Manager, Wellness and Mental Health

Job Type

Full Time




35 West 125th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Wellness and Mental Health program is a hub for community education, training, emotional wellness and promotion. The Hub is charged with increasing emotional wellness literacy, reducing stigma, promoting healthy stress management and trauma-informed practice within constituents and programs of the Harlem Children’s Zone.


We are seeking a Wellness and Mental Health Manager to oversee all functions of The Hub. The Manager will be responsible for facilitating, streamlining, and managing the Emotional Wellness program, which will impact all programs within the Zone. The ideal candidate will possess a strong understanding of mental health promotion theory and evidence-informed practice, and the ability to translate and apply theory to a diverse population. The Wellness and Mental Health Manager will be well-versed in mental health needs and interests and well-informed in child development.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee entire program function, design, and implementation
  • Interview, hire and manage all program staff, in collaboration with Managing Director and Human Resources
  • Create promotion initiatives that reflect the social, cultural, and economic diversity of our HCZ community
  • Coordinate, disseminate, and report on population-based assessments of wellness initiatives
  • Develop proposals for policy, programs and other interventions, and departmental goals and objectives based on findings and recommend to Senior Leadership
  • Provide 24-hour on-call crisis intervention when needed for organization wide wellness concerns (i.e. critical incident, fatality, crisis response, etc.)
  • Facilitate staff meetings and other planning meetings to remain updated and to discuss new initiatives and/or program modifications
  • Research best practices for Trauma-informed curriculum development
  • Develop, distribute, and evaluate surveys as appropriate
  • Participate and contribute to agency-wide management meetings
  • Consult with and develop collaborative programs and working relationships with numerous internal and external constituencies
  • Respond to inquiries about mental health and wellness employing broad-based efforts that spans across all programs
  • Apply a humanistic approach that promotes respect, empathy, integrity, self-awareness, and compassion
  • Maintain consistent knowledge of community resources (through site visits, etc.) to help facilitate referrals and on-going collaboration for emotional wellness  
  • Share expertise through trainings and presentations
  • Serve as a liaison to the external community and network committees
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by program leadership


Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Master’s degree required in Public Health, Mental Health/Counseling, Social Work or closely related field
  • Minimum two to three years’ experience in providing direct services in an educational, social service or non-profit environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and adults in underserved urban communities of color
  • Familiarity with socio-cultural factors (e.g., racism, toxic stress, etc.) that contribute to health disparities in diverse communities
  • Expertise in informed practice, mental health content, including but not limited to: alcohol and other drugs, eating disorders, relationships, domestic violence, depression and other emotional wellness topics
  • Dedicated to providing positive outcomes for HCZ children, families, and staff
  • Competence in creating and facilitating Wellness and Mental Health workshops to diverse constituents
  • Knowledge in Community-Based Health Programming and Wellness Campaigns
  • Understanding of student development theory, engagement and high impact best practices
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills and able to complete multiple tasks accurately and in a timely manner
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook; ability to learn new databases
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends



We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to