Position Title: Health & Wellness Counselor (HWC)
Reports To: Director of Health & Wellness
Employment Status: Exempt
Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking an experienced youth/school counselor to serve as our Health and Wellness Counselor (HWC). The HWC will be both a mental health counselor and a life skills coach. They will act as a student advocate, and will help students gain access to resources to nurture their personal growth. They will provide education and assistance to students and staff regarding mental health issues and will conduct individual and group counseling sessions with students. A key part of the job is living and interacting among students for certain key moments of the week (nights and weekends). Shifts can be long and work schedules are often variable, involving being on call. The position will require excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, and an unwavering passion to serve and celebrate our students, offering support to overcome barriers and access the resources they need to be healthy and thriving.
A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org
Qualifications, Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions
- Master’s Degree in school counseling, social work, psychology, human services, or related field
- 4+ years of post-degree clinical experience with adolescents
- Bilingual preferred, with ability to provide services in English and Spanish
- Knowledge and experience with: trauma-informed care, somatic leadership, holistic practices, solution-focused interventions, and other theories and practices that are resilience and empowerment-based
- Knowledge and experience working with mental health, sexual assault/trauma, and substance use issues, with emphasis on adolescents
- Formal or informal teaching experience preferred
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; effective public speaker and listener
- Strong organizational, time management and leadership skills
- Experience working in a residential setting, with knowledge of residential policies and procedures; experience living in a residential community preferred
The successful Eagle Rock candidate will possess the following: a deep love of work with high school students; a sense of humor; visionary thinking as well as demonstrated follow-through; ability to thrive in a work environment with multiple, simultaneous projects and frequent interruptions; timely and thorough completion of tasks without supervision or needed followup; a commitment to professional and personal growth; seasoned judgment. Candidates must be willing and able to work and live at a year-round, community-focused, residential high school.
Specific to the HWC position, we’re looking for someone who:
- Has a stable demeanor: consistent, even-minded, rational and calm – especially in crisis situations
- Is perceptive regarding student attitudes and behaviors
- Is punctual, adaptable, fair, objective, and capable of problem-solving
- Can maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
- Develops trusting relationships with students and is committed to students’ self care
- Demonstrates professional and effective communication while establishing and maintaining appropriate rapport with students, families, and staff
- Is patient and compassionate, a sensitive leader, and a team player
The position requires experience working with diverse populations, including students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Candidates must express a demonstrated commitment to engage deeply and fully with our organizational priority of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
- Assess students throughout the day; identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues, and coordinate appropriate interventions
- Provide individual counseling sessions, monitor student progress
- Develop and implement treatment plans, counseling processes and student action plans
- Facilitate group counseling sessions, group activities and meetings
- Coordinate the treatment and continuity of mental health care with various stakeholders inside and outside ERS
- Occasionally accompany students to medical and therapy appointments
- Utilize conflict resolution skills to successfully, respectfully and positively resolve conflicts between students
- Coordinate emergency response and outline initial treatment objectives; respond to student and campus emergencies
- Support with medication distributions as part of the medication delegation team
- Complete necessary clinical documentation, document significant student interactions
- Conduct research on current mental health trends, resources and practices
- Create an ERS staff mental health manual
- Teach a wellness class (sexual health, coping skills, or other related classes)
- Advocate for acceptance and integration of students navigating mental health issues
- Take on other residential duties as assigned by the Director of Health and Wellness
- Be open to working as a residential Houseparent for student housing
- Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams, including mentoring students through advisory
- Create and deliver mental health programming opportunities as part of an evening program team
- Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS, including advisories, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, and other community events
- Share your unique skills with the school, e.g., sports, art, music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, etc
- Engage in weekly staff DEI affinity and alliance spaces, commit to individual/alone DEI learning
- Be a role model and active member of the ERS community beyond this job description
Physical Essential Job Functions
The person in this position will: constantly operate a computer, frequently communicate with students and staff, observe students in the classroom and during residential programming, and frequently move about campus grounds – including ascending/descending stairs. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time, and may frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Occasional travel for work may be required.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package:
- Salary range for this position: $50,000-$80,000, based on education and experience
- Annual Bonus
- Medical/dental/vision plan
- Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
- Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program
- Educational assistance program available
This job description is subject to change at any time.
We are hoping to fill this position immediately and will have a rolling deadline until filled. While we intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this timeline, we are committed to finding the right person; we realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan. We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline. We are currently accepting applications for positions listed on our website.
This job description is subject to change at any time.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as ONE document submitted through https://tinyurl.com/EagleRockHWC. Clarifying questions can be sent to Christi Kelston, firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above.
Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.