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Health Promotion Specialist

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034075
Department Code 40201-0017
Department Health Promotion
Job Title Health Promotion Specialist
Location Syracuse NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Evenings and weekends as needed
Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Office of Health Promotion under Health and Wellness at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a Health Promotion Specialist.

The Health Promotion Specialist works as part of the Office of Health Promotion team and is responsible for utilizing evidence- and theory-based principles to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs, events, and initiatives as part of a comprehensive health and wellness prevention strategy for students.

Primary focus areas for prevention include alcohol and other drugs, sexual and relationship violence, and mental health. This position will also oversee multiple peer education groups, student organizations, and student volunteers.


• A minimum of two years related health promotion work experience, preferably in a higher education environment

• Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Policy, Health Education, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or a closely related field.

• Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible and intent to become certified preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Experience utilizing behavior change theories and models in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs/initiatives.

• Experience implementing and evaluating population-based prevention initiatives.

• Demonstrated skills in a variety of educational methods including presentations, trainings, small group facilitation, and individual sessions.

• Demonstrated skills in critically reviewing health-related literature, as well as gathering, compiling, and synthesizing information to develop health promotion initiatives and educational materials for a diverse group of students.

• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

• Ability to think critically and solve problems, as well as handle multiple projects simultaneously.

• Good judgment and ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.

• Strong knowledge of alcohol and other drugs content and prevention strategies.

• Knowledge of mental health issues and sexual and relationship violence prevention.

• Demonstrated cultural competence and inclusiveness in working with populations of diverse cultures and identities in addressing issues of diversity, health, and social justice.

• Demonstrated skills and training in health communication and social marketing.

• Demonstrated skills in grant writing and quantitative and qualitative research preferred.


• Develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of health promotion programs, events, and initiatives as part of a comprehensive health promotion mission, vision, and prevention strategy, with particular focus on alcohol and other drugs.

• Collaborates with key stakeholders on and off campus to implement a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health for students. This includes participation in Division of Student Affairs and health and wellness teams and committees.

• Develops goals and measurable objectives for policies, programs, and services and evaluate effectiveness.

• Provides oversight to, and coordination of, student groups, including student organizations, student volunteers, and peer education groups. Assists these groups in creating and delivering innovative primary prevention programs, including harm-reduction education, bystander intervention, and awareness events.

• Hires/recruits, trains, manages, supervises and evaluates paid and/or volunteer student staff, interns, student volunteers, and peer educators.

• Incorporates multicultural diversity and social justice concepts and principles into health promotion services.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

For full consideration please attache a resume and cover letter

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 11/03/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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