The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton seeks a Director of the Health Equity Fellows Program and the Health Equity Activation Think Tank. The Fitz Center is built on sustained relationships with dozens of neighborhood, community nonprofit and government organizations and associations and serves as a connecting point and campus-wide partner for community partnerships, leadership, community-engaged learning and scholarship, and innovative solution-based strategies to civic needs through an asset based approach. Because of the long term success and impact of the Fitz Center, it has become a model for other community engagement centers that are committed to doing place-based work that is community-driven.
The Director of Health Equity will be moving forward the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community’s new signature program in health equity. With two components, a three year student cohort experience and a health equity think tank, the director will have the opportunity to impact University of Dayton students and Dayton and Montgomery County in ways that increase health equity and improve health outcomes while also educating and supporting students.
The Director will be responsible for providing leadership and development of the student Health Equity Fellows program, including mini course design and implementation, community engagement health literacy projects, the internship program and sites, professional development and mentorship programs, a speaker series, as well as student recruitment and creative development of student pipelines through Dayton and Montgomery County Schools.
In addition, the Director will provide leadership of the Health Equity Activation Think Tank (HEATT) through partnering with community members, regional nonprofits and health care providers, and Boonshoft School of Medicine and University of Dayton faculty and students. Through HEATT, the Director will provide guidance and support for listening sessions, data equity walks, solution research, and solution implementation planning for regional health inequities.
Finally, the Director of the Health Equity Program will partner with the Fitz Center team to move forward shared Center goals and serve as part of the Fitz Center leadership team.
Continuing on its trajectory of growth, UD enrolls approx. 12,000 students, including 8,225 full-time undergraduates. UD is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, and the largest private university in Ohio. Embedded in the dynamic city of Dayton, OH, and grounded in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning.
Dayton is an affordable, vibrant, and reenergized city, with numerous arts organizations and venues, located in close proximity to Cincinnati and Columbus, and a short drive to Indianapolis and Cleveland. This is a full- time benefit eligible position that offers health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, tuition assistance, vacation/sick accrual and holiday pay. Dayton was named as #5 in the nation on Business Facilities’ 2021 Metro Rankings report and offers the lowest housing costs among Ohio’s other largest metros and University of Dayton was named best place to work in the 2022 Best of Dayton list. With a burgeoning downtown area boasting the Schuster Center with regular Broadway tours and home to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, 20 expansive metroparks, a bike (and now scooter!) share program, and several historic neighborhoods, and all four (mild) seasons, this is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic. Go to daytoncvb.com for more information about the area.
MA or MS in a relevant health or science field, or undergraduate degree with commensurate experience in a relevant health or science field
3 or more years experience in higher education, nonprofit, or related employment
Individual action leadership to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
Training in equity and inclusion
Ability to work effectively as a collaborative member in a team-based environment to develop organizational structures to achieve goals
Evidence of successful experience working with multiple partner organizations with different missions
Experience engaging with individuals from socially and culturally diverse communities
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Understanding of an asset-based approach to community engagement
While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:
PhD in relevant health or science field
Ability to articulate how the Catholic, Marianist social tradition informs community engaged learning
Experience with program evaluation
Experience organizing a diverse group of individuals to engage in a common goal
Evidence of successful experience working with students and/or volunteers
Excellent interpersonal communications skills
Effective presentation skills with diverse audiences
To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet. In addition, please submit a curriculum vitae or resumé, the names and contact information of three references, and a one-page statement of support for UD’s commitment to inclusive excellence and to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and briefly describe how these principles inform your work.