Position Overview: The Wellness Educator is primarily responsible for the daily functioning and operation of the Office of Wellness Education. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Hamel Health & Counseling Center, the purpose of the position is to provide wellness education, promotion, and prevention services to Merrimack students, staff, and faculty focusing on wellness and healthy behaviors including suicide prevention, substance use harm reduction, sexual assault prevention, and overall emotional and physical wellness. Working collaboratively with campus constituencies, the Wellness Educator will provide student-driven educational programming as well as training, professional development and consultation to staff and faculty regarding student health and well being.
- Plan, develop, and implement general wellness education programs for students, including but not limited to, preventative programming, sober late-night programming, educational/training events, mindfulness, relaxation, and bystander intervention. Maintain the programming budget.
- Conduct, manage, and report results of ongoing qualitative and quantitative wellness needs assessment.
- Conduct outcome assessments for signature events and maintain accurate records regarding activities and populations served.
- Market and promote wellness events and online content, including social media strategy, website development, and printed reference materials for students, faculty, and staff.
- Collaboratively formulate Peer Education program, including recruitment and selection. Supervise Peer Educators and all Peer Educator programming.
- Develop strong collaborative and working relationships across the college which facilitate opportunities for collaboration, including creating a cross-campus wellness committee. Train professional staff on topics related to wellness education.
- Work closely with members of the CARE team on individual student triage, as well as programmatic responses to student wellness trends. Conduct professional trainings and/or presentations in identification and referral of distressed students.
- Advise student groups related to wellness topics.
- Recruit, select, train and supervise graduate student staff.
- Partner with the Office of Residence Life to train staff on wellness topics. Work with staff to oversee wellness-themed Living Learning Communities for first-year and upper-class students.
- Assist the Director of Community Standards with the facilitation of student conduct sanctions, including BASICS meetings.
- Participate as a member of the Student Affairs division in campus wide events such as commencement, orientation, move-in, and other campus-wide events throughout the year. Coordinate OWE presence at Orientation and Accepted Students Days.
- Completion of relevant post-graduate degree (e.g. public health, higher education, counseling, or others)
- Prior professional experience within higher education.
- Prior experience managing event-driven programming for students.
- Knowledge of best practices in health education and/or promotion.
- Strong presentation and workshop facilitation skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences.
- Knowledge or experience in data management and reporting.
- Comfort and knowledge regarding use of social media.
- Comfort with wide range of health topics including suicide, substance use, sexual assault, and mental health.
- Experience with facilitation of alcohol and other drug use/abuse response programs, including CHOICES and/or BASICS.
- Experience with bystander intervention programming, including the Green Dot program.
To Apply: Please apply online with resume, cover letter, and at least three professional references.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.