Director of Health Promotion

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Student Health / Counseling, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The mission of the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is to provide exceptional, inclusive, integrated health care. We promote student success and wellness through education, advocacy and outreach to the University of Denver community. The HCC is an on-campus health facility open 8am-5pm M-F with evening hours until 7pm one to two evenings a week during the academic year, and provides a wide range of on-site medical and mental health services. This position requires some after hours and weekend work. This position is an in-person on campus position.

The University/unit is committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through their research, teaching and/or service.

Position Summary

The Director of Health Promotion provides oversight, leadership, and direction for the development and implementation of evidence-based programming and initiatives designed to support student wellbeing and success. The Director is responsible for conducting appropriate needs assessments and working to create and coordinate empirically-driven campus-wide programs, initiatives, and services to address those needs. In particular, the Director provides leadership for DUs compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and facilitates coordinated sexual assault and relationship violence prevention efforts with campus entities responsible for compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This position takes leadership in University wide prevention efforts across all public health domains including but not limited to: AOD, Suicide prevention, sexual health, and gender violence prevention. The Director develops strategic plans, implements initiatives, and evaluates the effectiveness of those efforts. They develop campus collaborations to achieve programmatic goals. The Director supervises Health Promotion staff, graduate fellows, and student employees. They also oversees the DU peer health education internship programs, recruits and trains students, and evaluates the impact of the programs. They write grants and manage endowments related to this office. He or she serves on the leadership team of the Health and Counseling Center and collaborates with other HCC departments and programs to provide coordinated health promotion initiatives on campus. This position takes a leadership role in the ACHA / NCHA DU survey. The Director displays a commitment to Inclusive Excellence and incorporates multicultural competence into program planning and development. The director will play a key role in locating health promotion in the Universitys signature 4-D student program. The director will be key in conceptualizing the next generation of health promotion projects and initiatives.

Essential Functions

Comprehensive Health Promotion Program Development: Leads departmental strategic planning processes. Provides oversight and direction for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive health and wellness initiatives within the HCC and in collaboration with DU campus partners. Conducts and incorporates campus-wide needs assessments, literature reviews, and program evaluation processes.

Campus Alcohol Initiatives: Facilitates and ensures the University of Denvers ongoing compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Oversees the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive, alcohol and other drug abuse initiatives. Facilitates information sharing regarding pertinent issues and initiatives, leads collaborative endeavors related to alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, and maintains communication with campus administrators regarding related issues and initiatives.

Gender Violence Initiatives: Maintains active communication and collaborations with campus entities responsible for compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act in order to facilitate effective, coordinated, and efficient programming efforts in areas related to gender-based violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking. Ensures that education and awareness initiatives comply with requirements of federal regulations and assists in the development of summary reports.

Peer Health Education Programs: Oversees the peer health education internship programs, including participant recruitment, training, and oversight of peer health education activities. Evaluates the effectiveness of the peer education program.

Supervision: Provides direction and supervision for professional staff, graduate fellows, and student employees in the Department of Health Promotion. Oversees operations of the Health Promotion office and develops and oversees the Health Promotion budget and department expenditures.

Cluster and Divisional Leadership: Serves on the leadership team of the Health and Counseling Center and participates in the Directors Meetings for the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence. Provides input, feedback, and collaboration for HCC and Division-wide initiatives, committees, programs, etc.

Build New Health and Wellbeing Initiatives: Lead the University it building new health and wellbeing initiatives. This may include , but not be limited to, 4D student work, healthy masculinities, build and participate in student peer coaching programs.

Additional duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in a related field such as Public Health, Health Education, or Health Promotion. Other related advanced degrees such as Higher Education, Social Work, Community Counseling or Psychology will be considered.
  • At least two years of experience in health education or wellness promotion within a higher education environment is required.
  • Experience working with diverse student population on a college campus.
  • Commitment to the principles of Inclusive Excellence as demonstrated by specific examples in previous positions and ability to develop programs that are culturally relevant to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)
  • At least two years of experience supervising staff, graduate interns, or undergraduate peer educators
    Terminal Degree.
  • Coaching Certificate

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on November 12th, 2021

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see">non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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