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Director, Office of Wellbeing

  • January 13, 2020 4:20 PM
    Message # 8563365
    Deandra Taylor (Administrator)

    ** Cover letter required for all positions and optional for facilities, campus services, and hospitality positions unless otherwise specified.

    Job Description Summary

    Wake Forest University has made a commitment to holistic wellbeing for students, faculty, and staff, and the Director serves as the campus leader in creating a comprehensive culture of wellbeing. In order to promote the health, resilience, and overall wellbeing of our campus, the Director leads the assessment, strategic development, and implementation of both innovative and evidence-based approaches. The Director stays abreast of intersecting national and higher education trends regarding effective resilience, prevention, and health promotion strategies, overseeing and coordinating the work of health promotion professionals into a comprehensive program for the campus community. The Director consults with campus partners and constituents regarding alignment with the Thrive comprehensive campus wellbeing initiative. Within the Division of Campus Life, the Office of Wellbeing is a part of the Health & Wellbeing team of offices, with the Director serving on its Leadership Team, as well as the Vice President of Campus Life’s Leadership Team. The Director is responsible for managing the office’s budget, using best practice approaches and available data to inform the allocation of resources to have the greatest impact on the community.

    Job Description

    Essential Functions:

    • Understands and articulates a shared vision for wellbeing and its eight dimensions for the Wake Forest University community.
    • Supervises the Office of Wellbeing professional staff, aligning their work and services with primary focus on resilience practices, and campus health promotion and prevention areas of priority. 
    • Oversees the office’s health promotion and prevention areas of priority including: alcohol and other drugs, bystander intervention, healthy eating/nutrition, resilience, and sleep awareness. Future strategic areas of priority are planned to include: physical/sexual health, mental health, and sexual and relationship violence.
    • The Director stays abreast of intersecting national and higher education trends related to wellbeing practice and develops community based strategies for anticipated areas in need of attention.
    • In order to facilitate effective health promotion and prevention, develops and maintains excellent partnerships with the Health & Wellbeing Team (Student Health Service, University Counseling Center, Office of the Chaplain, Campus Recreation, and Learning Assistance Center & Disability Services) as well as other division and campus partners including the Office of the Dean of Students, Title IX, Residence Life & Housing, Office of Academic Advising, Human Resources, and University Police.
    • Utilizes strategic planning, implementation, and assessment to understand, develop an agenda, and address the health promotion-related needs of the community.
    • Leads the university’s approach to health promotion and prevention, deeply involving campus partners and content experts in both strategy and implementation around a variety of health and wellbeing-oriented content areas.  
    • Develops and advocates for policies and a built environment that address campus health and wellbeing, with particular attention to the needs and experiences of traditionally underserved and/or marginalized campus populations.
    • Creates and utilizes partnership strategies with students, faculty, and staff to expand the reach of wellbeing practices across the Wake Forest University community.
    • Partners with campus constituents to continue to foster the Thrive wellbeing initiative.
    • Oversees the coordination of the campus’s comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention programming, brief intervention screening services, and collegiate recovery program.
    • Oversees the coordination of Wellbeing Coaching services offered to students, faculty, and staff, providing both drop-in and ongoing coaching and referral.
    • Communicates effectively to constituents, regularly providing impactful data and narratives about wellbeing as well as the work of the office.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master's degree in public health, health promotion, health policy, social work/psychology/counseling, medicine, or a closely related field.
    • Five to seven years of experience in public health or closely related work, including at least three to five years of progressive management/administrative experience. Must possess experience in developing, managing, and assessing programming initiatives and support services related to wellbeing.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • College health and wellbeing experience or corporate wellbeing initiatives.
    • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) or Certified in Public Health (CPH) designation, or eligible to be certified.
    • Experience with developing and utilizing students/peer leadership.
    • College Health and Wellness Professional (CHWP) certificate.
    • Doctorate preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    • Experienced and proven leader, thinker, strategist, and manager with demonstrated ability and effectiveness in creating, developing, implementing, and assessing effective and contextually appropriate wellbeing programs and interventions.


    • Supervises:
      • Assistant Director of Wellbeing - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program
      • Assistant Director of Wellbeing - Health Promotion
      • Program Manager - Resilience Portfolio
      • Program Coordinator
      • Office Manager
      • Campus Life Fellow
      • Wellbeing Coaches
    • Develops, evaluates, and oversees budget in partnership with the Director, Finance and Operations.
    • Works under minimal supervision.

    Additional Job Description

    The review of applications will begin February 17, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. View and print the Position Prospectus here.

    Direct your inquiries to Dr. James Raper at

    To apply:

    Time Type Requirement

    Full time

    Note to Applicant:

    This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

    In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

    Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. 

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