Colgate University — Assistant Director, Shaw Wellness Institute

Colgate University

Assistant Director, Shaw Wellness Institute

Requisition Number: 2022S130Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the College
Department: Wellness Institute

Department Statement:
Colgate University, a premier liberal arts university of approximately 3,100 students, seeks to hire a student-oriented professional focused on the Shaw Wellness Institute’s mission is to encourage the establishment of purposeful, healthy, and balanced lifestyles within the Colgate community. At the Shaw Wellness Institute, we understand that wellness is an individual journey that needs to be inclusive and supportive. We work with the Colgate community at large to inspire holistic wellness.
This position is focused on the development of preventative approaches to well-being, including particular attention to bystander intervention and psychological well-being. To best meet the student’s needs and be well-versed in the breadth of potential opportunities, this position will engage with students, faculty, staff, and members of professional associations to build a community of support. This position will report to the director of the Shaw Wellness Institute.
It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. The Third-Century Plan includes a focus on integrated health and wellness. This position will include opportunities to work closely with colleagues in Student Health Services, Haven Survivor Support Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services in support of these strategic efforts.
Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidate’s Guide to Colgate. In 2021 and again in 2022, the Dean of the College Division was acknowledged by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

The Assistant Director for the Shaw Wellness Institute is responsible for effectively implementing programs to improve students' holistic wellness. The Assistant Director is responsible for creating and implementing population-based, prevention-focused health promotion efforts, with a particular focus on outreach to students and collaboration with campus partners in order to enrich the student experience. Areas of focus include responsibility for:
Program Development

  • Supporting program development by generating ideas for programs, including research into evidence-based programs, and collaboration with campus partners;
  • Coordinating assigned events and programs, including logistics, outreach, and collaboration with campus partners;
  • Providing financial management for programs and trainings;
  • Capturing and maintaining records and program data; and
  • Creating and implementing evidence-based assessment tools to revise or remove ineffective programs.

Student Staff Supervision

  • Effectively recruiting, training, supporting, advising, and evaluating bystander intervention facilitators, peer coaches, and other peer health educators and student interns.

Student and Community Engagement

  • Effectively conducting outreach and relationship development with students to encourage engagement with health-promotion efforts and programs that are both inclusive and reflective of Colgate's student demographic and specific needs and target at-risk populations;
  • Effectively communicating assigned population-level prevention areas through social media, web, print, and direct emails;
  • Support alcohol and other drugs education in implementing BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening for College Students) and train student and professional staff on motivational interviewing as well as other alcohol programming across campus, such as ASTP;
  • Serving as an advocate for health and well-being on the Colgate campus through effective engagement with employees and students and participation in assigned committees; and
  • Applying knowledge of health prevention to support the development of population and systems-focused approaches to health issues and in delivering programs to employees and students on health-related areas.


  • Assisting the director in budget management, reporting, communications, assessment, and other administrative tasks as needed;
  • Using professional acumen, judgment, and leadership to serve in a variety of capacities in the absence of the director;
  • Assessing and making appropriate judgments in cases of emergencies; and
  • Serve in other capacities as needed.

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in a health-related or health promotion field through coursework or prior work or volunteer experience.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills (e.g. coordinate programs and events, manage data, and prioritize multiple responsibilities).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills (e.g. effective collaboration and self-motivation).
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with a variety of departments, interdisciplinary programs, and campus groups in a team-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated strong written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to supervise and advise students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with training and maintaining a bystander intervention or similar program.
  • Experience with training and maintaining a peer coaching program.
  • Experience with health education, health promotion, and/or prevention administration and operations.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.

A Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent demonstrated experience is preferred.

Other Information

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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