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Senior Director of Wellness

Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Kenyon College seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Senior Director of Wellness. The Senior Director of Wellness provides leadership and oversight of the three offices (Health Services, Counseling Services and Health Promotion) in the Cox Center as well as coordinates campus-wide initiatives that focus on student wellness. Kenyon College is very focused on wellness as part of our strategic plan, Foundations for Kenyons Third Century, and this position will be essential in that plan. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is an integral member of the Division of Student Affairs.  

Essential Functions

Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Directly supervise the Associate Director of Health Promotion, Associate Director for Health Services, the Associate Director for Counseling Services, and the Administrative Coordinator, and provide general supervision of all other health, counseling, and health promotion staff (hiring, payroll, performance appraisals, staff education and professional development, etc.).
  • Facilitate a seamless integration of the Health and Counseling Centers with campus partners and external colleagues (such as Knox County Public Health).
  • Convene regular meetings of the staff, and annual/bi-annual retreats to set the strategic direction for the Center.
  • Serve as primary contact for health-related communication with campus colleagues, as well as the point person for health needs and concerns with external constituencies.
  • In partnership with a co-chair, lead the campus response to pandemic responses and direct faculty, staff, and student efforts related to them.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Vice President for Student Affairs and as an active member of the Student Affairs division.
  • Present to parents, faculty, staff and others on wellness initiatives and Cox Center operations.
  • Coordinate and oversee contracts for part-time external medical staff.
  • Create and ensure execution of effective record-keeping as well as general policies and procedures related to student wellness.
  • Oversee student groups related to health and wellness.
  • Ensure that the technological needs and record keeping of the Cox Center are met, including as liaison with Library and Information Services and external vendors. 
  • Develop and convene the Kenyon Wellness Committee with representatives from students and other areas of the College.
  • Develop and assess annual goals, and create reports for the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Oversee the College's student health insurance plan. Assess health plan on a periodic basis to ensure it is meeting student needs. Work with students to clarify questions about the policy and third-party billing as needed.
  • Ensure the legal compliance obligations for the Cox Health and Counseling Center are sound by coordinating with the General Counsel of the College.
  • Remain current in the field of health and wellness through active participation in professional organizations.
  • Maintain oversight of the Cox Health and Counseling Center building, to ensure that it meets the needs of the Center's mission.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Exceptional organizational and communication skills, administrative acumen, and a deep understanding of the wellness needs of a diverse college student population are required. Knowledge and understanding of electronic medical record keeping and student health insurance are critical to this position. Also essential to the day-to-day operations and overall success of the Senior Director is the ability to work collaboratively with several different populations, including but not limited to students, members of the Division of Student Affairs, Campus Safety, faculty, and parents/families. A sense of humor and the ability to multi-task and prioritize situations are also key attributes.

Working Conditions

This is a full-time, twelve month administrative position. Some evening and weekend work is required on an as needed, consultative basis.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have at least five years of experience in a college-university health or counseling setting with an advanced degree in a health related field. Experience as a licensed health or mental health professional, or a public health administrator is preferred as well as superb organizational, fiscal and communication skills, planning and implementing health education and outreach programs in a college/university setting.

Application Process

For priority consideration, applicants should submit a Cover Letter, a CV/Resume, and contact information for three references by February 12. References will not be contacted without approval from the candidates and the anticipated start date is 1 July, 2024.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 90% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health, dental and vision insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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