The wellness director is responsible for the planning and directing of the wellness program. S/he oversees staff operations, business planning and budget development. Responsibilities also include directing the wellness staff in health promotion and injury prevention, as well as ensuring that services are in compliance with professional standards, along with state and federal regulatory requirements. The wellness director must participate in professional development opportunities, as well as coordinate with other health specialists with regards to programming and planning. The wellness director must work closely with the executive director in realizing the shared vision of the program. The wellness director is often in charge of day-to-day operations, as well as special events and preparatory work for licensure inspections. The wellness director assures continuity of care, attention to detail and quality assurance. The wellness director will assist in the recruitment, training and determining of future staffing needs. The wellness director is usually a registered nurse, dietitian, or other certified health professional, but that is not necessarily a requirement for the position. The individual working as the wellness director needs to have a flexible work schedule, including working weekends, evenings and special events as necessary. The wellness director needs to be highly motivated, driven, and organized, but needs to like interacting with people, families, and senior citizens. S/he needs to be up-to-date on emerging studies in sports medicine, and family health and nutrition as it relates to all age groups, but especially for geriatrics. The wellness director is a good leader as well as a team player, one who has both a vision and can follow through.
Wellness Director Tasks
- Directs the wellness staff in health promotion and injury prevention.
- Plan and direct the wellness program.
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.