Recovery Support Specialist
Working Title: Recovery Support Specialist
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Elson Student Health Center
Posting Date: 08-31-2018
The University of Virginia's Office of Health Promotion (OHP) is seeking a dynamic Recovery Support Specialist to effectively build and grow a diverse, positive, and inclusive community at the University of Virginia. A Recovery-Ready Grounds is a place where individuals are empowered to ask for help, intervene with empathy when they notice someone struggling with alcohol or other drug use, and respect recovery by offering encouragement and celebrating success.
Reporting to the Associate Director of OHP, this position promotes well being through development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the University's recovery support initiatives. These initiatives are designed to engage and empower people in recovery or considering recovery, as well as recovery allies. While students are the primary focus of the endeavors of this position, supporting the well-being and health of students necessitates considering and supporting the welfare of faculty, staff, and alumni. The Specialist focuses on nurturing a Recovery-Ready Grounds through the role of educator, facilitator, and mentor, and connect individuals to appropriate on- and off-Grounds clinical providers. The Specialist participates in continuing professional development activities to maintain competency. This position has a flexible schedule that includes some evenings and weekends.
A Master's degree in Public Health, Social Work, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a closely related field is required. At least two years' experience in the field and knowledge of best practices in collegiate health promotion and public health is necessary. Three years' or more experience is preferred. A strong background and proficiency in student learning-based outcome development and assessment is required. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are essential.
A thorough understanding and knowledge of addiction, recovery, and recovery support services is required. The ability to effectively engage students, faculty, administrators and community agencies; be flexible, work independently, and proactively pursue collaborations; supervise and train student personnel; and ethically maintain standards of professional care and confidentiality is essential. The Specialist will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice and inclusivity.
Preference will be given to those with an understanding of students' development issues, emerging needs, and interests, and knowledge of collegiate health promotion and public health best practices. Experience in a collegiate recovery community as a staff member, intern, or member; overseeing recovery housing; and managing student scholarships is preferred.
The anticipated salary range for this position is $45,000-$55,000. To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0623954. Complete an application online, attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin September 17 and the position is open until filled. For questions regarding the position or application process contact Michele Jarman, [email protected]
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough understanding and knowledge of addiction, recovery, and recovery support services.
Ability to effectively engage students, faculty, administrators, and community agencies.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Ability to be flexible, work independently, and be proactive with pursuing collaborations.
Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes some evenings and weekends.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice and creating inclusive environments.
Ability to supervise and train student personnel.
Ability to ethically maintain standards of professional care and confidentiality.
Participate in continuing professional development activities to maintain competency.
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