Public Health Fellow - 9 month term
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

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Gannett's Health Promotion department seeks an entry-level professional to participate in initiatives that promote and deliver innovative strategies to address student mental health, alcohol and other drugs as well as other emerging student issues. The dual focus of this job is to develop and deliver mental health outreach initiatives and to provide BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), a psycho-educational intervention that uses motivational interviewing skills and a harm reduction approach. This position reports to the Associate Director of Gannett Health Services/Director of Mental Health Initiatives.

Duties & Responsibilities in this Role include:
1. Participate in Mental Health Promotion outreach:
Participate in the development and delivery of gatekeeper and resilience-based programs.

Participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of Health Promotion training workshops (i.e., “Notice & Respond: Friend2Friend” gatekeeper program and “ Staying Balanced,” a resilience-based program) to further the mission of Gannett Health Services.

Facilitate 2-3 programs a week.

Provide support to all other Mental Health Promotion initiatives as needed.

Participate in Gannett Health Services and community committees as needed.

2. Assist with the development/creation of new programs and materials that address mental health, wellness and alcohol/other drug issues:

Provide specialized programs and training on mental health outreach and alcohol/other drug education related topics

Contribute to the design and content of Gannett mental health and alcohol/other drug education electronic and print resources

Assist with the development of content for state-of- the-art technology and other media resources

Collaborate with residence hall staff and other campus partners about mental health and alcohol/other drugs regarding active and passive programming

3. Deliver Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS):

Complete initial training and receive ongoing weekly supervisor

Meet with students one-to-one to administer BASICS using motivational interviewing techniques

Maintain/update relevant databases

Assist/ consult with residence hall staff referring students to BASICS

Support evaluation activities

Participate in BASICS Provider Team

4. Administrative & Other Duties as Assigned

Contribute, as needed, beyond specific job responsibilities to strengthen collaboration, contribute to smooth and efficient operations, and support the goals of the Health Promotion department and Gannett Health Services


Recent or anticipated Bachelor’s degree (2012/2013) from Cornell University in Human Development, Psychology, or closely related field with near peer connection to the student community.

Familiarity with community/behavioral health concepts and commitment to exploring a career in public health.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated success with public speaking.

Training in basic listening skills and experience in a peer advisor or counselor role (e.g., EARS counselor or Resident Assistant)

Proficient in computer use (word processing, database management, and internet).

Strong commitment to collaborative work.

Welcoming of diversity, accessible, and "user-friendly" to students and the student affairs community at Cornell.

Flexible in adjusting to a changing work environment, job responsibilities, and departmental priorities, including willingness to work weekends and evenings as needed.

Background check is required


Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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