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Health Education Specialist

Roger Williams University Bristol ,RI
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


Job Description:

Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President and Dean, Student Life, the Health Education Specialist strategically plans for a campus environment that supports healthy living and students' overall well-being. Specifically, the Specialist oversees the development of a broad spectrum of initiatives and programs (i.e., sexual health, alcohol and other drug use, healthy relationships, consent, mental and physical health) based on institutional data, national trends and knowledge of best evidence-based practices in college health and peer education.

Health Education

  • Develop, conduct and coordinate student health needs assessments to inform educational planning and document student behavior and attitude trends.
  • Develop and distribute health education materials, press releases, social media campaigns and maintain program related websites.
  • Utilize evidence informed best practices and initiatives to develop, implement and evaluate health education initiatives and interventions aimed to increase general well-being, reduce high risk alcohol and other drug use, create a culture of positive sexual health and consent, and encourage pro-health behaviors.
  • Develop an educational plan and facilitation guides based on Divisional Community Learning model.
  • Ensure health interventions utilize culturally competent best practices in programs and social marketing and an intersectional informed approach to addressing the complex barriers to achieving optimal social wellbeing.

Staff Management

  • Hire, train and supervise undergraduate student health and well-being educators (HaWES) in the design, implementation, and evaluation of student-based health and well-being initiatives.
  • Provide education and training related to health and wellbeing to student employees, leaders, and student groups, as needed (e.g., Residence Life staff, 1st year student orientation, Peer Advisors).

Health Coaching

  • Provide individual wellness sessions for students focused on increasing pro-health behaviors and reducing high risk alcohol use.
  • Facilitate confidential follow up appointments students referred for acute intoxication or health concerns that uses evidence-based practices of motivational interviewing and stages of change (i.e., BASICS) focused on developing a change plan for a variety of self-care and harm reducing behaviors.
  • Work with students in recovery to create structures and identify support to thrive on campus.

Divisional Leadership

  • Act as a resource for colleagues regarding their work related to health and well-being.
  • Lead/consult on campus health initiatives such as Tobacco-free Campus, JED Strategic Planning.
  • Attend required supervisory and all division meetings and trainings.
  • Be accessible, visible, and present for relevant/occasional university speakers and athletics events; attend staff/student-planned community development activities and educational events as appropriate.
  • Chaperone and assist in organization of large, annual, campus-wide programs as needed such as spring weekend, Senior class events, fall orientation, and commencement.

This is a 10-month position


  • Master's degree in Health Education, Public Health, or closely related field.
  • Three years of relevant experience in a college or university environment working with health promotions and student peer educators.
  • Experience applying principles of motivational interviewing to substance abuse and health education and prevention.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work with a diverse population of students and colleagues.
  • Familiarity with best practices and assessment tools related to general well-being, sexual violence prevention and Alcohol and Other Drug education.
  • Demonstrated technological competence and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in complex, sensitive situations.
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as leader and collaborative member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present educational programs and training workshops to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for professional growth in the areas of student learning and development, community development, supporting students' well-being, and best practices in health education, alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence prevention.
  • Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and strategies for interacting effectively with people different from oneself.
  • Demonstrated experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in delivering programs and services practice (i.e., staffing practices, supervision, training, policies, programs).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in health education and peer education programs in a college setting.
  • Experience working with a learning outcome based residential curriculum.
  • Knowledge of equity and inclusion issues and laws that impact higher education (all gender spaces, Title IX, ADA compliance).
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze and display information in ways that are easy to interpret and spot patterns, trends and correlations. Examples of these representations include charts, graphs, infographics and other pictorial diagrams.
  • Demonstrated skills in public speaking, facilitating conversations, and presenting to families, students, staff and other constituents.
  • Experience administering programmatic and operational assessments that has led to department improvements.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist or Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
  • Training and experience in BASICS or SBIRT.

At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Additional Information:

As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.

The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit:

Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.

Minimum 25th Midpoint 75th Maximum

$48,271 $53,400 $58,526 $63,654 $68,782

Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

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Roger Williams University


Bristol, RI
02809 USA