Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist - Alcohol and Health Education - (17001581)
The Department of Health Promotion & Prevention (HPP) envisions a campus which understands the impact of the environment on healthy communities. HPP strives to fully support a continuum of education and prevention, early intervention, and access to services while also promoting a culture of recovery and healthy life choices for all students. HPP is responsible for providing appropriate, evidence-based prevention and health promotion programming related to substance abuse, stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, and sleep. HPP staff members serve on a variety of University-wide committees and task forces.
Tufts University recognizes student academic potential can be negatively impacted by the use of substances. The AOD Specialist is responsible for coordinating and implementing evidence-based initiatives and strategies that reduce the consequences associated with the episodic use and misuse of substances. The Specialist is able to conduct Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment meetings with students (SBIRT model) and implement environmental management strategies. The Specialist works collaboratively with the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Office of Residential Life and Learning, Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Group of 6 cultural centers, various student groups, faculty, families, and others to provide effective health programming and education both on and off campus. The Specialist participates in student Orientation, campus-wide events, and is a member of University committees and task forces. Their work should contribute to a healthy campus community where high-risk drinking is understood as a safety concern and efforts to create substance-free social spaces and events are a priority.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
Bachelor's degree in Public Health or related field; Master's degree strongly preferred
Computer fluency, including basic understanding of research design and evaluation and health communications. Familiar with online alcohol education programs (e.g. AlcoholEdu, mystudentbody.com, echug)
Basic survey/evaluation methods and understanding of Health Communications.
Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based health promotion strategies, programs, and services designed to educate the student population in matters related to student substance abuse prevention.
Demonstrated ability to train professional staff and supervise students intern/peer educators.
Experience conducting Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for College Students (BASICS) and Marijuana Prevention Program (MAPP) educational interventions.
Demonstrated ability to identify and makes referrals to the network of campus services for students.
Demonstrated ability to serve as a resource and consultant along with Director to the University community for substance abuse related problems, including consulting and collaborating with various college departments, as needed
Background in providing programming, education, and information on alcohol and drug abuse.
Understanding of health promotion and experience with a college aged population all important.
Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and/or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with an advanced degree in Public Health, Social Work, psychology or related field.
Demonstrated commitment to professional development in AOD or related field.
Experience in developing and facilitating large group training events and prevention workshops/presentations, focus groups, motivational interviewing for substance abuse prevention, and experience as a BASICS provider.
3 years of demonstrated professional experience working in higher education and AOD prevention.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse population of students, faculty and staff.
Experience with social norms and marketing campaigns.
Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills, including presentation and public speaking with demonstrated competence in technology required for duty completion (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS).
Understanding of local resources for drug and alcohol treatment highly desirable. Certified in addictions counseling also a plus.
Master's degree preferred
Special Work Schedule Requirements: Occasional evening and weekend hours needed.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.