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St. Lawrence University Manager of Wellness Education in Canton, New York

Position Title Manager of Wellness Education

FLSA Exempt

Primary Responsibilities

• Serves as a member of the Student Life leadership team and assists in the development, implementation, and assessment of Student Wellbeing mission and priorities.

• Directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of all university-wide evidence-based initiatives that address student mental/physical health and well-being issues to promote student success.

• Directs the daily operations of the office, including the development of effective outreach, peer initiatives, activities, and prevention programs, including, but not limited to: nutrition, mental health, fitness, meditation, mindfulness, managing stress & anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, interpersonal violence, body weight & image, sleep management, and general student health issues.

• Works collaboratively with the Athletic Department to help ensure aspects of the SHIELD program are implemented for athletes.

• Administer, in coordination with the Office of Institutional Research, an annual wellness survey. Utilizes national and local student health-related assessments, which may include the National College Health Assessment ( NCHA ) and the Healthy Minds Survey ( HMS ), to track trends and behaviors, align departmental priorities, develop evidence-based services, support institutional policies, educate the campus community, and measure intervention effectiveness.

• Develops and achieves goals and measurable outcomes for the promotion of student health and well-being through individual, organizational, environmental and policy prevention strategies.

• Collaborates with campus partners to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of evidence-based interventions and campus policies impacting student health and well-being.

• Work closely with the Retention Committee to create an assessable yearly retention plan.

• Collaborates with the Title IX Coordinator to deliver sexual assault prevention programming to the student community. Guided by the 2021 Report of the Task Force on the Causes and Prevention of Sexual Misconduct, the Director will coordinate University efforts regarding sexual violence prevention, sexual respect education, ensuring support for survivors of sexual violence, establishing and articulating community values and norms of sexual wellness and violence prevention, creating a trauma-informed campus, and engendering a campus culture of respect and sex-positivity.

• Helps to manage campus-wide initiatives focused on health and wellness, meeting regularly with the health and counseling staff to collaborate on programs, training, and coordinate health and wellness messaging to the student body. The Director of Wellness Education will also work closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to create initiatives to engage with underrepresented identity groups including but not limited to, Students of Color and International students in wellness activities and programming, creating a sense of inclusion.

• Connects with the Director of the Fitness Center, as well as with community agencies and outside wellness resources designed to educate and address the campus community on issues related to wellness and prevention.

• Co-supervises a Peer Mental Health Advocacy program (along with the Director of Counseling), which includes recruiting, training, and supporting a diverse cohort of student leaders.

• Manages departmental budget while maintaining compliance with university procurement policies and procedures. Seek grant money for Wellness programming.

• Directs departmental communication efforts in alignment with Student Affairs best practices and CAS standards.

• Maintains effective partnerships with key departments including, but not limited to, Health and Counseling Services, FYP , Sophomore Journeys, Athletics, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Residential Life, Student Activities & Leadership, Academic Advising, The Center for Career Excellence, the Title IX Coordinator, and other departments and initiatives that have a focus on support and retention.

• Develop a brand for wellness at St. Lawrence and develop a social media presence.

• Work closely with Thelmo and student clubs and groups to reduce the stigma of mental health and engage in healthier lifestyles.

• Collaborate with faculty to develop Mindfulness programs and training on campus.

• Co-Chair the University Wellness Committee.

• Participates in university-wide events.

• Serves on university-wide committees and task forces.

• Serves as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, and parents.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree required in public health, health promotion, community health, social work, education, higher education administration or counseling, psychology, or related field and five (5) years of progressive experience in higher education, public health, or related field. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

• Demonstrated experience with health education, health promotion, and wellness education.

• Understanding of emerging issues in higher education, particularly in wellness and health promotion.

• Applied understanding of student development and/or health promotion theories and practice, including the impact of student health and wellness on student success.

• Demonstrated intercultural competence, and a continuing commitment to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice practices in support of a diverse community.

• Experience supervising student staff members and/or advising student organizations.

• Impeccable integrity and ability to handle complex, sensitive, and confidential issues.

• Ability to build trusting relationships with all constituencies within the university community.

• Experience in developing and facilitating professional training for students, faculty, and staff.

• Strong organizational and program development skills.

• Experience with budget management and an understanding of how to use limited financial resources.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in a relevant discipline and eight years of related experience

• Involved regionally or nationally in professional associations within higher education.

• Experience supervising professional staff members.

• Previous experience at a rural and/or liberal arts focused institution.

Status (FT, PT, Seasonal, Temp) Full-time (12 months)

Posting Number ST00762

Desired Start Date 07/05/2021

Open Date (to accept applications)

Close Date (date applications will not be considered)

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant

Interested and qualified individuals should submit a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position, a resume that includes notable achievements, a philosophical statement of the role of Wellness Education within a liberal arts institution and a diversity statement. The diversity statement should outline your experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion and how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will be demonstrated in this position. Those experiences can include, but are not limited to, the following: experience interacting with members of underrepresented groups; experience living and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities; and professional development or other training in diversity, equity and inclusion. If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will demonstrate that commitment in this position. The packet should be sent electronically to https://employment.stlawu.edu as an online application.

Review of applications will begin June 11, 2021 and may continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Earhagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life, ebradley@stlawu.edu.

Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background (including criminal records) check.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • Resume

  • Philosophy Statement

  • Diversity Statement (a brief statement about your approach or ideas for promoting diversity and inclusion)

    Optional Documents

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