Assistant Director for Public Health Initiatives

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Job # 037207 Department Code 00000 Department Health Services Job Title Assistant Director for Public Health Initiatives Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours
Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs. Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
The Barnes Center at The Arch is Syracuse University’s integrated health and wellness center which incorporates health promotion, counseling, health and recreation. The Assistant Director is a newly developed position and is a core member of the Health Promotion Leadership team as well as the Health and Wellness leadership team. As part of the Health Promotion team, the The Assistant Director for Public Health Initiatives is responsible for overseeing new and expanded public health initiatives to support the health and well-being of the student community. This includes building a substance use recovery program, leading university-wide wellness coalitions to support change at all levels of the socioecological model, and developing faculty/staff trainings to better support students.

This position proactively partners with populations of students on campus (student organizations, student government, cultural center peer mentors, etc.) to address health disparities and improve public health priorities, like mental health, high risk substance use, and sexual and relationship violence. The Assistant Director supervises the Health Promotion Specialist and is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of University-wide health and wellness coalitions. Qualifications
  • A master’s degree in a related field, such as public health, health promotion, health education, health policy, or health communications is required.
  • Requires Three (3) plus years of experience in the field of wellness education and prevention with progressively increasing responsibilities. Some supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Advanced certification such as Certified Health Education Specialist ( CHES ), Master Certified Health Education Specialist ( MCHES ), or Certified in Public Health ( CPH ), or certification eligible, strongly preferred
Job Specific Qualifications
  • A strong background in the development of primary prevention programs in an institution of higher education.
  • Familiarity with college student wellness concerns such as alcohol and other drugs, mental health and wellness, high-risk behavior, sexual and relationship violence, etc.
  • Experience conducting needs assessments and understanding the connection of these results to potential programmatic decision and budget allocations.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, program evaluations, interpreting findings, and developing plans to programmatically and strategically respond to the findings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of health promotion and behavior change theories and models, as well as implementing evidence-based programs/initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing environmental and policy changes activities and strategies.
  • Excellent presentation/oral, written and interpersonal communications skills, including communicating data and assessment findings to a wide array of audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility and application of these principles within the context of health promotion and social justice.
  • Leads University-wide Wellness Coalitions, utilizing data to drive public health prioritization and planning and evidence-based strategies to promote change.
  • Supervises the health promotion specialist, which includes weekly supervision meetings, setting goals for performance and deadlines, and organizing workflow to support coalition building and public health initiatives.
  • Responsible for the management of the coalitions, including determining membership, recruitment, onboarding, scheduling meetings, and engaging coalitions in meaningful, impactful public health work
  • Establishes and maintain partnerships with academic affairs to create and support initiatives like faculty training (i.e., trauma-informed spaces).
  • Establishes the strategic direction for developing public health priorities for the student population. Regularly assesses and reports on public health initiatives and their impact on retention.
  • Participates on appropriate Health and Wellness committees including the health and wellness leadership team and the Barnes Center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee.
  • Oversees the development and supervision of a substance use recovery program for students.
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In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter. About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEOC
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 07/14/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants
Internal candidates preferred

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