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Suicide Prevention Coordinator

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Suicide Prevention Coordinator
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The WWU Counseling Center provides students with short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as workshops, outreach programs and consultations to the Western community.  Our counseling staff includes a collaborative team of 10+ FTE of Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Case Manager and Men’s Resiliency Specialist positions.  We have four Doctoral Intern positions, and two full-time support staff.   We work closely with the Student Health Center and Prevention and Wellness Services to provide coordinated services for students.  WWU’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for Doctoral Interns.

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The Division of Enrollment and Student Services and the Counseling Center support Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

Western Washington University’s Counseling Center has an opening for a permanent, full-time, 12-month Suicide Prevention Coordinator. This position will further develop and implement the campus-wide suicide prevention and mental health promotion program that will include education and awareness training for faculty, staff and students, program and policy development, program evaluation, collaboration with campus and community partners, peer education and social marketing. This position will play a key role in prevention efforts on Western’s campus.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Seeking and cultivating interdisciplinary campus and community partnerships that advance suicide prevention and mental health promotions initiatives
  • Utilization of theory and research to inform prevention priorities; using evaluation to assess prevention outcomes
  • Using mental health communication strategies and social marketing as part of a comprehensive prevention programming
  • Coordinating program's website and social media efforts
  • Coordinating all general outreach, tabling events, and other opportunities to interface with the campus community
  • Chairing the Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee and serving on relevant campus committees and work groups
  • Supervising student interns or peer health educators
  • Continued development and implementation of suicide prevention strategies aimed at increasing college students mental well-being and maximizing students ability to attain academic success, with multiculturally informed programming inclusive of diverse populations
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field and two years of work experience in a capacity related to duties to be performed OR Master’s degree in health education, public health, or other specific health-related area, and one year of work experience in a capacity related to duties to be performed.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive, population-based prevention programming.
  • Experience in implementing population-based suicide prevention programming.
  • Demonstrated commitment, interest and experience in working with issues of diversity.
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions, and providing presentations to student populations.
  • Demonstrated skills in organizing and managing multiple complex job duties.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in health education, public health, or other specific health-related area.
  • Experience leading peer education programs including development of curriculum, recruiting and training peer educators and coordinating and supervising peer educator presentations.
  • Experience in working with campus and community coalitions.
  • Experience with prevention programming on a college campus.
  • Demonstrated experiences with organizing and implementing large-scale public health initiatives.
  • Experience with developing and implementing social marketing campaigns.
  • Experience utilizing web and social media prevention initiatives.
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications including an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins August 12th; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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