Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a student development educator and a critical member of the Dean of the College Division who actively collaborates with colleagues across the University to create learning opportunities with all dimensions of contemporary student wellness. The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute will develop, implement, and assess programs related to leading health and wellness indicators as described in the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative, with an emphasis on prevention and lifelong learning.
The Director will 1) lead campus‐wide stakeholders in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student health and well‐being by forming cross‐functional teams for mental health, nutrition and physical fitness, sexual health, and employee wellness; 2) provide strategic direction and administrative oversight for The Shaw Wellness Institute space; 3) develop and coordinate a wellness continuous improvement program including gathering information , and assessing efforts, and (4) administer an alcohol and other drugs prevention and education program, that encourages students to think critically about health decision-making and taking meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behaviors.
Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is also a member of the Dean of Students’ team and will collaborate closely with other professionals in the Dean of the College Division, including the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, the ALANA Cultural Center, Administrative Deans, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services, Haven, among others as well as others throughout the University including Human Resources, Athletics and Recreation, and Outdoor Education.
Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a twelve-month, full-time position. The Director supervises a Program Coordinator, an Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and an Administrative Assistant, with indirect oversight for a Dietitian /Nutritionist.
The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is primarily accountable for:
● Coordinating the University’s student wellness programs and processes, including the overall management and development of a contemporary health and wellness program with both unique and collaborative programs;
● Applying extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence‐informed practice in college-age populations;
● Applying extensive knowledge of program cycle (assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation) to support changes at multiple individual and population levels;
● Applying extensive knowledge of research methods (survey design, environmental scans, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection methods) to assess community need and inform and continuous quality improvement processes that translate assessment results into action;
● Effective collaboration with other professionals to create and evaluate programs that promote student wellness across all dimensions of wellness (Hettler’s 6 Dimensions of Wellness; Travis’ 12 Dimensions of Wellness; Seligman’s PERMA Model of Wellbeing; or, Swarbick’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness) that encourages flourishing, thriving, and resiliency;
● 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, including social media. Developing strategic plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and developing measurable goals and objectives;
● Demonstrated supervisory skills and responsibility to supervise staff including the Program Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, Administrative Assistant, with a dotted line reporting relationship for Dietitian with Chartwells.
● Supervising student groups as a part of an advising department within the OAC such as: Active Minds, Colgate Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, Peer Health Educators, etc. and liaise with Greek Life Presidents, and the Colgate Student Government Association. Supervise various interns.
● Ensuring the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of Alcohol and Other Drug programs for the Department of Education;
● Effective collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to develop new projects and campaigns with the specific goal of reducing high risk drinking and the negative implications of such use on all students;
● Implementing the annual launch of the on-line modules related to Alcohol and Other Drugs and sexual assault and ensure student compliance with courses; and
● Providing active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives, including the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee, Wellness Steering Committee, and Social Norming Committee and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress, and represent the Dean of Students, as appropriate.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
● A minimum of three years’ experience in student affairs with at least three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
● Supervisory experience with professional staff.
● Active membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. ACHA, APHA, NASPA, SOPHE, etc.)
● Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
● Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments.
● Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development.
● Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
● Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● 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.
● Familiarity with ACHA’s Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.
● Proficiency with statistical software.
● Grant writing skills.
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 preferred.
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