Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of Health Promotions, at the Shaw Wellness Institute, is a health and wellness educator and member of the Dean of the College division who actively collaborates with colleagues to develop, implement, and assess programs focused on holistic student wellness. The Director of Health Promotions provides program administration and oversees the Shaw Wellness Institute staff and facilities. The director reports to the Assistant Vice President of Counseling and Psychological Services and supervises a team of professionals, including an Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor, and an Administrative Department Coordinator. Indirect oversight is provided to a registered dietician and a student intern program. The director provides leadership to the team and advances professional development to engage in the latest health promotion research and best practices.
As the team's primary preventionist, the director works in close collaboration with an integrated health and wellness leadership team to provide direction, support, and leadership for campus‐wide efforts in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student success by forming cross‐functional teams for wellness areas, including mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, and sexual health. Areas of responsibility include:
Develop a health promotion strategy including contemporary health and wellness programming with both unique and collaborative programs and promotion efforts. Align strategy within University guidelines, needs assessment, and solid theoretical foundations. Lead effective articulation of messages and marketing campaigns to internal audiences about healthy lifestyles, programs and services to different target audiences and through a variety of channels to reach diverse audiences, including social media.
Implement plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and develop measurable goals and objectives to measure effectiveness.
Ensure the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of alcohol and other drug programs for the U.S. Department of Education.
Oversee effective collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to develop new projects and campaigns with the specific goal of reducing high risk alcohol and other drug use and the negative implications of such use on all students.
Administration of on-line prevention modules for new students related to alcohol and other drugs use and sexual violence and ensure student compliance with courses and coordination with Athletics and Student Involvement on NY state sexual violence prevention education requirements.
Apply knowledge of current and emerging health issues, prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence‐informed practice in college-age populations.
Represent and promote Colgate through local/regional/national presentations on wellness programming.
Provide active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, and keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress.
Write reports, provide research and complete projects as assigned. Ensure that the Shaw Wellness Institute's website, campus newsletter and other communication channels are maintained.
Other duties as assigned.
A minimum of three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
Experience supervising professional, graduate, or student staff.
Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Experience with assessment and learning outcomes.
Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
Strong organizational skills, including effective time management.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated administrative and leadership experience and capacity to generate results;
experience with supervising professional staff;
experience working in or familiarity with selective, residential, liberal arts college environments;
experience managing a comprehensive wellness program, development and presentation of population-specific health topics related to wellness across the undergraduate experience;
experience with university-wide program development, implementation and evaluation; and
familiarity with ACHA's Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree in higher education administration or student affairs, public health, health psychology, health education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Colgate University offers a comprehensive compensation and benefit package. The anticipated annual base salary range for this position is $72,000 – $75,000.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.