Health Educator 1
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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
Examples of the Kinds of Professional Judgment the Position Must
Excellent organizational, public speaking, and customer service
Excellent relational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment.
Ability to collaborate with others in a fluid and complex
Ability to mentor and handle sensitive matters discretely and
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Ability to practice immediacy and flexibility as university
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 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
Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion, behavior change, and
population-based theories and models.
Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-informed health promotion
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental management
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
Experience using motivational interviewing or evidence-based
techniques to support individual behavior change.
Experience with quantitative and qualitative research and managing
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,
Required Licenses/ Certifications
Anticipated Hiring Range
Application Process/Additional Information
Monroe Park Campus
Normal Work Days/Hours
Monday-Friday/8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Job Open Date
Posting will close on or before
Open Until Filled
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