Prevention Specialist

Prevention Specialist

Humboldt State University

HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation

Wage: $25.00-28.10/hr. dependent on qualifications of candidate. Position will be eligible to participate in
retirement benefits after two years.

Position: This is .7 time base (28 hrs./week), non-exempt, 12-month appointment. Continuation of this position is contingent upon satisfactory performance and project funding. This is not a state or federal position.

Project Name: Campus Connect Support Network

Supervisor(s): Brian Mistler PhD, Project Director and Executive Director, Student Health and Wellbeing
Services, and Ravin Craig, Health Educator.

Anticipated Start Date: October 2017

Essential functions of the job: This position is a part of a 3-year federal grant awarded to HSU Student Health and Wellbeing Services by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant establishes a program at HSU to enhance infrastructure to increase our capacity to implement, sustain, and improve effective mental health services with the purpose of formalizing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Understanding that effective suicide prevention and mental health education requires the proactive engagement of the entire campus, The HSU Support Net will expand efforts to promote wellness and help-seeking of all students and forefront prevention strategies, campus trainings for students, faculty, and staff, and detailed postvention plans.

The purpose of Student Health and Wellness Services at Humboldt State is to help students achieve and maintain academic success and lifelong health and well-being by providing timely and appropriate primary and acute health care, disease and injury prevention education, professional outreach, referrals, educational services and campus consultations. A dynamic and mission-focused team, staff generally report really enjoying their work together among a fun, hard-working, and exceptionally skilled team and find helping our students especially meaningful. Located where the redwood forest meets the ocean in beautiful Humboldt County, HSU is the northern-most campus in the California State University system.

The Prevention Specialist, is a health educator who will work across Counseling and Psychological Services, Medical Services, and Health Education to provide supportive outreach and lead campus trainings. They may also provide targeted outreach and support the development of referrals network for students who, due to the nature of their illnesses, are at high-risk and may struggle to comply with treatment recommendations. This individual will also assist the project director in the management of grant activities, including organization of Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador program and other trainings; will assist in the development of materials for parents and families; will be primarily responsible for coordinating data collection; will work with closely with the health education team to coordinate the activities of Peer Health Educators in support of the grant activities, and other related duties as assigned.

This is a .7 time base position and does not include medical benefits. The Prevention Specialist will be directly supervised by grant project director and Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing Services Dr. Brian Mistler and receive additional primary leadership guidance from the Health Educator Ravin Craig and, as appropriate, the Director of Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS).

Minimum Qualifications:
Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution.

Knowledge: Applicant must have working knowledge of the elements of health education programming and prevention models; Ability to plan, organize and implement a variety of office equipment needs based on specific program requirements; knowledge of applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to patient confidentiality; techniques for collecting and compiling quantitative data; and the means of disseminating educational information to the public through various mass and audio or visual media. Applicant must have the ability to: communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals with various interests and from varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds; prepare and deliver informational talks or lead group discussions using visual and other aids; provide clear, understandable answers to questions which are raised by target group audiences; conduct interviews or group discussions to obtain data on health habits and needs; observe reactions to questions, and record or summarize findings; conduct research using a variety of sources to develop and prepare education materials; maintain confidentiality consistent with applicable state and federal regulations; and maintain effective working relationships with peers and target segments of the student community. Must have an ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants with an undergraduate degree-focus and/or outside volunteer or work experience in mental health, health education, social work, or a related field or experience in data tracking, as a college instructor, K-12 teacher, experience in social work, or other related field. An advanced degree and/or license is not required, but preference may be given to candidates who are licensed or licensed eligible as social workers, mental health therapists, with public health degrees or closely related. Preference may also be given to bilingual English/Spanish speakers.

Application Instructions: To apply please submit the following: 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and how your education, experiences, and previous accomplishments have demonstrated you are prepared you to succeed in this role 2) a current resume or CV 3) a list of 4-6 professional references, at least one of whom should be a current or former supervisor, and 4) the HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants to

Please submit all application materials together electronically by email to the search coordinator for this positon, Health Educator Ravin Craig

If you have any questions, you may also contact or call (707) 826-5228.

Application review date: Review of application materials will begin July 17, 2017 and will continue until
the position is filled.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.