Community Wellness Specialist

Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Yale University, conveniently located between Boston and New York, offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Located in the heart of historic downtown New Haven with more than 100 local boutiques, national retailers, cafés, casual eateries, award-winning restaurants, and world-renowned theaters, galleries, and museums.

General Purpose: 

Provides non-clinical counseling and on-site wellness support to Yale College students and working closely and collaboratively with Residential College Deans.


Reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs and Yale Mental Health and Counseling, two Student Support Counselors work with individual students referred to them by Residential College Deans. SSCs provide case management and college-wide group wellness programming. Working on a wide range of issues, SSCs also serve Yale College students in programming to develop strategies for time and stress management, resilience and coping, conflict resolution, social and cultural belonging, and wellness and self-care. The two SSC will support 7 residential colleges and provide services within those colleges. As this role is to enhance student access to services through proximity, the SSCs provide services during evening and weekend hours.


SSCs will refer students to a licensed Yale Mental Health and Counseling staff for psychotherapy and therapeutic interventions.


Yale College has more than 6,000 undergraduate students. About 22% of students are the first in their family to attend college and about 20% are Pell-grant eligible. Students are assigned to one of 14 residential colleges. Each residential college has a head of college, a member of the faculty, a residential college dean, a head of college senior administrative assistant, a college dean senior administrative assistant, a service assistant for the head and an operations manager for the college. Residential college deans are the chief academic officer of the college and provide advising and non-clinical counseling to the students in their college.




Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field.  Two years’ work experience in a clinical setting counseling students individually and/or in groups or an equivalent combination of experience and education.



  • Demonstrated ability to counsel undergraduate students. Sensitivity towards intergenerational communication, racial/ethnic identity processing, and issues of belonging across race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomics, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sensitive non-clinical counseling and follow-up contact with students with serious mental illness and those in crisis (e.g. after a psychiatric hospitalization), as well as students returning from time away from Yale (leave of absence).
  • Strongly demonstrated counseling, collaboration, and communication skills. Ability to develop, conduct and facilitate group discussions.
  • Demonstrated ability to support students with issues of stress, coping, and conflict-resolution through de-escalation, wellness and resilience strategies.
  • Ability to manage working with multiple reporting lines and prioritize time-sensitive issues. Ability to work a flexible schedule to provide services when students’ schedules allow.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Knowledge of Yale’s Residential College system. Experience with students in a highly-selective, liberal arts environment.


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We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.