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Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are welcome and supported.
General Summary The Director of Health Promotion & Wellness is responsible for departmental leadership including assessing, planning, implementing, supervising, and evaluating health promotion and wellness operations consistent with DePaul University's Catholic, Vincentian, and urban mission which seeks to ensure dignity and respect of all people. The director oversees the strategic planning process and development of the department's vision, mission, goals, and objectives aimed towards learning, health, wellness, academic achievement, and personal success. The director oversees the contract, negotiation, and management of the University's student health center. The director serves on the university behavioral intervention and threat assessment team (Student Care Team) as an active participant and a consultant on behavioral issues which impact higher risk students and the campus at large. The director oversees HPW programs and services consistent with divisional core functions and strategic directions. The director serves as the student health and well-being consultant and liaison for the Division of Student Affairs and the DePaul University community.
Responsibilities & Duties
Leads and directs the operations of Health Promotion and Wellness which includes hiring, training, managing, supervising, and evaluating three (3) staff members: Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist; Sexual Health & Violence Prevention Coordinator; Health Promotion Coordinator.
Each staff member is charged with educational and advocacy outreach to the DePaul University community.
Provides a holistic vision for seamless and comprehensive health promotion and wellness education.
Oversees the mission, vision, and direction for the department as a whole and in each staff member's area.
Supervises systemic educational outreach to the University community on sexual and relationship violence and contributes to the leadership of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response Working Group.
Coordinates initiatives in regards to alcohol and substance abuse with a philosophy centered on harm reduction and health promotion.
Maintains regular meetings with direct reports.
Provides guidance, support, and developmental opportunities to staff.
Provides a student health promotion and education team for peer health education.
Ensures professional staff is trained and supervised to serve as confidential advisors to provide emergency and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence according to the state mandate.
Envisions and oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of theory- and evidence-based health promotion strategies, policies, programs, and services.
Develops, markets, implements, and evaluates health education activities designed to promote student wellness in domains including, but not limited to substance misuse, sexual assault/interpersonal violence, sexual health, nutrition, body image, stress management, physical fitness, mental health, and preventative health care.
Provides primary and secondary prevention programs and strategies including orientations, curriculum enrichment, workshops, guest lectures, health screenings, and written and web-based screening and educational materials.
Develops and maintains educational resources on health promotion and wellness.
Provides outreach for education and advocacy to under-served student communities (e.g. LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, women, low-income, first-generation, students with disabilities, etc.).
Supervises training of campus leaders (e.g. STARS peer mentors, Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, Chicago Quarter Mentors) on health education programs and services offered on and off-campus.
Revises and reallocates departmental resources to adapt to changing needs of health and wellness as informed by theory and data.
Prepares, manages, and monitors annual departmental budget including developing and presenting annual funding proposals.
Serves on departmental, divisional, and University-wide committees.
Researches develop and submit grants to supplement programming and educational initiatives.
Leads community engagement and develops key partnerships with stakeholders on and off campus to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health promotion and wellness.
Serves as advocate and liaison to the University community by building networks that ensure understanding, support, and responsiveness to the development of effective health-related policies and protocols.
Serves as the student-focused public health leader through communicable disease outbreaks and assists the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs in responding to campus health-related issues (e.g. COVID-19, other communicable diseases).
Cultivates strong working relationships with students, faculty, and staff across campus as well as liaisons with neighborhood and city resources (e.g. Advocate Illinois Masonic Community Health Council, Amita St. Joseph Hospital, Northwestern Medicine, CAPS meetings, public health departments).
Intentional collaborations with health and wellness initiatives with University Counseling Services, Athletics, Campus Recreation, Public Safety, academic leaders in the colleges, and others.
Ensures data-informed decision making and directs the development, implementation, and analysis of periodic health surveys that 1) provide baseline and follow-up health data, 2) identify departmental needs and priorities, 3) evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and 4) track trends in student health status and behavior.
Conducts the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) every three years.
Compiles and shares NCHA results via a written report and presentations to the university community.
Liaises with campus and divisional partners to collect, review, and share data from the Everfi impact reports.
Devises assessment strategies to ascertain data on faculty and staff health and wellness.
Manages the contract, negotiation, and management of the University's student health services.
Coordinates the contracts for the student health services.
Provides community contacts for health insurance information, including the healthcare marketplace.
Provides internal contacts and liaises with the Office of International Students and Scholars regarding international student insurance.
Supervises adds and drops as well as payments for the student health centers.
Creates and disburses information to students about student health center services.
Remains current on the research, trends, and legislative changes as it pertains to health insurance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Master's or advanced degree in public health, health promotion, health policy, health education, counseling, or related field.
Five or more years of professional experience in positions with progressive responsibility.
PhD or equivalent terminal degree.
Directly supervises three (3) full-time staff members.
Ensures hiring and supervision of six to ten (6-10) Peer Health Educators, 2 Graduate Interns, 1 Graduate Assistant, and 3 Office Assistants.
Serves as the primary coordinator for Health Promotion and Wellness education and initiatives for students.
Provides strategic planning, oversight, and implementation for the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness in alignment with university and divisional strategic goals.
Serves as an active member of the Student Affairs Divisional Council and participates in monthly meetings with the Student Affairs Directors, AVP's and Vice President.
Serves as an active member of the Student Care Team and participates in weekly meetings and ad-hoc meetings during the academic year.
Directs departmental metrics and assessment initiatives including data collection, analysis, and report writing.
Oversees contract management and service delivery for DePaul Student Health Services.
The Director oversees the operation of the Health Promotion and Wellness budget.
This position requires frequent travel between the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses.
Other Skills & Abilities Required
Knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs.
Basic skills and experience with utilizing quantitative and qualitative data to facilitate departmental data analysis and National College Health Assessment (NCHA) data.
Strong ability to work collaboratively as part of a cohesive team-oriented environment. Awareness and commitment to the University's Catholic and Vincentian values and urban mission.
Additional Information For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.
Position requires some evening and weekend hours.
Salary & Benefits Package:
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Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect: Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages: Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
Title IX Contact Information Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities. The Title IX Office is on the Lincoln Park campus on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The Title IX Office can be reached at 312-362-8970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.
At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us. DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.