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Director of Shaw Wellness

Colgate University

Colgate University, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute (Center) to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced mature adults.This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is a time of exciting transition for the University with President Brian W. Casey beginning his second year on campus and Paul J. McLoughlin II in his first year as Vice President and Dean of the College. The next Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute will serve as a collaborative partner to the VP and Dean of the College; ensure that issues are addressed and resolved across campus; further develop students’ ability to be resilient; and guide Colgate to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.Celebrating its bicentennial in academic year 2019-2020, Colgate has developed a distinctive identity and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning.


  •  Coordinate the University’s student wellness programs and processes, including the overall management and development of a contemporary health and wellness program with both unique and collaborative programs.
    • Apply extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidenceinformed practice in college-age populations.
    • Apply extensive knowledge of program cycle (assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation) to support changes at multiple individual and population levels.
    • Apply extensive knowledge of research methods (survey design, environmental scans, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection methods) to assess community need and inform and continuous quality improvement processes that translate assessment results into action.
    • Effective collaboration with other professionals to create and evaluate programs that promote student wellness across all dimensions of wellness (Hettler’s 6 Dimensions of Wellness; Travis’ 12 Dimensions of Wellness; Seligman’s PERMA Model of Wellbeing; or, Swarbick’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness) that encourages flourishing, thriving, and resiliency.
    • Effective articulation of messages and marketing campaigns to internal audiences about healthy lifestyles, programs and services to different target audiences and through a variety of channels, including social media. Develop strategic plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and develop measurable goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A minimum of three years of experience in student affairs with at least three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
• Supervisory experience with professional staff.
• Active membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. ACHA, APHA, NASPA, SOPHE, etc.)
• Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
• Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments.
• Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development.
• Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
• Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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Date Posted
February 9, 2018
Job Type
Hamilton, NY
Onsite Health & Wellness Services

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