The Director of Health Promotion and Wellness directs and implements comprehensive primary and secondary prevention initiatives for Northwestern University students on relevant physical and mental health and wellness issues, including but not limited to alcohol and other drugs. Evidenced-based research, health promotion theories, environmental management, and knowledge of the unique campus and community culture are used to ensure measurable learning and behavioral outcomes.
Working Conditions: Flexibility in work hours, to include evening and weekends, is required.
Provides administrative leadership and routine problem solving in support of Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW)’s health promotion programs, services, and mission,
Directs the selection, training, evaluation, and direct services supervision for a team of 4-5 professional staff members including health educators, and a department assistant, plus 2-3 graduate assistants/interns, 2-3 undergraduate work study students and 20+ undergraduate peer educators.
Responsible for formulating, executing and continually monitoring and revising programs and services, policies, procedures, strategic plans and budgets that ensure effective alignment of resources with the operational and strategic goals of Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS), the Division of Student Affairs and Northwestern University (NU).
Ensures compliance with all appropriate NU policies and practices; local, state, and federal rules, regulations and requirements regarding grant and/or contract administration and recommends changes to improve programs, policy and/or practice. Resolves compliance problems and issues working in conjunction appropriate faculty and staff.
Ensures compliance with Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) standards for health promotion practice.
Chairs the Biennial Review Report Committee to ensure NU’s compliance with federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act regulations.
Provides written and verbal reports upon request, including annual report, quality management reports and governing board reports. Keep accurate records of departmental utilization, student records, and work in progress.
Oversees policies and procedures for the scheduling and utilization of five Searle Hall conference rooms.
Serves on NUHS committees, including Executive Committee, University Advisory Committee for the Health Service (UACHS), Quality Management Committee, Safety Committee, Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and other committees as assigned.
Serves on Student Affairs and NU Committees, including the Community Alcohol Coalition, Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence, Campus Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, , and other Student Affairs and University committees as assigned.
Contributes to the local, regional, and national recognition of HPaW, NUHS, and NU through presentations at meetings and conferences, publications in professional journals, research, and participation in relevant organizations. Participate in continuing education programs and professional development experiences.
Directs the efforts of HPaW staff in the development, implementation, marketing, and evaluation of evidence-based and –informed primary and secondary prevention programs and services to promote student health and advance social justice in current priority health behavior areas. Programs and services include, but are not limited to:
BASICS and other early intervention initiatives
Red Watch Band bystander intervention training
WATCH peer education program
Wildcat Welcome (New Student Orientation) True Northwestern Dialogue programs
Workshops and trainings
Web-based screening instruments and programs
Written educational materials
Develops and provides training programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, faculty, and staff on a variety of health-related topics and initiatives to aid in creating a health-promoting campus environment.
Utilizes ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and other relevant resources to develop, implement and maintain best practices in health promotion and prevention programs and services.
Directs the creation and maintenance of innovative and comprehensive websites and social media presence for HPaW.
Identifies grant and other appropriate outside funding sources to support innovative health promotion programs within current priority health behavior areas. Oversees preparation of grant proposals and reports, and implementation of grant activities.
Collaboration and Consultation
Cultivates effective partnerships and collaborative efforts with various Student Affairs units, Athletics, academic schools and departments, and community partners, as appropriate, to promote student health and wellness, optimize resource utilization, and assist in the development of campus policies and practices which support a holistic approach to wellness and student development.
Collaborates with campus, local, regional and national resources to identify emerging trends, to adapt best practices, and to deliver effective educational programs and services to the Northwestern community.
Interacts with professional staff in NUHS, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dean of Students Office, and other relevant departments to coordinate student referrals and care.
Serves as a consultant to students, faculty, and staff regarding current priority health behavior areas and provide referrals to a variety of health resources available on campus and elsewhere.
Responds to media inquiries upon request.
Assessment and Program Evaluation
Promotes the utilization of appropriate assessment techniques to measure the effects of specific initiatives and the impact on student learning.
Uses assessment outcomes to inform decision-making on program and service expansion, program and policy development and student/staff training.
Regularly implements the use of appropriate survey instruments, such as the ACHA-NCHA, Core Survey on Alcohol and other Drug Use, and other recognized tools, to gather data on the health status of the student population.
Disseminates assessment and evaluation findings to key stakeholders, as appropriate.
Graduate degree in health education, health promotion, public health or a related field. At least three to five years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention services. Reference the information under preferred qualifications for additional education and experience.
A doctoral degree in health education, public health or a related field. Five or more years’ experience in health promotion and disease prevention services in the college setting with particular expertise in alcohol/substance abuse and/or wellness/resilience is ideal, although alternative related experience may be considered. Candidates should possess extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues and intervention methods as well as research methodology and literature related to health education.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.