Leads and develops a team of health and wellness educators and administrative support and provides strategic direction for implementation of public health initiatives and associated programs.
Develops and maintains a vision of wellness culture at the University of Chicago that is evidence-based, incorporates cultural competence and inclusiveness in working with populations of diverse cultures and identities.
Oversees program operations, including the program budget and supervision of staff.
Leads efforts to gain support for the program, including engaging in fund raising efforts.
Directs the development, implementation, and analysis of student health assessment strategies, provide baseline and follow-up health data, identify departmental needs and priorities, and evaluate effectiveness of interventions and measure learning outcomes.
The Director plans and conducts research and prepares operational reports and analysis that identify student trends and recommends appropriate programs and solutions.
Health and Wellness Programming
Oversee strategies for fostering student engagement in wellness programming and general health promotion and outreach efforts.
Directs the development, implementation and evidence-based outreach initiatives and programming.
Provides outreach and advocacy to under-served student communities (for example, students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first generation and low-income students, students with disabilities, etc.).
Directs education outreach programs and related community relations strategies.
Marketing and Outreach
Leads planning and implementation of comprehensive wellness communications strategy including development of effective promotional materials, messaging campaigns and use of social media as well as digital tools.
The Director proactively reaches out to form relationships with key campus stakeholders and serves as the public health liaison for Student Wellness with campus partners (e.g., the Center for Identity+Inclusion, Athletics, Housing and Residence Life).
The Director maintains an active professional network with peer institutions. The Director monitors best practices at these other institutions and integrates best practices at UChicago.
The Director promotes Student Wellness services to the broader University of Chicago community, identifying barriers to communicating the need for seeking help, creating avenues for increased awareness and utilization, and advising campus leaders on population health-related issues.
Collaboration and Advisory role with student groups
Recruits and advises student members for the Student Health Advisory Board. Advises health and wellness student groups like Peer Health Advocates, Wellness Czars and others on their initiatives; supports peer-to-peer advocacy and facilitates training activities, as needed.
Develops operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.
Manages professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
Performs other related work as needed.
Master's degree in public health, health promotion, health policy, health education, social work or related field.
Minimum 5 years of full-time supervisory experience of professional staff and a demonstrated record of leading professional development for staff.
Leadership and expertise in the use of evidence-based health promotion programs/initiatives to analyze health promotion needs of emerging adults, especially college students.
Experience conducting literature reviews, needs assessments, program evaluations, and creating plans to strategically guide programmatic and budget decisions.
Knowledge and application of health promotion, behavior change, population-based theories and models, and experience using environmental management strategies.
Licenses and Certifications:
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), or other relevant professional designations or willingness to pursue.
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies, demonstrate commitment to diversity, social justice, and cultural competence. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and the ability to foster cultural, racial, gender equality on a personnel and programmatic level.
Excellent writing, interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and to adjust work assignments according to programmatic and divisional needs.
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