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Health Promotion and Communications Specialist - Western Washington University

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Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11719
Posted: August 18, 2017

Position Responsibilities:

The Health Promotion & Communications Specialist is responsible for the design of all health promotion and harm reduction communications of PWS. This includes responsibility to plan, create, implement, and evaluate student-focused health, wellness and success enhancing inclusive messaging and materials that address the needs of our diverse student community and promote the programs and services of PWS.

The Health Promotion & Communications Specialist oversees the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the web-based sexual violence awareness and prevention training required for all new, matriculated students to WWU. Performance of this function entails discretion and independent judgment in facilitating the campus and vendor arrangements necessary to the effective operation of this training. This position also responds to and resolves technical difficulties and customer issues, and handles all troubleshooting for this project

The Health Promotion & Communications Specialist works collaboratively with other PWS staff to recruit, select, train, and supervise PWS Peer Health Educators. 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Health Promotion Development, Marketing, and Communication Dissemination

  • Work in partnership with Prevention and Wellness Services staff, and other departments and services, to plan, implement and evaluate student-focused health, wellness and success enhancing goals

PWS Marketing & Media Management

  • Ensure the correctness, completeness, and timeliness of information on PWS websites; and that all media formats of material are functioning properly

Implement the Sexual Violence Primary Prevention and Awareness Training

  • Plan, implement, supervise and evaluate the web-based sexual violence awareness and prevention training required for all new, matriculated students to WWU.  This position facilitates all arrangements necessary to implement and manage this training and functions with significant discretion and independent judgment in troubleshooting to ensure the effectiveness of this critical project

Selection, Training & Supervision of Peer Health Educators

  • Work collaboratively with other PWS staff to recruit, select, train, and supervise PWS Peer Health Educators


  • Establish baseline and comparative measures that assess progress toward PWS health and wellness goals and that provide a snapshot of student health behavior

Records Management

  • Maintain the confidentiality of any and all student information utilized in the management of the sexual violence primary prevention and awareness training, National College Health Assessment, and other PWS research or services (e.g. student names, student numbers, Western email addresses, etc.)


  • Maintain records, assess effectiveness, and create departmental reports

Professionalism and Quality Assurance

  • Establish and maintain high standards for all position activities, utilizing parameters set by relevant professional standards, professional groups, and pertinent state and federal regulations.
  • Ensure provision of effective and quality service to Western students by developing a departmental health outreach goals and plan, conducting regular assessment of job duties and effectiveness of materials and promotions/campaigns designed, identify areas for further review or revision; and implementing revision as needed

Leadership in Health Promotion Messaging

  • Ensure all PWS health promotion materials or messages are aligned with University standards. Take a primary role in the planning and creation of any reports that pertain to Prevention & Wellness Services’ design and delivery of health promotion messages


  • Assist with departmental outreach to students and families. This requires work schedule flexibility to meet evening or weekend program needs

Personnel Management

  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a Student Graphic Designer.  The hiring and supervisory process may include collaboration with another university department if student hours will be shared
  • Train and supervise volunteer Peer Health Educators

Other Duties as Assigned

  • All Prevention and Wellness Services positions are flexible in work assignment in order to fulfill the changing needs of the department
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree with two or more years’ experience relevant to the duties of this position
  • Experience developing messaging or marketing materials/campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and assess efficacy of marketing materials that are relevant to and inclusive of Western’s diverse student population
  • Experience working and building relationships across departments/functions
  • Demonstrated project management and excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills: interpersonal, oral, visual, and written – including editing
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Knowledge of or experience with the capabilities of various current graphic design applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver) 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing and balancing multiple job duties in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize creative problem-solving techniques, analyze, brainstorm, and develop strategies
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters’ Degree in health promotion, health education, community health, health communications, or related field
  • Professional experience in the field of marketing, health promotion, graphic design, health education, or community health
  • Functional knowledge of social norms theory and social norms marketing or other marketing strategies
  • Demonstrated skill in effective presentation to groups
  • Demonstrated project evaluation/assessment skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with database and online learning software (e.g. Canvas, Banner, etc.)
  • Experience supervising and mentoring others
  • Experience developing learning outcomes and program/service assessment
  • Experience with website content management
  • Experience with SPSS for analysis of assessment data
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, Outlook), including document production/editing
How to Apply:
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in and provide the information listed below. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize the online application system. You may cut and paste or upload your materials as noted per the EASE application procedure.

Required documents:
1) A cover letter
2) Resume which specifically addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, and your experience related to this position
3) Three reference names with contact information (must include either a current or past supervisor).

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