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#115740 Director, Health Promotion Services

Filing Deadline: Mon 10/3/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Special Selection Applicants_: Apply by 9/22/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL APPLICANTS: UC San Diego has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for this search. For consideration, please send a current resume and cover letter via email to with the subject heading "UC San Diego Director HPS." Candidates are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible, but no later than October 3, 2022, to receive full consideration. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Lili Rodríguez, at


The Student Health and Well-being (SHW) cluster of the UC San Diego Health System plays a leadership role in creating a strong and active wellness culture at UC San Diego that enables all students to flourish in body, mind and spirit. This includes promotion and the expansion/development of a student health and well-being center, and the transformation of existing departments under the oversight of the Executive Director into a cohesive, multi-disciplinary source of integrated wellness services. The SHW cluster includes the departments of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Promotion Services (HPS) and Student Health Services (SHS).

Charged with serving nearly 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Student Affairs is a large, cross-cutting organization with a budget of $99 million, a staff of 420 career employees and 1,400 student employees. Student Affairs includes Student Retention & Success, Student Life, Student Conduct, Case Management Services, Global Education and Recreation (including Facilities) and Collective Impact Initiatives to enhance the Student Experience through Change-making, Mentoring, EDI and Wellness. Student Affairs works collaboratively and in partnership with the seven undergraduate Colleges, the Graduate Division, the Student Health & Wellbeing Cluster, Athletics, Career Services, EDI Community Centers, Alumni, Families and the Academic Schools and Divisions to ensure that UC San Diego is a Student-Centered University.

Student Affairs Case Management Services (CMS) is responsible for the strategic planning, development, implementation and management of a broad range of undergraduate and graduate students’ case management services, programs and initiatives that align with the University’s strategic plan and Student Affairs' goals. The position functions with a high level of autonomy and is accountable for the outcome of complex student cases, threat assessments and wellness programs efforts. Responsible for the supervision and training of professional and support staff, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of the units and managing an operating budget in excess of $650K. The position provides leadership to a team of Social Work Case Managers as well as a Graduate Assistant Case Management Team in partnership with CSU, San Marcos.

Reporting directly to Executive Director for Student Health and Well-Being, the Director, Health Promotion Services (HPS) will serve as the leader for the Health Promotion Services department, which includes health educators, dieticians, collegiate recovery services, administrative assistants, and marketing and communication support for the entire Student Health and Wellness Cluster. The Director will play a leadership role in the SHW cluster, serving as a member of the executive team, with direct oversight of all health promotion activities that address priority student health issues and trends. Finally, the Director of Health Promotion Services will work closely with Student Affairs, the seven Colleges, Graduate Division, Professional schools, Academic Departments, Faculty, Student Leadership, Community Health Organizations, and various campus units to support an integrate approach to a strong and active wellness culture at UC San Diego. Supporting the mission of the university to establish a campus-wide agenda that advances the health of students and promotes student development, retention, and success is the core focus of this role. This unique portfolio of responsibilities supports a comprehensive approach to student wellness bringing together key providers of student care, including the collaboration across multiple campus partners and the provision of wrap around services supporting student wellness and success.

This position works closely with the Graduate Division, the Colleges, Academic Departments, Faculty, Student Leadership, Community Health Organizations and various campus units to integrate, coordinate and support various units across Campus and UCSD Health, to ensure that UC San Diego has the best Student Health program in the country.

The Director works with campus leaders, such as Academic Affairs Units, EDI, staff and faculty, community agencies, University Police, the Graduate Division, UC San Diego Health, the Council of Provosts, the Academic Deans, the Council of Student Affairs Deans, families, donors, Case Management Services (CMS), the Basic Needs Hub, Student Life, Student Leadership, etc., to address the needs of our graduate and undergraduate student community. Ensures policies and procedures are consistent with campus-wide policies and in compliance with state and federal regulations. Serves on committees, task forces, hiring search committees, and collaborates with other university offices and programs for the benefit of students. CMS also leads or co-leads campus-wide initiatives in support of Student Well-being.

The Director provides direct oversight of all health promotion activities that address priority student health issues and trends to support the mission of the university. Establishes a campus-wide agenda to advance the health of students and promote student development, retention and success. Collaborates with senior-level colleagues across various departments on campus, to collectively improve the health of students. With authority, innovates and advises on all aspects of campus health education efforts and long-range goals for programmatic development of health promotion and wellness services. Develops, implements, and monitors the department’s strategic plan/goals/objectives and budget. Creates and provides data and reports to key campus stakeholders. Provides expert consultation on areas of health promotion and prevention to campus constituents.

The Director provides leadership and cohesion to the Health Promotion Services Team. Serves on the campus leadership team for strategic planning and coordination of all wellness activities impacting the campus. Functions as SHW management team member and is responsible for providing expertise related to health behavior and health promotion and program evaluation. Provides strategic direction of Health Promotion activities in relation to assessed campus needs, system-wide programs and national trends. Exercises high degree of autonomy to take action with authority in developing and editing policies and planning programs in the area of student wellness. This position may conceptualize and implement well-being programming to UCSD faculty and staff in the future. Uses experience in disciplines of both public health, health psychology or behavior change and student development to design training and educational programs that impact student well-being using evidenced and theory-based prevention efforts that achieve positive measurable outcomes. If appropriate, possibly serves as a clinical faculty member in Family Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine. May teach courses at the undergraduate level if they are approved and pertain to HPS activities. Plans, implements and evaluates short- and long-range goals and objectives. Supervises health promotion professional and support staff including hiring, evaluating performance, mentoring, and overseeing work. Advises, as needed, all aspects of the Peer Education program by maintaining cooperative and responsive working relationships with the student volunteers, SHS and CAPS staff, the Colleges, other University departments and the community at large. Monitors and projects the Health Promotion Services’ annual budget, income account activity and grant writing. Serves on SHW Committees and/or other campus committees as requested.

Directs the activities of health promotion professionals. Sets the short-term goals and priorities and provides day-to-day oversight of program development and delivery. Evaluates the performance of subordinates. Recommends changes to department policies and practices.


  • Advanced degree in relevant area, including public health, health psychology, health behavior change or related area. Degrees in other fields such as student affairs may be considered with evidence of sufficient college health promotion experience.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of clinical operations. Broad knowledge associated with managing medical care units and establishing operational efficiencies. Knowledge of health care delivery systems. Comprehensive knowledge of campus policies, programs and initiatives relating to Health Care services provided to students, faculty and staff.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of budget/fiscal related processes. Experience conducting assessment/program evaluations and using results to guide programmatic decisions and budget allocations.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of HR-related policies and procedures. Knowledge of union contracts and preparation of contract negotiations, in consultation with Human Resources.

  • Skills in providing and managing the delivery of medical care services to a diverse client population.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff at all levels in the organization, business partners and the medical community.

  • Must have project management and organizational leadership skills.

  • Must be able to collaborate with medical staff members and others across campus, both internal and external, at all levels in the organization on matters of significance.

  • Position must be able to establish priorities, goals and objectives and timelines for achievement of goals.

  • Broad knowledge of financial transactions and financial systems, as well as related policy, accounting, and regulatory compliance requirements. Proficient skills in marketing, social marketing, and public relations, budget and fiscal management skills.

  • Must be computer literate. Demonstrated skills in use of computer technology, Microsoft Office Suite and other electronic software.

  • Knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.

  • Exceptional skill in designing and implementing evidence-based comprehensive health promotion programs to improve the overall health, well-being and academic performance of college students, including development, implementation, management and evaluation.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of health promotion, health behavior change, health psychology, and population-based theories and models. Demonstrated knowledge and application of student development and learning theories and models.

  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of psycho-social and environmental influences on health behavior with ability to analyze high-risk health behaviors in a university population. Experience using bio-psycho-social, ecological and other health promotion models.

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the ACHA (American College Health Association) Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education. Demonstrated knowledge to conceptualize health promotion in the context of higher education.

  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills, especially with respect to diverse populations. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.

  • Experienced with handling multiple projects simultaneously, manage time effectively and prioritize tasks. Demonstrated creativity, resourcefulness and use of original ideas in the performance of duties.

  • Experience conducting literature reviews and program evaluations, interpreting findings, and developing plans to programmatically and strategically respond to findings.

  • At all times, demonstrate the characteristics of professionalism in attire, attitude, conversation, behavior and attentiveness to others. All staff members are required to uphold the UCSD Principles of Community and to promote a positive and collaborative team environment.

  • Must complete all required training as scheduled.

  • Demonstrated ability to actively foster a positive, welcoming climate, and value, include and support all in the UC San Diego community.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to foster the best possible working and learning environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to acknowledge, advocate and support the efforts to dismantle structural racism and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs.

  • As appropriate, submit incident reports into the UCSD SHW Incident Report System, RL Datix or current system in use, to report near-misses, process problems or patient or employee  injury events. Attend required trainings and refreshers for use and proper steps to follow.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Flu vaccination is required annually.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required, or approved exemption.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs such as evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to travel to off-site meetings and events.
  • Must have valid California Driver's License.
  • Completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required, because this position is listed as a mandated reporter under CANRA.
  • Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised, if deemed necessary.
  • This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties commensurate with the level and scope of this position as required to meet the ongoing needs of HPS and SHW Cluster.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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