Wellness Coach, Contra Costa County

Posted: March 20, 2017 Location: Rubicon Richmond


Rubicon Programs is looking for an Enthusiastic Wellness Coach to join our Contra Costa County team. If you have strong experience with Mental Health challenges and group facilitation experience and a familiarity with services and systems in East and West Contra Costa County, Please APPLY NOW.  

Rubicon transforms communities by equipping low-income East Bay residents to break the cycle of poverty. We believe community transformation is best accomplished when led by residents themselves, and our program offers participants the opportunity to become change agents in their community. By strengthening their own financial, social and health situation, participants emerge ready to act as leaders in community and civic life. Their personal successes will have a ripple effect, benefiting their family and broader community.

Successful program participants accomplish significant achievements during their 3-5 year relationship with Rubicon in the areas of income, asset building, health, and positive social connections. To support their achievement, our multi-service program is designed, delivered and evaluated with participant history, values, goals, life experiences and worldviews at the core. Participants chart their own course, accessing a wide range of services including Employment/Career/Entrepreneurship, Financial, Wellness, Housing and Legal, gaining self-confidence and valuable work and life skills along the way.

Being  healthy and well is central to vocational success and economic progress. Supportive relationships are critical to navigating complex systems and being intentional around self-care and healthy behaviors.   In addition to participants’ core team, the Wellness Coach develops a trusting, encouraging relationship to facilitate participants’ progress along their individualized wellness plan.

Unmet health needs (including medical and behavioral health) are common challenges for Rubicon’s participants.  For many reasons, including lack of health coverage, stigma, and other social pressures, our participants often do not access the resources and support they need to manage health needs, which can stand in the way of them accomplishing their life goals. In recognition of the personal, cultural and systemic challenges around health care access and utilization, the wellness coach must have experience navigating health services and systems. Rubicon’s program model is grounded in principles of Motivational Interviewing, Coaching and Trauma Informed Care. Familiarity with these models is highly desirable.  

This position is part of a program pilot with responsibilities and program delivery strategies expected to evolve over time; in addition to the competencies detailed below, innovation, initiative and a tolerance for ambiguity will therefore be critical competencies for success. 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Wellness Director.  



Coaching: Direct supports might include 1 on 1 sessions to assess participant needs and collaborate with the participant to develop and follow a wellness plan; ensure participant accesses Wellness Services; and motivate the participant to achieve wellness goals and coach participant in making progress towards wellness goals.

Group Facilitation:   Facilitate participant workshops and groups and/or classes on wellness related topics and activities at Richmond and Antioch sites.

Systems Navigation: Assist with scheduling and preparation for appointments, transportation to appointments, accompany participants to appointment. Navigate public systems to obtain information, services and advocate on behalf of participant, as needed.

Data Entry: Data capture and entry at all points of the case management process and provide accurate and timely reporting per agency standards.

* To perform successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The responsibilities listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties.


Work experience in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, coaching; working knowledge of best practices for assisting economically disadvantaged and/or other under-represented populations.

Teamwork, interpersonal flexibility, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to inspire others; effective teaching and or group facilitation ability.

Strong knowledge of services (social services, health care) and networks in East and West Contra Costa County.

Group facilitation skills and abilities; computer and internet proficiency.

This position requires the incumbent to travel efficiently throughout the East Bay.  If s/he opts to meet these travel requirements by driving, proof of a valid and current driver license, current auto insurance, and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report are required.                     

Pay Grade N9

Competitive benefits include: Kaiser HMO/HSA and MetLife dental health plans, paid vacation, paid sick leave, vision service plan, 10 company holidays, and an employer sponsored 403(b) plan.

NOTICE:  This description is to be used as a guide only.  It does not constitute a contract, commitment or promise of any kind.  Rubicon reserves the right to change, add, delete, upgrade or downgrade the position as dictated by business necessity at any time with or without notice. 

Rubicon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values diversity of culture and thought. We seek talented, qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, conviction history, uniform service membership/veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical conditions, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression regardless of physical gender, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.