Health and Wellbeing Liaison

  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Morris, MN, USA
  • May 13, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

The University of Minnesota Morris, Office of Native American Student Success and The Student Counseling Office seeks a Health and Wellbeing Liaison. The position reports jointly to the Assistant Director for Student Counseling, Health, and Wellness and Associate Director for Native American Student Success. This is a 100% time 12-month Civil Service position as Student Services Professional 2 - 8463P2 .

The Diversity Health and Wellbeing Liaison builds connections and services to foster Native American students’ health and wellbeing, including increasing the understanding of intergenerational trauma in Native communities and interrupting its impacts. The Liaison will facilitate student mental health workshops, access to culturally protective practices, and other programs and services. When the Liaison has a background in mental health care, the position may include individual and group mental health counseling. The position facilitates visits by Native American elders, aunties, knowledge keepers, and mental health professionals specializing in historical trauma, mental health / wellbeing, Native lifeways, and culturally protective practices. It fosters relationships to support students who do not typically access traditional student counseling services.

The Diversity Health and Wellbeing Liaison is one of three key personnel within the UMN Morris US Department of Education Native American-Serving NonTribal Institutions (NASNTI) project -- FOSTERING NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND BA ATTAINMENT. A core project component builds understanding of and resources to address historical and intergenerational trauma and their impacts in Native American students' lives – experiences hampering college retention and completion. The project is funded through September 2025. The University intends to seek future project support.

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide mental health resources, services, and programming embedded within Native American Student Success, Gateway, and other programs that support the personal and academic success of Native American and low-income students and seamlessly integrate student health and wellbeing services and programs.
  2. Review health information provided by program participants, identifying student mental health needs. Work with students to develop goals and well being action plans. Facilitate student access to needed mental health resources and services, working with the Student Counseling team and program staff in NASS, Gateway, and other programs.
  3. Provide outreach workshops and services that address the academic, personal, and emotional needs of Native American and low-income students, such as Paint, Sip, and Mental Health workshops.
  4.   Liaisons with a background and training in mental health counseling may (up to 40%)*: Provide time-limited, goal-focused direct mental health care for students (individual and group counseling) through Student Counseling including forming therapeutic relationships with students who do not typically reach out for traditional college counseling. Establish and facilitate inclusion and trauma support groups to provide specialized support and services to students from historically marginalized identities. Address historical trauma within the context of group psycho-education, support, and processing. (*with a corresponding reduction in time allocated to other responsibilities).
  5. Work with the NASS and Student Counseling leadership teams to coordinate visits by professionals, elders, and knowledge keepers specializing in Native American historical trauma, mental health, wellbeing, resiliency, and culturally protective practices. Organize visit events. Assist in coordinating faculty/staff professional development workshops focused on Native American student wellbeing.
  6. With the NASS Associate Director, coordinate support for visits, cultural programs, and access to culturally protective practices, including a cultural programs team (with student cultural coordinators and the NASS Principal Office and Administrative Specialist) who assist in implementing programs.
  7. Add related resources within the Native-centric sections of the Morris 1101 first year seminar supporting new students’ college transition, wellbeing, and success.
  8. Document program participation and assessment. Make evaluation-informed program improvements.
  9. Participate in professional development activities. Attend and be visible at campus events and programs relevant to student populations being served.

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities

  • BA/BS with at least two years of experience of a combination of related education or work experience to equal six years
  • Experience working with individuals of diverse and intersecting races/ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexualities, and other identities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in a counseling and student-support program setting
  • Evidence of experience working with Native American students, low-income students, students at academic risk, and/or first generation students
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and the ability to contribute to the UMN Morris commitment to a diverse, inclusive learning environment

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy and/or related field or Doctoral degree in Clinical/Counseling psychology
  • Supervised experience providing mental health-focused counseling
  • MN mental health license eligible/working toward licensure (supervision towards licensure can be provided)
  • Experience with college student counseling
  • Knowledge and skills related to college students’ emotional and behavioral health, multicultural psychology, and/or integration of social justice frameworks
  • Cultural knowledge and experience (personal or academic) that supports an understanding of Native American students’ college needs
  • Background that includes overcoming barriers similar to those of participants
  • Workshop presentation and/or teaching experience

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume and three professional refernces. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

UMN Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. UMN Morris is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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The University of Minnesota Morris (UMN Morris) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation.  The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning.  Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body numbers nearly 1500 with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. More than forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications –  U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.