Director of Health Promotion and Education

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Job Summary

The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness provides accessible professional medical and mental health care as well as health promotion to Smith’s diverse population. The Director of Health Promotion and Education, within the division of student affairs, strives to create a comprehensive wellbeing program framed by the core values of the division which are inclusion, access, growth, and engagement. The Director will:

Plan activities and provide educational opportunities to support habits of wellness with particular emphasis on developing life skills throughout a student's Smith career.

Seek to improve the health and well-being of Smith students through the development, implementation, and assessment of effective health promotion initiatives.

Engage in interactive partnerships and educational opportunities with campus stakeholders (e.g., medical, counseling, athletics, equity and inclusion, multicultural affairs, religious and spiritual life, residence life, student engagement, students).

Attend regular meetings and serve on other departmental and all campus committees, as needed.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Program Implementation:

  • Plan and implement classes, speakers, and seminars that promote healthy lifestyles. Provide educational presentations, training programs and outreach in the areas of exercise, nutrition, sexual education, sleep, and stress management. Implementation may include training peer-educators to replicate programming on campus.
  • Ensure that a portion of programming directly supports the Medical and Counseling departments scheduled initiatives and emergency programming.
  • Provide programming and educational outreach on issues related to alcohol and other drugs, including the provision of alternative options.
  • Work directly with Associate Dean of Student-on-student alcohol and drug amnesty
  • Oversee and administer federally mandated alcohol policies and educational initiatives including updating the SMART educational video covering alcohol, consent, and bystander education. Oversee the Drug Free Campus Committee.
  • Plan and direct the wellness components of orientation and new student programs including orientation to campus culture, health promotion and wellbeing resources.
  • May serve as a designated confidential resource provided pursuant to the 2021 Massachusetts Campus Safety Act. Duties include providing information about reporting options for sexual misconduct, and on and off campus services and resources as well as connecting parties to these services and resources; and participating in training in the awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct and in trauma-informed response. Serve as Title IX confidential resource contact for students.
  • Collaborate with key campus partners in developing programming with particular attention to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Title IX, athletics, and Student Affairs.
  • Serve as the Smith College Representative on health and wellness related Five College working groups including Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Committee, (SAPIC), and the disordered eating group.
  • Provide one-on-one consultations to students as warranted/needed.

Program Marketing and Communication:

  • Utilize health promotion techniques to market and promote health and wellbeing programs and resources to the college community.
  • Develop and design effective wellness promotion initiatives that are inclusive of a range of historically marginalized populations.
  • Work cooperatively and in coordination with the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, students, staff, faculty, and other college constituents in carrying out goals of programs; establish and maintain working relationships directly with student groups and house communities, as well as other campus constituents.

Advising and Supervision:

  • Supervise graduate interns, student intern(s), health wellness liaisons (HWL’s) and student community health organizers (CHO’s).
  • Developing and implementing training for student interns HWL’s, and CHO’s. Provide ongoing support and supervision.
  • Hire and supervise a team bi-annually to update the SMART video to meet federal compliance guidelines for alcohol education as well as additional modules based on emerging student needs.
  • Coordinate with College Public Health Concentration to develop praxis experiences in line with students’ educational endeavors.

Program Analysis and Strategic Planning:

  • Develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of health promotion initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. Analyze, interpret and report research findings and recommendations. Remain apprised of research and best practices in the health promotion field.
  • In partnership with the Office of Institutional Research, oversee the deployment of the American College Health Association’s bi-annual National College Health Assessment survey and utilize the data to assess campus needs and design programming based on needs
  • Coordinate national health surveys and report research findings and recommendations
  • Work in concert with the Director of the Schacht Center as well as the Directors of Medical and Counseling Services to establish annual programming that highlights departmental integration and meet student needs.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and vision building for Health Promotion and the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness. Submit an annual end-of-year report on programming and outcomes to the Director of the Schacht Center.
  • Contribute to regularly scheduled Schacht Center leadership team meetings.

Other Functions

Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Master’s degree in higher education, health education, public health, or related field preferred, and three to five years of experience in a health promotion/health education and/or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Expertise and demonstrated ability to create a vision for health promotion on campus. Strong and demonstrated leadership and management skills. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, attention to detail, and ability to take initiative and solve problems. Experience with diverse constituencies. Flexibility in personal and professional relationships in order to adapt to changing roles in college health service practices. Understanding of peer education and issues of concern in a residential gender minority liberal arts college. Proficiency in data analysis, diverse marketing techniques including utilization of evolving social media platforms, google suite, and Qualtrics. Experience in higher education or another institutional setting is preferred. Candidate must have the capacity to work effectively in a multicultural setting and a working knowledge of the psychosocial stressors of living and working in a diverse community. A sincere interest in, and understanding of college students including developmental, social, psychological and health issues salient to this population. Availability on some nights and weekends.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

February 3, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade H

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

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Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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