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Health Advocacy Program Director

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Health Advocacy Program Director

Job Description
Sarah Lawrence College is seeking a Program Director to assess and implement a renewed direction for the College's hybrid/online Health Advocacy master's program. The Program Director will also advise the College on the direction of its Health Advocacy offerings more generally, pursue a growth strategy towards new programs and enrollments in Health Advocacy and related fields, and pursue collaborations with other College offerings in Health Sciences & Society. Sarah Lawrence College has, since its founding, emphasized the importance of considering human development in the context of social structures in order to better understand—and improve—the health and well-being of all people. The Health Advocacy Program, the nation's first master's degree program in its field, was founded in 1980, and has prepared professionals to serve individuals and communities in hospital and other clinical settings, in community health programs, and in community-based organizations to improve both individual and community health access and overall health. The Program Director will be responsible for reviewing and coordinating the re-launch of the college's long-established Health Advocacy Program as a core component of its offerings in a nascent Health Sciences and Society collaborative of professional programs that includes the nation's oldest and largest Genetic Counseling degree and its signature Dance/Movement Therapy degree. The Program Director will be asked to build meaningful collaborations across these and other areas of the College. The Program Director will create and implement new offerings that leverage the resources presented by existing programs, as well as cultivating partnerships with hospitals, clinics, and other health care services. They will be directly responsible for increasing the accessibility of our offerings in Health Sciences and Society to a more diverse group of practitioners and professionals through professional development programming, certificate programs, and other relevant educational programming for pre-bac, post-bac, and post-grad students health care practitioners across diverse fields of work and study, and community-based organization leaders and members. The Program Director reports to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and will work collaboratively with the Provost and other graduate program directors.

Essential Duties Summary
Responsibilities include: · Overseeing the future growth of Health Advocacy and related fields across the College· Building strategic partnerships with healthcare, higher education, and other institutions· Identifying and securing outside funds, including scholarships and grants· Initiating, implementing, and evaluating professional development programming, certificate programs, and other relevant educational programming for pre-bac, post-bac, and post-grad students, health care practitioners across diverse fields of work and study, and community-based organization leaders and members· Collaborating with other programs and offices at the college, including Human Genetics, Dance/Movement Therapy, and other related disciplines· Overseeing curriculum development, program reviews, and accreditation processes· Hiring and coordinating faculty and administrative staff· Managing budgets and personnel· Recruiting and retaining students, including managing the application and review process for graduate students· Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with fieldwork and internship sites and continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of these placements. · Developing, managing, and strengthening alumni relationships

Required Qualifications
An M.S., M.A., M.P.H, or Ph.D. in a health-related field is required. The successful candidate will have experience in hospital and/or other clinical settings, community health programs, and/or community-based organizations focused on improving individual and community health access. Prior experience in program administration and an understanding of and experience in online and hybrid learning at the graduate level are preferred. Knowledge of and experience in genetics and/or genomics is a plus. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is required. The Program Director role is an administrative faculty position and is not tenure-eligible.

Preferred Qualifications

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Posting Number: S00229P
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Special Instructions to Applicants
Priority consideration will be given to candidates who submit an application by August 15th, 2021. Salary commensurate with experience

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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