Kent State of Wellness Dir
Kent State University - Kent, OH

Position Number

Home Organization
Healthy Campus Initiative - Kent Campus: 101032

Kent Campus

Job Open Date

Open Until Filled

Basic Function
Develop and lead the university’s Kent State of Wellness to promote a culture of health and wellness across the university community, including employees and students. Chair the Kent State of Wellness steering team. Champion evidence-based and collaborative practices to design, integrate, and coordinate all Kent State of Wellness strategies and programs. Maintain strong connections with the Division of Human Resources through the Vice President for Human Resources and the Manager, University Employee Wellness. Reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Additional Basic Functions - if applicable

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Provide direct leadership, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic health promotion initiatives, policies, and procedures for the university community to make Kent State the healthiest campus in America.
• Partner with the Manager, University Employee Wellness, Director, University Health Services, and Director, Recreational Services to develop and deliver health promotion programs and resources consistent with the strategic plan of the Kent State of Wellness.
• Engage students, faculty, and staff in the development, delivery, and assessment of Kent State of Wellness programs.
• Develop the university’s Kent State of Wellness strategic plan, including determining measurable goals and objectives.
• Collaborate with the Dean of Students to engage and educate the student body on Kent State of Wellness programs.
• Develop, implement, and analyze periodic health surveys to provide baseline and follow-up health-related data, identify program needs and priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, and track trends in student and employee health status and behavior.
• Develop methods utilizing evidence-based practices to address and effectively respond to emerging health issues, threats, and trends that impact the university community.
• Provide quarterly impact reports on the effectiveness and benefits of the Kent State of Wellness.
• Collaborate with University Communications and Marketing to develop an on-going new media campaign strategy to foster education and engagement.
• Initiate the administration and operation of theory-based and evidence-based health promotion strategies, policies, programs, and services.
• Collaborate with key stakeholders on- and off-campus to develop a comprehensive, integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the Kent State of Wellness; cultivate sustained, genuine relationships with key stakeholders to further the strategic plan of the initiative.
• Cultivate strong relationships with local (city and county) public health officials to further the strategic priorities of Kent State of Wellness.
• Utilize data to show evidence of goal achievement through student and employee outcomes; link Kent State of Wellness to improved employee metrics, including reduced health benefits costs.
• May supervise administrative, professional, and student employees, as well as student interns and volunteers; may provide information and guidance to faculty.
• Serve on various department, division, university, and community committees.
• Performs related duties as assigned.

Additional Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities - if applicable

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in community health education, school health education, public health, or a related field. Five years of experience implementing a health and wellness program in an educational or corporate setting. Must be able to travel regionally and nationally. Must be able to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends.

License/Certification: Not applicable.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in applying established public health models and health promotion theories to the development and implementation of health and wellness programs. Experience in health promotion best practices in a collegiate setting. Experience in managing a wellness program resulting in changes in health risks and employee benefits costs.

Knowledge Of:
• Public health and prevention frameworks and standards, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 initiative and American College Health Association Healthy Campus 2020 initiative
• Working knowledge of literature in population health promotion and disease prevention
• Workplace wellness best practices and community health program impact to employee productivity and benefits costs
• Priority health issues in a college-aged population *
• Health behavior theories as they apply to risk reduction in a college-aged population and a college workforce (i.e. faculty and staff) *
• Program assessment
• Personal computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite *

Skill In:
• Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication *
• Critical thinking, decision-making, and resolving complex issues across multiple departments *
• Implementing projects and assessment of program goals and objectives
• Delivering a variety of educational methods, including presentations, workshops, trainings, and small group discussion/facilitation *
• Cultivating and sustaining key relationships with stakeholders to further a strategic plan

Ability to:
• Communicate effectively with all university community members, including students, faculty, staff, and external constituents
• Incorporate principles of diversity and inclusion in daily work
• Recommend strategies for programs on a variety of key health issues based upon the results of needs assessments *
• Use communications tools, including new media, to promote and support health-enhancing behavior among the university community
• Design health promotion initiatives that support student success and employee productivity
• Develop a coordinated workflow/timeline to manage multiple projects
• Work independently and as part of a team *
• Build, cultivate, and sustain relationships with internal and external constituents
• Handle multiple projects simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and prioritize tasks *
• Travel regionally and nationally *
• Work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends *
• Work cooperatively with stakeholders