Director of Shaw Wellness
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York 13346

Job Description

Colgate University, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute (Center) to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced mature adults.

This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is a time of exciting transition for the University with President Brian W. Casey beginning his second year on campus and Paul J. McLoughlin II in his first year as Vice President and Dean of the College. The next Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute will serve as a collaborative partner to the VP and Dean of the College; ensure that issues are addressed and resolved across campus; further develop students' ability to be resilient; and guide Colgate to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.

Celebrating its bicentennial in academic year 2019-2020, Colgate has developed a distinctive identity and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning. The next Director will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing support and opportunities for Colgate's students; an authentic appreciation for Colgate's history and traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; a deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; and a firm but fair approach to the resolution of conflict.

Colgate was first founded in 1817 as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The number 13 is still Colgate's lucky number; Friday the 13th is always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a formal charter in 1819, and the Baptists in New York City consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution in 1823. In 1890, the school became Colgate University in honor of the enduring support from William Colgate and his family. The first African American students were admitted in the 1920s, and women were admitted in 1970.

Today, Colgate is a thriving, highly selective liberal arts institution located on a beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York. U.S. News and World Report ranked Colgate as the 14th-best liberal arts college in the country in 2017. Forbes Magazine ranked it 15th among top liberal arts colleges and 42nd overall in its 2017 edition of "America's Top Colleges.” Colgate is also listed as one of Newsweek magazine's "New Ivies.”

Located in the geographic center of New York State, Colgate's campus boasts carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and a hillside setting, and is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation. It is a friendly and close-knit place where students develop lifelong bonds with the University, with each other, and with faculty and staff. There are 88 buildings on the 575-acre campus, some dating back to 1827. Faculty and staff make intentional choices to live and work in Hamilton, New York and, as such, it is a scholarly community that is collectively focused on an undergraduate education and preparation that is uniquely Colgate.

The University's academic program is grounded in its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and is required of every undergraduate. The five core classes are Legacies of the Ancient World, Challenges of Modernity, Communities and Identities, Scientific Perspectives on the World, and Global Engagements. Undergraduates may choose from 55 majors and more than 40 additional minors. Classes are small, averaging 18 students, and are taught by nearly 300 full-time faculty, 99 percent of whom have received a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in research efforts, and Colgate undergraduates have co-authored articles in professional publications for more than 30 years. Colgate also has a rich tradition of international and off-campus study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. The University is ranked first by the Institute of International Education in percentage of students participating in mid-length off campus study programs. The off-campus study groups run for an entire semester, and travel to locations all around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and within the United States. Extended study programs offer students between 2-5 weeks of study following the end of the semester. Through these and more than 100 other affiliated programs, roughly two-thirds of Colgate students will study off campus during their undergraduate years.

As of December 31, 2017, Colgate's endowment was valued at $900 million. The University's total operating budget is $865 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Moody's Investment Service just affirmed Colgate's Aa3 rating in August 2017 based on the university's excellent strategic positioning as a highly selective private liberal arts school with a robust market and sizeable financial resources.

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Hamilton and the Surrounding Community
Founded in 1795, the village of Hamilton was recently named one of the friendliest towns in the United States by Forbes Magazine. The village has a population of roughly 4,000, including 80 percent of the Colgate faculty. The Hamilton Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The area is ideal for outdoor recreation including biking, hiking, trail running, and skiing. Colgate's golf course, Seven Oaks, was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best college golf courses in the country. The location provides easy access for summer hikes and winter ski trips. It is less than a one hour drive from Syracuse, four hours away from New York City, and five hours from Boston.
Colgate and Hamilton have formed the Partnership for Community Development, which develops an active network of professional consultants, foundations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations located throughout the Central New York region to assist area residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes efforts to stimulate and support local business through small business development and the revitalization of historic buildings. To strengthen the relationship between the village and the university, and to add to the economic development of downtown, Colgate relocated its campus bookstore to the downtown area of the village. Similarly, Colgate also owns and operates the Palace Theater, a 300-seat performing arts center and performing venue for local and student performers.

Brian W. Casey was inaugurated as Colgate's 17th president in 2016. After starting a career in law, Casey transitioned to higher education after earning a PhD from Harvard University in the history of American civilization, focusing specifically on the history of American higher education and American intellectual history. Most recently, Casey served as president of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. At Colgate, Casey is refocusing a commitment to Colgate's core identity: academic excellence and an immersive residential program in the liberal arts, preparing Colgate's students for well-rounded lives and careers.

Paul J. McLoughlin II became vice president and dean of the college in July 2017. Previously, McLoughlin served as dean of students at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania since 2012. At Lafayette, McLoughlin oversaw residential life, recreation services, student conduct, wellness, student leadership and involvement, fraternity and sorority advising, and other campus life initiatives. McLoughlin is an integral member of President Casey's cabinet, participating in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development as Colgate prepares for its third century of providing excellent education. He provides operational leadership of the dean of the college division, with a portfolio including administrative advising (the administrative complement to academic advising provided through students' faculty advisers), residential life; campus safety; environmental health and safety; emergency management; multicultural and diversity initiatives, including the ALANA Cultural Center; fraternity and sorority advising; University ministry and the Chaplaincy, international student services, the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education; student conduct; health services, wellness, and psychological services and counseling.

Colgate students are achievers intellectually, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. The University enrolls about 2,900 highly motivated students and admission is highly selective. For the class of 2021, fewer than 2,500 students were offered admission, chosen from more than 8,500 applicants representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 128 countries. The acceptance rate was 28 percent. Admitted students had an average GPA of 3.8 and an average combined SAT score of 1444. Fifty-six percent of students are women, students of color constitute more than 30 percent of the student body, and international students account for 11 percent. Approximately 40 percent of students receive financial aid and Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated need.

The curricular and co-curricular overlap and intersect often at Colgate. The University offers students 55 majors and more than 40 minors, and courses are taught by nearly 300 faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class has 18 students. Small classes are common and allow for faculty to advise and mentor students inside and outside of the classroom.

Colgate features a number of arts facilities to foster the creative endeavors of students on campus, as well as to host visiting artists, musicians, filmmakers, theater groups, and other creative professionals.

Colgate is a residential university with more than 93 percent of students living on campus. Housing options include traditional residence halls; interest-based residential communities; townhouses; apartments; and university-owned houses. The University has recently launched a new Residential Commons system designed to create strong and welcoming living/learning communities. The creation of these communities has required the renovation of existing dormitory facilities and the construction of new residence halls. Starting with the class of 2021, every first-year student will call one of four Commons home, and beginning in 2019-2020, all sophomores will also live in a Commons. Through membership in their Commons, students will engage with professors and each other in special recreational, social, and intellectual activities. For more on the Residential Commons, visit

Junior and senior students may live in college apartments, college houses, Greek-affiliated chapter houses, or townhouses, or they may apply to live off campus. The 250 students approved to live off-campus through the lottery take part in the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a collaborative effort between the Village of Hamilton and the Colgate community to ensure a positive and healthy relationship between the village and the campus.

Fraternities and sororities are part of a long-standing tradition at Colgate, dating back to the first fraternity charter adopted in 1856. Roughly a third of all Colgate students are affiliated with the fraternity and sorority community at Colgate University comprised of eight internationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Students are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority in their sophomore year and Colgate owns and oversees all chapter houses.

Colgate also has a rich and competitive athletic tradition. Approximately 25 percent of students are involved in a varsity sport, and 80 percent of students are involved in some form of varsity, club, or intramural athletics. There are 25 varsity teams, more than 40 club sports teams, and 18 different intramural sports. Colgate is part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League for all varsity sports (ECAC of Division I for men's and women's hockey) and consistently has one of the NCAA's top graduation rates among student-athletes.


Supporting the academic mission of Colgate University, the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute (Center) is a student development educator and a critical member of the Dean of the College Division who actively collaborates with colleagues across the University to create learning opportunities with all dimensions of contemporary student wellness. The Director will develop, implement, and assess programs related to leading health and wellness indicators as described in the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative, with an emphasis on prevention and lifelong learning.

The Director will 1) lead campuswide stakeholders in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student health and wellbeing by forming crossfunctional teams for mental health, nutrition and physical fitness, sexual health, and employee wellness; 2) provide strategic direction and administrative oversight for the Shaw Wellness space; 3) develop and coordinate a wellness continuous improvement program including gathering information , and assessing efforts, and (4) administer an alcohol and other drugs prevention and education program, that encourages students to think critically about health decision-making and taking meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behaviors.

The Director of Shaw Wellness is also a member of the Dean of Students' team and will collaborate closely with other professionals in the Dean of the College Division, including the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, the ALANA Cultural Center, Administrative Deans, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services, Haven, among others as well as others throughout the University including Human Resources, Athletics and Recreation, and Outdoor Education.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of Shaw Wellness is a twelve-month, full-time position. The Director supervises a Program Coordinator, an Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and an Administrative Assistant, with indirect oversight for a Dietitian /Nutritionist.

• Coordinate the University's student wellness programs and processes, including the overall management and development of a contemporary health and wellness program with both unique and collaborative programs.
• Apply extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidenceinformed practice in college-age populations.
• Apply extensive knowledge of program cycle (assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation) to support changes at multiple individual and population levels.
• Apply extensive knowledge of research methods (survey design, environmental scans, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection methods) to assess community need and inform and continuous quality improvement processes that translate assessment results into action.
• Effective collaboration with other professionals to create and evaluate programs that promote student wellness across all dimensions of wellness (Hettler's 6 Dimensions of Wellness; Travis' 12 Dimensions of Wellness; Seligman's PERMA Model of Wellbeing; or, Swarbick's 8 Dimensions of Wellness) that encourages flourishing, thriving, and resiliency.
• Effective articulation of messages and marketing campaigns to internal audiences about healthy lifestyles, programs and services to different target audiences and through a variety of channels, including social media. Develop strategic plans to address health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy) and develop measurable goals and objectives.
• Demonstrate supervisory skills and responsibility to supervise staff including the Program Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, Administrative Assistant, with a dotted line reporting relationship for Dietitian with Chartwells dining services.
• Supervise student groups as a part of an advising department within the Organization Advising Committee (OAC) such as: Active Minds, Colgate Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, Peer Health Educators, etc. and liaise with Greek Life Presidents, and the Colgate Student Government Association. Supervise various interns.
• Ensure the implementation of all alcohol-related compliance requirements, including the biennial review of Alcohol and Other Drug programs for the Department of Education.
• Effective collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to develop new projects and campaigns with the specific goal of reducing high risk drinking and the negative implications of such use on all students.
• Implement the annual launch of the on-line modules related to Alcohol and Other Drugs and sexual assault, and ensure student compliance with courses.
• Provide active leadership on wellness-related committees that support strategic objectives, including the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee, Wellness Steering Committee, and Social Norming Committee and when asked to serve on various committees, fully participate, attend meetings, keep supervisor updated about involvement and progress, and represent the Dean of Students, as appropriate.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

• Bachelor's degree required.
• Master's degree in higher education administration or student affairs, public health, health psychology, health education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
• A minimum of three years in health promotion, health education, or wellness program management.
• Supervisory experience with professional staff.
• Membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. ACHA, APHA, NASPA, SOPHE, etc.)
• Familiarity with contemporary college student issues.
• Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments.
• Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development.
• Demonstrated ability to network and work cooperatively with faculty and staff colleagues.
• Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working in or familiarity with selective, residential, liberal arts college environments.
• Student Affairs experience is highly preferred.
• Experience managing a comprehensive wellness program, development and presentation of population-specific health topics related to wellness across the undergraduate experience.
• Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) credentials
• Familiarity with ACHA's Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education
Proficiency with statistical software
• Grant writing skills

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Preferred Years Of Experience:

3 Year(s)

Education Required:

4 Year Degree - BA,4 Year Degree - BS
Date Posted : 07/24/2018