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Assistant Director for Student Wellness & Prevention

Northern State University
Job Location:
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Student Affairs and Services


Reporting to the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, the inaugural Assistant Director for Student Wellness and Prevention will build a student development focused student wellness and prevention services program. Using best practices from across the country, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing institution-wide leadership around student wellness, connection, and engagement. Working within a supportive team environment, this critical leader will advance student wellness so that students may thrive and focus on their academic and co-curricular interests in an environment that is safe, secure, and welcoming. An essential member of the Student Affairs team charged with providing high-quality care for students at Northern State University.


  1. Oversee and implement the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG), an infrastructure grant program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which supports an array of activities to help build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse prevention.
  2. Convene, lead, and support the work of the Campus and Community Wellness and Prevention Coalition.
  3. Collaborate with the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities on Insight Programing (evidence-based alcohol and drug education programs.)
  4. Co-Chair the Northern Biennium Review Committee.
  5. Facilitate and supervise drug and alcohol awareness programs.
  6. Compile and complete paperwork and budget requirements in a timely manner.
  7. Conduct presentations on various health and wellness topics in classrooms, residence halls and in the community.
  8. Provide training on the behavioral health and wellness issues of college students to residence hall staff and other campus gatekeepers.
  9. Advise AwareWolves and WAVE student organizations (peer educators) whose purpose is to support and advocate for a safe and healthy campus.
  10. Attends Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) meetings as needed
  11. Seek, write, and administrate various grants on a state and federal level.
  12. Facilitate drug and alcohol awareness programs in conjunction with the Student Affairs Strategic Action Plan (2021-2025), Biennium Review of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Student Affairs Assessment Report.
  13. Perform other duties related to the above responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Master’s degree preferred in higher education, student affairs, health promotion, or related field.
  • Experience in working with alcohol and drug populations, sexual assault and prevention, and other health and wellness areas. 
  • Two years experience in program or grant management. 
  • Experience working with special populations and diverse clientele. 
  • Preferred experience: Familiarity with college student population and/or previous experience working with college students and advising student organizations.


Student Affairs is comprised of the Avera Student Center, Avera Student Health, Campus Safety, Counseling

Center, Dean of Students Office, Disability Services, Homecoming, Multicultural Student Affairs, New Student

Programs (HOWL & Wolf Pack Welcome), Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Prevention Services,

Residence Life and Dining Services, Student Government Association, Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Organizations, Summer Camps and Conferences, and Title IX. Student Affairs advances the student success agenda of Northern State University and the Student Affairs Strategic Action Plan (2021-2025).


Founded in 1901, Northern State University is a premier regional institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and excellent co-curricular opportunities. Northern is

consistently ranked as one of the best public baccalaureate institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. Our 3,500 students pursue one of 59 majors and 46 minors and hail from 42 states and 42 foreign countries. The campus has seen more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade.

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