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Director, Health Promotion

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Boulder, Colorado





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University Staff



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Job Summary

Health Promotion at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Director, Health Promotion! The position is responsible for campus-wide health promotion, wellness, and primary prevention and brief intervention education, services and programs; evaluating the effectiveness of its interventions; and counseling and providing health education recommendations to the CU-Boulder campus as a whole.

Working in a team-oriented environment, the Director will create an environment that encourages creativity and innovation in responding to student and campus needs, promoting health equity, and advocating for health and wellness initiatives.

The position requires considerable skills and abilities to manage and lead people responsible for a broad range of programs and services. This position demonstrates a personal demeanor that inspires excellence and collaboration throughout the campus and community.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The CU Boulder Health Promotion Department embraces and enhances campus health and well-being by leading evidence-based public health initiatives, building collaborative partnerships on- and off-campus, and providing educational and skill-building opportunities across the continuum for students and employees. We infuse well-being into all aspects of campus culture, organizational practices, and institutional policies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Leadership & Administration

  • Develop and implement departmental strategic direction that is data-driven, innovative, and aligns with the strategic imperatives of the University and Health and Wellness (H&W) Services Strategic Plan, specifically around health/wellness education, prevention, outreach, and recovery.
  • Supervise and provide leadership to the professional and para-professional staff within Health Promotion and the Collegiate Recovery Community. This includes determining departmental staffing, personnel and performance management, resource allocation, and financial management.
  • Support the implementation of the Okanagan Charter and collective impact work of the Well-being Collective in coordination with H&W leadership.
  • Advise the AVC on related matters and design strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of H&W Services.
  • Responsible for managing all requests for reports, data, publications, and budgets and ensuring the university is an active and engaged participant in local, regional, and national reporting and organizations.

Campus Representation & Strategic Partnerships

  • Represent H&W Services on campus-wide committees and working groups that work to reach the goals of the campus' strategic imperatives as they relate to the academic and social student success to ensure a more seamless and comprehensive educational experience for students.
  • Work to create a strong sense of team and enduring spirit of collaboration and common purpose among the Health Promotion team, H&W Embedded Program Leadership team, H&W Leadership Team, and across the Division and campus.
  • Partner with Student Affairs Marketing and Communication to inform robust, effective, and evidence-based health education and public health campaigns.
  • Serve as the point of contact for Boulder County and the City of Boulder for all public health, behavioral health, early intervention, and alcohol and other drug initiatives.
  • Collaborate with advancement and the State of Colorado on alternative revenue options, including donors, grants, and sponsorships.

Assessment & Evaluation

  • Partner with H&W Services data team to coordinate student support services assessment and evaluation efforts by identifying, collecting, and analyzing appropriate data and developing key strategies and effective prevention and intervention programs to meet the needs of current and future students.
  • Partner with the Office of Assessment and Planning and the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance on assessment initiatives that further student success, overseeing the preparation of departmental publications, statistical information, and annual reports.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations; and systems, campus, and departmental policies and procedures related to health topics including alcohol/other drugs.
  • Provide leadership and strategy for unit and campus-level accreditation activities that relate to H&W initiatives by sharing data and standard processes.

Professional Development & Other Duties

  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws, and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Ensure staff have a professional development plan that incorporates and encourages standard methodologies and new programming models for student learning and development.
  • Participate in local/regional/national organizations and serve as a leader where appropriate.
  • Supervise a team of 10 professional staff members and 40-50 para-professional staff members.

What You Should Know

This role will primarily work on campus with some hybrid opportunities available. This position has an anticipated work schedule of Monday – Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. This role is not expected to work University recognized holidays and will not be on call at any time. Some nights and weekends may be required depending on department needs.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $100,600 - $113,175 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be impactful. Be proactive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Higher Education Administration or a related health and wellness field. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Five years of successful experience in planning, developing/implementing complex strategic goals and program initiatives in health education/promotion, including at least three years of management of professional and/or para professional staff.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated health communication skills.
  • In-depth knowledge and application of health promotion, behavior change, and population based theories and models; including application of these theories/models in a wide range of health topics, including alcohol and other drugs, suicide prevention, stress and anxiety, illness prevention, sexual health, health equity/physical health.
  • Knowledge of the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and an ability to conceptualize health promotion in the context of higher education.
  • Budget and fiscal management skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing environmental and policy change initiatives and strategies.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collective impact practices.
  • Exercise exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and acute political sensitivity and demonstrate balanced judgment and exceptional discretion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships within a highly diverse organization; team-oriented focus; and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex and concurrent tasks; a demonstrated dedication to customer service; effective problem-solving skills; demonstrated ability in effective management, supervision, and team-building; and an entrepreneurial orientation.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration, Higher Education Administration, Public Health, or related field or ten years of experience of increasing responsibility as a senior leader.
  • Advanced experience developing organizational priorities, proven success with setting and obtaining goals, and demonstrated experience with advancement/grants.
  • Experience implementing campus-wide surveys.
  • Experience with assessment, planning strategically, and implementation of new initiatives and organizational change.
  • Initiative to be a regional or national leader in health/wellness within higher education or experience serving in similar roles.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing a culture of health equity on a college campus.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 21, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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