University of Dayton — Director of Health Equity Fellows Program

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton seeks a Director of the Health Equity Fellows Program and the Health Equity Activation Think Tank. The Fitz Center is built on sustained relationships with dozens of neighborhood, community nonprofit and government organizations and associations and serves as a connecting point and campus-wide partner for community partnerships, leadership, community-engaged learning and scholarship, and innovative solution-based strategies to civic needs through an asset based approach. Because of the long term success and impact of the Fitz Center, it has become a model for other community engagement centers that are committed to doing place-based work that is community-driven.

The Director of Health Equity will be moving forward the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community’s new signature program in health equity. With two components, a three year student cohort experience and a health equity think tank, the director will have the opportunity to impact University of Dayton students and Dayton and Montgomery County in ways that increase health equity and improve health outcomes while also educating and supporting students.

The Director will be responsible for providing leadership and development of the student Health Equity Fellows program, including mini course design and implementation, community engagement health literacy projects, the internship program and sites, professional development and mentorship programs, a speaker series, as well as student recruitment and creative development of student pipelines through Dayton and Montgomery County Schools.

In addition, the Director will provide leadership of the Health Equity Activation Think Tank (HEATT) through partnering with community members, regional nonprofits and health care providers, and Boonshoft School of Medicine and University of Dayton faculty and students. Through HEATT, the Director will provide guidance and support for listening sessions, data equity walks, solution research, and solution implementation planning for regional health inequities.

Finally, the Director of the Health Equity Program will partner with the Fitz Center team to move forward shared Center goals and serve as part of the Fitz Center leadership team.

The University
Continuing on its trajectory of growth, UD enrolls approx. 12,000 students, including 8,225 full-time undergraduates. UD is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, and the largest private university in Ohio. Embedded in the dynamic city of Dayton, OH, and grounded in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning.

Dayton is an affordable, vibrant, and reenergized city, with numerous arts organizations and venues, located in close proximity to Cincinnati and Columbus, and a short drive to Indianapolis and Cleveland. This is a full- time benefit eligible position that offers health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, tuition assistance, vacation/sick accrual and holiday pay. Dayton was named as #5 in the nation on Business Facilities’ 2021 Metro Rankings report and offers the lowest housing costs among Ohio’s other largest metros and University of Dayton was named best place to work in the 2022 Best of Dayton list. With a burgeoning downtown area boasting the Schuster Center with regular Broadway tours and home to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, 20 expansive metroparks, a bike (and now scooter!) share program, and several historic neighborhoods, and all four (mild) seasons, this is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic. Go to for more information about the area.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MA or MS in a relevant health or science field, or undergraduate degree with commensurate experience in a relevant health or science field3 or more years experience in higher education, nonprofit, or related employment
  • Individual action leadership to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Training in equity and inclusion
  • Ability to work effectively as a collaborative member in a team-based environment to develop organizational structures to achieve goals
  • Evidence of successful experience working with multiple partner organizations with different missions
  • Experience engaging with individuals from socially and culturally diverse communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of an asset-based approach to community engagement

Preferred Qualifications:
While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • PhD in relevant health or science field
  • Ability to articulate how the Catholic, Marianist social tradition informs community engaged learning
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience organizing a diverse group of individuals to engage in a common goal
  • Evidence of successful experience working with students and/or volunteers
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Effective presentation skills with diverse audiences

Proposed Closing Date: Open Until Filled
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To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.