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Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Health and Wellness

Lake Forest College invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Health and Wellness.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the Director will be one of the College’s key educator-administrators and serve on the leadership team in Student Affairs. The individual in this position will lead a team of energetic and creative professionals committed to innovative, integrative, and collaborative services and programming, aimed at fostering the holistic development of college students as part of the mission of the Health and Wellness Center.

The Health and Wellness Center’s mission is to support healthy student development and positively impact the campus community by providing multiculturally-skilled and community-focused counseling, consultation, and outreach services.  The Director of Health and Wellness is responsible for providing leadership for Counseling Services, Health Services, Wellness Promotion, and the Counseling Services APA accredited pre-doctoral internship.  The internship in college counseling is an instrumental aspect of our center’s mission and we have a commitment to excellence in clinical training.    

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide skilled leadership to the Health and Wellness Center’s programs and initiatives
  • Oversee and provide supervisory guidance for all of the College’s student counseling and health services, including the Counseling Center’s Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Provide psychotherapy, including group therapy; oversee case management and referrals
  • Provide crisis intervention and risk assessments for a wide range of concerns
  • Participate in rotating after-hours on-call emergency coverage, including telephone and on-site consultation when necessary
  • Develop and maintain a referral network for therapeutic and emergency services with area clinicians, mental health clinics, and hospitals
  • Monitor students’ care through coordination of services and referral to outside agencies when necessary. Assist in coordination of care for students after hospitalizations and mandated assessments by the College
  • Collaborate with other campus departments and offices, such as Athletics, the Gates Center (student life), Residence Life, Public Safety, Intercultural Relations, and Academic Support
  • Participate as a member of the College’s Crisis Management Team, and serves as incident commander for public health related situations
  • Serve as the campus expert regarding student well-being issues
  • Ensure and maintain a high standard of risk management with respect to students with psychological issues
  • Serve on the College Behavioral Evaluation and Response Team and consult with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students about students of concern
  • Participate with other campus committees, as needed, including the Accessibility Services Committee and the Coalition Against Sexual Misconduct.
  • Design programs and services for a diverse student population
  • Provide training and supervision of pre-doctoral interns
  • Manage the partnership and contract with NorthShore University HealthSystem, Highland Park Hospital, which provides on-campus health services for students in the health clinic
  • Manage the Health and Wellness Center budget

The successful candidate will have a commitment to liberal arts education, a demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with the developmental concerns of traditional-age college students; experience and skill in multicultural counseling, supervision, and outreach with diverse student populations; strong clinical supervision skills; knowledge of and experience with programs and methods that promote best practice in college mental health and wellness; and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments, and student groups.  Strong crisis intervention and risk management skills are required for this position. 



  • Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology required; license eligibility in the State of Illinois required; advanced clinical skills with a strong background in psychological crisis intervention and risk management; knowledge regarding psychological and health trends on college campuses and legal issues related to directing an integrative center.
  • At least 6 years required (8 years preferred) of progressively responsible full-time administrative experience in higher education or in a counseling environment focused on young adults; excellent departmental management skills.
  • A very sound understanding of Title IX and Title II issues, as well as familiarity and experience in addressing the issues contained in the OCR Dear Colleague Letter.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build strong relationships with members of diverse constituencies, and a successful track record of collaboration in achieving objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of the value of a liberal arts education at a residential undergraduate college.

We will begin reviewing applications on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  To receive full consideration please send a letter of application, résumé, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references to healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu.

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Lake Forest College offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

About Lake Forest College.  Lake Forest College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in a suburb of Chicago that enrolls approximately 1,500 students from over 47 states and 71 countries. Lake Forest College is a culturally diverse community, with 40% of our student body identifying as U.S. students of color or international students.  In addition, we have a visible LGBTQIA+ student community; as well as numerous active religious student communities.  Located just 30 miles north of Chicago, the College is a coeducational, undergraduate institution offering students the opportunities and challenges of a liberal arts education.