Director, Shaw Wellness Institute

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Department Statement

The Shaw Wellness Institute educates, connects, and inspires members of the Colgate Community to lead their best well-balanced lives — now and in the future. It also seeks to educate and empower students to help their peers lead similarly well-balanced lives. Offering proactive, student-centered directives, it approaches wellness holistically. It connects the mind, body, and spirit, and awakens the deepest potential in each person.


Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a student development and health and wellness educator and a critical member of the Dean of the College Division who actively collaborates with colleagues across the University to create learning opportunities with all dimensions of contemporary and holistic student wellness. The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute will develop, implement, and assess programs related to leading health and wellness indicators as described in the Healthy Campus 2020 Initiative, with an emphasis on prevention and lifelong learning. The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a member of the Dean of Students’ team and is a twelve-month, full-time, benefitted position.

Specific responsibilities include:
Strategic Leadership for Shaw Wellness Institute
· Provide strategic direction and administrative oversight for the Shaw Wellness Institute
· Lead campus‐wide stakeholders in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student health and well‐being by forming cross‐functional teams for mental health, nutrition and physical fitness, sexual health, and employee wellness
· Develop strategic plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and developing measurable goals and objectives
· Administer an alcohol and other drugs prevention and education program that encourages students to think critically about health decision-making and taking meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behaviors
· Provide effective financial oversight for the Shaw Wellness Institute and other relevant budgets
· Collaborate closely with other professionals in the Dean of the College Division, including the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, the ALANA Cultural Center, Administrative Deans, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services, Haven, among others as well as other campus partners including Human Resources, Athletics and Recreation, Outdoor Education and faculty.
· Supervise a Program Coordinator, an Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and an Administrative Assistant, with indirect oversight for a Dietitian /Nutritionist.
· Provide leadership and direction to develop the professional staff in the latest research and best practices in order to continuously improve the overall effectiveness of the department

Program Development, Implementation, and Assessment
· Coordinating the University’s student wellness programs and processes, including the overall management and development of a contemporary health and wellness program with both unique and collaborative programs
· Develop and coordinate a wellness continuous improvement program including gathering information and assessing efforts
· Apply extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence‐informed practice in college-age populations
· Apply extensive knowledge of program cycle (assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation) to support changes at multiple individual and population levels
· Apply extensive knowledge of research methods (survey design, environmental scans, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection methods) to assess community need and inform and continuous quality improvement processes that translate assessment results into action
· Effective collaboration with other professionals to create and evaluate programs that promote student wellness across all dimensions of wellness (Hettler’s 6 Dimensions of Wellness; Travis’ 12 Dimensions of Wellness; Seligman’s PERMA Model of Wellbeing; or, Swarbick’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness) that encourages flourishing, thriving, and resiliency
· Implement the usage of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education ( CAS ) standard in departmental practices
· Ensure the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of Alcohol and Other Drug programs for the Department of Education
· Oversee effective collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to develop new projects and campaigns with the specific goal of reducing high-risk drinking and the negative implications of such use on all students

Marketing and Branding
· ·Create and maintain the marketing and branding plan for the Shaw Wellness Institute to promote health and wellness in the Colgate community.
· Lead effective articulation of messages and marketing campaigns to internal audiences about healthy lifestyles, programs, and services to different target audiences and through a variety of channels, including social media.

Student Advising and Supervision
· Supervise departmental student groups such as Shaw Wellness Ambassadors and Peer Health Educators.
· Advise student groups such as Active Minds, Colgate Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, etc. and liaise with fraternity and sorority presidents, and the Colgate Student Government Association.
· Supervise various interns.
Additional responsibilities include:
· Implement the annual launch of the on-line modules for new students related to Alcohol and Other Drugs and sexual assault and ensure student compliance with courses
· Provide active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives, including the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee, Wellness Steering Committee, and Social Norming Committee and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress, and represent the Dean of Students, as appropriate.
· Write reports, provide research, and complete projects as assigned by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President and Dean of the College.
· Other duties as assigned

Professional Experience/ Qualifications

· Three to five years of experience in student affairs with at least three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
· Supervisory experience with professional staff.
· Active membership in relevant professional associations (e.g., ACHA, APHA, NASPA, SOPHE, etc.)
· Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
· Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
· Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development.
· Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
· Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

· Demonstrated administrative and leadership experience
· Experience working in or familiarity with selective, residential, liberal arts college environments.
· Experience managing a comprehensive wellness program, development, and presentation of population-specific health topics related to wellness across the undergraduate experience.
· Experience with university-wide program development, implementation, and evaluation
· Familiarity with ACHA’s Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.
· Proficiency with statistical software.
· Grant writing skills.


· Master’s degree in higher education administration or student affairs, public health, health psychology, health education, or a related field required.
· Doctoral degree preferred.

Job Open Date 10/20/2020 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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