PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION
Responsible for strategic planning, administrative oversight, development/delivery, coordination, and assessment of initiatives and programs to address student health and wellness issues with particular emphasis on alcohol and other drug use, resiliency, and mental health. This work involves applying knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories, public health frameworks, and evidence-informed practice in college-age populations. The position is located within the Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness, in the Center for Health Promotion.
This position reports to the Dean of Students. This position provides direct supervision for the Health Promotion Specialist position in the Center for Health Promotion.
1. Provide strategic direction and administrative oversight for the programs and initiatives of the Center for Health Promotion using an integrated, team approach within the department of Counseling, Health and Wellness.
2. Contribute to the leadership decisions of the department by serving on the Counseling, Health and Wellness Management Team, representing the Center for Health Promotion.
3. Provide direct supervision and training for professional staff, support staff, and student employees and/or interns in the Center for Health Promotion.
4. Build and foster collaborative partnerships with Ithaca College senior leadership and relevant campus partners, committees, student groups, and local/national organizations to foster student wellness, retention, and success.
5. Plan, implement, and assess strategies and support related activities that are consistent with best practices for reducing risk and promoting health on issues such as substance use, resiliency, mental health, and other concerns relevant to college students.
6. Provide direct leadership for the Ithaca College Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Team. Oversee strategic efforts for substance misuse prevention and harm reduction on campus, utilizing evidence-based practices. Plan, implement, and evaluate related programs and services, including online educational modules for incoming students and sanctioned students. Work closely with the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and other members of the AOD Team to oversee the Biennial Review process.
7. Provide direct leadership for the IC BASICS brief intervention program serving students with alcohol and other substance use concerns. Provide one-on-one BASICS sessions for students when needed, to supplement the work of the Health Promotion Specialist. Work closely with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards to track and monitor compliance with mandated referrals.
8. Provide direct leadership for the THRIVE@IC Wellness Coaching and Education Program. Provide one-on-one wellness coaching sessions and group workshops for students when needed, to supplement the work of the Health Promotion Specialist. Develop new program content in line with emerging research and best practices.
9. Apply knowledge of research methodology (survey design, environmental scans, focus groups, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection tools) to assess needs and inform program development and evaluation. Use data to educate the campus community about student health issues.
10. Direct health-related communication strategies for the Center for Health Promotion through a variety of channels including website content, print material, social media, LCD signs and other digital media.
11. Consult with campus partners regarding student health concerns, with a particular focus on alcohol and other substance use. Provide assistance with identification, intervention, and referral of students with health-related concerns.
12. Plan and organize professional development opportunities for campus partners and/or external groups as needed to foster student health and wellbeing. This may include identifying and collaborating with experts in the field to provide training and consultation services.
13. Provide oversight for the budget and financial expenditures of the Center for Health Promotion. Identify and foster additional funding opportunities in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
14. Represent the Center for Health Promotion on divisional and college-wide committees including, but not limited to, the IC-Community Work Group, the IC College Advisory Committee on Campus Security and Campus Life, the Behavioral Intervention ( ICare )Team and the IC First-Year Working Group.
15. Prepare annual and other reports and presentations as needed to further the mission of the Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness.
Master’s degree in public health, health promotion, health education, or closely related field. Minimum three to five years’ experience working with students in a college health promotion setting. Demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills in public health approaches, behavior change theory, and evidence-based practices in college health, particularly in alcohol/other drug prevention approaches. CHES or MCHES credential strongly preferred. E xcellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity as well as harm reduction principles and approaches. Competency in use of technology such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Point and Click and Maxient.
Most of the work of the incumbent is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. The incumbent will be required to operate a personal computer and associated equipment such as computer printers as well as other office equipment used in day-to-day operations. The incumbent will be required to attend workshops, conferences and serve on various committees resulting in the need to walk, drive or make alternative travel arrangements to various locations on and off campus. Occasional evening and weekend work required.
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants must apply online at ithaca.edu/jobs and attach a resume and cover letter. Questions about online applications should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org . Preference will be given to applicants who have current or previous Ithaca College experience.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.