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Health Promotion Specialist

Apply now Job no: 540463
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 2 - CSUEU - Health Care Support, Probationary, Health Professionals, Full Time


Job Summary

The Wellness and Health Promotion department supports the mission of the Student Wellness Center (SWC) by providing universal health promotion, education, and prevention programs which take place both within and outside of the SWC. Reporting to the Associate Director of Campus Wellness Education, with lead work direction provided by the Senior Health Promotion Specialist, the Health Promotion Specialist will perform skilled work planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion strategies, policies, programs and services for the college community, with a focus on health conditions and behaviors that interfere with student success in young adult populations. In collaboration with other Student Wellness Center employees, along with SJSU faculty and staff, the incumbent is responsible for developing strong, evidence-based, data-driven programs and services based on relevant and measurable learning outcomes to improve individual and community health behaviors and status, and is expected to integrate multicultural and social justice concepts and principles into health promotion services. The Health Promotion Specialists focus on empowering students to access health-related services and to make changes in their lives to improve their health. Health Promotion moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range social and environmental interventions. The Health Promotion Specialist participates in the coordination of the Peer Health Educator (PHE) program (student assistants) who provide PHE workshops, outreach events, and social marketing for the SJSU student body. The anticipated primary health specialty area of responsibility is Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs education, in addition to supporting overall health promotion, education, and prevention within the department of wellness & health promotion and the greater Student Wellness Center. Working collaboratively to support student success is the bottom line purpose of this and all Student Wellness Center positions.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a variety of didactic health education resources including presentations, educational and skill-based workshops, trainings, small group discussion and facilitation, and individual meetings related to alcohol and other drugs to assist students in learning about and appreciating the importance of health behaviors
  • Promote healthy models, social norms, and values around alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
  • Provide integrative health promotion related to general health topics and their relation to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Collaborate to plan, implement, and evaluate theory and evidence based health promotion strategies, policies, programs, and services
  • Consult with colleagues and department to develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for programs and services in alignment with goals and objectives of the University and reporting line
  • Maintain and develop current resources, including web and social media, useful for serving students (staff and faculty) and accomplishing program goals
  • Collaborate to promote programs and services to the campus community using both traditional marketing methods and emerging technologies
  • Support student success through the oversight and delivery of presentations, programs, events, and trainings that address a variety of health and wellness topics, with a focus on alcohol and other drugs
  • Complete program planning, implementation and training for the Peer Health Educators


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of: health education theories, research, and program assessment; planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs; and industry standards for the delivery of health education in higher education
  • Ability to incorporate preventive health principles when counseling students
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and cultural competence and the ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of Private Health Information and appropriately handle sensitive communications with students, staff, and external agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health education for students
  • Familiarity with the relationship between health and student learning, including academic performance
  • Demonstrated ability and skill to organize, promote, and facilitate public meetings and to prepare, select, assemble, evaluate, and utilize educational materials
  • Proficient in a variety of computer software applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and presentation software.)
  • Ability to perform effectively in a detail-oriented environment
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple work priorities
  • Ability to mentor Peer Educators with an emphasis on individual strengths while coaching on areas for improvement
  • Ability to link student work to internships, fieldwork, academic coursework, and/or career goals
  • Experience providing regular informal and formal feedback
  • Knowledge of social marketing and health communication strategies
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, business writing, punctuation, and spelling
  • Ability to compose and appropriately format correspondence and reports
  • Must possess excellent customer service and public relations skills


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an approved program in health education or a related health field
  • Equivalent to one to two years of progressively responsible health education experience or combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities


Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field
  • Experience designing, organizing, implementing, and evaluating effective programming
  • Experience as a student supervisor, lead, and/or mentor
  • Experience providing health education for alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs



Classification: Health Educator
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,209/month - $6,667/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,561/month - $8,804/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 20, 2024 through July 7, 2024. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third-party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Pursuant to Senate Bill 24 (Leyva) - College Student Right to Access Act, services provided by CSU Student Wellness Centers include, but are not limited to, primary medical care, counseling and psychological services, health promotion/prevention, sexual health education and support (including the provision of medication abortion services), and other coordinated care services (including gender-affirming care). It is expected that all CSU SWC employees will engage in the administration of these services as applicable to their position, scope of practice, and license.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023