Director of Wellbeing Initiatives

Director of Wellbeing Initiatives

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Director of Wellbeing Initiatives

Job Profile Title
Director C

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, the Director of Wellbeing Initiatives will lead a transformative initiative to establish a comprehensive approach to the promotion of wellbeing and resilience in the student community and across campus. As such, this position is responsible for a dynamic range of day-to-day duties, strategic planning, management (e.g. staff, fundraising, and grants administration), assessment-related activities, and building and nurturing relationships with campus partners. Overall, the Director will assist Wellness as an organization in its vision of integrating the science, theory, and practice of wellness. This position will replace the Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives in a position that fulfills the expanded and strategic vision of Wellness' Public Health and Wellbeing division.

Job Description

The Director will manage a team of public health educators and interventionists, and consult regularly with campus partners, including but not limited to University Life, the Department of Public Safety, College House and Academic Services, and faculty leaders in order to develop and implement campus-wide strategies that highlight and promote wellness. The Director of Wellbeing Initiatives will embrace our core values of compassion, accessibility, respect and empowerment (CARE) throughout their work.

The Director of Wellbeing Initiatives will be responsible for:
  • Strategic Planning and Management
    • Lead a multidisciplinary team of health education, health promotion, outreach, and intervention specialists in further development of health education, wellbeing promotion, and outreach opportunities anchored in the eight domains of wellness.
    • Capitalize on cutting edge research and knowledge existing in our community by identifying content experts from within Wellness and across campus to ensure accurate and effective delivery of information about skills for personal growth.
    • Guide University-wide policy strategies to address topics that support resilience and the health and wellbeing of the campus community including, but not limited to, the eight domains of wellness. Specific topics may include: sexual health and healthy relationships, substance use and misuse, vaping, and resilience.
    • Supervise staff and student workers, including developing professional development plans to increase expertise and program capacity, strengthen deliverables, and support academic success and personal growth.
    • Identify grant and fundraising opportunities to support the work of infusing wellness throughout the Penn experience
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Translational Research
    • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative metrics of services and programs, and continuously assess the efficacy of, and access to, care of students
    • Manage dissemination of health and wellness communication to the Penn community
    • Engage in research that improves our understanding of college health and wellness
  • Collaboration
    • Engage and collaborate with student groups, student leaders, and individual students to ensure that Penn continues to provide evidence-based, data-driven, and relevant health programming and information in meaningful ways to its audiences
    • Support the Student Health and Counseling clinical practice, including but not limited to, health literacy, insurance and healthcare utilization, promotion of behaviors that reduce and/or prevent sick visits
    • Consult regularly with campus partners and faculty in order to develop and implement campus-wide strategies that highlight and promote wellness.

  • Masters required; 5-10 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Experience in higher education settings preferred

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Health and Wellness

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $117,086.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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