Director, Center of Excellence - Social Determinants of Mental Health Chicago,  IL Employment: About: Adler University


For a more just society

Why join Adler University?

  • Subsidized group health insurance
  • Employer-paid group life, long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Employee-paid dental, vision, and transportation benefits
  • 403(b) savings/retirement plan benefit, with a fully-vested employer matching contribution of up to 5% in the first year. After two years of participation, matching grows by 1% per year, to a limit of 10% employer match. 
  • $1,500 professional development allowance per fiscal year
  • Tuition reimbursement of 50% for coursework related to Adler University employment
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick days

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Director, Center of Excellence - Social Determinants of Mental Health

Job Title
Director, Center of Excellence - Social Determinants of Mental Health
Job ID
Chicago,  IL 60602
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The Adler School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1952, is the oldest independent school of psychology in North America.  The School provides graduate education in psychology and health service delivery with campuses in the heart of downtown Chicago and downtown Vancouver.  The Adler School is committed to continuing the pioneering work of the first community psychologist, Alfred Adler, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, by engaging communities, and by advancing social justice.  The Adler School is a value-centered and fast growing institution. 

Position Summary:
The purpose of the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) is to support The Adler School’s social justice agenda.  Its mission is to build strategic alliances to ensure that all members of society have safe housing, quality education and healthcare, fair terms of employment, nutritious food, personal safety, and judicial equity.  Within the ISE, the Center for the Social Determinants of Mental Health (Center) seeks to improve health and well-being, and narrow health inequities by changing social conditions through policy, systems, and environmental reforms, particularly those that impact the most vulnerable. The Center seeks to achieve these aims through education and awareness, community mobilization, and structural change.
The Director of the Center will report to the ISE Executive Director. The Director provides visionary thought-leadership and a commitment to improving the health outcomes of marginalized populations. The Director is responsible for program innovation, development, funding, implementation and evaluation. The Director will also play a central role in managing and coordinating the roles and activities of Center staff, faculty and community partners. The Director will interface with external constituencies including community residents, political leaders, and the staff of public, community-based and other not-for-profit organizations, overseeing efforts that:

  • Address health inequities by advancing understanding of the impact of social conditions on mental health;
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current events and issues that impact marginalized and excluded populations – both  in the United States and globally;
  • Lead concept development, program management and evaluation, and research publications;
  • Secure funding (i.e. government and private foundation grants; private donations);
  • Develop and promote the concept of public (or population) mental health;
  • Build community capacity for addressing the social conditions that impact mental health;
  • Bridge the gulf between public health and mental health; and
  • Advance the integration of mental health considerations into the practice of Health Impact Assessments.
Why consider the opportunity?
  • The Adler School has a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • The Director of the Center has the opportunity to be on the forefront of an emerging field of practice.
  • The Adler School is financially healthy and growing and the Chicago Campus moved into an exciting new facility in the downtown Loop.
Required Skills
• An MPH, PhD, DrPH with a focus on health inequalities and the health of marginalized populations. Other degrees will be considered (e.g., sociology, social work, political science, or public policy) if the candidate can demonstrate a strong understanding of public health principles
• Demonstrated ability to generate funding from government agencies and the private sector
• Five or more years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating new programs
• Five or more years of experience in conducting community-based participatory work
• Demonstrated success in managing complex, multi-faceted projects
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines

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