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Health Education Specialist (R3349)

Position Deleted on 5/18/2012. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Queens, NY
  • Admin - Health and Medical Services
  • Admin - Student Affairs and Services
  • Admin - Counseling
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering.

Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,700 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship.

These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.

Title: Health Education Specialist

Department: Department of Student Wellness

Campus: Queens and Staten Island


The Department of Student Wellness seeks an energetic and dedicated individual to promote healthy lifestyle choices within a multi-cultural environment that values and supports guiding students to make informed decisions about their wellbeing. A major focus of the position will be to provide leadership in sexual violence prevention on campus and assist in the coordination of the University's programming efforts in this area. Applicant will also provide leadership and coordination of the Wellness Peer Education program.

The recently expanded program for Wellness Education is part of an integrated wellness area that also includes Student Health Services and the Center for Counseling and Consultation. The Department of Student Wellness is composed of a multidisciplinary team of professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, consulting psychiatrist, nurses, consulting physicians, a wellness coach, a nutritionist, and a team of graduate assistants.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the field of health education and possess expertise in specific interest areas for college students such as wellness programming, alcohol and substance abuse, healthy relationships, etc. Specific prior experience in the field of sexual violence prevention is strongly preferred. The individual should exhibit an intense passion for working with students and creating programming that is timely, relevant and promotes participation, discussion, and learning.


The Health Education Specialist is responsible for helping to increase the awareness of health-related information and services that are available to promote student wellness and support academic success at both the Staten Island and Queens Campuses. This includes a variety of health-related issues including but not limited to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, sexual assault, eating disorders, relationships, and mental health. The Health Education Specialist will also:

  • Research current health, mental health, and social issues and resources.
  • Educate students about such issues and resources.
  • Provide and coordinate programming in the area of sexual violence prevention.
  • Provide support with the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective health education and wellness programs.
  • Collaborate with other university departments and professionals to ensure delivery of effective campus-wide health education outreach programs.
  • Train and supervise Wellness Peer Educators in developing health education programs and services on campus.
  • Supervise Wellness Peer Education leaders and Graduate Assistants.
  • Participate in relevant conferences and seminars through attendance and provision of presentations.


  • Master's degree required, preferably in Social Work, Health Education, Community/Public Health or Counseling, or related field.
  • Experience with a college student population strongly preferred.
  • Three to five years experience in program implementation and coordination, particularly in health education preferred.
  • Background and experience in the area of sexual violence prevention is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of current health, mental health, alcohol and other drug, and social issues on university campuses.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and to collaborate with other departments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity, and ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong presentation and discussion skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience and skill in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Familiarity with a variety of social media networks.
  • This position is subject to a comprehensive background screen, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results. If access to a University vehicle is required for the position, a DMV check for driving record and valid driver's license is also required.

When applying on line, please be sure to include a cover letter.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce.

Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
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