Director of Wellness

Normal Work Hours: 40 hours per week (Mon.- Fri.)
Department: Office of Student Affairs and Resources                                                              
Immediate Supervisor: Dean of the College

About the position

Olin College of Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working collaboratively within and outside of the Olin community to support the College’s mission and vision for the future.

At Olin, we are educating the next generation of engineering innovators and shifting the definition of engineering. Not only do our students ask, “Who are we designing this for, and what are their values?” They also ask questions about the impact of their work on society.

As Olin evolves under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, we seek to become a more diverse and aware community, a place where everyone is a learner and where everyone is an educator. Olin will become a place where experimentation—including making and learning from mistakes—will be embraced across the institution, not just in the classroom. Collaboration is key to Olin’s curriculum and culture, and we will work intentionally to reinforce the values and culture to which we aspire.

We are a community that thrives on being together; we value trust. The College supports teams to collaboratively decide how they can best do their work, display a commitment to the community, all while providing individuals with overall work-life-flexibility.

The office of Health and Wellness is part of the Student Affairs and Resources (StAR) group, which includes most extracurricular student-facing functions of the College (residential life, health and wellness, student equity and inclusion, international student support, study away, student activities, academic support, disability services, post-graduate planning). The StAR team works together to coordinate student support and opportunities.

The Director of Wellness plays a lead role in supporting holistic student development, fostering a strong and positive sense of self and community amongst students, and advancing Olin’s mission in this small (~360 students), residential, close-knit community. This role is responsible for the development and implementation of evidence-based wellness education, prevention, promotion, and support for students. The Director will lead outreach efforts, events, and workshops in the areas of alcohol and drug education, sexual heath, mental health, stress management, and other wellness related areas; in this capacity, they coordinate closely with Residence Life, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, and the Director of Non-Discrimination Initiatives. As part of this coordination, this position serves on the Student C.A.R.E. Team and coordinates emergency response management for those resident students needing additional follow-up and support. They are also responsible for management of multiple relationships and systems including student health and mental health services. As a department of one with authority over and responsibility for many key aspects of student health and wellness, the Director must be able to effectively manage competing priorities.

If this position sounds like it might be right for you, we invite you to submit your resume and cover letter.

Health and Wellness

  • Manage relationship with Health Services (located within adjacent Babson College)
  • Support student access to Health Services through education and acting as a liaison between students and Health Services as needed
  • Oversee student health insurance program; coordinate with Student Account as needed on health insurance information and billing.
  • Design and implement evidence-based programs for alcohol and other drug education; implement relevant education-based sanctions; coordinate with Associate Director of Residence Life on drug and alcohol training for Orientation
  • Design and implement inclusive and equitable educational programming on topics such as Mindfulness, Healthy relationships, Sexual Health, Body Image, General wellbeing, Sleep, Nutrition, etc.
  • Manage Project Connect program including training, coordinating, and running regular groups to help promote connection

Mental Health

  • Student education and outreach about mental health support and resources available; act as liaison with resources as needed
  • Oversee the College’s relationships with external mental health care providers including billing, contracts, and coordination of care as needed
  • Oversee third-party services (24/7 response line, app-based resources, and external telehealth options) through relationship maintenance, billing management, contract negotiations, and making decisions about programming offered
  • In consultation and collaboration with the College’s mental health care providers, manage emergency and crisis situations, including case management following crises and inpatient hospitalizations.
  • Triage student concerns and serve as advocate and support, or refer appropriately to the College’s mental health services, student health services, or other support systems
  • Coordinate emergency response management for resident students needing additional follow-up and support.
  • Initiate and coordinate delivery of mental health programming (i.e. passive and active programs related to management of stress, anxiety, and crisis) in cooperation with counseling contractors and local resources/service agencies.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

  • Provide trauma informed support and advocacy for students
  • Mentor and support for student Peer Advocates (PAs), a group of students who provide peer support for building healthy relationships, learning about consent, and survivors of sexual assault and partner abuse
  • Providing ongoing training and support for PAs
  • Acts as a Confidential Resource Provider (as defined by Massachusetts’ Campus Safety Act) to support students who have experienced sexual misconduct with resources
  • Works closely with the Director of Non-Discrimination Initiatives – Title IX and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator and the Dean of the College to create and share communications about resources.
  • Support and collaborate with the Title IX and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator on training and education for the campus community around sexual misconduct, positive relationships, and bystander intervention

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve on the student support team (behavior intervention team)
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Student Affairs and other campus stakeholders and serve as an active member of the Student Affairs team
  • Member of the C.A.R.E. team
  • Manage the Health and Wellness Budget
  • Perform other duties as assigned


The qualified applicant will have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling, health education, higher education, or a related field and 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in wellness /health education, but other combinations of education, experience and skills will be considered; experience with crisis management; excellent project management skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to influence and motivate; ability to work with all constituencies; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as the student affairs profession.

Experience in mental health case management is valuable, although this is not a clinical position.

Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Please complete this Interest in Position Form and include:

  • A current CV or resume, including contact information for three (3) references.
  • An Olin-specific cover letter. Tell us why you are excited to join Olin and how your experience might contribute to the vibrancy of Olin’s community.
  • A description of your professional work or a portfolio (if applicable).  

Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.