Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships is a community-driven, health promotion partnership between Drexel University and the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village. The HUB seeks to HEAL the community residents through preventative care, UNITE the community around better health, and BRIDGE the community to health services and health education programs, while tackling the social determinants that underlie health disparities.
The Wellness HUB is a partnership between Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Medicine, School of Public Health, other health professional departments; the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships; and the community. It addresses the top health needs identified by the Mantua and Powelton Village residents during the “We’re Here because We Are Building Healthy Communities Together" initiative. These health issues are: chronic diseases, behavioral/mental health, sexual health, access to health foods, environmental health, access to care, and access to safe physical fitness. The HUB brings Drexel's academic expertise into the neighborhood, engaging faculty, professional staff and students with community residents in creative collaboration and shared problem solving, focused on health and wellness.
The Community Wellness HUB offers free health education workshops, health screening, counseling, referrals, and comprehensive clinical treatment to uninsured residents. It does not currently offer primary care services. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, providing services to older adolescent and adult community residents. It is located on the second floor of the Carriage House in the Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships.
The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships is Drexel’s “urban extension center,” a university resource located in Mantua that makes Drexel’s academic and administrative resources available to the community. The Dornsife Center houses a rich array of University programs, and residents visiting the Wellness HUB are also able to benefit from the Community Lawyering Clinic, adult education classes, free computer access, cooking classes, and a range of arts activities.
The Director will lead, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of both the Community Wellness HUB by creating linkages to Drexel's academic programs, health services, as well as partnering with residents and non-profit organizations seeking to bring health programming to this community to fulfill the HUB’s mission of promoting health and reducing health disparities. The Director will assist with fundraising efforts and manage the Wellness HUB faculty, staff, and students, as they integrate new services and programs into the Wellness HUB. The Director will be an integral member of the Dornsife Center team and will help coordinate the Wellness HUB activities with the other programming at the Dornsife Center.
The ideal candidate will identify, develop and schedule cutting-edge programming that addresses stakeholders' priorities, needs, and aspirations, and addresses neighborhood transformation. S/he will develop a collective vision for the Wellness HUB to achieve local, regional and national recognition as a model regarding urban social equity and stewardship, community revitalization, creative and responsible partnerships, and place-based research that has value for the community, the nation and the world. S/he will also ensure that the Wellness HUB is managed in an efficient, cost-effective way, with a focus on customer service and collaboration.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Wellness HUB, the Director, in collaboration with the Medical Supervisor, will be responsible for managing the care and screenings of all of the clients who enter the Wellness HUB, using an extensive case-management approach and follow-up services; overseeing and monitoring the implementation of all of the health screening procedures and protocols, counseling, referral and treatment protocols and programming to ensure success and safety. S/he will participate in the decisions related to all procedures and techniques, will ensure that all team members follow protocols, and will trouble shoot to identify potential problems. The Director will further monitor patient care for quality, collaborate with top management, interdisciplinary teams, and other stakeholders in order to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services. S/he will apply evidenced-based healthcare practices, monitor and evaluate patient data for outcomes. S/he will also develop and manage the budget and maintain the inventory of medical equipment and supplies. The Director will ensure that the HUB’s programming is coordinated with other activities at the Dornsife Center, so there is a seamless schedule for residents and Drexel stakeholders.
The Director will supervise and evaluate the performance of direct reports, provide feedback and mentoring, and develop educational opportunities that contribute to professional staff development, as well as, interview and hire staff to ensure that all staff are appropriately skilled and trained.
The Director will lead this new initiative, which will be implemented in partnership with the College of Nursing, College of Medicine, Dornsife School of Public Health, and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. The Director’s responsibilities on this initiative will include:
• Coordinate, lead and oversee all aspects of organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the Community Wellness HUB programs, including overseeing the day to day operations, determining and reviewing all schedules and programming priorities. Assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation materials to ensure they are culturally appropriate and reflect the voices of the community.
• Review and provide input into the outreach and community engagement plan and materials that are intentionally designed to reflect cultural relevance and competence.
• Along with the Vice President for Health and Health Equity, the Director will review and select training programs and materials for the staff of the Wellness HUB and Cancer Initiative that will enhance their skills and the success of performing their job.
• Interview and hire direct report staff to ensure that they are appropriately skilled and trained.
• Lead collaborative relationships with stakeholders; nurtures relationships with professional and political leaders, service providers; health professional student training programs, participates on community committees and coalitions as needed related to Cancer Initiative.
• Collaborate with the College of Nursing and Health Professions, 11th Street Clinic, Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnership staff, Dornsife School of Public Health, and community partners to establish a full schedule of innovative programming.
• Oversees the case-management, navigation, and data tracking procedures.
The Director will report to the Vice President for Health and Health Equity and the Wellness HUB Medical Supervisor, with a dotted line to the Director of the Dornsife Center. The Director will participate in Dornsife Center staff meetings and will be part of the strategic leadership team of the Dornsife Center.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Minimum of five (5) years of health care experience, program development, evaluation, and progressive management role
- RN required with experience in health promotion and disease prevention program development and implementation, clinical care, health screening, community based participatory research methods, community engagement, leading partnerships and collaborations with community leaders and multiple partners including businesses, organizations, residents and academic institutions using a culturally congruent, health equity and social justice framework.
- Strong organization, management, and leadership skills; cultural competence; flexibility and adaptability; leads by example and with integrity.
- Strong collaborative skills; comfort and ability to relate, communicate and appeal to diverse individuals and groups in a range of forums.
- Strategic thinker with vision to create and accomplish long-term goals while supervising day-to-day operations in a multi-service University-affiliated organization.
- Knowledge and experience in higher education, along with direct understanding of challenges and issues facing urban communities.
Demonstrated track record in program development based on the voices of the people.
- Ability to write grants and other development awards from a broad range of funders including government, corporate/private foundations; familiarity with emerging funding trends and priorities in the field.
This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/
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