Director, Shaw Wellness Institute

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Director, Shaw Wellness Institute

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Dean of the College


Wellness Institute

Department Statement:

The Shaw Wellness Institute educates, connects, and inspires members of the Colgate Community to lead their best well-balanced lives — now and in the future. It also seeks to educate and empower students to help their peers lead similarly well-balanced lives. Offering proactive, student-centered directives, it approaches wellness holistically. It connects the mind, body, and spirit, and awakens the deepest potential in each person.


Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a student development and health and wellness educator and a critical member of the Dean of the College Division who actively collaborates with colleagues across the University to create learning opportunities with all dimensions of contemporary and holistic student wellness. The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute will develop, implement, and assess programs related to leading health and wellness indicators as described in the Healthy Campus 2020 Initiative, with an emphasis on prevention and lifelong learning. The Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute is a member of the Dean of Students’ team and is a twelve-month, full-time, benefitted position.

Specific responsibilities include:
Strategic Leadership for Shaw Wellness Institute
·Provide strategic direction and administrative oversight for the Shaw Wellness Institute
·Lead campus‐wide stakeholders in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student health and well‐being by forming cross‐functional teams for mental health, nutrition and physical fitness, sexual health, and employee wellness
·Develop strategic plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and developing measurable goals and objectives
·Administer an alcohol and other drugs prevention and education program that encourages students to think critically about health decision-making and taking meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behaviors
·Provide effective financial oversight for the Shaw Wellness Institute and other relevant budgets
·Collaborate closely with other professionals in the Dean of the College Division, including the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, the ALANA Cultural Center, Administrative Deans, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services, Haven, among others as well as other campus partners including Human Resources, Athletics and Recreation, Outdoor Education and faculty.
·Supervise a Program Coordinator, an Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and an Administrative Assistant, with indirect oversight for a Dietitian /Nutritionist.
·Provide leadership and direction to develop the professional staff in the latest research and best practices in order to continuously improve the overall effectiveness of the department

Program Development, Implementation, and Assessment
·Coordinating 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
·Develop and coordinate a wellness continuous improvement program including gathering information and assessing efforts
·Apply extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence‐informed 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
·Implement the usage of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standard in departmental practices
·Ensure the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of Alcohol and Other Drug programs for the Department of Education
·Oversee effective collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to develop new projects and campaigns with the specific goal of reducing high-risk drinking and the negative implications of such use on all students

Marketing and Branding
··Create and maintain the marketing and branding plan for the Shaw Wellness Institute to promote health and wellness in the Colgate community.
·Lead 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.

Student Advising and Supervision
·Supervise departmental student groups such as Shaw Wellness Ambassadors and Peer Health Educators.
·Advise student groups such as Active Minds, Colgate Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, etc. and liaise with fraternity and sorority presidents, and the Colgate Student Government Association.
·Supervise various interns.
Additional responsibilities include:
·Implement the annual launch of the on-line modules for new students related to Alcohol and Other Drugs and sexual assault and ensure student compliance with courses
·Provide active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives, including the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee, Wellness Steering Committee, and Social Norming Committee and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress, and represent the Dean of Students, as appropriate.
·Write reports, provide research, and complete projects as assigned by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President and Dean of the College.
·Other duties as assigned


Health Prevention


Demonstrated ability to understand to apply knowledge of public health, including alcohol and other drugs to programs within the context of a small, private, residential, rural liberal arts college. Demonstrated knowledge with current and emerging issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Knowledge of health behavior change theories, ecological framework, and evidence-based practices within regarding alcohol and other drugs and other areas of public health. Demonstrated knowledge of research and best practices in college health promotion.


Student Group Advising


Demonstrated expertise in student affairs and ability to influence students in making good decisions and working with groups and individuals. Demonstrated ability to develop and work within student leadership structure. Demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing student leadership opportunities for student leaders. Skills to train both students and staff in effective practices.


Event Management


Demonstrated expertise in event planning and implementation sufficient to ensure events meet University goals, and are held in compliance with University policies and procedures. Expertise in risk management sufficient to avoid material consequences to the University.


Program Management


Demonstrated expertise program design, implementation, and assessment consistent with broader organizational guidelines and within the context of a small, private, residential, rural liberal arts college. Expertise with data and systems sufficient to identify key data tracking needs, identify quantitative trends and develop data-driven solutions. Connects intended program priorities, outcomes, and goals to divisional and institutional priorities, outcomes and goals.


Operations Management


Expertise in managing financial, technical, facilities, and human resources across assigned areas. Ability to develop budgets with strategic alignment to the goals of the division and act as a responsible steward of assigned University funds and facilities. Expertise in developing and delivering effective communications about the function with a broad range of campus partners. Knowledge of data and systems sufficient to identify meet operational needs. Demonstrated ability to develop and apply policies, protocols, and workflows to support operational performance of department and functions within University guidelines.


Managerial Skills


Demonstrated knowledge of Colgate managerial processes and requirements, to include:
-Demonstrated ability to fairly and accurately assess employee performance in accordance with university practices. Demonstrated understanding of federal and state regulations, as they apply to the university policies and guidelines related to human resource s sufficient to effectively select new employees, recommend pay actions, determine employment status and initiate or approve employee changes in status.

Demonstrated ability to select, develop and retain high performing work teams, to include:
-Demonstrated ability to develop employee skills, performance, and behaviors. Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and communicate with employees on issues of pay, performance and development.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

· Three to five 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 diversity, equity, and inclusion
· 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

Preferred Qualifications:

· Demonstrated administrative and leadership experience
· Experience working in or familiarity with selective, residential, liberal arts college environments.
· Experience managing a comprehensive wellness program, development, and presentation of population-specific health topics related to wellness across the undergraduate experience.
· Experience with university-wide program development, implementation, and evaluation
· Familiarity with ACHA’s Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.
· Proficiency with statistical software.
· Grant writing skills.


· Master’s degree in higher education administration or student affairs, public health, health psychology, health education, or a related field required.
· Doctoral degree preferred.


Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) credentials, preferred.

Other Information:

Among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Colgate University is renowned for its academic rigor, the beauty and vitality of its campus, and the contributions of its alumni across a variety of fields and endeavors, who are exceptionally engaged with the institution. Larger than classic liberal arts colleges, Colgate boasts both substantial academic offerings as well as small classes, a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction, and a residential community valuing all forms of intellectual curiosity. Colgate’s faculty members are leading teachers and scholars, committed to intellectual engagement in all its forms. Colgate’s approximately 2,900 highly motivated students achieve academically, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. Colgate is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population, fostering an inclusive community that embraces and values diversity in an environment of mutual respect, communication, and engagement.

Colgate was first founded in 1817 as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The number 13 is still Colgate’s lucky number; Friday the 13th is always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a formal charter in 1819, and the Baptists in New York City — soap maker William Colgate among them — consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution in 1823. A state charter issued in 1846 changed the name to Madison University and established the right to grant degrees. Madison was changed to Colgate in 1890, in honor of the Colgate family’s enduring support.

Today, Colgate is a thriving, highly selective liberal arts institution. Located in the geographic center of New York State. Colgate’s campus in Hamilton, N.Y., boasts carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and a hillside setting. It is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation. It is a friendly and close-knit place where students develop lifelong bonds with the institution, with each other, and with faculty and staff members. More than 110 buildings on the 575-acre campus (the oldest dating back to 1827) and in Hamilton house Colgate’s core educational, administrative, and student life functions. Faculty and staff members make intentional choices to live and work in Hamilton, New York, and this leads to a strong scholarly community that provides the foundation for undergraduate education and preparation for life after college that is unique to Colgate.

The University’s academic program is grounded in its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and is required of every undergraduate. The five core classes are Legacies of the Ancient World, Challenges of Modernity, Communities and Identities, Scientific Perspectives on the World, and Global Engagements. Undergraduates may choose from 56 majors and more than 40 additional minors. Classes are small, averaging 17 students, and are taught by nearly 300 full-time faculty members, 99 percent of whom have received a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in research efforts, and Colgate undergraduates have co-authored articles in professional publications for more than 30 years.

Colgate also has a rich tradition of international and off-campus study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. The University is ranked first by the Institute of International Education in the percentage of students participating in mid-length off-campus study programs. The off-campus study groups run for an entire semester, in locations around the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and within the United States. Extended study programs offer students between two and five weeks of study following the end of the semester. Through these and, more than 100 other affiliated programs, roughly two-thirds of Colgate students will study off-campus during their undergraduate years.

In recent years, the University has made significant investments in the campus in support of students’ academic and overall development, most notably the construction of Benton Hall, the new home of Colgate’s comprehensive career development initiatives; the addition of the Class of 1965 Arena to its athletics facilities; and a new middle campus quad featuring two new residence halls that will provide spaces for collaboration, intellectual exploration, and student-faculty engagement. They will open later in 2019. With its endowment valued at more than $900 million and an annual operating budget just above $200 million, Colgate holds a AA credit rating with S&P, which was reaffirmed in October 2018. In addition, Moody’s Investment Service affirmed Colgate’s Aa3 rating in August 2017 based on the University’s excellent strategic positioning as a highly selective private liberal arts school with a robust market and sizeable financial resources. To learn more about Colgate University, visit:

Hamilton and the Surrounding Community

Founded in 1795, the Village of Hamilton, named one of the friendliest towns in the United States by Forbes magazine, has a population of roughly 4,000. The Hamilton Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The area is ideal for outdoor recreation including biking, hiking, trail running, and skiing. Colgate’s golf course, Seven Oaks, was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best college golf courses in the country. The University’s location provides easy access for summer hikes and winter ski trips. It is less than a one-hour drive from Syracuse, four hours away from New York City, and five hours from Boston. Colgate and Hamilton have formed the Partnership for Community Development, which develops an active network of professional consultants, foundations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations located throughout the Central New York region to assist area residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes efforts to stimulate and support local businesses through small business development and the revitalization of historic buildings. To strengthen the relationship between the village and the University, and to add to the economic development of downtown, Colgate relocated its campus bookstore to the downtown area of the village. Similarly, Colgate owns the Palace Theater, a 300-seat performing arts venue that is leased to an external nonprofit arts organization.


Colgate students are achievers intellectually, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. For the Class of 2022, fewer than 2,430 students were offered admission, chosen from more than 9,700 applicants representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 133 countries. The acceptance rate was 24.9 percent. Admitted students had an average GPA of 3.82 and the middle 50 percent achieved a combined SAT score of 1400–1510. Fifty-five percent of students are women, domestic students of color constitute 22 percent of the student body, and international students account for 15 percent. Forty-four percent of students receive financial aid, and Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated need.

The curricular and co-curricular overlap and intersect often at Colgate. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class has 17 students. Small classes are common and allow professors to advise and mentor students inside and outside of the classroom. Colgate is a residential university with more than 93 percent of students living on campus. Housing options include traditional residence halls; interest-based residential communities; townhouses; apartments; and University-owned houses. The University recently launched a Residential Commons system designed to create strong and welcoming living/learning communities. The creation of these communities has required the renovation of existing dormitory facilities and the construction of new residence halls. Starting with the Class of 2021, every first-year student calls one of four Commons home and beginning in 2019–2020, all sophomores will also live in a Commons. Through membership in their Commons, students engage with professors and each other in special recreational, social, and intellectual activities. More on the Residential Commons.

Junior and senior students may live in college apartments, college houses, Greek-affiliated chapter houses, or townhouses, or they may apply to live off-campus. The 250 students approved to live off-campus through the lottery take part in the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a collaborative effort between the Village of Hamilton and the Colgate community to ensure a positive and healthy relationship between the village and the campus. The University’s visual and performing arts offerings support the creative endeavors of students on campus, as well as host visiting artists, musicians, filmmakers, theater groups, and other creative professionals.

Fraternities and sororities are part of a long-standing tradition at Colgate, dating back to the first fraternity charter adopted in 1856. Roughly a third of all Colgate students are affiliated with the fraternity and sorority community at Colgate University, which includes eight internationally affiliated Greek-letter organizations. Students are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority in their sophomore year and Colgate owns and oversees all chapter houses.

Colgate also has a rich and competitive athletic tradition. Approximately 25 percent of students are involved in a varsity sport, and 80 percent of students are involved in some form of varsity, club, or intramural athletics. There are 25 varsity teams, more than 40 club sports teams, and 18 different intramural sports. Colgate is part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League for all varsity sports (ECAC of Division I for men’s and women’s hockey) and consistently has one of the NCAA’s top graduation rates among student-athletes.

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It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 2/15/2021
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