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Health Promotion Specialist

Date Posted: 11/15/2011
Organization: Columbia University
Location: New York, NY

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Position Responsibilities:

As part of the Alice! Health Promotion team, the Health Promotion Specialist works to make the campus healthier by connecting students to information and resources, cultivating healthy attitudes and behaviors, and fostering a culture that values and supports a healthy community. The Health Promotion Specialist will develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate a variety of health promotion initiatives for the campus community based on sound theory- and evidenced-informed practice of college health promotion.

  • Coordinate, disseminate, and report on population-based assessments of health status, needs, and assets of students and environmental assessments of campus community health needs and resources.  Develop proposals for policy, programs and other interventions, and departmental goals and objectives based on findings.
  • Develops, coordinates, and evaluates health promotion initiatives of Alice! Health Promotion.  Write and submit periodic and annual reports on program progress and outcomes, including developing proposals for enhancements or changes as appropriate.
  • As part of the Go Ask Alice! health question and answer Internet resource team, read question submissions, research, write, and edit answers as assigned.
  • Consult with and develop collaborative programs and working relationships with numerous constituencies on campus, including but not limited to Residential Programs, Athletics and Physical Education, Columbia University schools and departments, clinical and other Columbia Health staff, and student organizations.
  • In coordination with Columbia Health Communications Department, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion initiatives.
  • Develop, coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate interactive trainings and programs for student groups and university staff on a variety of health-related topics.
  • Respond to inquiries about health information and services from students, staff and faculty, referring, when appropriate, to campus services or community organizations.
  • Serve on committees and task forces as requested.
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate student staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of health promotion theory and evidence-informed practice, and ability to translate and apply that theory with a university population. Sound understanding of undergraduate and graduate students' development issues, health needs and interests, and ability to design health promotion initiatives that reflect the social, cultural, political, and economic diversity of students. Excellent and demonstrated public speaking; group facilitation; writing, editing, and communication skills are required. Experience in program development, marketing, and evaluation. Must be detail-oriented; possess strong organizational and follow-up skills. Strong computer skills required, including PC literacy in a Windows environment, Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn technology quickly.  

Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Education or closely related field required. Minimum of 2-4 years' experience in college health promotion or closely related field required.  Master's degree in Public Health, Health Education or closely related field strongly preferred. Familiarity with Internet applications, content management systems and application of technology to health promotion preferred.  CHES/MCHES or CPH certified or eligible (with intent to become certified) strongly preferred.

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