Position Description & Responsibilities

The Wellness Educator will 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 wellbeing. The Wellness Educator will be part of the Merrimack College CARE team providing case management to students and work with other CARE team members to identify proactive and reactive responses to student wellness trends, as well as assist in student referrals.

  • 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.
  • Provide case management of students referred to the Merrimack College CARE team; triage referrals, coordinate interventions, track completion of interventions/recommendations.
  • Identify and track the network of on- and off-campus resources and service providers to assist students in distress. Communicate with other CARE team members and other college administrators regarding students of concern and update case progression in electronic database.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/19/21

Closing Date: 9/19/21

Position Code: 886