Health and Wellness Educator (Senior Academic Counselor)-Health and Wellness Center

Boston, MA
Sep 15, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Community College

Category: Professional Staff

Department: Health and Wellness

Locations: Boston, MA

Posted: Sep 14, '17

Type: Full-time

Ref No.: UNP

About Bunker Hill Community College:

Bunker Hill Community College is a multi-campus institution with vibrant, urban campuses in Boston, Massachusetts, in nearby Chelsea, Massachusetts, and at three satellite locations in the Greater Boston area. Recently re-certified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, BHCC is part of the Massachusetts public higher education system, which includes 15 community colleges. Founded in 1973, BHCC is the largest community college in Massachusetts, serving more than 14,000 students each semester across all modes of instruction. The College offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs that prepare students to enter four-year institutions or to enter the workforce prepared for better and more highly skilled jobs. Sixty-seven percent of students are people of color and more than 50 percent are women.

We are looking for individuals aligned with our institutional values of access and success, excellence and innovation, economic and social justice, inclusiveness and equity, civic engagement and service, kindness and respect, and accountability and transparency. Individuals with a dedication to a dynamic educational environment, investment in the social and economic well-being of all, and belief in student-centered learning in an engaging, supportive environment are sought to fill the following position.

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Job Description:

Bunker Hill Community College, a vibrant and diverse higher education learning environment in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a Senior Academic Counselor for Health and Wellness. Using theory informed practices, campus and national data, evidence supported programs and socially inclusive framework, this position provides education, programs and support designed to increase students' physical, emotional and behavioral health capacities in order to optimize personal development, engagement and academic success. They will facilitate individual and group-based interventions from a motivational interviewing framework. This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders in a diverse community. This full-time position reports to the Dean of Students, the Senior Student Affairs Officer.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assuring compliance with the Department of Higher Education Safe and Drug Free Schools and Campus Act including conducting and writing the biennial review.
  • Provides information on a broad scope of health and wellness related topics through presentations, workshops, literature, etc.
  • Provides mental health screenings assessing the psychological needs of individual students and makes appropriate referrals to other Senior Academic counselors and community resources agencies when needed.
  • Utilizes B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) to assess and refer students to community services.
  • Applies principles of Motivational Interviewing when working with students in the process of making behavioral changes.
  • Is an active member of the Campus CARE team.
  • Responds to CARE team reports and works with the Dean of Students and other members of the CARE team to identify responses for individual students.
  • Provides daily crisis response in support of BHCC faculty and staff.
  • Plans and implements college-wide activities that promote healthy living such as a Wellness Expo, Nutrition, and Fitness Workshops, smoking cessation and meditation sessions.
  • Coordinates regular wellness educational opportunities including First Aid/CPR classes.
  • Works with faculty to assist with classroom management strategies, how to identify students in need and in crisis.
  • Support/co-coordinate vaccine clinics, blood drives, and disease screenings periodically with academic departments and student groups.
  • Investigate the feasibility of and potentially develop a peer educator program.
  • Strives to prevent and reduce illnesses by informing the public about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition, how to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases and other general behaviors that promote wellness.
  • Supports students through walk-ins and appointments by answering inquiries, providing resources and referrals in the Boston-area.
  • Stays current on national best practices in College Health and Wellness Education.
  • Drafts end of the year reports on all educational efforts and prepare Annual Unit Plan for all Senior Academic Counselors and Health Services.
  • Develops and maintains accurate resources on the Dean of Student's webpage regarding mental health issues, counseling and identity development for students, faculty, and staff with the Senior Academic Counselor for Judicial Affairs.
  • Actively participates in Orientation, student mentor training and staff and faculty professional development.
  • Work with student-athletes and other student leaders regarding responsibilities and expectations when representing the College.
  • Serves as a Code of Conduct Administrator in Administrative Resolution Conferences and Judicial Board Hearings as needed.
  • Promote and maintain positive responsive internal and external community relations.
  • Perform other related duties as required/assigned.
  • Participate on College committees as needed.


  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Social Work, Counseling Psychology or a closely related field.
  • Ten or more years of experience that includes counseling, psycho-therapy, crisis intervention, social work or health education.
  • Five or more years of professional experience in Student Affairs, Health Education, Counseling or related area.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to students in crisis, engage in threat assessment and refer to external resources.
  • Demonstrated professional knowledge in best practices for behavioral intervention teams.
  • Cultural awareness and competency demonstrated by working with and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities including socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity and veterans status as well as those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
  • Competent in MS Word, PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $62,200.00-$70,000.00

Grade: 6, Unit-Professional position

Review Date: To ensure consideration, applications must be received by Sept. 28, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Submit Cover Letter and Resume Addressing the Required Qualifications and Unofficial Transcripts to: positions. Fax transcript files over 2 MB to (617)-228-3328.


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