Reporting to the Vice Provost for University Life, the Chief Wellness Officer leads the provision of exemplary, innovative, multidisciplinary, and highly-collaborative student health and wellness services, including initiatives that promote the physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being of Penn’s vibrantly diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional student population. The Chief Wellness Officer ensures the provision of student-centered services: that are delivered with professional excellence, optimal responsiveness, and ethical care; that benefit from the active engagement of students; that are integrated to the advantage of the health of the overall student population; that nurture the commitment and participation of other stakeholders both on and off campus who advance student health and wellness, and that are well-informed by evidence-based practice.
The Chief Wellness Officer is responsible for long-term student health and wellness planning that builds a stronger Penn student wellness fabric: through the promotion of active partnerships between, and the identification of efficiencies within and across, physical and mental health and wellness departments; the identification, consolidation, promotion, and evaluation of a cohesive, unified, community health promotion strategy; the promotion of policies, programs, and services that address the evidenced needs of the student community including expanded ‘embed’ and other ‘destination’ programming; and by nurturing student advocacy, staff development, and strategic planning to help ensure a Penn student campus culture that optimally promotes resilience.
The Chief Wellness Officer supervises VPUL departments including the Student Health Service, Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives, and the Penn Violence Prevention Program. The Chief Wellness Officer also oversees the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC) and Penn Student Insurance Program (PSIP) processes and serves as the VPUL’s liaison to Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) colleagues and practices and coordinates, along with UPHS, responses to emergent public health events on campus. Serves as a VPUL divisional leader for the Provost’s Health and Wellness Initiative. The Chief Wellness Officer is also expected to spend a significant amount of time in evenings and weekends attending student-led and departmental events, activities, and initiatives.
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About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.