10 month (August-May) full time salaried position with full benefits
Connecticut College has an open position for a Student Support Specialist. Our Student Support Specialists strive to provide continuity of care and support to students during evening/late-night hours and weekends. The Student Support Specialists focus on situations where students seek assistance related to mental health concerns, wellness checks, bias incidents, or problem use of alcohol or other drugs.
Student Support Specialists work collaboratively with Campus Safety in a co-response model and are part of a response team that includes Student Counseling and Health Services, Campus Safety, and the Student Life On-Call staff. Student Support Specialists engage with students in a format that best decreases stressors and replaces them with short- and long-term support resources. Student Support Specialists help identify campus resources and community supports that can facilitate student growth and conflict resolution. Student Support Specialists are not involved in the clinical evaluation and treatment of students’ mental illness or psychological needs, nor will they establish a clinician-patient relationship with students.
Student Support Specialists also engage in campus outreach through partnerships with the Office of Wellbeing and Health Promotion and Student Counseling Services to assist with campus education and advising relevant student groups.
These student support positions require knowledge and experience in crisis management, de-escalation techniques, mental health crisis response, and campus community outreach. Student Support Specialists should have experience with and proficiency in providing consultation and intervention that is affirmative, sex-positive, culturally sensitive, consistent with risk reduction principles, and that promotes student self-determination.
This position is uniquely designed for a professional seeking to work with college students and partner with a dedicated Student Life team. Under the direction of the dean of students, the Division of Student Life is committed to student wellbeing, health and safety. The Division of Student Life works collaboratively to maximize the student experience on campus with our partners in the divisions of the Dean of College and Institutional Equity and Inclusion (collectively known as the Student Experience Group).
A Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience is required; a Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or similar field is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate experience with mental health, college student mental health, and crisis management and an ability to work under pressure. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to a setting where innovation and creativity help foster vibrant and engaged residential communities. Applicants must be student-centered and demonstrate a commitment to their own personal and professional growth.
Connecticut College is a highly selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in southern New England overlooking the Long Island Sound and the Thames River in the historic seaport of New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, the College enrolls 1800 students from 42 states and 70 countries. The 750-acre campus is an arboretum, and is supported by a staff and faculty of more than 800. The southeastern Connecticut area offers a rare combination of affordable living and natural, unspoiled beauty with convenient access to Providence, Boston, and New York City.
Connecticut College is a highly selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in southern New England overlooking the Long Island Sound and the Thames River in the historic seaport of New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, the College enrolls 1900 students from 42 states and 70 countries. The 750-acre campus is an arboretum, and is supported by a staff and faculty of more than 800. The southeastern Connecticut area offers a rare combination of affordable living and natural, unspoiled beauty with convenient access to Providence, Boston, and New York City.
The mission of the College is to “educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.” In addition, Connecticut College’s core values are academic excellence, diversity, equity and shared governance, education of the entire person, adherence to common moral and ethical standards, community service and global citizenship, and environmental stewardship. We are interested in candidates who are highly motivated to help the College community realize the institutional mission and, in particular, who have a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership in building equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments.