As a member of the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Education is responsible for providing the campus community with health information and resources, cultivating healthy attitudes and behaviors, and fostering a culture that values and supports healthy living and healthy communities among students. The Ignatian framework of cura personalis will guide this educator in student interventions --- “care for the whole person.” Further, the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Education will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion and education initiatives for students with a primary focus on alcohol and other drug education, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, suicide prevention and personal wellness. This educator will work collaboratively across the Division of Student Development and broader University community to create supportive environments for learning and student success, based on sound theory and evidenced-informed practice of college health promotion.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion and education initiatives for students with a primary focus on alcohol and other drug education, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, suicide prevention and personal wellness. Establish and implement health promotion resources including but not limited to printed sources and web-based sources.
Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for health promotion and education. Lead the Division of Student Development’s strategic initiative for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit. Situate health education within the context of the University’s student learning outcomes.
Direct the development, implementation, and analysis of periodic health and environmental assessments for students that (1) provide baseline measures and follow-up data, (2) identify needs and priorities, (3) evaluate effectiveness of interventions, and (4) track trends in attitudes, knowledge, perceptions, and behaviors. Develop proposals for policy, programs and other interventions, and departmental goals and objectives based on findings.
Advise (i.e., select, train, mentor, evaluate) the Wellness Peer Educator program and other health promotion student groups.
Write and submit periodic and annual reports on program progress and outcomes, including developing proposals for enhancements or changes as appropriate.
Consult with and develop collaborative programs and working relationships with numerous constituencies on campus, including but not limited to, Student Health, University Counseling, Housing and Residence Life and Student Involvement, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Student Responsibility and Community Standards, Student Government Association, and student organizations.
Develop, coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate interactive trainings and programs for student groups and university staff on a variety of health-related topics.
Apply American College Health Association (ACHA) Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education (SPHPHE) and Healthy Campus 2020 (or other relevant initiatives and targets) to health promotion activities including campus outreach and education, staff development, and organizational/policy analysis and evaluation.
Incorporate multicultural diversity and social justice concepts and principles into ecological (i.e., educational and environmental) health promotion efforts.
Serve on committees and task forces as requested.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Knowledge of student development theory, student success and student learning Knowledge of health promotion theory Knowledge of organizational theory and change management Knowledge of social norming Knowledge in health content areas relevant to college students, including but not limited to: alcohol and other drug use and abuse prevention, fitness, nutrition, eating disorders, relationship development, sexual health, sexual assault, and mental health issues Ability to design health promotion initiatives and health supporting environments guided by cultural inclusion, respect and equity Ability to supervise, mentor, and advise students and student groups Capacity to solve problems Experience applying research to health strategies Excellence in program development Excellence in demonstrated public speaking and group facilitation Excellence in written and oral communication Skill applying research to developing and implementing environmental and policy change activities and strategies and/or individual health capacity-building interventions Must be detail-oriented, and possess strong organizational skills Strong computer skills required and familiarity/technical aptitude with application and content management systems Demonstrated success with social marketing and health communication strategies
Master's degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Education, Collegiate Recreation, Wellness or closely related field and 2-3 years of work experience in college health promotion, recreation or closely related field OR Bachelor’s degree plus 4-6 years of work experience in college health promotion, recreation or closely related field. An advanced degree in public health, health promotion, health policy, health education, or a related field is preferred. Prior experience working in a college or university setting is preferred. Participation in professional organizations, research and scholarship, and/or professional development such as association leadership or training presentations is preferred. Ability to identify grant opportunities and innovative funding sources for health promotion initiatives is also preferred. Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Certified in Public Health (CPH) is preferred, applicants who are eligible for CHES or CPH, with intent to become certified, may be considered.
About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of... nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. More information about Saint Louis University can be found at http://www.slu.edu.