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Instructional Assistant, Substance Use Disorder Counseling - Human Services

Northcentral Technical College
Wausau, WI
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Position Description

This is a two-year Limited Term Employment (LTE) position through June 30, 2024. This position is accountable to the Dean of Public Safety and Community Services. This position will require both on campus and online student and staff interaction. Typical hours will be throughout the work week and will consist of both daytime and evening hours. Exact hours will be determined by the employee and supervisor.

The Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUDC) and Human Services Instructional Assistant will provide direct, specialized support to students enrolled in the SUDC Program who need additional support, assisting them with both curricular and non-curricular challenges, which may include tutoring related to learning objectives; assistance with specific skills-based activities, project-based learning opportunities, Interviewing and Counseling Lab sessions; and referrals to internal and external resources.

The SUDC Instructional Assistant’s purpose is to assist faculty with direct student support. The primary responsibilities of the role will be to assist the students with both curricular and non-curricular challenges. This will include assistance and referrals to internal and external resources, individualized to the needs of students. As a first point of contact with students in potential distress, this individual will need to have formal education and experience in the helping profession, including specific training and/or experience working with substance use disorder treatment.


Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Provide direct support to faculty during the training of students.
  2. Prepare SUDC and Interviewing and Counseling Lab for student activities. As requested by the faculty, assist students practicing various SUDC techniques. Recommend SUDC topics and methods to the faculty based on observed student practices.
  3. Always treat all students and customers with respect.
  4. Participate in in-service training and industry workshops pertaining to SUDC.
  5. Assist the program faculty with the procurement of materials and supplies.
  6. Assist the faculty with the setting up of activities for students.
  7. Monitor attendance.
  8. Assist in the documentation of maintenance of the Interviewing and Counseling Lab.
  9. Maintain an inventory of instructional materials and equipment within the Interviewing and Counseling Lab.
  10. Demonstrate skills as needed with the direction of the faculty.
  11. Maintain proficiency in the helping profession as needed to support the SUDC program.
  12. Assist students one-on-one in meeting their educational goals under the direction of instructor.
  13. Assist students with coursework and the Interviewing and Counseling Lab software.
  14. Assist with Client Reporting at end of each semester as requested.
  15. Attend Team Time meetings.
  16. Communicate and interact with staff.
  17. Other duties as assigned.

This list of typical duties and responsibilities is not inclusive. Any other duties and responsibilities assigned by leadership of similar nature requiring similar relative skills and capabilities may be assigned.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field is required with a Substance Abuse Counselor Certification preferred. Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field, with a Substance Abuse Counselor Certification preferred. This position must demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility without direct supervision, exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within the scope of authority. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational skills.

  • Possess adequate computer skills to assist students with coursework and the Interviewing and Counseling Lab software.
  • Must be able to work with students of various backgrounds, ages and capabilities in an educational setting.
  • Communicate and provide student feedback in a professional manner.
  • Able to work well and function effectively in a team environment and independently.
  • Able to personally organize, schedule, and prioritize work based on schedule and independently developed identification of needs.

Physical Demands

Working Activity:
6 to 8 hours: None

4 to 5 hours: Working indoors

1 to 3 hours: Grasping, performing repetitive movements, sitting, standing, walking

Less than 1 hour: Balancing, bending, climbing, crawling, driving, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching, twisting, working at heights, working in temperature extremes, working outdoors

Lifting and Carrying:

Less than 10 pounds: 1-10 repetition(s) per hour

10 to 20 pounds: Less than 1 repetition per hour

20-50 pounds: Less than 1 repetition per hour

50-100 pounds: Less than 1 repetition per hour

More than 100 pounds with help: Less than 1 repetition per hour


Additional Physical Requirements:

Vision: Adequate with aid to read instructions, labels, documents, computer screens, and differentiate between colors.

Hearing: Adequate with aid to understand oral requests, telephone conversation, and PA systems.



Working at Northcentral Technical College

NTC is a customer-focused, accessible provider of innovative lifelong learning that builds a globally competitive workforce. The College’s 5,900 square mile, 10-county district includes six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo, an Apprenticeship Center of Excellence in Wausau and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau Campus in the Town of Maine. The Wausau Campus also features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business & Industry and an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center of Excellence. 

2012 marks the centennial anniversary of Northcentral Technical College, recently named the 21st fastest growing community/technical college in the nation by Community College Week magazine. The College currently offers over 150 associate degree programs, technical diploma programs and short- term certificate options, with many credits transferring to Wisconsin’s four-year public and private colleges, creating a seamless path for lifelong learning. Through a variety of flexible course options (, NTC is providing an additional opportunity for learners to receive a degree or certification through flexible learning opportunities including late starts, a new Virtual College and winterim courses. Additional services include programming in ELL, Adult Basic Education, and HSED/ GED, as well as a learning center and testing center.

NTC is also closely connected to the local business community through the training and development of incumbent workers. The College’s Business & Industry Solutions team works with local businesses to offer customized training, technical assistance and professional development opportunities. NTC’s Continuing Education team provides educational offerings designed to help individuals gain needed education for career advancement or change, meet professional certification and licensing requirements and develop new skills to be successful in today’s competitive workforce.

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