Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator

Job description

Amherst College invites applications for the Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator position. The Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator is a full time, year round position, job group and level PT-3. Under the direction of the Director of Health Education, the Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive, trauma-informed violence prevention program. The Educator contributes to a campus-wide strategy with the goal of reducing the incidence of sexual violence and building skills in our community to help our students contribute to a safe and healthy campus community and promote a culture of respect, self-awareness, and healthy decision making. The work of the Educator encourages and supports our students to grow and learn academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator facilitates campus programming based in social justice and theoretical frameworks that inform this work. The Educator facilitates capacity building, community organizing, and evidence-based strategies to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence. In collaboration with other members of the departments, the Educator responds to emergent health concerns and crisis situations. In addition, the Health Promotion/Sexual Respect Educator supervises 10-15 peer educators who provide education and skill building programs to the Amherst College Community.

The Educator takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Preventative Initiatives

  • Conduct community needs assessments, program planning, community-based evaluation methodologies (such as Empowerment Evaluation), and assessment.
  • Integrate best practices and incorporate an evidence-based approach to health promotion efforts.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate programming, education/trainings, and outreach efforts around health promotion topics of community relevance, including healthy relationships, sexual violence, consent, boundary setting, and bystander intervention.
  • Provides targeted violence prevention programming, including comprehensive programming for all incoming students, student athletes, student leaders, and historically marginalized populations (e.g. students of color, international students, LGBTQ2+ students, and students living with disabilities).
  • Oversee the hiring, training, and supervision of peer health educators.
  • Responds to the campus' changing needs for violence prevention and develops and implements programming accordingly.

  • Evaluate, select, and administer online pre-matriculation programs.
  • Provide consultation and referral services for individual students on health promotion topics.

Community Partnerships
  • Collaborate with Orientation Implementation Committee to integrate sexual violence prevention programming into Orientation.
  • Serve on the Title IX Review Committee and the Sexual Respect Task Force.

  • Collaborate with the Director to develop an end of the year report on accomplishments and recommendations for the program, and campus/community program stakeholders.
  • Author the Health Education Department's contribution to the Clery Report related to sexual violence prevention programming.


  • Master's degree required in Public Health, Health Promotion, Community Health, Social Work, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or related field
  • Two years of related experience
  • Demonstrated excellence in working with a diverse community of students and colleagues
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs and the ability to learn new software programs
  • Strong time-management, organizational, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with small and large group presentations

  • Certified Health Education Specialist, or similar

Ideal candidates would also have experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Community needs assessments, program planning and evaluation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to interpret and navigate Title IX, Campus SaVE Act and Clery Act;
  • Experience developing, facilitating, and coordinating educational programs for college students and professionals
  • Experience with sexual violence prevention, healthy relationships, bystander intervention programming with college-age students
  • Experience developing educational and communication tools, e.g. web, print, social media

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!





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Posted: 5/9/2019
Application Due: 7/8/2019
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