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Program Assistant

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions have been filled; review of applications will begin immediately. Positions are a one academic year commitment with option to rehire, though preference of department is for one or more years.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Job Title Program Assistant
Department Name Stu Aff Wellness Prev Admin - 640701
Vacancy ID S010770
Position Posting Category Student Services
Hiring Range $16.00 per hour
Full-time/Part-time Part Time
If part-time, how many hours per week? 20 Hours per week
Work Schedule

Work will generally be scheduled between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Proposed Start Date 08/07/2017
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months or less
Posting Open Date 05/15/2017
Posting Close Date 05/29/2017
Description of Work

Student Wellness seeks up to seven (7) paid, part-time, temporary energetic and creative Program Assistants to work 20 hours per week during the 2017-2018 academic year. These positions will work as part of a dynamic team to assist with assessment, planning, implementation, and coordination of wellness programs and services for undergraduate, graduate/professional and post doc students at UNC Chapel Hill. Work will generally be scheduled between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Student Wellness envisions a thriving campus culture that is safe, equitable and well. As a health promotion and prevention office, we educate, advocate, support and promote individual and community health and well-being. Through partnerships with other campus departments, community agencies, student organizations, and peer educators, we used evidence informed public health strategies to foster an environment that creates, emphasizes, and supports healthy choices and positive decision making regarding health, safety, and wellness.

The Program Assistant roles in Student Wellness are invaluable to bringing key services and programs to students at UNC Chapel Hill. Student Wellness strives to equip all Program Assistants with valuable training and skills and provide them opportunities to strengthen those abilities within the scope of their responsibilities. With supervision from full time, professional staff, all Student Wellness Program Assistants will work as a team to pool their skills and knowledge to complete the following responsibilities:
• Develop, implement, and facilitate evidence-based, culturally relevant health promotion programs and interventions
• Collaborate with campus offices to create large scale programming & events promoting a culture of wellness at UNC Chapel Hill
• Respond to program requests from student groups and other UNC departments or faculty
• Create & facilitate workshops and classroom presentations on a variety of health & wellness topics
• Gather, compile, and synthesize data and related information to develop health and wellness initiatives and educational materials for diverse groups of students
• Conduct process and outcome evaluations/assessments for programs and wellness initiatives
• Coordinate the implementation of health and wellness assessment instruments, program evaluations, and other ongoing assessment initiatives
• Assist in the development and dissemination of health communication and social marketing materials, including social media, dynamic web content, and regular contributions to the Healthy Heels blog
• Act as an ambassador of Student Wellness resources at campus events and programs
• Synthesize health data and information into student relevant communication materials
• Compile information for use in infographics, proposals, and annual reports as needed
• Provide one-on-one wellness consultation appointments, utilizing motivational interviewing skills. These may include SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Education) sessions, facilitating BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), and other relevant coaching roles as appropriate. Training provided by Student Wellness.
• Advise & mentor Student Wellness affiliated student groups
• Respond to phone & email requests/inquiries from students and campus partners about Student Wellness services & programs
• Participate in UNC Chapel Hill committees, events, taskforces etc. as assigned
• Attend ongoing training and professional development sessions, including regular staff meetings, biannual retreats, and all staff training
• Assume other duties as assigned

As a team, we strive to find Program Assistants who represent a breadth of knowledge, skills, and experiences across the following areas:
• Excellent skills in facilitation, education, and communication
• Experience using public health, social change, and high impact educational frameworks when developing and implementing programs and communications
• Advising and supporting peer health education groups
• Proficiency in infusing health equity concepts across a variety of programs & services
• Capacity to cultivate culturally competent and inclusive spaces for students to explore sensitive health topics
• Designing & evaluating health messaging campaigns
• Qualitative & quantitative data collection & analysis
• Program planning, development, and evaluation
• Group facilitation and presenting to diverse populations
• Topic specific knowledge (i.e. Sexual health and relationship education, violence prevention, alcohol & other drugs prevention and intervention, health equity, stress management, recovery, sleep, and/or other health related topics)
• Training in motivational interviewing, coaching, mentoring, and/or advising skills
Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution. Graduate degree in progress (in Public Health, Social Work, Higher Education, or related field) is preferred.
• Ability to work 20 hours per week throughout the academic year, including some evening and weekend hours
• Passion for providing student centered, positive customer service
• Ability to work in teams and to maintain effective professional relationships
• Ability to work independently, manage a variety of tasks, follow-up on assignments, and take initiative on projects
• Flexibility to work across disciplines to produce effect prevention initiatives on campus
• Comfort working in a dynamic open co-working space with a diverse team to accomplish departmental goals
• Excitement for working as a team across health topic areas towards a more integrated, equitable and holistic wellness approach
• Ability to work respectfully and effectively with students of various ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
Special Instructions

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions have been filled; review of applications will begin immediately. Positions are a one academic year commitment with option to rehire, though preference of department is for one or more years.

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Optional and Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * In 300 words or less, please describe your personal wellness philosophy.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * In 300 words or less, please describe your experience leading trainings or planning events relating to health and wellness, specifically highlighting any experience working with college students.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly describe any specific areas of knowledge or practice related to health and wellness that you hold, and how you see these being used on this team.

    (Open Ended Question)