The Health Educator coordinates and administers a comprehensive university-wide wellness program that includes managing the University’s graduation wellness requirement for students consisting of WELL 085, WELL 086, WELL 090, and WELL 100 courses, developing learning objectives and measuring outcomes. The Health Educator serves as a campus leader in health education and prevention programming for the student and employee population, and is the subject matter expert for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education and prevention efforts for the campus community. This includes campus-wide programming, outreach and collaboration between various campus partners who support UR Well.
Health Education & Promotion (60%)
Collaborate with the Director of Health Promotion, Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention Educator, Health Promotion Assistant, CAPS Assistant Director – Health Promotion, and SHC Registered Nurse – Health Promotion in the development, implementation, and evaluation of education and awareness programs for students, faculty and staff. This includes being a key contributor to the implementation of the Health Promotion Strategic Plan.
Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate a variety of health promotion initiatives for the campus community based on sound theory and evidence informed practice of college health promotion. Serve as the content matter expert in the alcohol and other drug education and prevention programming.
Serve as the Chair of the Peer Education and Advocacy Funding Council to facilitate funding for health and well-being focused student groups. Oversee the Peer Education/Advocate meeting space in the Well-Being Center.
Provide direct oversight to Wellness Bandits (student peer educators).
Serve as the subject matter expert for alcohol, tobacco and other drug content development and programming for the peer educator groups.
Oversee administrative responsibilities of Mental Health First Aid and Community Stepped Care campus-wide programming and teach classes to students and employees.
Serve as a trained Wellness Coach to offer preventative and wellness coaching tools and processes to help students and employees achieve their health goals.
Recruit, train and oversee the student Wellness Coaches to facilitate integration of health and well-being services to students. Work collaboratively with CAPS, Student Health, University Recreation, Academic Skills, and other campus departments to grow the student wellness coaching program and peer coaches.
Provide oversight and administration of UR Living Well – Living-Learning Community for the academic year. Key responsibilities include planning and conducting monthly meetings with the participants, developing educational content, planning team-building activities and trips, coordinating well-being certifications, managing a budget, setting goals and evaluating the program.
Provide health education programs to community partners in collaboration with other campus partners as needed.
Develop, monitor, and annually review and update all departmental budgets to provide sound fiscal management for the department including all operating, and employment budgets.
Identify grant opportunities and funding sources for department initiatives (substance use disorder, disabilities, peer education/advocacy council) and apply for relevant grants at the local, state and/or national level.
Serve on University and Student Development committees as assigned.
Wellness Graduation Requirement (40%)
Develop, implement, teach, and monitor the university graduation requirement for wellness, including the following:
WELL 085 Alcohol Education and Prevention Workshop: including teaching 3 sections each semester
WELL 086 Bystander Education: online course for all second-year students
WELL 090 General Well-being courses: including teaching 2-3 sections each semester and 1 section in the summer
WELL 100 Introduction to College Life at the University of Richmond: in-person course as part of the first-year experience, including teaching four sections each academic year
Administer required on-line courses in alcohol education and sexual assault prevention to all first-year and transfer students.
Hire, train, and supervise part-time wellness instructors which includes scheduling, assigning work, evaluating performances and handling terminations. Also, coordinate scheduling and training of full-time University employees to instruct WELL 085, WELL 090, and WELL 100 courses.
Knowledge, skills & ability:
CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) required or ability to obtain within first year of hire
Mental Health First Aid Instructor certification required within first six months of hire
Wellcoaches (Wellness Coaching) certification required within 18 months of hire
Completed Certified Peer Education (CPE) training required within first year of hire
Knowledge and application of health promotion, behavior change, population-based theories and models, and experience using environmental management strategies and ecological models
Ability to build and establish collaborative relationships across the institution
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with diverse University constituents, including faculty, staff, students, and parents
Strong organizational skills required to balance a variety of tasks with a high degree of competence and accuracy
Ability to use technology including audio/visual and specialized software applications
University approved driver certification required within first year of hire
CPR/AED and First Aid certification required within 30 days of employment
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree required with courses in Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Behavioral Health, or related field
3-5 years of related work experience
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 the student body.
Demonstrated experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of health education programs
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice and the development of multicultural competencies