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Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

Job Details

UNC Asheville Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff


Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator

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Recruitment Range:

$50,000 - $56,925

Work Schedule and Hours:

Primarily 8-5pm; rotation in on-call and crisis intervention, which may require after-hour emergency response; some after-hours programming and activities as needed. Occasional travel to regional and out-of-the-area meetings (as needed for training and/or collaboration with other substance abuse professionals)

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Months per Year:

12 Months

Position Summary:

This position is funded through student health fees to lead and consult with the UNC Asheville community regarding mental health and substance abuse services, issues, and programs. This position provides individual and group counseling, educational groups, mental health evaluations, and referrals to the local community for all appropriate students. This position is split between the delivery of individual and group counseling (75%) and coordination of substance abuse education. (25%)

This position also has responsibility to develop and implement outreach services, prevention programs, and program evaluation/assessment activities related to mental health and substance abuse.



Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Professional Counseling
  • North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist or equivalent
  • North Carolina license in Psychology, Social Work, or Professional Counseling
  • Experience/training in Substance Abuse Counseling and education programming with a college population.
  • Three to five years experience in a substance abuse counseling.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

Three to five years of experiences as a licensed therapist.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

Demonstrate knowledge, experience and skill in providing individual and group counseling and emergency assessments for a variety of diagnosis and conditions.

Demonstrate knowledge of individual substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

Demonstrate ability to implement mental health and substance abuse educational programs to various campus groups.

Demonstrate ability to identify and respond to campus and community needs within the context of the limited resources and funding provided.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

This vacancy is open until filled. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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