Mental Health Communications and Outreach Specialist
Grand Valley State University
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: Commensurate with experience
College / University
Internal Number: 493828
Summary: The University Counseling Center (UCC) and Alcohol and Other Drugs Services (AOD) are seeking a Mental Health Outreach Specialist to assist in student mental health prevention efforts and to support larger institutional wellness goals. The Mental Health Outreach Specialist will be responsible for developing and delivering programs and materials that support Center services while optimizing the mental health of the campus community. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Prevention and Community Education and works closely with the University Counseling Center clinical team, as well as Student Affairs Division partners.
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Plans visible and public events for university-wide mental health awareness and support.
Employs mental health and wellness prevention theories and best-practices in the development and implementation of data-driven mental health campaigns, and in prevention programs designed to support campus mental health.
Collaborates with campus partners, including student groups, divisional offices, and academic units to expand outreach services, offer guidance and instruction to others to better help students, and ensure that mental health awareness and prevention programs remain aligned with institutional goals
Measures and analyzes outcome data to ensure programmatic efficacy and to inform future mental health outreach initiatives.
Designs and delivers multi-platform informational, promotional, and psychoeducational materials that support Center objectives related to access and treatment
Seeks to give students, faculty, staff, and others more information to increase preventive agency for self-care and student assistance
Maintains the on-line community provider database, the websites for AOD and UCC (including student self-help materials), and social media accounts
Designs and maintains web-based systems (online outreach request, community provider information submission, etc.)
Provides clinician support at campus mental health events (e.g., site set-up, organizing volunteers, preparing promotional items)
Participate in Student Services activities pertinent to student well-being, including serving on University committees
Other duties as assigned by the Director of the University Counseling Center
Required Qualifications and Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Advertising, Public Relations, Communications, Social Work, or related field
Demonstrated success in planning community-wide wellness events and/or campaigns
Demonstrated proficiency in public branding
Demonstrated proficiency in multi-media communication design (website design, social media, promotional videos, etc.)
Intermediate expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator and InDesign
Experience with content management systems (CMS)
Highly organized; able to manage multiple projects
Commitment to diversity and intercultural competence
Committed to working collaboratively with partners toward institutional goals
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Communications, Social Work, or related field by start date
Three years of experience developing psychoeducational outreach materials and/or programs related to mental health prevention, promotion, awareness, etc.
Experience working in a mental health setting in an outreach/prevention capacity
Experience coordinating and supervising a team (e.g., interns and student employees)
Working knowledge of applicable laws, including HIPAA, FERPA, ADA, confidentiality, etc.
Experience designing outreach initiatives that are inclusive for diverse and underrepresented college-age populations
Department/Division: The University Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs. The Center is accredited by IACS and has an APA-accredited doctoral internship in psychology. The Center is well integrated within the university and has strong supportive partnerships across campus, with access to excellent student affairs leadership. Center staff are innovative, multidisciplinary, collegial, and invested in training and working collaboratively to ensure quality delivery of services to a diverse student body. The center strives for work-life balance, inclusive supportive relationships, and ample professional development opportunities for staff.
Campus: Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University is a relatively new university with an enrollment of over 25,000. Committed to excellence, Grand Valley offers students personalized attention through relatively small classes and excellent student services. GVSU's main campus is located in Allendale which is about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 12 miles east of Lake Michigan with its beautiful beaches. The 1,237-acre campus includes both rolling hills to the west and deeply wooded ravines to the east. The city of Grand Rapi...ds combines a diverse economy, strong public/parochial schools, outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent health care to create a high quality of life for area residents.