Assistant Director, Wellness Education

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Summary of Position

Reporting to the Director of Counseling, Health & Wellness (CHW), the  Assistant Director is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive holistic health promotion program that is  primarily focused upon college students and which incorporates multicultural and social justice concepts. The Assistant Director will work closely with the CHW Senior Leadership Team and the CHW Outreach Team as well as with the offices of Off-Campus Housing, Residence Life, Diversity and Inclusion, the Dean of Students office and other members of the University community to promote student physical and mental wellness and healthy decision-making. In addition, the Assistant Director will recruit, train and supervise student peer health educators regarding physical and mental health outreach programming and will oversee operations/programs in the CHW Wellness Resource Center.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of theory and evidence-based comprehensive holistic health promotion strategies, programs and services that educate and empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices, including oversight of programming/operations in the CHW Wellness Resource Center. Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for these health promotion programs and services. Topics can include but are not limited to alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, sexual health, nutrition, stress management, resiliency, sleep, healthy eating, depression, anxiety, etc. Note: Collaboration with the interdisciplinary health, counseling and wellness team in the development and implementation of outreach programs is important.
  • Hire, train, manage, supervise, and evaluate Graduate Assistants, Peer Educators (SUPERs) and work-study students to assist in the implementation of health promotion activities and to staff the CHW Wellness Resource Center.
  • Conduct educational interventions with adjudicated students who have violated University alcohol and/or drug policies using BASICS or ECHECKUP TO GO and motivational interviewing.
  • Direct the development, implementation, and analysis of periodic student health surveys and online health programs that provide baseline and strategic planning health data which assist in identification of departmental needs and priorities, the evaluation of intervention effectiveness, and to help track and benchmark Suffolk trends regarding student health behaviors. Including but not limited to the NCHA survey, AlcoholEdu data, HAVEN data, and CHW outreach program evaluations.
  • In collaboration with the CHW Administrative Coordinator/Budget & Technology, oversee, plan and manage Wellness Education operating budget and expenditures.
  • Participate in CHW staff meetings, CHW Senior Leadership Team meetings, CHW Student Affairs professional development programs and Student Affairs divisional meetings. Serve on university committees as appropriate in support of student wellness; actively participate in professional organizations, including but not limited to ACHA, NECHA, BACCHUS, etc. Other duties as assigned by the CHW Director.
  • Master’s or advanced degree required. A background in public health, health promotion, health policy, or health education preferred. Degrees in other fields may be considered with evidence of sufficient university-level coursework and/or professional experience and continuing education in the areas listed above. 
  • A minimum of one to three years of health promotion work experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) or CHES, Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible and intent to become certified.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge regarding work with adolescents and young adults from multicultural and diverse backgrounds, preferably including experience with peer educator program(s) on a college campus.
  • Strong student service orientation.

Additional information:

This is a 12 month, full-time salaried position.  Due to periodic evening or weekend programs (during the academic year), the Assistant Director occasionally works outside of regularly scheduled office hours.