The Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion fosters students' academic and personal success by increasing discussion, examining issues, and addressing the underlying contexts of key health behaviors. The primary objective through health promotion and/or prevention efforts is to support and encourage Wake Forest students to think critically about healthy decision-making and take meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behavior.
The Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion champions goals that address all interrelated levels of Wake Forest’s campus culture including individual, interpersonal, community, and environmental elements. In collaboration with University and community partners, works to create a broad, coherent framework for health promotion that covers harm mitigation and wellness across campus. The Assistant Director plays a visible role assessing, identifying, and proposing innovative plans to address campus health trends and priorities and serves as a health prevention advisor to stakeholders. The Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion strategizes to amplify Wake Forest’s strengths while, at the same time, reduces personal, campus, and community health risk factors. Focus areas include sexual assault and relationship violence, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, eating disorders and nutrition, balance and wellness, and general health education.
- Cultivates healthy attitudes and behaviors, and fosters a culture that values and supports a healthy community.
- Develops, implements, coordinates, and evaluates a variety of multi-level health promotion initiatives for the campus community based on sound theory- and evidenced-informed practice of college health promotion.
- Oversees the ongoing development, recruitment, professional development and advising of students engaged in health and wellbeing-related groups; including the Thrive Peer Education Program.
- Identifies and manages resources (such as grants) to accomplish the mission of the office.
- Collaborates on the continued development and implementation of programs designed to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence.
- Collaborates with all campus constituents to make the campus healthier by connecting students to information and resources; including area coordinators, and campus, local, and national partners. May serve on related committees such as the Student Health Advisory Committee and Alcohol Coalition.
- Develops structural and policy-level interventions that influence environmental determinants of health and wellbeing, and ongoing strategic direction, Designs, administers, and interprets various surveys to assess health related behaviors.
- Develops and maintains a vision that is in alignment with the vision and strategic plan of the Office of Wellbeing and mission of the Division of Campus Life.
- Participates with other Office of Wellbeing staff planning projects and programs such as health promotion, surveys, and Division of Campus Life events.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Master's Degree in Public Health, Health Education, Health Promotion or closely related field
- Excellent and demonstrated public speaking; group facilitation; writing, editing, and communication skills.
- Experience in program development, social marketing, and evaluation. Knowledgeable in health topics relevant to college students, including but not limited to: alcohol and other drug use and abuse prevention, eating disorders, mental illness, healthy interpersonal relationships, sexuality, sexual health, stress, and sleep.
- Must be detail-oriented; possesses strong organizational and follow-up skills. Evidence of ability to provide leadership and problem-solving skills in analyzing health promotion needs of emerging adults, especially college students.
- Strong computer skills and an ability to learn technology quickly. Proficient in a variety of computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and statistical software).
- Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekend and after hours programming based on student needs.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible and intent to become certified.
- Experience in college health promotion, knowledge of health promotion theory and evidence-informed practice, and ability to translate and apply that theory with a university population. Sound understanding of health needs and interests and ability to design health promotion initiatives that reflect the diversity of students.
- Experience conducting literature reviews, needs assessments, and program evaluations to strategically guide policy, programmatic, and budget decisions.
- Knowledge and application of health promotion, behavior change, population-based theories and models, and experience using environmental management strategies and ecological model.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and the development of multicultural competencies.
- Demonstrated record of campus culture change with three to five years of experience with college age population.
- Assures compliance with applicable regulations and professional standards.
- Provides supervision for the prevention activities of Graduate Assistant(s) and student employees.
How to Apply
Offering the personal attention of a small liberal arts college, coupled with the breadth and global relevancy of a leading research institution, Wake Forest claims the distinction of being the nation’s premier collegiate university. Its mission is to educate the whole person, graduating students who seek purpose-filled lives while building a community dedicated to serving humanity in the spirit of its motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity).
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