Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, the Coordinator of Wellness Education is responsible for providing leadership to the College regarding implementation of best practices in prevention and wellness education. Responsibilities include facilitating sanctioned educational classes and guest lecturing in classrooms to varying size groups.
Self-motivated, and creative person responsible for promoting the development of healthy choices that emphasize student wellness and increase academic success, while minimizing at-risk behaviors. This includes educating students, faculty, and staff about high-risk alcohol and other drug use behavior, sexual violence, dating violence, and other issues affecting college student health and wellness through a comprehensive educational approach. This includes developing and delivering student-centered programs on personal and community responsibility, decision-making, alcohol and other drug use, sexual assault prevention, and stress management, in collaboration with other areas across campus with a health-promotion focus.
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education:
- Chair the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Coalition to actively engage members of the campus community in changing the culture around alcohol and other drug use.
- Collaborate with faculty to incorporate curriculum infusion and conduct presentations into First Year Studies and related academic courses.
- Collaborate with the Director of Student Conduct to implement evidence-based programs to use for individual and group alcohol and drug educational sanctions, such as BASICS and CHOICES.
- Consult with the Director of Student Conduct to evaluate the effectiveness of student conduct sanctions for violation of the alcohol and drug policy, to improve services and complete the College's required Biennial Review.
Wellness Council and Advising Students:
- Chair the College's Wellness Council made up of faculty, staff, and students. Identify the trends, challenges, and learning outcomes for the institution as it relates to wellness education for college students.
- Develop interdisciplinary campus partnerships that advance the mission of providing campus-wide student wellness education. Sponsor and partner extensively with each of the following departments: Residence Life, Counseling Center, Student Activities, Dining Services, First Year Studies, Academic Affairs, Health Center, and Athletics, to collaborate on multi-targeted education through campus-wide programs, outreach, and training.
- Recruit, train, and advise the Wellness Educators, a peer-education group that foster prevention initiatives, campaigns, and provide student-led programs and events for campus.
- Recruit, train, and advise two student interns per semester, contributing to their professional growth and development of leadership skills.
Sexual Violence and Dating Violence Prevention and Education:
- Assist with the recruitment, training, and advisement of Peer Educators and oversee all educational programs as lead by this student group.
- Coordinate the train the trainer program as it relates to bystander intervention on campus. Coordinate and lead bystander intervention programs. Implement and facilitate programs including those required for compliance (i.e. student athletes, Resident Assistants, etc.).
- Conduct outreach with campus partners including students, faculty, and staff, regarding sexual misconduct policies and procedures.
- Conduct outreach with campus partners including students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness of sexual violence and dating violence within their groups, provide prevention education programming, and increase the likelihood of members of those sub-communities to seek services when needed.
Other Training, Education, and Assessment:
- Train Student Affairs personnel and student staff on effective environmental strategies for wellness and prevention education around alcohol and other drug issues, sexual violence, and other issues affecting college student health, including decision-making and stress management.
- Train student leaders in prevention education, relevant health topics, and available resources, both on and off-campus.
- Coordinate, plan, and oversee programs related to orientation, retention, and graduation, including co-chairing the College's annual Welcome Weekend
- Create and measure student learning and development outcomes for prevention initiatives and student engagement. Create and implement measures to quantify the effectiveness and success of substance abuse and wellness education programs. Emphases should be placed on learning outcomes, surveys, data, and student focus groups.
- Submit an annual end of the year report to the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, assessing the past year's success and challenges, as well as suggestions for improvement and goals for the next one (1) and (3) years.
- Serve as an active member of the Student Affairs team, assisting with College events to help with the recruitment and retention of students in order to achieve the students' and institution's educational goals.
- Remain informed on emerging college student trends involving alcohol, drugs and issues related to sexual assault.
- Participate in relevant conferences and seminars through attendance and provision of presentations. Subscribe to relevant listservs and publications.
- Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor of his/her designee.
- Master's degree or advanced degree in Counseling, Public Health, Health Education, or closely related field is required.
- A minimum of 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified for the position.
- Must be available to work some night, evening and weekend hours.
- Candidates should have some background working with individuals around substance abuse, including at least three years of experience implementing evidence-based prevention strategies, and experience working with college students. The successful candidate will be familiar with research and best-practices in health promotion, specific to sexual violence prevention and alcohol and other drug use.
At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the college, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.
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