Recovery Support Specialist

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-06-04
Req: R0003250
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 Recovery-Ready community. 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 will promote wellbeing 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 wellbeing and health of students necessitates considering and supporting the welfare of faculty, staff, and alumni. The Specialist will focus 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. This is a full-time, 12-month University Staff position with all state benefits.

Specific responsibilities include:
Recovery Support and Advocacy Initiatives (60%)
• Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate the University’s recovery support initiatives, including but not limited to oversight of the Hoos in Recovery program, the recovery ally program, and recovery housing options
• Provide direct support to students in recovery or considering recovery through the role of educator, group facilitator, and mentor
• Serve as a community resource for addiction and recovery topics and provide referrals to both on- and off-Grounds resources
• Use knowledge gained from assessment to adjust approaches and initiatives
• Work directly with marketing personnel to assist in creation and dissemination of marketing and other publication materials to promote, strengthen, and grow recovery support initiatives
• Ensure that all initiatives and programming are positive, developmentally appropriate, empowering, and inclusive to a diverse community.

Supervision/Administration (20%)
• Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate paid and volunteer student staff and interns
• Develop methodology to track student progress/care management
• Manage all recovery support finances including operating budgets, grants, and donations; grow and distribute scholarship funds to support recovery efforts
• Respond to recovery support inquiries from students, family members, potential donors, media, and other Grounds or community members.

Collaboration (20%)
• Develop partnerships with campus partners and local recovery and treatment resources to ensure support services for UVA members, including 12-step and other recovery meetings
• Maintain relationships between the recovery support program at UVA and the greater Charlottesville community, along with state and national communities
• Serve as a member of the Student Health Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Consultation Team.

Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a closely related field of study. Also required:

• A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience
• Cultural competence related to recovery language, communities, and resources
• Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion or recovery support initiatives
• Basic knowledge of best practices in collegiate health promotion and public health 
• Ability to relate effectively to and engage graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, administration, and community agencies
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Ability to be flexible, work independently, and be proactive with pursuing and strengthening partnerships
• 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 several student personnel
• Ability to ethically maintain standards of professional care and confidentiality
• Ability to participate in continuing professional development activities to maintain competency.

Preference will be given to applicants with:
• Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a closely related field of study 
• At least three years of relevant professional experience
• Experience collaborating, volunteering, or working with recovery community organizations
• Experience in a collegiate recovery community as a staff member, intern, or member
• Experience with oversight of recovery housing
• Experience with management of student scholarships
• Understanding of student development issues, emerging needs, and interests
• Certified Health Education Specialist certification.

The salary range for this position is $45,000-55,000. This position requires completing a background check and a pre-employment drug screen prior to the start date. To apply, please visit and search for Requisition number R0003250. Please be sure to upload each document required: cover letter, resume and contact information for three references. For information about the position or the application process, contact Michele Jarman, [email protected]

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/20/2019
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