McGill University

Wellness Advisor supporting Black Students

  • Full Time

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Student Services – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The Student Services EDI team supports our efforts to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion into everything we do in Student Services. We work with administrators, staff students, student groups and students to provide training, resources, and expertise to advance the objectives of the University’s Strategic EDI Plan.  The Student Services EDI team is also responsible for implementing Student Services’ Anti-Black Racism Action Plan, Indigenous Initiatives 52 Calls to Action and the Initiative to Address Islamophobia and Antisemitism to contribute to improving the experiences of marginalized students at McGill, which includes a campus-wide assessment of the specific realities of McGill’s diverse student population.

Student Wellness Hub

The Student Wellness Hub provides a range of health services to McGill students with a focus on awareness, prevention, and early intervention. The Hub’s variety of clinicians provide one-on-one appointments, therapy groups and other services and its Healthy Living Annex focuses on health promotion and peer support programs on the Macdonald and downtown campuses.

The Hub recognizes the complex emotional challenges that are part of the workload of positions like this one and is committed to supporting the incumbent and connecting them with resources in place on campus like the Employee Resource Group (ERG) for Black staff, among others. Opportunities for self-development, self-care and community engagement are also available within the Hub, on campus and in the local community.

Position Summary:

In collaboration with the leadership of Faculties & service units, the Wellness Advisor (WA) facilitates the conditions for Black students’ well-being where they live and learn. The WA identifies students who may require early intervention and orients them toward the appropriate service, intervention, or care adapted to their situation and reality. The WA will deliver population-tailored holistic wellness programming.

Primary Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Manager Wellness and housed (embedded) in the partner unit/faculty, the WA:

  • Acts as liaison between the Student Wellness Hub and the Black communities, stakeholders and leadership across the University as well as other Student Services.
  • Identifies health promotion and other training needs for Black students.
  • As per the Student Wellness Hub Collaborative Care (stepped care) model:
    • Delivers wellness workshops and support groups for students;
    • Acts as a consultant on awareness, prevention, early intervention, and mental health related matters;
    • Conducts relevant trainings for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Conducts initial consultations for students presenting with mental health and wellbeing concerns, which include initial assessment, brief intervention and co-creation of a wellness plan.
  • Provides follow-up appointments as needed.
  • Collects and reviews pertinent information/history, drawing on knowledge of mental health and counselling knowledge and skills when making an initial assessment through a structured judgment process.
  • Determines the need for emergent crisis intervention, facilitates urgent and non-urgent referrals. Initiates the Crisis Management Protocol, if needed.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to a variety of student support services across campus. Maintains up-to-date and comprehensive information on student services and community resources across campus, including faculty-based and central student services (e.g. referral, best practices, policies and processes, etc.) as well as community based mental health services.
  • Acts as a bridge to subsequent care; collaborates with referral sources as needed to streamline students’ access to support, including other mental health care providers, academic advisors, Enrolment Services Professionals, Residence Life Managers, Student Support Services Managers and the Dean of Students. Ensures the support and follow up of referrals.
  • Creates and maintains student records including assessments and referrals as well as appointment information in accordance to established standards, policies and procedures and the Collaborative Care Model.
  • Is a member of the Collaborative Care team in the Student Wellness Hub for the management of students with ongoing (mental) health concerns.
  • Participates in Student Wellness Hub and Student Services meetings and trainings.
  • Encourages & supports institutional policies that address campus wellness and provides strong advocacy for a prevention perspective, principals and values. Promotes to the campus community the linkage between wellness programming and student health status, well-being, and personal / academic success.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

  • Lived experience within Black communities and sophisticated understanding of anti-Black racism and EDI concepts.
  • Member of the OTSTCFQ or other professional order related to field of study, required.  Professionalism and proven planning and priority-setting skills, including the ability to take responsibility and deliver innovative programs and initiatives with minimum direction and oversight.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care within a the context of direct and structural racism.
  • Demonstrated competence advising and assessing young adults experiencing major life/academic transitions and building constructive and effective relationships across campus.
  • Ability to navigate complex student situations, including crisis intervention.
  • Proven presentation and communication skills in a cross-cultural, diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in a PC environment.
  • Knowledge of French and English. McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 05) $65,500.00 – $81,870.00 – $98,240.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)

Supervisor:

Manager Wellness

Position End Date (If applicable):

2023-12-31

Deadline to Apply:

2022-12-22

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, accessibilityrequest.hr@mcgill.ca.

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