Tulane University is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Director, Public Health Initiatives & Assessment. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and oversee a team of committed health professionals focused on facilitating student health and wellbeing as a core institutional value through a holistic approach. Tulane seeks a visionary, experienced, and collaborative Director to be a visible campus spokesperson and leader on innovative health related initiatives in directing The Well for Health Promotion (The Well). The Well provides resources, programs and services that help Tulane students make healthy choices in support of their academic, personal and professional goals.

The Director will ensure that Tulane is on the cutting edge of effective health and wellness education, harm-reduction initiatives, and prevention and intervention strategies for college student populations. Successful candidates must combine visionary leadership and excellent communication skills with a strategic public health approach to leading and assessing a comprehensive institutional effort to mobilize the entire Tulane community to address and prevent high-risk areas such as alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence.

Position Summary

The Director, Public Health Initiatives & Assessment (1) leads campus-wide stakeholders in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improving student health and well-being by forming cross-functional teams; (2) provides strategic direction and administrative oversight for The Well for Health Promotion; and (3) coordinates Campus Health’s continuous quality improvement (CQI), surveillance, and assessment efforts. The Director supervises The Well’s Assistant Directors and the Campus Health Services Data Analyst. This position serves as deputy to the AVP Campus Health, and is part of the leadership team for Campus Health. Campus Health is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and serves more than 13,000 students. 


  • Master’s degree in public health, health education, or related field.
  • Five years of work experience in health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation in the higher education setting.
  • Five years of supervisory experience.
  • Certification or eligibility and intent to become certified in at least one of the following: Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), or Certified in Public Health (CPH).
  • Extensive knowledge of current and emerging college health issues, environmental management/prevention strategies, health behavior change theories and ecological framework, and evidence-informed practice, as well as demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to college-age population through assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Extensive knowledge of research methods and continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize a variety of health communication strategies.
  • Proficiency in community needs assessment including survey design, environmental scans, and other qualitative/quantitative data collection methods and translating assessment results into action.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that facilitate effective communication and interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Ability to work successfully with a diverse community and provide services from a non-judgmental perspective.
  • High level of organizational skills and proven record of delivering quality results in a timely manner. Ability to manage projects and deliver results.
  • Demonstrated grant seeking and writing skills, grant administration experience.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) PhD in public health or related health field; (2) more than five years of experience in health promotion planning, implementation and evaluation in high education; and (3) more than five years of experience supervising professional staff.

About Tulane

Located in New Orleans, Tulane is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the nation and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Tulane has a student body of 13,500 and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine.

Application Procedure and Timeline

The University has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A), in this search process. Application materials, including a resume and cover letter addressing experience and interest in the position, should be submitted electronically to recruiting@keelingassociates.com with the subject heading “Tulane-Director, Public Health Initiatives & Assessment.” Applications submitted to the Tulane jobs site will not be considered.

A confidential review of applications will continue until an appointment is made.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Jan Walbert (jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com), the K&A senior consultant leading this search.

Tulane University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state or local law. This commitment to equality extends to all personnel actions, including recruitment, advertising for employment, selection for employment, compensation, performance evaluation, and selection for training or education, treatment during employment, promotion, transfer, demotion, discipline, layoff and termination. Discrimination on the basis of any protected classification will not be tolerated.

Tulane maintains a written affirmative action policy. Tulane invites qualified individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans to identify themselves if they wish to do so. Questions regarding Tulane’s equal employment opportunity policies or its affirmative action policy should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity.