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Job Title: Director, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being
Job Number: S18898
Organization: University of Notre Dame
Posted: 11/9/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Promotion
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Notre Dame,  IN    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Position Description: The Rev James E. McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell) strives to foster a culture of well-being and empower students to maximize their potential through the synergistic cultivation of heart and mind at the University of Notre Dame. Using evidence-informed and data- driven approaches, McWell’s work focuses on risk reduction and holistic wellness enhancement through a socioecological lens. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs and is a member of the health and wellness leadership team.

The Director for the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being provides strategic guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of prevention efforts designed to be at the forefront of student health and well-being needs. The Director nurtures campus and community relationships that support holistic well- being, fosters new collaborations that contribute to the development of a culture of well-being, and serves as an expert in prevention to campus stakeholders. The Director strategizes to enhance Notre Dame’s strengths while, at the same time, reduce personal, campus, and community health and well-being risk factors. Focus areas include but are not limited to: alcohol and other drugs, emotional well- being and mental health promotion, sleep and restoration, and general well-being.

Departmental Leadership: • Lead the McWell team that consist of a total of 6 employees. • Maintain a vision for the center that is in alignment with the vision and strategic plan of the health and wellness unit and mission of the Division of Student Affairs. • Oversee the department’s strategic planning process and management of goals, priorities, and outcomes. • Prepare and manage the operational budget and finances. • Foster working relationships with key campus stakeholders • Provide oversight for grant-writing, administration, and implementation activities.

Health and Wellness Programming: • Oversee strategies for fostering student engagement in health promotion and prevention efforts through outreach and peer education. • Oversee the continued development and implementation of evidence-informed and data-driven initiatives that focus on alcohol and other drugs, emotional well- being, and general well-being. • Lead the development of new efforts that advance the existing work of the McWell team such as wellness coaching, grit and resilience training, and strategic collaborations to promote health equity. • Facilitate training and programming workshops as needed.

Unit and Community Collaboration: • Serve as a member of the division’s health and wellness leadership team along with leaders of the University Health Services, University Counseling Center, Student Support Center, Title IX, and Graduate Student Life. This team is responsible for the strategic direction of the unit, increasing communication and collaboration among partners, and addressing common issues and concerns. • Serve as the chair of the Healthy Campus Coalition. • Network and collaborate with key stakeholders on and off campus to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive, highly visible, evidence-informed prevention and educational efforts that achieve measurably high-quality public health outcomes. • Contribute content and well-being expertise to the mandatory, two-semester first year experience course.

Assessment: • Direct the development, implementation, and analysis of student health assessment strategies that 1) provide baseline and follow-up health data, 2) identify departmental needs and priorities, 3) evaluate effectiveness of interventions and measure learning outcomes, 4) track trends in student health status and behavior, and 5) inform decisions.

Marketing and Outreach: • Coordinate and manage effective health and wellness communication, marketing, and outreach efforts. Platforms could include, but are not limited to: social media, newsletters, print toolkits, and multimedia campaigns.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: • Master’s degree in public health, health promotion, counseling, health policy, health education, social work or related field. • Five or more years of full-time health promotion work experience in a college or university setting and a mastery of the health promotion needs of college students. • Knowledge and application of health promotion, behavior change, population- based theories and models, and experience using environmental management strategies and the socioecological model. • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies. • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and the development of multicultural competencies. • A commitment to the University’s Catholic identity and the ability to implement policies, programs, services and best practices that are consistent with the University’s Catholic mission, values, and teachings.

Preferred Qualifications: • Five or more years of full-time supervisory experience of professional staff and a demonstrated record of highly effective leadership skills. • Experience conducting literature reviews, needs assessments, and program evaluations to strategically guide policy, programmatic, and budget decisions. • Proficiency working with large datasets to drive decision-making, such as data collected through the National College Health Assessment or AlcoholEDU. • Interest in developing and pursuing new and innovative ideas. • Experience leading coalitions or task forces. • Experience with grant writing and administration. • CHES or MCHES certification. • Familiarity with and passion for substance use risk reduction and emotional well-being content.

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Closing Date: 2/9/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Bill Stackman,  Director, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being
Contact Location: 316 Main Building
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame   IN  46556
United States
Contact Location: 316 Main Building
  University of Notre Dame
  Notre Dame   IN  46556
  United States
Contact Phone: 574-631-5550 
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