Student Wellness Advocate

Joliet Junior College
Main Campus, Joliet, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Position Title:

Student Wellness Advocate

Job Description:

STATUS: Full time
DEPARTMENT: Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities
DIVISION: Student Development
UNION: Non-union
REPORTS TO: Dean of Students
PLACEMENT: Professional, grade S09
MINIMUM PAY RATE: $56,827.00/Annually

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.


The Student Wellness Advocate, under supervision of the Dean of Students, will provide short-term individual counseling, crisis management, and group counseling services. Works closely with a Case Management Coordinator to connect students with off-campus referrals when deemed necessary and appropriate. Provides services both in-person and remotely via video or telephone. Provides consultation to team members, Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), faculty, staff, students, and parents of students (FERPA released) regarding concerns and issues. Collaborates with other on-campus and off-campus organizations to further promote mental health efforts and develop relationships for the coordination of services.
Position requires ability to serve students at all JJC’s campuses and ability to travel between campus. Some evening or weekend hours and participation in a rotation scheduling of crisis phone during after-hours will be necessary.


1. Provide short-term individual and group counseling services and make appropriate referrals for students in need of more intensive mental health support.
2. Provide crisis management, which includes responding, assessing, diagnosing, referring, and following up with providers and students as needed.
3. Maintain knowledge and skills in performing intake assessments, mental health diagnosis and treatment.
4. Maintain students’ records adhering to professional and college standards.
5. Provide consultative support as needed to faculty, staff, students, and FERPA/HIPAA permitted individuals.
6. Provide confidential support to students reporting Title IX violations on campus.
7. Participate in counseling staff meetings, consultations, and discussion of any counseling issues and/or concerns, including developing and maintaining counseling policies and protocols.
8. Participate in on-call system and respond to student crises as assigned. This includes being available to respond to after-hours and/or weekend emergencies on a limited basis. Crisis phone is rotated on a weekly basis.
9. Provide training for faculty and staff when working with students in distress and other topics related to mental health advocacy.
10. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with College’s departments and community agencies that help facilitate students’ access to College and/or community services such as mental health, housing, food banks, and other necessary resources.
11. Develop, implement, and maintain on-going mental health outreach efforts, including such topics as: sexual assault and prevention, suicide prevention, LGBTQIA issues, substance abuse, and work with underrepresented student populations, including but not limited to Latin, African-American, LGBTQI, and International students.
12. Participate in on-going professional development and maintain licensure requirements.
13. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

1. Master’s Degree in psychology, social work, or clinical/mental health counseling.
2. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or equivalent license in the State of Illinois.
3. Two (2) years of counseling related experience in a mental health setting.
4. Previous experience working in multi-disciplinary groups or teams and/or inter­departmental communication and coordination.
5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to write and present educational programs and to make presentations to large groups.
6. Demonstrate a commitment to building and maintaining relationships with multi-culturally diverse students and colleagues. This includes prior experience, an ongoing commitment, and relevant ability to engage and work with a multi-culturally diverse student population, including LGBTQIA.
7. Ability to work flexible hours including some evening and weekend hours consistent with student needs as necessary. Ability to be on-call after regular hours during scheduled crisis-phone shift.
8. Ability and means to travel between campus locations and to and from community events.
9. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other members of the college and community, displaying cultural competence as well as emotional intelligence.
10. Demonstrated commitment to the college’s core values of respect and inclusion, sustainability, integrity, collaboration, humor and well-being, innovation and quality.


1. Experience working in a university/college counseling center.
2. Interest and experience working with a range of diverse student identities and needs; e.g., international, historically underrepresented or underserved students, LGBTQ identified students, and student with disabilities.
3. Written and verbal fluency in Spanish or other language.
4. Experience and skills with use of online and social media to enhance services.
5. Certification in tele-mental health is a plus or ability to be certified within 6 months of hire. Experience in providing counseling via remote methods, such as video or phone.
6. Skill in using record keeping systems, Titanium Schedule.
7. A student-centered leader with deep passion for student life and associated best practices in context of higher education.
8. Professional liability/malpractice insurance.
9. English and Spanish verbal and written communication proficiency.
10. Demonstrated multicultural competence.


1. Normal office physical demands
2. Ability to travel between campus locations and to and from community events.
3. Ability to travel in state and nationally.


1. Duties are performed indoors in the usual office and/or outdoor environment.
2. Must possess flexibility when working between extended campuses and our main campus.

Full Time/Part Time:

Full time

Union (If Applicable):

Scheduled Hours:



Working at Joliet Junior College 

Joliet Junior College, the nation's first public community college, offers pre-baccalaureate programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university. A comprehensive community college, JJC also provides occupational education leading directly to employment, adult education and literacy programs, workforce development services, and student support services.

Tucked in the middle of a wildlife preserve, bridging the banks of a lake and surrounded by its own Arboretum, Joliet Junior College is an educational community that embraces diversity and promotes personal growth. Each year, more than 35,000 students find the diverse, comprehensive high quality educational experience they are looking for at JJC. We hope that you will take a few minutes to explore the job opportunities we have available and consider becoming a part of this experience.

The recruitment of qualified and diverse personnel is the cornerstone of JJC's commitment to an innovative, collaborative and inclusive educational community. At JJC, we respect the wealth of knowledge and experience each of our employees brings to the workplace. The College supports this commitment by providing personnel with excellent terms and conditions of employment, outstanding health and welfare benefits and programs for a secure retirement.

JJC employees work in a wide variety of roles within the college, including faculty, support staff, and administrative positions. With such a diverse range of professions, JJC ensures that a wealth of development opportunities is available to employees. From personal growth, career advancement, and a dynamic and rewarding work atmosphere, employees have the resources they need to achieve a successful and fulfilling career at JJC.

Joliet Junior College's open search procedures allow us to find the best available candidates for positions and to provide a balanced workforce to reflect the ethnic composition of the District we serve.

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