Under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program, this position works to mobilize, create, and sustain campus-wide health promotion practices in order to create an environment that promotes student success, personal development, health, and well-being.
Assess individual and campus needs and capacity for health promotion and disease prevention
Plan, implement, and evaluate theory-based and evidence-informed health promotion strategies, policies, programs, and services
Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for health promotion programs and services
Collaborate with key stakeholders on and off campus to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health for students emphasizing personal and community health promotion and disease prevention including, but not limited to, substance use harm reduction and prevention, healthy relationships and bystander intervention, resilience and stress management, and physical health and well-being
Assist in development, implementation, and analysis of periodic student health surveys that 1) provide baseline and follow-up health data, 2) identify program needs and priorities, 3) evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, and 4) track trends in student health status and behavior
Incorporate multicultural diversity and social justice concepts and principles into health promotion services
Actively participate in professional organizations, including conference presentations and eventually in a leadership capacity
Facilitate individual and group health coaching and motivational interviewing related to substance abuse, harm reduction, physical wellbeing, and personal development
Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes
Knowledge of the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education (SPHPHE), CAS Health Promotion Service Standards, and CNHEO Code of Ethics
Demonstrated knowledge to conceptualize health promotion in the context of higher education
Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion, behavior change, and population-based theories and models
Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-informed health promotion programs/initiatives
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental management strategies/socio-ecological model
Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing environmental and policy change activities and strategies
Ability to critically review health-related professional literature relevant to college students and assess its applicability and utility for effectiveness on a particular campus
Demonstrated skills in gathering, compiling, and synthesizing information to develop health promotion initiatives and educational materials for a diverse group of students
Demonstrated skills in a variety of educational methods including presentations, workshops, trainings, individual behavior change sessions, and small group discussion/facilitation
Proficient in a variety of computer software applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and statistical software)
Written/oral/interpersonal communication skills
Supervisory skills to effectively manage student staff or volunteers
Incorporate ACHA SPHPHE and ACHA Healthy Campus 2020 objectives into all aspects of health promotion services, including strategic planning, service delivery, staff training, professional development, and staff evaluation
Deliver cost-effective, evidence-informed programs that have a high likelihood of achieving measurable improvements in health behaviors and status and/or enhanced student success
Develop strong, evidence-informed, data-driven programs and services based on relevant, measurable, and practical health outcomes
Willingness and flexibility to gain knowledge of, develop expertise in, and design and implement health promotion programs on a variety of key health issues based on needs assessment results
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, social justice, and cultural competence and the ability to work in a multicultural environment
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and prioritize tasks
Bachelor’s Degree. Most relevant degree areas include public health, health promotion, or health education. Degrees in other fields may be considered with evidence of sufficient university-level coursework and/or professional continuing education in the areas listed above.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or eligible and intent to become certified.
A minimum of two years related health promotion work experience, preferably in a higher education environment.
Evidence of ability to provide leadership and problem-solving skills in analyzing health promotion needs of emerging adults, especially college students.
Master’s or Advance Degree. Most relevant degree areas include public health, health promotion, health policy, health communication, or health education. Degrees in other fields may be considered with evidence of sufficient university-level coursework and/or professional continuing education in the areas listed above.
Experience working in a college/university setting
Experience conducting needs assessments and using results to guide programmatic decisions
Experience conducting literature reviews and program evaluations, interpreting findings, and developing plans to programmatically and strategically respond to the findings
Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental principles of organizational development, environmental management, and cultural change
Familiarity with social marketing and health communications strategies
Quantitative and qualitative research skills (e.g., research design, survey development, environmental assessment, focus group design and facilitation, data analysis and interpretation, etc.)
History of verified active membership in relevant professional associations (e.g., ACHA, APHA, NASPA, SOPHE, etc.)
Willing to be an active member of at least one relevant professional organization
Trained as a BASICS/CASICS Facilitator
Trained to facilitate NASPA Bacchus Initiative Certified Peer Educator training
Letter of Application/Cover Letter, Resume
Luther College offers an excellent benefit package including a generous retirement contribution, competitive health insurance premiums, short and long term disability, life insurance, and tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependents.
Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.
Internal Number: K1910366
About Luther College
A private liberal arts college in beautiful Decorah, Iowa.