Job Description Summary
Under the general direction of the Director of Community Wellbeing & Health Promotion, the Mental Health Promotion (MHP) Specialist is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating holistic and strategic programs that build skills, literacy, and efficacy to bolster wellbeing among Bentley students. The MHP Specialist also works with departments and key stakeholders to ensure policies, procedures and programs are in place to support individual and institutional wellbeing needs. With a focus on topics including but not limited to loneliness and social connection, adjustment and transition, stress and resilience, self-regulation, boundaries and communication, the Mental Health Promotion Specialist will be a lead for outreach programs and the promotion of resources. This position will complement and seek guidance and input from clinical partners in the Centers for Health, Counseling and Wellbeing and work with students, faculty and staff to reduce stigma and normalize help seeking behaviors around mental health concerns. In addition, the Mental Health Promotion Specialist will assist departmental, divisional and University wide initiatives.
This is a 12-month, full-time position based in Waltham MA. Please see the university's Flexible Work Arrangements policy to learn more about Bentley's workplace flexibility- https://www.bentley.edu/offices/human-resources/flexible-work-arrangements
Coordinate theoretically grounded, comprehensive, and inclusive programs that support student wellbeing, reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking for self or others. With a primary goal of establishing a holistic, stepped care approach to mental wellbeing on campus, the mental health promotion specialist will also consult and offer input on systemic approaches, policies and procedures that address non-clinical student mental health need across identities and at all levels of campus. Duties include:
- Planning, implementation and evaluation of theory-driven and evidence-informed programs and strategies that build skills, connectedness, and adoption of behaviors that support mental wellbeing
- Develop relationships with various student organizations, identity and affinity groups, and student leaders to assess need, increase communication, build trust and reduce barriers to care
- Incorporate social justice concepts and frameworks to inform policies and programs in order to increase access and equity for more marginalized identities vis a vis mental wellbeing and health
- Serve as an ambassador for our clinical partners and the department through the coordination and provision of trainings, print and social media materials that promote campus mental health and health supporting resources
- Provide consultation to campus partners in order to establish mental health supporting programs and policies for non-clinically indicated need
- Collaborate with key stakeholders to communicate student wellbeing needs and promote unified mission to various constituencies, including faculty, staff and students
- Act as the lead for outreach programs and promotion of mental health resources
- Provide mentorship to public health graduate assistant and peer education teams affiliated with the department
- Other programmatic duties as needed in consultation with director
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Health Education or related field and at least 5 years' related experience coordinating mental health promotion and outreach OR Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Public Health, Health Promotion or related field and at least 1 year of direct related professional experience
- Experience working with adolescent and young adult populations
- Strong theoretical knowledge of health and mental health promotion in community settings
- Knowledge of systems of oppression and the impacts racism, sexism and other forms of bias have on student experience, marginalized communities, and mental health
- Insight into common barriers in accessing mental health and other supportive services
- Understanding of current and emerging issues in college student mental health and development
- Experience in educational program development, implementation, and assessment
- Exceptional communication, presentation development and facilitation skills
- Skillset in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis
- Master's Degree
- Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES/MCHES), Certified in Public Health (CPH), Certified Health and Wellness Professional (CHWP), or similar proficiency in professional competencies
- Training and or certification in Mental Health First Aid, QPR or similar gatekeeping or triage framework
- Experience with motivational interviewing
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
- Typical office setting with extensive sitting and computer work
- Ability to travel around campus for work-related duties, meetings, and events.
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Employment/Position Type:Full Time
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