Director of Wellbeing (Division of Student Affairs)

  • Southern Methodist University
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • Jul 16, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Director of Wellbeing works as a member of the Student Wellbeing and Support leadership team in assessing, developing, managing, and promoting a holistic health and wellness culture at Southern Methodist University (SMU). This position will develop and implement a vision for the newly-created Office of Wellbeing and work collaboratively with offices and departments across campus to promote wellbeing, specifically those within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of Wellbeing supervises staff members, including the recovery program coordinator.


Essential Functions:

Provide leadership for the newly-created Office of Wellbeing using evidence-based health promotion approaches to develop a vision, strategies, and programs that advance a culture of holistic health and wellbeing and address critical priority areas for student wellness at SMU. This includes supervising staff members, including the recovery program coordinator.


Collaborate with colleagues across campus and within the Division of Student Affairs - specifically the Student Wellbeing and Support unit - in planning and implementing large- and small-scale programming and presentations for the campus that promote health and wellbeing.


Conduct health needs assessments and other public health surveys to drive program planning. Produce comprehensive reports to educate stakeholders and inform strategic planning and decision-making. Complete the biannual Drug Free Campus-Act reports.


Support the ongoing work of the Student Recovery Program and oversee the substance abuse prevention efforts on campus.


Maintain and oversee department budgets in partnership with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and the Senior Financial Budget Officer for the Division of Student Affairs. Pursue additional funding for program and office support through collaboration with the Division of Development and External Affairs' fundraising efforts and through grant writing.


Provide direction and leadership for a core group of students to promote awareness and effective delivery of health-related information and programs. Recruit, train, and supervise 10-15 Wellness Champions each year.


Serve as a member of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Leadership Team.


Education and Experience:

Master’s degree is required.  Field of study for degree in public health, higher education or other closely related field, is required.


A minimum of five years of work experience in the field of health education or health promotion is required.   College health and wellbeing experience or experience with corporate wellbeing initiatives is required.  


Public speaking and facilitation skills are required.  Experience with developing and utilizing student/peer leaders is preferred.


Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis is preferred.


Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential is preferred.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required. Website Maintenance skills, and Social Media skills are preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.  Must be able to establish rapport, build relationships in a diverse community and collaborate with key constituencies.


Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with others. 


Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Candidate must have effective presentation and facilitation skills.


Must possess significant problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.  Must be able to use data collection and software for data analysis.


Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and project management skills with the ability to manage concurrent projects and multiple tasks.


Candidate must ensure confidentiality including medical records and other health data.


Must be detail oriented, able to perform budget planning and monitor expenditures.


The position requires some evening and weekend work depending upon training requests and student needs.


This position requires the ability to handle sensitive, traumatic situations.


Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position must be able to:

  • Bend
  • Crawl
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Squat
  • Climb
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Kneel
  • Stand
  • Walk for long distances
  • Push/Pull
  • Drive motorized equipment


Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by:  August 02, 2021.

Deadline to Apply:  August 09, 2021.


To Apply: 

Please visit our website

to access the online application.  See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:

Director of Wellbeing (Division of Student Affairs) (STU00000069)

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