Alchohol/Drug Education Specialist

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Alchohol/Drug Education Specialist
Middlebury College

Posting Number: S01537

Position Summary:
The Office of Health and Wellness Education is responsible for providing appropriate, evidence-based prevention and health promotion programming on topics including substance abuse, stress management, nutrition, healthy relationships and sexual health, sleep, mental health, violence prevention (including bystander intervention training), and violence advocacy for Middlebury College students. Reporting to the Director, the Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive continuum of evidence-based initiatives and strategies that reduce the consequences associated with the episodic use and misuse of substances, as well as supporting generalist content within the office. Their work should contribute to a healthy campus community where high-risk alcohol and drug use is understood as a safety concern and promote a culture of recovery and healthy lifestyle choices for all students. Additionally, all health educators in Health and Wellness Education will engage in relationship building, data disaggregation, and direct programming to address connections between culture, identiti(es), and social justice as determinants of health for groups of students who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized including but not limited to students of color, first generation students, and queer students.
The Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist is a twelve-month, full-time position. Supervision is provided by the Director of Health and Wellness Education. Health and Wellness Education provides services, support, and consultation as an anchor office for all of Middlebury's year-round, world-wide programs.

Essential Functions:
Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Recommend, implement, and assess environmental management strategies to address substance use/abuse
Administer online pre-matriculation alcohol and other drug education courses for new students
Coordinate, administer, and technically support screenings, including SBIRT, for alcohol and other drug use across offices in the Center for Health and Wellness including indicated intervention provision and referrals
Coordinate and administer online and in-person educational courses/sessions for sanctioned students including one on one motivational interviewing interventions, facilitating group classes, and leveraging online courses as applicable for both undergraduate and Schools and Programs populations
Provide trainings, workshops, and group series for students and colleagues focused on increasing engagement, substance-free experiences, building healthy coping strategies, improving senses of belonging and connection, and developing compassion for self and others
Advise and facilitate programming and mentoring in substance free and/or recovery housing options in coordination with Residential Life

Provide direct training and consultation to residence directors related to alcohol and other drugs, motivational interviewing, and educational sanctioning
Enhance the capacity of the faculty and staff stakeholders in the community as partners in student engagement to develop strategies to address the varied impacts substance use across institutional offices
Develop and implement bystander intervention training for alcohol and other drug overdoses/medical emergencies
Plan, develop, and implement programming, education/trainings, and outreach efforts around health and wellness topics of community relevance including, but not limited to, stress management, nutrition, healthy relationships and sexual health, sleep, and mental health promotion as directed
Advise student organizations as appropriate and as requested
Hire, train, and supervise student workers in the Office of Health and Wellness Education
Assist with the established peer rape crisis worker program as an administrator in an on-call rotation
Demonstrate and maintain professional boundaries in working with students and colleagues
Author the Office of Health and Wellness Education’s contribution to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Biennial Report every other year
Collaborate with the Director to develop an end of the year report on accomplishments and recommendations for the program and campus/community program stakeholders
Represent the Office of Health and Wellness Education on committees and task forces as appointed/assigned
Integrate best practices and incorporate a research-based approach to educational programming
Maintain and develop skills via participation in continuing education opportunities and membership in the American College Health Association (ACHA), New England Health Educators’ Network (NEHEN), and attendance at the ACHA New England College Health Association (NECHA) affiliate annual meetings
Develop and maintain professional relationships with counterparts at peer institutions including engagement in peer review processes
Other duties as assigned
Some evening and weekend hours are required

General Responsibilities:
Other duties as assigned
Some evening and weekend hours are required


Master’s degree required in public health, health promotion, community health, social work, education, higher education administration or counseling, psychology, or related field with preference for Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and/or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidates should possess strong leadership, organizational, and presentation skills; strong intervention skills one-on-one, in small groups, and large groups; strong technology skills (presentation software, word processing, social media); an ability to meet deadlines; handle multiple, complex, and abstract tasks; capacity for detail-oriented work; an ability to work independently as well as part of a team; an understanding of health promotion and behavior change theories; advanced training and skills in screening and prevention program delivery; demonstrated ability to identify and makes referrals to the network of campus and community services for students; training in motivational interviewing; ability to create social norms and marketing campaigns from community-level data; understanding of an oppression-based model of health promotion (and associated multicultural approaches to prevention); commitment to addressing intersections of multiple identities and their related health outcomes; proven record of successful work with college students, faculty, staff and community members from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds including socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, first generation college students, and LGBTQ populations; and commitment to public health and social justice change models.

At least two years of professional experience in college health, health promotion, prevention, or counseling; social work; student affairs administration; community health/mental health; leadership development and/or training and technical experience in aforementioned areas desired. Experience working in higher education/student affairs preferred. Unpaid or volunteer experience in these fields may be applied to the two year professional expectation but may not replace the professional experience entirely; candidates who wish to apply volunteer experience should demonstrate how their experience is equivalent to professional experience.
Ideal candidates would also bring experience in community needs assessments, program planning, logic model development, community-based evaluation methodologies (such as Empowerment Evaluation), and assessment; building, maintaining, and facilitating small group experiences and community-wide campaigns or programs; developing, facilitating, and coordinating professional development opportunities for adult learners; experience working in mental health promotion/prevention with college-age students; developing and editing educational and communication tools (web, print, social media); peer education facilitation, training, and assessment; and mental health or educational advocacy and/or counseling.

Candidates with training experience and/or certification in the following programs/strategies are strongly preferred: Student Support Network (SSN), Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for College Students (BASICS), Cannabis Screening and Interventions for College Students (CASICS), CHOICES, Marijuana Prevention Program (MAP), tobacco cessation, and recovery coaching. Candidates should identify trainings and proficiencies in other similar or related curricula in application materials.

Physical Demands:
Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. Will need to regularly move about inside the office and will require regular cross-campus travel to access resources and personnel in other buildings. Will require periods of standing (or other postures) to deliver educational programming and/or facilitate groups. May require limited and infrequent in-state and out-of-state trips for trainings, professional meetings, and professional development.

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information on our background check policy can be found here:

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Middlebury is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, Middlebury recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. Middlebury also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/5/2021
Application Due: 3/5/2033
Work Type: Full Time