Assistant Director, Health & Wellness Education
Assistant Director, Health & Wellness Education
This is a two-year term position anticipated to end in June of 2020.
The Office of Health and Wellness Education is responsible for providing appropriate, evidence-based prevention and health promotion programming on topics including substance abuse, stress management, nutrition, healthy relationships and sexual health, sleep, mental health, violence prevention (including bystander intervention training), and violence advocacy for Middlebury College students. Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Education is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive continuum of evidence-based initiatives and strategies that reduce the consequences associated with the episodic use and misuse of substances, as well as supporting generalist content within the office including health promotion and violence prevention. Their work should contribute to a healthy campus community where high-risk alcohol and drug use is understood as a safety concern and promote a culture of recovery and healthy lifestyle choices for all students.
Master's degree required in public health, health promotion, community health, social work, education, higher education administration or counseling, psychology, or related field with preference for Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and/or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Candidates should possess strong leadership, organizational, and presentation skills; strong intervention skills one-on-one, in small groups, and large groups; strong technology skills (presentation software, word processing, social media); an ability to meet deadlines; handle multiple, complex, and abstract tasks; capacity for detail-oriented work; an ability to work independently as well as part of a team; an understanding of health promotion and behavior change theories; advanced training and skills in alcohol and drug abuse program delivery; demonstrated ability to identify and makes referrals to the network of campus and community services for students; training in motivational interviewing for substance abuse prevention and intervention; ability to create social norms and marketing campaigns from community-level data; understanding of an oppression-based model of violence against gender(s) (and associated multicultural approaches to prevention); commitment to addressing intersections of multiple identities and their related health outcomes; proven record of successful work with college students, faculty, staff and community members from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds including socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, first generation college students, and LGBTQ populations; and commitment to public health and social justice change models.
At least two years of professional experience in college health promotion/prevention; social work; student affairs administration; community health; leadership development and/or training and technical experience in aforementioned areas desired. Experience working in higher education/student affairs preferred. Unpaid or volunteer experience in these fields may be applied to the two year professional expectation but may not replace the professional experience entirely; candidates who wish to apply volunteer experience should demonstrate how their experience is equivalent to professional experience.
Ideal candidates would also bring experience in community needs assessments, program planning, logic model development, community-based evaluation methodologies (such as Empowerment Evaluation), and assessment; building, maintaining, and facilitating small group experiences and community-wide campaigns or programs; developing, facilitating, and coordinating professional development opportunities for adult learners; experience working in substance abuse prevention with college-age students; developing and editing educational and communication tools (web, print, social media); peer education facilitation, training, and assessment; and victim advocacy and/or counseling.
Candidates with training experience and/or certification in the following programs/strategies are strongly preferred: Green Dot Violence Prevention College Strategy (college and university curriculum), Student Support Network (SSN), Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for College Students (BASICS), Cannabis Screening and Interventions for College Students (CASICS), CHOICES, and Marijuana Prevention Program (MAP). Candidates should identify trainings and proficiencies in other similar or related curricula in application materials.
Some evening and weekend hours are required
Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. Will need to regularly move about inside the office and will require regular cross-campus travel to access resources and personnel in other buildings. Will require periods of standing (or other postures) to deliver educational programming and/or facilitate groups. May require limited and infrequent in-state and out-of-state trips for trainings, professional meetings, and professional development.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
To apply, please visit: http://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/16888
Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability