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Health Promotion Specialist - Archive
University Health Center

Posting: 12380
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-01-29

ClosesOpen Until Filled.  Complete application materials received by 5:00 PST, October 10, 2012 will be given first consideration.


The Health Promotion Specialist is a staff member in the Health Promotion Department in the University Health Center at the University of Oregon.  The Health Promotion Department serves as the coordinator for the primary prevention efforts of the University Health Center with the goal of improving the health outcomes for our students and to create a healthy environment.  This is accomplished by providing universal, selective, and indicated prevention services for students in support of the overall mission of the University.

The Health Promotion Specialist maintains collaborative relationships with student leaders, campus, faculty, staff, and community partners to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health for students.  This position is responsible for developing strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for health promotion programs and services.  This requires developing, implementing and analyzing of student health surveys that: 1. provide baseline data and follow-up health data, 2. identify program needs and priorities, 3. evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services and 4. track trends in student health status and behavior.

The successful candidate will utilize a public health approach to create, provide and coordinate wellness and health promotion and prevention initiatives.  The Health Promotion Specialist will incorporate multicultural diversity and social justice concepts and principles into health promotion and prevention services.  The position will be responsible for the supervision of student interns, educators, leaders, volunteers, and student workers.  Research, theories, and evidence based practices will support initiatives.  The Health Promotion Specialist will attend professional conferences; write reports and proposals and other related functions as assigned.


The University of Oregon (UO) is a comprehensive research university with an enrollment of over 24,000 students.  The UO, located in Eugene is 110 miles south of Portland, the state’s major metropolitan area, an hour from both the Pacific to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. The Eugene/Springfield metro area (pop. 215,000 and growing) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment.  The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and of the PAC-12 athletic conference.


  • Master’s degree in public health, higher education, public health policy, health promotion or other related field.
  • Experience in developing strategic planning goals and measurable outcomes for health promotion programs and services.
  • Demonstrated communication skills that contribute to effective collaborations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability with cultural competencies and working with people from diverse backgrounds.


  • Two years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified for the position preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of current and emerging issues regarding wellness, health, learning, higher education, socio-ecological model, behavior change, systems, built environments and evidence-based practice and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to a population in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in leading coalitions.
  • Experience in social media and health communication strategies.
  • Experience in training and supervising peer education leaders.
  • Experience in data collection, analysis, application and assessment.


Salary range $49,000 to $53,000 annually, commensurate with experience.  This position is full time, twelve month, fixed term, renewable appointment as an Officer of Administration (OA).  The UO offers a generous benefits package.


For consideration, applicants must submit:

1.       Cover letter which describes:
a.     Your skills, abilities and experience that demonstrate how you meet the requirements of this position
b.     Your interest in the position
2.       Current resume.
3.       Names, addresses and phone numbers for three professional references.  References must include someone you have worked in collaboration with such as committee work.
4.       Unclassified Employment Application (short form). http://ups.uoregon.edu/sites/ups.uoregon.edu/files/ups/EmplAppShort%20rev.pdf;
5.       Responses to supplemental questions.

Submit application materials by email to Tamarra White at twhite4@uoregon.edu or mail to:

Tamarra White
Executive Assistant to the Director
University Health Center
1232 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1232

Complete application materials received by 5:00 PST, October 10, 2012 will be given first consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

Finalist for the position must successfully pass a criminal background check.


To assist us in making the selection for a Health Promotion Specialist, please respond to each of the following questions and submit as part of your application materials.

1.     Describe your experience working in a team-based environment.  Include examples of how you were able to collaborate on shared tasks, manage your own timelines, and communicate effectively with members of your work team.

2.     Describe how you have contributed to a policy or initiative that has impacted the health of a population.  Include experience in the development of strategic planning goals.  How did you determine the success of the policy or initiative?

The University of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.