Southwestern University has an immediate opening for a Health Educator, to focus on primary prevention and health promotion to the campus community in such areas as mental health awareness, alcohol and other drug education, sexual assault risk reduction, eating disorder prevention, suicide prevention and other issues relevant to the Southwestern University Community. This is a full-time, benefited, 11 month position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Plan, market, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs for SU students that have a high likelihood of achieving measurable improvements in health behaviors and/or academic status.
  • Using evidence-based practices, primary prevention, environmental and behavioral change strategies, create health promotion programs related to wellness areas such as alcohol and other drug education, sexual assault prevention and risk reduction, eating disorder prevention, and overall health.
  • Create, provide, and coordinate small group programs, interventions, risk management trainings, social marketing campaigns, and other public health interventions.
  • Coordinate health promotion projects with student organizations interested in supporting these projects.
  • Serve as advisor for the Student Health Advisory Council, guiding and approving a variety of organizational, programmatic, and promotional activities.
  • Partner with other departments to deliver educative programming to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Select, train, and supervise student interns, from the Southwestern student population, who will assist the Wellness Educator by providing peer-to-peer education and outreach. The position will also be tasked with teaching the interns the field of health education, health promotions and public health.
  • Attend relevant university committee meetings to implement proposed programming.
  • Create pre/post tests for each program, analyze results and provide results when needed.
  • Complete contracts for presenters engaged by Counseling, Health, and relevant committees and ensure transportation, lodging and the like are secured.
  • Crisis intervention (rotating On-Call).
  • Maintain all financial documents around resources used in promotion and outreach activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, with a focus in Public Health or other wellness/health related field; one year of work experience in a college or university counseling center; demonstrated ability to work effectively with students and student organizations on developmental and preventive outreach projects; have knowledge of diversity as it relates to primary behavioral prevention; ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;  excellent computer skills utilizing software such as Microsoft and Google products; demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic; willingness to adhere to the University’s core values; possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written), including outstanding diplomacy skills; have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community; demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external University constituencies; ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce reliable work product; proven ability to perform well in stressful situations; ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation; understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including the ability to relate to a liberal arts faculty; ability to attend work consistently with a willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours as needed.  Preferred requirements:  three or more years of related experience, specific graduate coursework in alcohol and drug intervention, and experience in creating or maintaining alcohol education software.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.  The University is affiliated with The United Methodist Church with an endowment that ranks among the highest per student of undergraduate institutions in the country.  Southwestern is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our web site at

To apply:  The University will only accept application materials through Interfolio at  Interested persons must submit a letter of interest, resume, the names and contact information of three professional references and the salary expectation.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted.  Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Search Committee.  The Committee will review all completed applications until the position is filled.  All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  EOE/M/F