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Manager, Health Education

Department: Health Services Effective Date: January 2011
Grade: USG 9 Reports to: Supervisor of Health Services

General Accountability

The manager will be responsible for ensuring effective development and coordination of health education and health promotion programs for the University of Waterloo student population. Expertise is required in the area of health education delivery including strategic planning, project planning and implementation and program evaluation. Emphasis is given to building and sustaining relationships with the University of Waterloo community (faculty, departments, student government and organizations) to better meet the health education needs and expectations of students and thus contribute to campus wellness.

This is a fast paced, student focused position with casual student staff, drama expertise and multiple volunteers.  The campus wide health promotion and outreach programming managed by the health educator results in approximately 10,000+ student face to face interactions per year and reaches many more students through poster campaigns, online and hardcopy resources.

This position will work in partnership with the Health Services’ professionals particularly the nurses, Dietitian and Psychological Services teams.  This position will also provide leadership to build working relationships with other campus departments contributing to the wellness initiative such as Athletics, Student Success  Office, Federations of Students, the Graduate Student Association, Waterloo International and Residence Life.

Nature and Scope

Provide campus wide health promotion programs. This includes: Researching needs, initiating, developing and evaluating student centred health education programs to ensure that identified concerns are addressed in accordance with current health promotion theory and practice.

Oversee the development of educational resources including teaching materials, promotional materials, lifestyle displays and websites.  Emphasis will be on participatory/interactive material and use of new technologies and social media

Ensure program integrity and relevance using a variety of assessment tools.

Develop and manage Peer Health Outreach Programs including:

  • Party Smart
  • Hot & Spicy
  • Mission Nutrition
  • Healthy Minds
  • International Students Health & Wellness
  • and others as the need arises
  • Manage Health Promotion Resource Centre.

Work in partnership with Physicians, Nurses, Dietitian and Psychological Services’ staff for the development, advertisement and implementation of programming.

Develop and maintain a close liaison with key Student Services personnel, Graduate Student Association, Federation of Students, Residence Life Co-ordinators, Affiliated Church Colleges, University Departments (Student Life Office, Athletics, Waterloo International and Counselling Services).

Represent Health Services campus health initiatives and contribute to University Committees: LGBTQQ Working Committee, Waterloo Mental Health Wellness Day Committee, UW Suicide Prevention Committee.

Build and nurture Regional contacts including Waterloo Region Public Health, Region of Waterloo Sexual Assault Treatment Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Student Life Company, ACCKWA, CMHA.  

Design promotional materials and market the services and programs offered by Health Services.

Continued development and maintenance of the Health Services website.

Participate in special campus activities including Student Life101, Campus Day, and Orientation Week, One Waterloo Campaigns, Warrior Weekends, Federation Clubs events: Women’s Centre, GLOW.

Assist Health Services Supervisor with TB Clinic and Flu Clinic.

Advise, research, recommend and/or develop Publications: Student Health 101 Newsletter, Health Promotion Pamphlets

Training sessions: Peer Health Education Training

  • The Manager of Health Education may be asked to support projects or studies undertaken by other departments on campus on topics related to undergraduate and graduate students’ health and wellness, student success and student life activities.
  • The Manager of Health Education interacts with a wide variety of campus members, Executive and Administrative Assistants, Department Directors, the Federation of Student Executive, and many others.The Manager of Health Education is often called upon to present information to dons, students and at departmental meetings.
  • The Manager of Health Education may be delegated to represent Health Services by the Supervisor and/or Director on committees involved in campus wellness such as the Alcohol Use and Education Committee.
  • In consultation with the Health Services Supervisor and Director, the Manager of Health Education will develop and coordinate projects which will enhance the health of undergraduate and graduate students and will work with departments across campus for health promotion, increased awareness regarding health issues, behaviour change, and education regarding various health topics relevant to student health and wellness.

Reporting to the Health Educator / Manager of Health Education:

  • Leave the Pack Behind Campus Program Coordinator (1)
  • Leave The Pack Behind Team Leader (1)
  • Leave The Pack Behind Communication Team (3)
  • Leave The Pack Behind Web Master (1)

Peer Health Education Team Leaders (10):

  • Peer health Educators (50)
  • Single & Sexy Director (1)
  • Single & Sexy Stage Manager (1)
  • Single & Sexy Actors (8)
  • Co-op Work Placement Students (1 per term)

Statistical Data

Budget for Health Education $5,000

Budget for Single & Sexy       $25,000

Budget for LTPB                    $1,200

LTPB paid staff     6 part-time

Single & Sexy Staff                   10 paid staff

Co-op/work study students:

  • 1 per semester is required however currently eligible for 1 per spring term

Volunteers 50+

Students (undergraduate and graduate)    ~30,000

Specific Accountabilities

  1. To develop the health education program and create health promotion resources for the student population.
  2. To train and manage Peer Health Educators.
  • To identify through research key issues affecting student health.
  • To liaise with Health Services’ staff and various departments to promote student health and healthy lifestyle behaviours.
  • To assist clinic staff with valuable health resources.
  • To contribute to Psychological Services department through co-facilitation of psycho-educational events such as Personal Best.
  • To coordinate the distribution of Student Health 101 to students and parents.
  • To write articles, produce videos for publication in the Student Health 101 newsletters.
  • To produce Single & Sexy first year orientation dramatic production.
  • To oversee operating budgets (Single & Sexy, LTPB, and Health Education).

Supervision and Leadership

  • Provide leadership and coordinate Health Services participation for special events i.e. Student Life 101, Orientation Week, Campus Day.
  • Provide leadership for Single and Sexy, Residence Displays, Peer Health Education Presentations (i.e. Hot & Spicy), Health Awareness Days/Weeks (i.e. Mental Health Awareness Week).

Professional Organizations:

Working Conditions

  • Multitasking
  • Fast paced environment
  • Programming deadlines
  • Demand for thoroughness and accuracy
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders across campus including HS management and staff, Student Life Office, Residence Life, Athletics Department
  • Extended hours are frequent as well as weekend availability