monsour Counseling Services, McAlister Center for Religious Activities, Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA), Chicanx and Latinx Student Affairs (CLSA), the Queer Resource Center (QRC), EmPower Center, and other resource groups





Master’s degree completed or in progress is required (preferably in public health, health promotion, counseling, or other health or mental health-related field).



A minimum of two years’ working with adolescents or college population in the area of health promotion/education, mental health services, and/or program development



  • Previous experience in crisis intervention, counseling, and/or case management preferred
  • Familiarity with alcohol and other drug prevention initiatives and other health and wellbeing issues relevant to a college population
  • Comfort around sensitive topics during one-on-one discussions and educational initiatives
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Experience in graphic design and social media



A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.


Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or to explain or demonstrate how they will perform the essential functions. Ability to communicate, engage and develop rapport with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and religious backgrounds, and varied age, gender, and sexual orientation. Ability to demonstrate respect and integrate cultural sensitivity when providing services.


Superior interpersonal skills, ability to build rapport, collaboration skills, familiarity with the principles and limitations of confidentiality. Ability to demonstrate empathy tactfully and exercise a high level of discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive matters. 


The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Regular attendance with the ability to take and follow directions accordingly
  • The ability to work cooperatively with others and display a positive attitude
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities, with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position as assigned



The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College. 



This is a 12-month year-round full-time position.

This is an exempt benefits-eligible position.


Supervisor – AB1825                                                 No

Mandatory Reporter – CA Penal Code:                   Yes

Responsible Employee – Title IX:                             Yes

Campus Security Authority – The Clery Act            Yes


IPEDS Category Job Code: 11-0000 Management Occupations


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Light (up to 20 lbs.)     


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.


BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.


ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.


AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.


Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               


An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.

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