Retention and Wellness Specialist, Program for Asian American Student Advancement - Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 156106
Location: Lowell, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Mon Nov 21 2022 Job Description:
Title: Retention and Wellness Specialist
Unit: MCCC Professional Staff, Grade 06, Senior Academic Counselor Classification
Department: Student Affairs, Program for Asian American Student Advacement
Reports To: Director of Program for Asian American Student Advancement
Date: November 21, 2022
General Summary: The Retention and Wellness Specialist is responsible for providing individualized student support - in the forms of mental health support, academic advising, and mentoring students within the Program for Asian American Student Advancement. Duties include coordinating programs and services, conducting direct mental wellness activities; providing case management and advising; maintaining grant related data. This individual will collaborate with internal and external offices and constituencies, including staff, faculty, administration, community partners and other external mental health agencies in an effort to increase persistence, retention, graduation as well meeting social, emotional and academic needs of MCC's Asian student population.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide culturally appropriate mental health programming and assessment for Asian American student population
Plan and implement event/activities/workshops/resources that promote various dimensions of health and wellness, including wellness fairs, forum discussions, focus groups, panels, workshops, webinars, presentations, classroom visits, and tabling events
Help to inform campus community specifically about available mental health resources, including on-campus mental health counselors, and the telehealth resource, Christie Campus
Serve as an academic advisor to an assigned group of advisees
Assist in the gathering of data for grant reporting
Consult/confer with mental health practitioners/providers regarding student's needs
Collaborate with other MCC Student Affairs personnel working on wellness activities/events, which may include such activities as leading meditation-related campus initiatives, offering Stress Buster Week activities.
Maintain professional knowledge in applicable areas (e.g. utilization of online platforms such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, etc.), so as to be able to provide direct services to students remotely. Attend training sessions as need to develop these skills
Provide qualitative and quantitative assessment measures to ensure that efforts/focus are meeting the AANAPISI grant objectives and outcomes
Ensure that services/resources are being provided with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, as well as institutional retention/persistence goals
Collaborate with the Success Scholar Coaches to train and supervise Peer Mentors who will be working on the grant
Mentor Asian American students to support their personal growth, college involvement and academic success
Assist with enhancing and updating the Program for Asian American Student Advancement website and marketing materials
Assist in the development of multicultural programs to promote racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity
Assess students' educational goals, academic skills, personal development, and socio-cultural needs, and promoting/ensuring student success and retention
Master's degree in Student Affairs, Education, Counseling, Psychology, Business Administration, or other related field to area of assignment; with 3-year experience in a related field
An equivalent combination of education, background and experience may be substituted for the requirements listed above
Familiar and comfortable with utilizing social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities
Exceptional collaborative leadership skills for working with multiple departments throughout the college and external providers to ensure the success of students
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks at once
Working knowledge of modern office procedures, practices and equipment, including the use of computer
Salary Range: $64,615 is the starting salary for candidates with a Master's Degree, actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits which include:
High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
Free employee parking on Bedford and Lowell campuses
Eligibility towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Location: Lowell Campus with occasional travel to the Bedford campus and within the community.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week; schedule to be determined upon hire; this position will be eligible for a maximum of two days of telework in accordance with the College's telework policy
Expected start date: December 2022/ January 2023
Application Deadline: December 12, 2022
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: Candidates for employment should be aware that all Middlesex Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January, 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.