College of the Holy Cross — Assistant Director of Student Wellness Education

Assistant Director of Student Wellness Education

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Ignatian ideal of cura personalis – care of the whole person- guides the work in the Student Wellness Education. The department develops, implements and assesses a comprehensive continuum of evidence-based initiatives and strategies that mobilize, create, and sustain campus-wide health and wellness promotion practices in order to cultivate a healthy community so students can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Reporting to the Director of Student Wellness Education, the Assistant Director has primary responsibility for educating the Holy Cross student community about issues surrounding alcohol, drug and other substance use and will also be responsible for outreach on other wellness topics including healthy relationships, stress response management, sleep, healthy bodies, and violence prevention. The position will supervise a peer education group that focuses on AOD issues. The Assistant Director will also assist with expanding the breadth of the department to reflect a preventive and holistic approach to student wellness. This position will require some evening and weekend work and may require an adjusted weekday schedule.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

50% Coordinate a comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention program:

  • Develop, implement, and assess campus-wide theory-based and evidence-informed health promotion strategies to reduce the consequences associated with the use and misuse of substances.
  • Along with other professional staff members, conduct motivational intervention and harm reduction sessions for students involved in high-risk AOD-related behaviors/incidents including but not limited to: Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for College Students (BASICS), Cannabis Screening and Interventions for College Students (CASICS), CHOICES (group classes).
  • Administer online, population-level AOD education courses for new and returning students.
  • Recruit, train, advise and assess a peer education group that focuses on AOD content.
  • Work with specific high-risk student populations (first year, athletes/club sports, living off- campus, recovery) to develop institutionalized prevention efforts and resources.
  • Increase efforts & resources for substance-free students as well as students who are contemplating or in active recovery
  • Serves as a resource and consultant to the Holy Cross community for substance use-related issues.

40 % Serve as resource for campus on general issues of wellness:

  • Plan, develop, and implement programming, education/training, and outreach efforts around health and wellness topics of community relevance especially those focused on increasing engagement, substance-free experiences, building healthy coping strategies, improving sense of belonging and connection, and developing compassion for self and others.
  • Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for programs and services.
  • Develop, implement, and analyze periodic student health assessments.
  • Assist with coordination of additional peer education groups that focus on substance use and athletics and sexual violence education and prevent[1] ion.
  • Assist with development and documentation of policies, procedures, and publications.
  • Engage in relationship building, evaluation strategies, data disaggregation, and direct programming to address connections between culture, identiti(es), and social justice as determinants of health for groups of students who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.
  • Collaborate with other offices on campus, such as academic, athletics, residence life, to plan proactive programming, addressing current trends among students which are not conducive to academic success.
  • Responsible for reactive/reparative programming, resulting from campus incidents and/or unhealthy trends.

10 % Perform additional administrative duties:

  • Serve on Divisional and College-wide committees as needed
  • Support special events, including Parent and Student orientation
  • Collaborate with the Director to develop an end of the year report on accomplishments and recommendations for the program and campus/community program stakeholders
  • Author the Health Education Department's contribution to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Biennial Report
  • Oversee budget and other administrative tasks as required
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master's or an advanced degree in public health, health promotion, community health, social work, education, higher education administration, or a related field.
  • Significant, progressively responsible full-time professional health promotion work experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Certified or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES/MCHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible and willing to become certified.
  • Training experience and/or certification in the following programs/strategies: Wellness Coaching, Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for College Students (BASICS), Cannabis Screening and Interventions for College Students (CASICS), CHOICES.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, social justice, and cultural competence and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Evidence of ability to provide leadership and problem-solving skills in analyzing health promotion needs of emerging adults, especially college students.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, Jesuit Catholic values
  • Robust understanding of academic priorities and the educational mission of institutions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt level position

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (