Student Wellbeing Manager Ref 5731

School/department: Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours) - Requests for flexible working options cannot be considered due to the needs of the business as this post includes crisis cover during University office hours.
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 5731
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Closing date: 23 June 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 29 June 2021
Expected start date: TBC 2021

Job description

The Department of Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services, within the Directorate for the Student Experience, is seeking to appoint an experienced clinical practitioner and administrator to the role of Student Wellbeing Manager. We are looking, in particular, for a mental health practitioner with a background as a nurse/ social worker and/or has experience of working within acute mental health services and/or secondary mental health services.

Good student mental health is the priority of the Student Wellbeing Manager role. Consequently, the role-holder will require the ability to assess both mental health and mental capacity of individual students; to manage the Imminent Risk and Cause for Concern systems across the University; to chair some Fitness to Study panels and to share the responsibility for work across the University related to the prevention and response to sexual misconduct and domestic abuse.

The Student Wellbeing Manager will manage student cases collaborating and consulting with the wider divisional staff i.e. Disability support and Student Life Centre as well as NHS professionals as required, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students. The role’s contribution to the delivery of proactive initiatives around mental health and wellbeing as part of the wider mental health strategy will be critical in the development of the service.

The Student Wellbeing manager will also manage the Wellbeing team which includes the Student Wellbeing Coordinator and Student Volunteer/Connector teams. The Wellbeing team leads on developing a proactive, preventative Wellbeing programme to promote health and wellbeing across our student population with the aim of improving the student experience. This will involve developing and maintaining productive working relationships with external partners in the Community such as the NHS, the Local Authority, the police and charities/services to facilitate student access. This will be in addition to developing and maintaining productive working relationships with internal partners and stakeholders in delivering the above objectives.

The Student Wellbeing manager will also need to identify and respond proactively to potential threats to student wellbeing through the creation of guidance, care-pathways and the provision of associated staff-training.

An innovative, risk-conscious approach, sound judgement and diplomacy, as well as the ability to work under pressure within a complex organisational structure are essential attributes required of the post holder.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships, respect confidentiality, and be able to navigate complex situations in a sensitive and professional manner. Highly developed written and oral communication skills are essential as well as a positive and flexible approach to the role and the service.

Please contact Ann Mitroupolou, for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5731 [PDF 176.17KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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