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Assistant Director, AOD Education and Prevention

The Assistant Director, AOD Education and Prevention leads campus efforts to provide evidence-based, data-informed substance misuse prevention programs for Virginia Tech students. Reporting to the Director of Hokie Wellness, the assistant director will lead a team of individuals to include a Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator and the IMPACT (Initiating and Motivating a Positive Alcohol Culture Together) Peer Education and Prevention Team.

The assistant director will be responsible for overseeing the continued growth and development, implementation, and evaluation of the substance misuse prevention efforts at Virginia Tech, with student well-being the central focus. They will provide leadership, supervision, training, and coaching to professional staff and IMPACT peers. This individual will stay current with public health research and will utilize best practices in prevention education to promote harm reduction strategies. In addition, they will employ a variety of methods to reach diverse audiences, including, but not limited to, one-to-one brief interventions, group workshops, campus outreach, and social platforms.

The assistant director will regularly collaborate with campus departments, such as, Housing and Residential Life, Student Conduct, Athletics, and Fraternity and Sorority Life, to address substance misuse and promote student well-being. In addition, the assistant director will convene and/or serve on committees and working groups around substance misuse, student well-being, and game day strategies.

The assistant director will join a talented team of student affairs professionals who are leading student well-being at Virginia Tech. The assistant director must cultivate strong relationship amongst team members, students, and the greater campus community.

Required Qualifications

The selected individual must be an educator committed to student success, inclusion, and well-being. A master’s degree in public health, health education, health policy, social work, or another relevant field is required. The Assistant Director should have 2 years related experience in substance misuse prevention and education, and supervisory experience. Candidates with substance misuse prevention experience outside of a university setting are encouraged to apply. This individual will be committed to inclusivity, collaboration, and service and will display a high level of flexibility, organizational skills, teamwork, and innovative thinking.

Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and take initiative in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Ability to work collaboratively with a team of colleagues and serve as a representative of Hokie Wellness. A criminal background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing substance misuse primary prevention programs in a higher education setting. Experience leading and engaging peer educators. Experience evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of public health programming.

Recovery Program Coordinator

Virginia Tech’s Fralin Life Science’s Institute and Hokie Wellness are seeking a leader in the collegiate recovery movement to effectively assess need, grow, and enhance a diverse, positive, and inclusive recovery-ready community. This individual will be instrumental in growing and developing the Virginia Tech Recovery Community, participating in task force work to guide the future of this community, and development of a Living Learning Program for students in recovery. A recovery-ready community is a place where individuals are empowered to ask for help, intervene with empathy when they notice someone struggling with substance use or other addictive behavior, and respect recovery by offering encouragement and celebrating success.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Intervention & Recovery Services, this position will promote well-being through assessment, 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 this position, supporting the well-being and health of students necessitates considering and supporting the welfare of faculty and staff. The Coordinator will supervise part-time staff, student employees, and interns through the role of supervisor, educator, and mentor, and connect individuals to appropriate on- and off-campus clinical providers. This is a full-time 12-month university faculty restricted position with all state benefits and funding for 3 years with the intention of making this a continuous position.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human development, or a closely related field of study, in addition to direct experience working with the recovery community at large (or closely related experience) for at least one year. Applicants also must have: • A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience
• At least one year of previous supervisory experience (staff or students)
• Understanding of student development issues, emerging needs, and interests
• Thorough understanding and knowledge of harm-reduction, addiction, recovery, and recovery support services
• Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating recovery support initiatives
• Cultural competence related to recovery language, communities, and resources.
• Experience collaborating, volunteering, or working with recovery community organizations.
• 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 collaborations
• 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
• Participate in continuing professional development activities to maintain competency

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Addiction Studies, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a closely related field of study.
• At least one year of professional experience working with a collegiate recovery community or other recovery community organization serving young adults
• Three years of experience working directly with the recovery community in general in any capacity
• Two years of previous supervisory experience (staff)
• Knowledge of best practices in collegiate health promotion and public health other
• Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programming
• Experience with oversight of recovery housing
• Experience with management of student scholarships