Recovery and Outreach Program Coordinator

Who we are:

The CU Collegiate Recovery Community (CUCRC) provides support for students in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use and other addictions. The CUCRC offers a welcoming student community and resource lounge, free support meetings on campus, sober social events, and one-on-one recovery coaching and referrals provided by professional staff experienced in recovery. We are here to help students develop peer-to-peer connections, resiliency and well-being, and to connect CU students, staff and alumni with recovery-related services and others in recovery.

The Recovery and Outreach Program Coordinator position is responsible for coordinating student leadership and engagement, program activities and peer-to-peer support for the CUCRC community. The purpose of the role is to help foster students' engagement in the recovery community and in developing meaningful relationships that support them in maintaining recovery, sobriety and well-being so that they may be successful at the University of Colorado. Responsibilities will include welcoming new students and helping to connect them with other students and resources, providing recovery support for students in both one-on-one and group settings, cultivating student leadership and involvement, assisting with outreach activities to the broader campus student population, administrators and other program partners on and off campus. The Coordinator also is responsible for assisting with program assessments and with the staffing, logistics and communications for the Center. This position will also be involved with helping to develop the vision, growth and sustainability of the CUCRC in partnership with other CUCRC staff and student leaders.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Community Engagement, Support and Mentorship -
  • As a recovery coach and liaison between CUCRC and the recovery community, this role is responsible for providing support to students in cultivating and maintaining recovery, sobriety and well-being over time and developing a personal program of recovery.
  • As a coach/mentor, this position will meet individually with students to listen, validate and relate to their experience and offer reflections, suggestions, and encouragement to support them in developing and maintaining stable recovery. This position will also provide tangible means for engaging in a process of recovery by providing introductions to recovery support meetings, programs and schedules and other members within the community.
  • Often serve as the first point of contact and liaison for the CUCRC and is responsible for creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all students, staff, faculty, supporters and visitors.
  • Strategize on best ways to reach out to students and other stakeholders from all backgrounds and adjust interaction style based on the needs of individuals.
  • Recognize opportunities to address needs and interests and then follow up with individuals to relay information or communicate prospects for engagement that encourage participation.

Purposeful Activities and Dialogues -
  • Plan, implement, and assess CUCRC events and student social programs, and Fall and Spring orientation day and events for students in collaboration with student leadership team and program manager.
  • Connect students with recovery/sober support programs, activities and resources both on- and off-campus. Meet with or reach out via phone, text or email to support students in taking action in their recovery either through direct mentoring (i.e. taking them to a support meeting to provide encouragement) or by discussing options and checking in with the student later to reflect on actions taken or not taken as needed.
  • Host other student meetups as appropriate to support community-building and connection.
  • Attend CRC Member Meetings and support students in coordinating and implementing student leadership activities.
  • Serve as on-call to provide after-hours student support as needed.
  • Work with supervisors to address needs that arise during purposeful activities and dialogues with students, talk through short-term and long-term community needs with supervisor in one on one meetings, and bring any immediate concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.
  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining a positive team environment when working in collaboration with staff of various job positions.
  • Assist with supporting Core Mentor and residents in Core Housing, especially during move-in and move-out times.
  • As a recovery coach and mentor, this position will need to demonstrate strong conversational and motivational interviewing skills when asking relevant questions during individual and group dialogues and encourage students to brainstorm solutions instead of offering the answers. Listen astutely to the needs of members and help them identify strategies to aid them in their personal recovery path, engaging in relationship that fosters trust and personal accountability.

Administration -
  • Coordinate communications for events and activities through email, social media, print materials and in person.
  • Assist with general program marketing, outreach, social media and other communications as needed.
  • Assist with staffing the Center, answering incoming calls, welcoming visitors, etc.
  • Assist with set up and take down for meetings and events, as needed.
  • Assist with stocking recovery resource materials, coordinating trainings and/or educational events.
  • Develop a cohesive team spirit with fellow team members, be supportive of each other, and provide backup for one another in difficult situations.
  • Respond to emails, texts and calls in a timely manner.
  • Actively participate in and attend weekly supervision and planning meetings.
  • Assist with leading student support meetings and CRC member meetings.

Outreach -
  • Participate in regular outreach with program partners, donors, campus administrators and other stakeholders on and off campus.
  • Assist with coordinating outreach events, to include campus tabling, speaking at donor, stakeholder or administrative meetings, speaking at schools or other off campus programs.
  • Assist with donor relations in collaboration with CUCRC staff and CU Development staff.
  • Participate in additional trainings to further skills as a Recovery Coach.

What you should know:

Availability on evenings and weekends for student events and engagement (1-4x/month).

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position is $42,000.00-52,000.00 depending on experience.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Connected. Be Healthy. Be Well. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years of continuous experience, knowledge and skill in applying concepts of recovery related to substance use disorders and/or one year of professional experience working in the field of addiction recovery.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Excel software.

What you will need:
  • Commitment to maintaining personal well-being and/or recovery if applicable while working in this position.
  • Interest in continued professional development in the mental health/recovery field through further training and experience.
  • Display and maintain professional courtesy and sensitivity with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. This is based on the list of protected identities at CU. Treat all members and visitors equitably in concordance with university policy.
  • Willingness to unconditionally accept and support a diverse population of students on all paths and in all stages of recovery.
  • Ability to engage effectively with different personality types and communication styles.
  • Strong leadership abilities and people skills.
  • Awareness of own interpersonal dynamics and triggers.
  • Ability to hold professional boundaries.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Previous relevant experience, education, training or degree in mental health field.
  • Previous involvement with a collegiate recovery program, effort or community.
  • Advanced degree.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by August 23, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-10575.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10450 - Wardenburg Health Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 10, 2017

Closing Date: Aug 23, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00736813