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Director of Wellness Promotions

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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Director of Wellness Promotions

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Full Time


Dean of the College


Wellness Institute

Department Statement:

The Shaw Wellness Institute, Colgate’s student wellness center, educates, connects, and inspires students to lead their best well-balanced lives — now and in the future. The department provides services and programs to support students’ well-being, including education focused on alcohol and other drugs, healthy nutrition, mental health, bystander intervention, and life-long learning.
As part of Colgate’s Third-Century Plan, the department works closely with a broader integrated health and wellness team including Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, and Haven: Sexual Violence Support, to focus collectively on the health and well-being of our approximately 3,200 diverse, talented, intellectually-sophisticated, undergraduate students seeking a demanding, expansive, liberal arts residential education. The director serves as a core member of this team committed to enhance the educational experience of students from all backgrounds by inspiring a mindset and practice of lifelong wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
As a health-promotion practitioner, the director develops, implements, and assesses efforts to educate and empower all students to live well-balanced lives. The department works to ensure that its approaches address needs inclusive of all students, especially those who have historically found wellness programs inaccessible. Special considerations are made to deliver program content that incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion in its practice.


Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of Health Promotions, at the Shaw Wellness Institute, is a health and wellness educator and member of the Dean of the College division who actively collaborates with colleagues to develop, implement, and assess programs focused on holistic student wellness. The Director of Health Promotions provides program administration and oversees the Shaw Wellness Institute staff and facilities. The director reports to the Assistant Vice President of Counseling and Psychological Services and supervises a team of professionals, including an Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor, and an Administrative Department Coordinator. Indirect oversight is provided to a registered dietician and a student intern program. The director provides leadership to the team and advances professional development to engage in the latest health promotion research and best practices.

As the team’s primary preventionist, the director works in close collaboration with an integrated health and wellness leadership team to provide direction, support, and leadership for campus‐wide efforts in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student success by forming cross‐functional teams for wellness areas, including mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, and sexual health. Areas of responsibility include:

  • Develop a health promotion strategy including contemporary health and wellness programming with both unique and collaborative programs and promotion efforts. Align strategy within University guidelines, needs assessment, and solid theoretical foundations. 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 to reach diverse audiences, including social media.
  • Implement plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and develop measurable goals and objectives to measure effectiveness.
  • Ensure the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of alcohol and other drug programs for the U.S. 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 alcohol and other drug use and the negative implications of such use on all students.
  • Administration of on-line prevention modules for new students related to alcohol and other drugs use and sexual violence and ensure student compliance with courses and coordination with Athletics and Student Involvement on NY state sexual violence prevention education requirements.
  • Apply knowledge of current and emerging health issues, prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence‐informed practice in college-age populations.
  • Represent and promote Colgate through local/regional/national presentations on wellness programming.
  • Provide active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, and keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress.
  • Write reports, provide research and complete projects as assigned. Ensure that the Shaw Wellness Institute’s website, campus newsletter and other communication channels are maintained.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Health Prevention


Demonstrated ability to understand and 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 health and wellness. Demonstrated knowledge of research and best practices in college health promotion.


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:

  • A minimum of three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
  • Experience supervising professional, graduate, or student staff.
  • Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience with assessment and learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
  • Strong organizational skills, including effective time management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated administrative and leadership experience and capacity to generate results;
  • experience with supervising professional staff;
  • 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; and
  • familiarity with ACHA’s Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree in higher education administration or student affairs, public health, health psychology, health education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.


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

Other Information:

Colgate University offers a comprehensive compensation and benefit package. The anticipated annual base salary range for this position is $72,000 – $75,000.

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Work Schedule:

Weekdays with occasional weekends

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Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

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.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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