The Alcohol and Drug Risk Reduction Specialist works to increase and support the health and safety of the Western community by planning and implementing the services and programs of the Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS).
The Alcohol and Drug Risk Reduction Specialist must be able to apply best practice and evidence based methods as well as creative and innovative approaches to reach and engage the student population. The Specialist is responsible for addressing behavioral health issues along the continuum of education through awareness, prevention, individual and group early intervention and support services, referral to additional campus and community resources, and environmental risk reduction strategies. The Alcohol and Drug Risk Reduction Specialist works as a collaborative team member of Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) to achieve department and University goals.
About the Department: Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) facilitates individual and community health and well-being, nurturing students’ self-care and social responsibility so that they may maximize their academic and personal success and engage in the creation of a safe and healthy community.
PWS offers Western students opportunities to get involved in improving their own health and the health of their community. PWS provides numerous professional and peer-led health promotion programs that can help students achieve optimal well-being and specific services to those who may face challenges to their well-being. PWS programs comprise topic areas of alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, violence prevention, physical health (sleep, nutrition, activity and stress management) and resiliency.
To find out more please refer to the Western Washington University website and the Prevention and Wellness Services website http://www.wwu.edu/chw/preventionandwellness/ , or Bellingham, WA
- Direct Service
- Design, implement, supervise, and assess all ADCAS classes, groups and individual services. ADCAS services encompass both voluntary and mandated clients
- Provide individual and group services –utilizing a brief and focused motivational intervention model, support, and referral services for students who have alcohol and other drug concerns, or for students who are concerned about the substance use of a friend, roommate or family member
- Design and implement training for students, faculty, staff, and parents. Trainings address alcohol and other drug information and risk reduction, behavioral indicators, how to identify and effectively intervene in concerning or potentially risky situations, how to help and support friends, roommates, partners or family members, and facilitating referral to additional campus and community assistance and support resources.
- Design and implement training for key student, faculty, and staff groups whose work may involve being a first-responder to students experiencing alcohol/drug related issues. Identify and develop connection with these groups and offer training as appropriate to the role of the group or department.
- Participate in the development and presentation of Title IX compliance requirements in collaboration with other key university staff to all WWU athletic teams and other identified student, staff and faculty groups.
- Professional Collaboration
- Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with individuals, offices and departments involved with mandated referrals, and on-campus service providers whose assistance may be involved to support academic success and individual change.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships (including training on WWU services) with off-campus service and support providers to facilitate reciprocal referral for WWU students. This includes communication with local courts for mandated referrals.
- Departmental Objectives and Prevention Programing
- Work collaboratively with the PWS Health Promotion and Communication Specialist to design marketing campaigns that widely and effectively publicize and promote ADCAS services and alcohol/drug risk reduction and abuse prevention messages.
- Collaborate in periodic review of ADCAS materials and services, and all AOD Peer Health Educator groups, events, and programs.
- Coordinate, design, and assess the planning and implementation of comprehensive alcohol abuse and other drug use risk reduction/prevention and outreach programing for Western students.
- Selection, Training & Supervision of Peer Health Educators
- Work collaboratively with other PWS staff to recruit, train, and supervise PWS Peer Health Educators in the foundation information pertaining to college student health, core concepts, principles of information and service delivery, and knowledge of PWS service areas, Informational and environmental risk reduction strategies.
- The Alcohol and Drug Risk Reduction Specialist also has responsibility for specialty training and ongoing supervision for peer health educators working specifically in alcohol and other drug risk reduction environmental prevention and direct service with ADCAS.
- Programmatic Components -- Records and Service/Program Analysis
- Maintain confidential records of all client consultation and service contacts.
- Maintain records and create departmental reports detailing service utilization, professional training, prevention events and programs offered, and all activities of peer health educators assisting with alcohol/drug prevention services, programs, or events.
- Ensure provision of effective and quality service to Western students by conducting regular program and procedures review and evaluation, identifying areas for review or revision, developing a plan and implementing revision as needed.
- Establish and maintain high standards for client service, education and prevention practice pertaining to alcohol/drug services within parameters set by relevant professional standards, professional groups, and pertinent state and federal regulations.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education, Public Health, or related field OR Bachelor’s Degree in another field with 2 years demonstrated experience in health education or public health
- Chemical Dependency Professional certification or minimum of 4 years equivalent experience
- Experience working with alcohol and other drug issues involving both individual client work and group facilitation
- Highly developed interpersonal and analytical communication and organization skills
- Experience working with clients in the 17-25 age range
- Experience developing training materials or presenting educational information
- Experience with supervision of others
- Experience training and supervising late teen/young adult age volunteers
- Master’s Degree in Health Education, Public Health, or related field
- Ability to facilitate a cognitive behavioral intervention using motivational interviewing techniques
- Knowledge of risk reduction theory and stages of change theory
- Knowledge of social norms theory
- Knowledge of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students and motivational interviewing
- Ability to administer and interpret results of online web-based alcohol and other drug assessment
- Experience with program planning and assessment, including outcome analysis
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Salary: This position is a permanent, 10 month position, full time (100%), with a salary range of $38,000 to $40,000.
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in below and provide the information listed below. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize the online application system.
1) A cover letter
2) Resume which specifically addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, and your experience related to this position.
3) Three reference names with contact information (must include either current or past supervisor).
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