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Health Educator

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education, Other Health & Medicine, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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University Code 21231 University Title Health Educator 1 University Job Family Health Sciences ORP Eligible Yes For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search National Working Title Health Educator Position Number FA4360 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Recreational Sports Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

Through our programs, services, and facilities, the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) champions holistic student development by fostering inclusive communities and providing dynamic, integrative learning experiences that prepare our students to be thoughtfully engaged contributors to the global community. We advance student success by empowering the VCU community to prioritize well-being, connect with others, and learn through play.

The Health Educator reports to the Interim Assistant Director of Health Promotion, one of many units within the larger department of Recreation and Well-Being. The position collaborates with the supervisor and other team members to develop, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of health promotion programs, events, and services for a diverse student body of 30,000 on two main campuses. The Health Educator is primarily responsible for leading health promotion programing and outreach efforts on topics such as sexual and mental health promotion, nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, and other health and well-being topics most impacting students’ success. As part of a collaborative team, the Health Educator will be assigned one or more primary responsibilities for coordinating essential unit programs; such as the Peer Health Educator ( PHE ) program, Mindful Ambassador Program, Social Norms Campaign, Instructional Programs (including teaching well-being courses in partnership with academic departments), Resilience Lab, and others depending on need and identified strategic priorities. All members of the team are expected to work collaboratively and strategically to implement interventions that promote holistic well-being across a wide range of health topics. Primary programming areas or responsibilities for coordination may rotate based upon interests and to allow all members of the team an opportunity for growth and development.

Examples of the Kinds of Professional Judgment the Position Must Exercise:

Excellent organizational, public speaking, and customer service skills.
Excellent relational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment.
Ability to collaborate with others in a fluid and complex environment.
Ability to mentor and handle sensitive matters discretely and compassionately.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Ability to practice immediacy and flexibility as university priorities arise.
Ability to model appropriate professional boundaries.

Minimum Hiring Standards

Master’s Degree in public health, health education, health promotion, college student affairs, or a related field.
A minimum of two years related health promotion work experience.
Experience working with students in a higher education setting and an understanding of college student development theories.
Demonstrated proficiency utilizing standard office packages (word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail) and other dynamic technology, especially related to health promotion programming.
Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion, behavior change, and population-based theories and models.
Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-informed health promotion programs/initiatives.
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental management strategies/socio-ecological model.

Preferred Hiring Standards

Certified Health Education Specialist ( CHES ), Certified in Public Health, or similar certification.
Familiarity with ACHA standards of practices and the demonstrated ability to incorporate into their work.
Experience with NIAAA College AIM, 360Proof, and/or other frameworks to assess and address student alcohol consumption.
Experience with The JED foundation, NAMI, Active Minds, or other accredited organizations focused on student mental health trends and education.
Experience using motivational interviewing or evidence-based techniques to support individual behavior change.
Experience with quantitative and qualitative research and managing research protocols.
Experience working with diverse populations.
Familiarity with social marketing and health communications strategies, including using a social norms approach.
Quantitative and qualitative research skills (e.g., research design, survey development, environmental assessment, focus group design and facilitation, data analysis and interpretation, etc.).

Required Licenses/ Certifications


Anticipated Hiring Range $42,000-$50,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus Monroe Park Campus Hours/Week 40 hours/week Normal Work Days/Hours Monday-Friday/8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Job Open Date 06/23/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Is this a restricted position? No Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? Yes Sensitive Position No Resource Critical No Quick Link Posting Specific Questions

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