UC San Diego School Wellness Program

Program Director Job Card (Temporary Position)

UC San Diego School of Medicine Center for Community Health promotes health equity in the community through education, research, service and training. We achieve this goal largely through translational research, translating advances from basic science and clinical research into the community. Our Center promotes optimal health in all populations through interventions and research that target behavioral health, chronic disease, and obesity prevention.

UC San Diego School Wellness Program’s mission is to inspire a healthier generation of children by using a comprehensive school wellness approach to connect students to nutritious foods and physical activity. This program works together with schools and school districts to create healthier environments. We collaborate with school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community partners to build multidimensional wellness programs that impact the well-being of students.

UC San Diego School Wellness Program provides training and technical assistance to support schools in reimagining how health and wellness can be an essential part of their students’ everyday lives. We offer wellness Assessment and  Action Planning; District Wellness Policy Development & Revision; School Site Wellness Committee Formation & Support; Tools & Resource Design; Staff Professional Development; and, Student Leadership Training.


Position Overview

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Director will oversee all aspects of the School Wellness Program, including program oversight, management, and accountability (e.g., project timelines, budget, outcome measures). This position requires an experienced, hands-on manager who can partner effectively with community leaders, school administrators, local health department and their partners, media, and others to support goals and objectives. The Program Director will be responsible for strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation oversight of all programs related to school wellness. The Director will provide leadership and expertise as the UC San Diego representative of projects and coalitions related to physical education and activity, nutrition education, behavioral economics, and policy analysis within the framework of school wellness. The Director should be an effective manager and mentor to the staff they manage, including the school wellness program manager, school wellness interns, and rotating dietetic interns. The Director will be an effective communicator with exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.


Additional responsibilities will include the following:

  • Build capacity among school districts, school sites, and partner agencies to execute wellness and obesity prevention interventions targeted toward children and youth.
  • Actively identify, engage, recruit, and sustain working relationships with governmental, non-governmental, and higher education entities to exchange information, share best practices, extend support, and explore mutual interventions and cooperative efforts to support and enhance the School Wellness Program.
  • Support the Executive Director in gathering and securing the necessary process and outcome data used to evaluate the impact of school-based initiatives.
  • Work with other groups involved in addressing hunger, food insecurity, food waste, nutrition, obesity, physical activity, and health disparities.
  • Develop and direct community outreach and public relation strategies.
  • Focus activities on all levels of the Social Ecological Model and WSCC to support effective behavior change.
  • Work to institutionalize programs and effective practices into education systems through policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in public health or related field and over five years of experience in program management and delivery.
  • Familiarity with Team Nutrition, Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, CDC’s Coordinated School Health, Healthier U.S. School Challenge, WellSAT, Harvest of the Month, US Dietary Guidelines, and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in population-based approaches to chronic disease treatment and prevention.
  • Proposal writing, grant management, fiscal management, and annual reporting.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills in engaging with individuals from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Human subject and protection program experience, working with University IRB for project approvals, modifications, and annual renewals.
  • Coalition building and facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training programs.
  • Design, development, delivery, and evaluation of curriculum and educational materials for limited income audiences of all ages.
  • Program or project management within environments with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Extensive knowledge of social marketing principles as related to healthy eating and physical activity behavior promotion.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects with short, medium, and long timelines.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral communication with individuals and groups, with ability to maintain professional conduct.
  • Demonstrated experience working with organizations and agencies, such as other SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies, state and county public health departments.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations, direct health-services providers, researchers, professional associations, and businesses.



Commensurate with experience

Part Time, 20 hours per week

Full medical, dental, and vision coverage



Please submit resume and cover letter of interest to Lauren Barker, at lhbarker@ucsd.edu. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. For more information on UC San Diego Center for Community Health, visit www.ucsdcommunityhealth.org


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