The Director of Health Promotion Services
University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) is committed to
creating a culture that enables all students to flourish in body,
mind, and spirit. To help realize that vision, UC San Diego seeks a
dynamic and creative Director of Health Promotion Services to
promote a culture of health and well-being for the student
community. This is a tremendous opportunity to be a contributing
leadership partner for an already strong health and wellness
cluster. The Director will integrate the efforts of multiple campus
departments, providing support for student wellness through a
holistic approach emphasizing the 8 dimensions of student
well-being. UC San Diego is one of the nation's top public research
universities and is situated on a sunny, beautiful campus only five
miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The Student Health and Wellness Cluster (SHW) is an integral part
of the greater UC San Diego Health, a system repeatedly ranked the
No. 1 health care system in the region. As such, the SHW cluster
provides primary medical care, including urgent care and support
services, counseling and psychological services, and health
promotion services to over 42,000 undergraduate, graduate, and
professional students. The successful candidate will be an astute
and inspiring leader who possesses a deep understanding of student
needs and the strategies for effectively improving student outcomes
and their sense of well-being. The Director must have a broad
understanding of college health trends, the ability to navigate a
complex organizational structure, and a demonstrated record of
implementing best practices and innovative methods with the goal of
promoting a culture of healthy behaviors contributing to the
academic success and personal development of all students. In
addition, the University is seeking an excellent communicator who
will promote a positive and inclusive climate for a collaborative
and forward-thinking team.
About the University
UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, and
service-oriented public institution. Recognized as one of the top
fifteen research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration
sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.
Students are very committed to public service. For the fifth
consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation
on research, civic engagement, and social mobility. One campus with
multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is
transforming lives, shaping new disciplines, and advancing the
frontiers of knowledge. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio
includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and
four graduate and professional schools. https://catalog.ucsd.edu/about/
Reporting directly to Executive Director for Student Health and
Well-Being, the Director of Health Promotion Services will serve as
the leader for the Health Promotion Services department, which
includes health educators, dieticians, collegiate recovery
services, administrative assistants, and marketing and
communication support for the entire Student Health and Wellness
Cluster, for a total of 13.5 professional staff. The Director will
play a leadership role in the SHW cluster, serving as a member of
the executive team, with direct oversight of all health promotion
activities that address priority student health issues and trends.
Finally, the Director of Health Promotion Services will work
closely with Student Affairs, the seven Colleges, Graduate
Division, Professional schools, Academic Departments, Faculty,
Student Leadership, Community Health Organizations, and various
campus units to support an integrate approach to a strong and
active wellness culture at UC San Diego. Supporting the mission of
the university to establish a campus-wide agenda that advances the
health of students and promotes student development, retention, and
success is the core focus of this role.
Core Functions and Duties
Health Promotion Services Program Development, Strategic Planning
- Develop and monitor operational and budget processes, staff
FTE, finance, human resources, and space planning.
- Develop, project, review and monitor the HPS Department's
business plan and annual budget.
- Develop and implement HPS Department policies and
- Prepare short- and long-range planning and improvements to
- Set short term goals and priorities for subordinate
professionals and support staff.
- Develop, plan, implement and evaluate short- and long-range
goals and objectives for health promotion services.
- Manage, through staff, the daily operation of the unit with
full responsibility for the outcome.
- Direct daily operation of HPS Department.
- Hire, train, manage, supervise, and evaluate professional
support and/or student staff.
- Assist with the editing of campus-wide policies that pertain to
- Chair, facilitate, and/or serve on various SHW and campus
- Stay current on outside funding sources and solicit funds
through grant proposals, as available.
- Provide direct student/client education and follow-up, as
- Identify staff training needs and opportunities and assist
employees with development and reclassification
- Conduct performance evaluations, including communication with
subordinates, and recommendations for incentive awards and salary
increases, including merits and reclassification.
- Clearly communicate job expectations and monitor performance
- Oversee all aspects of the Health Promotion Services (HPS)
department, including The Zone, and with authority, develop
strategic plans and provide work direction to health
- Manage general marketing efforts for SHS and for HPS, including
The Zone; oversee the design and production of all publicity and
- Serve on the SHW Executive Committee.
- Collaborate with CAPS on the Tritons Flourish
- Develop and analyze periodic reports on HPS activities and
- Gather, analyze, and report results of health
promotion/wellness assessments and research to inform strategic
planning and the development of new initiatives and
Campus-wide Student Wellness Program and Strategic
- Functions as SHW management team member and is responsible for
providing expertise related to health behavior and health promotion
and program evaluation.
- Direct student wellness and development and activities in
relation to assessed campus needs, UC system-wide programs and
- Work collaboratively to manage campus programming in the
following areas: alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, reproductive
health, STD prevention, nutrition, sleep, stress management and
mental health (with CAPS), case management, physical activity, and
- Establish and recommend change to policies which affect the
- Remain current on strategies and programs for promoting student
health and well-being on campus and provide leadership in strategic
planning and quality improvement activities.
Campus and Community Engagement and Collaboration
- Serve as a representative of the Health Care organization at
campus meetings or committees.
- Advise manager on changes and improvements to Health Education
and Student Wellness support programs.
- Maintain cooperative, responsive working relations with
University departments and the community at large.
- Present and participate in campus-wide orientations, events,
- Meet with community and local public representatives to plan
collaborative projects for college student development, as well as
campus community health education.
- Represent SHW and VCSA on campus wellness
- Oversee the management of the peer education program, a 60+
student volunteer program, which includes providing critical advice
and guidance on recruitment, training and evaluation, workshop
development and evaluation, training and syllabus development, and
leadership development opportunities for student volunteers in the
peer education program.
- Continually evaluate factors relevant to retention and
advancement of staff to maintain high morale and staff development
- Master's or doctoral degree in relevant area, including public
health, health psychology, health behavior change or related area.
Degree in other fields such as student affairs may be considered
with evidence of sufficient college health promotion
- Demonstrated knowledge and application of health promotion,
health behavior change, health psychology, and population-based
theories and models. Demonstrated knowledge and application of
student development and learning theories and models.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills to
communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff at all
levels in the organization, business partners and the medical
- Knowledge of health care delivery systems. Comprehensive
knowledge of campus policies, programs and initiatives relating to
Health Care services provided to students, faculty, and
- Comprehensive knowledge of budget / fiscal related processes.
Experience conducting assessment/program evaluations and using
results to guide programmatic decisions and budget
- Comprehensive knowledge of HR-related policies and procedures.
Knowledge of union contracts and preparation of contract
negotiations, in consultation with Human Resources.
- Must have project management and organizational leadership
- Must be able to collaborate with student health well-being
staff and others across campus, both internal and external, at all
levels in the organization on matters of significance.
- Must be able to establish priorities, goals, objectives, and
timelines for achievement of goals.
- Proficient skills in marketing, social marketing, and public
- Exceptional skill in designing and implementing evidence-based
comprehensive health promotion programs to improve the overall
health, well-being, and academic performance of college students,
including development, implementation, management, and
- Strong demonstrated knowledge of psycho-social and
environmental influences on health behavior with ability to analyze
high-risk health behaviors in a university population.
- Experience using bio-psycho-social, ecological, and other
health promotion models.
- Comprehensive working knowledge of the ACHA (American College
Health Association) Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in
Higher Education. Demonstrated knowledge to conceptualize health
promotion in the context of higher education.
- Excellent presentation and teaching skills, especially with
respect to diverse populations. Demonstrated commitment to
diversity and cultural competence and the ability to work in a
- Experienced with handling multiple projects simultaneously,
manage time effectively and prioritize tasks. Demonstrated
creativity, resourcefulness, and use of original ideas in the
performance of duties.
- Experience conducting literature reviews and program
evaluations, interpreting findings, and developing plans to respond
to findings programmatically and strategically.
- Demonstrated ability to actively foster a positive, welcoming
climate, and value, include and support all in the UC San Diego
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to foster
the best possible working and learning environment.
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to acknowledge, advocate
and support the efforts to dismantle structural racism and divisive
biases based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age,
disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political
UC San Diego has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for
this search. Applications should include a resume and a cover
letter addressing your interest in and qualifications for the
position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs,
with the subject heading "UC San Diego Director of Health Promotion
Services." Candidates are encouraged to submit materials by October
14, 2022, to receive full consideration. The search will continue
until an appointment is made. Confidential inquiries and
nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant
leading this search, Dr. Lili Rodríguez, at email@example.com
UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity
or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California
nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html
Employment is subject to a criminal background check,
pre-employment physical including drug screen, and successful
engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated
with documented proof or approved exception/deferral). UC San Diego
is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit
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