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Director, Wellness Center

Santa Clara University

Position Title:

Director, Wellness Center


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$79,920 – $93,960 annual; commensurate with experience



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The Wellness Center plays a critical role in promoting student wellness by addressing issues such as alcohol and other drug use, interpersonal and sexual violence, and mental & physical well-being.  The director is responsible for the Wellness Center and provides strategic direction, leadership, coordination, and evaluation of programs to advance student wellness initiatives. The director provides leadership and supervision to the assistant directors  The Wellness Center director works collaboratively with departments across campus, such as though not limited to, Cowell Center (Health and Counseling and Psychological Services), Residence Life, First Year Programs, Athletics, Campus Recreation, and the Public Health Program.  The director provides strategic insights and strategies drawn from evidence based best practices and Wellness Center gathered data (such as the NCHA) for the purpose of developing, promoting, implementing, and/or recommending campus wide initiatives, programs, policies, and services that pertain to student health and wellness.



1.  Staff Supervision and Program Management

  • Serve as the direct supervisor for assistant directors to provide guidance, leadership, direction, and support while ensuring quality and accountability.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and complete annual performance review.
  • Manage and monitor budget allocations.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student staff.
  • Collaborate to build theory informed, evidence-based health promotion strategies, policies and programs.
  • Lead and provide direction for outreach, marketing, and communication efforts for Wellness Center programs and events.


2.  Student Health Education 

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health education program for alcohol and other drug education and prevention.
  • Remain current and provide proactive leadership to the division on strategies and programs for promoting alcohol and other drug prevention programs on college campuses and implement them as appropriate.
  • Coordinate the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) program, serve as a BASICS facilitator, and recruit, train and supervise additional BASICS facilitators.
  • Responsible for the Peer Health Education program, including student recruitment and program development.
  • Coordinate, implement, and teach Peer Health Education courses: PHSC 196: Peer Health Education (2 Units), PHSC 198: Peer Health Educator Practicum (1 Unit), and if necessary PHSC 191: Violence Prevention Educators (2 Units.)
  • Responsible for Broncos in Recovery, the University’s Collegiate Recovery Program including student recruitment and program development.
  • Provide health education training for student staff (Housing and Residence Life, First Year Programs, etc.).
  • Conduct workshops, training programs and special events related to health education based on identified needs, including the mandatory on-line alcohol and other drug education program and sexual violence prevention program for new undergraduate students.
  • Develop and submit wellness related grants with a particular emphasis on alcohol and other drugs, violence awareness and prevention, and collegiate recovery.


3. Health Initiatives & Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on committees, subcommittee(s),  and task forces that address wellness issues impacting students, as appropriate. 
  • Convene and facilitate meetings, delegate tasks, and track accomplishments. Collect timely, appropriate and accurate campus statistics that pertain to student wellness and write an annual report on those statistics and the programs completed during the academic year.
  • Assess and propose new policy, procedures, and programs that address current campus health issues.
  • Conduct and write the Biennial Alcohol and Other Drug Review in partnership with the Office of Student Life.


 4. University Resource

  • Serve as a university employee who is attentive to compliance with Title IX, Violence Against Women Act, Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, Clery, and other related legislation. Remain current on the national trends, theories, and strategies pertaining to health education.
  • Promote student wellness throughout campus and educate the campus community about current student trends and the impact on the campus community. Conduct the National College Health Assessment on a biennial basis, and write and distribute a report summarizing the results of the survey.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Off-Campus Student Life to address the alcohol and other drug off-campus culture.
  • Participate in new student and parent orientation.
  • Serve as a resource and collaborate with University departments as requested. Serve on University committees as appropriate.
  • Attend local and national conferences for the purpose of advancing the work of the department and professional development.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.



Provides work direction for the assistant directors, student workers, student peer educators, and graduate students.



Receives work direction from the Assistant Dean for Student Life



Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.

  • Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
  • Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
  • Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals.
  • Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
  • Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
  • Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred. This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.


 1.   Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Understanding and support of the Jesuit tradition of education and a commitment to the fundamental values of service to others, community, and diversity as well as commitment to and demonstration of skills, knowledge, and awareness to serve the unique needs of the diverse campus community of Santa Clara University.
  • Understanding of Student Development Theory.


B.  Skills

  • Oral and written communication skills, including experience in delivering workshops and speaking to groups of various sizes.
  • Organizational skills including time management, multitasking, and project completion.
  • Commitment to customer service, both internal and external to the department.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.  Proficiency in SPSS (Statistical Package for Social     Sciences) desired but not required.


C.  Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate programs, specifically those focusing on violence prevention and wellness.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise student employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise student organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects from inception to implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative interpersonal relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work beyond conventional business hours by having the flexibility to work in the evenings and on weekends when necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently carry out tasks of varying complexity. Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.


 2.   Education and/or Experience


  • Masters’ degree in public health, health science, student services, psychology, counseling, social services, or equivalent education in a closely related field required.
  • Expertise in areas of health and wellness issues and promotions in a college environment, or similar experience, such as alcohol and drug prevention, alcohol harm reduction, violence prevention, collegiate recovery, mental health, body image, etc.  (Expertise is not required in all these areas, though is preferred.)
  • Minimum of six to eight years working with students in a college environment, or similar experience.


B.  Preferred

  • Previous experience as a BASICS facilitator or motivational interviewing experience preferred.
  • Experience in the areas of alcohol and drug prevention with an emphasis on alcohol harm reduction preferred.
  • Previous supervision experience preferred. Experience writing grants preferred.



The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities.  A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
  • May be needed to occasionally lift and carry boxes as well as assist in setting up/tearing down tables, chairs, and other furniture and equipment for events.
  • May be required to travel to other buildings on campus for meetings and events.
  • May be required  to attend conferences, trainings, and meetings within the Bay area, within the State of California, or at out-of-state locations.



The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Indoor office environment with windows, lounge, and restrooms.
  • Private office space for confidential meetings with students and colleagues.
  • Frequent interruptions by students for both scheduled appointments and drop-in meetings.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 


Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.


Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its’ commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at


Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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Date Posted
February 3, 2022
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Santa Clara, CA

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