The Director of Wellness and Health Promotions (WHP) reports to the Senior Director of Student Advocacy/Assistant Dean of Students (SD/AD) and serves as a member of the SD/AD leadership team. The Director oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of wellness and health promotion initiatives that support the mission of Student Success and The New School. The Director collaborates with campus partners and local resources to coordinate educational programs and campus resources geared toward supporting students on a variety of wellness and health areas, including but not limited to, nutrition, mental health, substance use, interpersonal violence, and general student health issues. This position directly supervises the Assistant Director of Wellness and Health Promotions and oversees the Peer Health Advocacy program, which includes several student employees. This position works collaboratively with students, faculty, and administration to address wellness and health issues for a population of 10,000 students. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Responsibilities: ●Serves as a member of the Senior Director of Student Advocacy/Assistant Dean of Students’ leadership team and assists in the development, implementation, and assessment of Student Success's mission and priorities. ●Directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of all university-wide evidence-based initiatives that address student 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, substance use, interpersonal violence, sleep management, nutrition, sexuality, body image, and physical activity. ●Utilizes national and local student health-related assessments, including 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. ●Collaborates with Title IX Coordinator to deliver sexual assault prevention programming to the student community. ●Leads campus-wide initiatives focused on health and wellness. ●Connects with community agencies and outside wellness resources designed to educate and address the campus community on issues related to wellness and prevention. ●Provides direct supervision, ongoing development, and performance evaluation for the Assistant Director of Wellness and Health Promotions. ●Organizes and supervises a Peer Health Advocacy program, which includes recruiting, training, and supporting a diverse cohort of student leaders. ●Manages departmental budget while maintaining compliance with university procurement policies and procedures. ●Directs departmental communication efforts in alignment with Student Success standards. ●Maintains effective partnerships with key departments including, but not limited to, Housing and Residential Education, Student Health Services, Student Support and Crisis Response, and the Title IX Coordinator. ●Participates in university-wide events, including residence hall openings, Orientation, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, and Commencement. ●Serves on university-wide committees and task forces. ●Serves as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, and parents. ●Performs other duties as assigned.
Note: This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The inclusion of these duties would not alter the overall evaluation of this position.
●Master's degree and five (5) to eight (8) years of progressive experience in higher education, public health, or related field. ●Demonstrated experience with health education, health promotion, and wellness. ●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. ●Multicultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms. ●Experience supervising professional and student staff members. ●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.
●Advanced degree in a relevant discipline. ●Involved regionally or nationally in professional associations within higher education. ●Previous experience at an urban and/or arts-focused institution.
Internal Number: 18491
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.