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Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Training

The University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Training
The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware

Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, Student Life (AVP) in the Division of Student Life, the Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Training (“Director”) is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of strategic wellbeing planning and support, and oversees a campus-wide training program which prepares campus stakeholders to become improved advocates of student wellbeing. The Director partners with leaders, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to accomplish their work. As part of elevating and amplifying student wellbeing, the Director is responsible for overseeing the campaign to introduce the University’s new Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall to all campus constituents, including working with divisional and institutional partners to envelope the Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall as an engagement center for student activity and directing the design of operational functions of the building that will support a high level of staff and student activity.
To ensure coordination with and between existing campus training programs for students and other campus stakeholders, and in effort to centralize broad-based campus strategic wellbeing and training, the Director interacts with existing educational programs such as First Year Seminar (FYS) and student leader training programs, and partners actively with HR Employee Development to help influence the development of wellbeing-related curriculum. This includes responsibility for the ongoing administration of existing online training programs and actively providing support for the advancement of the work of two wellbeing-based coalitions on campus.

The Director supports the University’s mission and vision of comprehensive wellbeing services for students, as well as the strategic initiatives of the Division of Student Life to ensure student success and works closely with members of the AVP’s team to engage with all aspects of the University community to engender a campus environment that supports health and wellness and creates a foundation for life-long wellbeing by providing Blue Hens with the services, care, and skills to make healthy choices.

Strategic Leadership

  • Foster a vision that supports a strong culture of equity and inclusion-based wellbeing on UD campuses; convey the value of enhancing the campus ethos of wellbeing to the University community.
  • Oversee and manage the development, implementation and assessment of training programs that embed holistic wellbeing into the culture of UD and bring the vision of the Wellbeing Center as a destination space for student wellbeing to fruition.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Diversity and Inclusion and other relevant campus partners to ensure equity approaches are integrated into all programs, training, and services.
  • Develop and manage an “introduction campaign” for Warner to showcase the grand opening in fall 2021; collaborate with other University offices and departments as needed to include scheduled visits and tours as applicable.
  • In partnership with the Division of Student Life Communications Team, oversee the development and launch of a comprehensive marketing campaign for the Wellbeing Center and Laurel Hall to create awareness of wellbeing programs and services available to all campus constituents and to promote the utilization of wellbeing programs, services, and facilities by all UD students.
  • Develop and oversee outreach programs for students and student groups to promote use of wellbeing center programs, services, and facilities; collaborate with departments such as University Student Centers; assess effectiveness of outreach programs and modify as needed to ensure optimal effectiveness.
  • Develop outreach plans for faculty and staff to sustain relationships with and raise awareness regarding referral and support options for students which exist within Student Life wellbeing departments.
  • Partner with Student Wellness and Health Promotion for the development and provision of sexual violence response and trauma-informed care trainings for various campus entities, including faculty and students.
  • Develop and oversee outreach programs with Student Life areas and other high-flow student experience units to connect and integrate their work with the aims of the Wellbeing Center.
  • Partner with the Center for Counseling and Student Development for the development and provision of trainings related to suicide prevention, mental health stigma reduction, and how to make a mental health concern referral for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Lend expertise to the development of wellbeing content and pedagogy to enhance training processes and materials for students, staff, and faculty within, but not limited to, the following initiatives:
o    Residence Life and Housing annual and mid-year trainings
o    Office of Student Conduct volunteer trainings
o    First Year Seminar Wellness/Bystander Intervention Curriculum and Peer Mentor trainings
o    New Student Orientation, 1743 Welcome Days, and other student orientation and transition events
o    Student leadership workshops for athletes, student organizations, and clubs

  • Serve as chief of staff for the Assistant Vice President overseeing the wellbeing units, the Campus Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Campus and Community Coalition for Alcohol and Other Substance Misuse Prevention; serve on various University wellbeing committees and provide leadership and coordination for the development of training initiatives.
  • Participate in local and regional efforts to improve community wellbeing and represent UD on a wide range of wellbeing coalitions and projects and liaise with relevant organizations to connect campus actions regarding health and wellbeing for greater community impact.  
  • Support University and Divisional fundraising efforts through participation in the development of relevant materials, attendance at Development and Alumni Relations events, engagement in donor meetings and stewardship and other initiatives.
  • Identify and collaborate with key stakeholders and cultivate key partnerships internally as well as externally to attain campus wellbeing goals and objectives.
  • Advocate for environmental and policy change strategies to improve campus climate to better support professional development and performance-based learning goals as they align with healthy campus objectives.
  • Investigate frameworks and foundational learning models (restorative practices, trauma informed approaches, positive psychologies) that support community and individual wellbeing for potential wide-spread adoption within the University system.


  • Oversee completion of any remaining construction and facilities projects and needs for Warner in preparation for the fall 2021 grand opening.  Manage orientation for Warner and other wellbeing buildings as needed throughout the entire academic year.
  • Design and oversee implementation of an efficient room/space reservation system for Warner.
  • Hire, train and supervise a campus wellbeing trainer to support instructional design, administration of the campus-wide training program and facilitation of on- and off-campus partnerships.
  • Hire, train and supervise a team of student and/or part-time employees to support activities and operations in the Warner reception and programming spaces.
  • Oversee the programming calendar for Warner and the effective utilization of programming spaces.
  • Administer a programmatic budget.
  • Contribute to compliance efforts for respective University protocols and federal reporting responsibilities.
  • In conjunction with communication specialists, coordinate efforts to communicate training initiatives and departmental priorities to students and other campus entities via various social media and communication platforms.  
  • Engage in competency-based professional development and growth experiences to maintain current knowledge and trainer proficiencies.

Instructional Design

  • Oversee the design, development, and implementation of creative, learner-centered, performance-based training materials in multiple modalities including classroom, interactive eLearning modules, videos, job aids, facilitator guides, and participant guides; ensure learning reflects and attends to a diversity of learners with different identities, positions, and competency levels.
  • Conduct assessment and evaluation procedures relevant to scope of work; engage in analysis, report writing, and presentation of findings from evaluation and assessment efforts within scope of responsibility; utilize assessment findings for continuous improvement of curriculum design and training implementation strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate existing practices to identify the most appropriate content and training method to meet the learning objectives of intended audience.
  • Ensure the development of scalable solutions to ensure all training programs are consistent and implementable by others.
  • Oversee coordination and use of copyright information for any training developed to ensure compliance with intellectual property agreements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree required in instructional design, educational technology, health promotion, prevention, another health-related discipline, higher education/student affairs, or other related field and six years of instructional design experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in higher education and/or student affairs.
  • Familiarity with wellbeing-based educational curricula and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends within collegiate wellbeing and health promotion and/or prevention strategies.
  • Advanced diversity and cultural competency and experience with minoritized populations based on social identities.
  • Experience leading large scale, collaborative initiatives to meet organizational goals.
  • Proven experience with designing, developing, and delivering online and face-to-face learning strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating learning using sound assessment strategies.
  • Experience designing and developing online job aids and references and writing instructional content that supports classroom training events and content for e-Learning solutions.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to work with internal and external stakeholders along with a comfort level working in an entrepreneurial environment in which self-direction is essential.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community to analyze and solve problems.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Experience with using Learning Management Systems to drive the delivery of training solutions and track user compliance a plus.
  • Familiarity with college student learning and developmental theories.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, students, parents, health professionals, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability and desire to contribute to a cooperative work environment.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Intermittent evening, as well as limited weekend day and/or evening work required.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references at reference Job ID: 496883 .
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start of their employment at the University of Delaware.

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