Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator


Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator

JOB NO: 519437
CLASSIFICATION: Mental Health Provider 1
GRADE: Grade 79
WORK TYPE: Staff Full-time
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Anchorage
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT: UAA VC Student Affairs
LOCATION: Anchorage
CATEGORIES: Health Profession, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator (ADWE) is a key member of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Dean of Students Office. This position is also a member of the Student Health & Counseling Center health promotion team which sponsors campaigns and events on health and wellness issues. The ADWE: 1) coordinates UAA’s substance abuse education efforts, 2) plans programs and events about alcohol, drugs, and wellness topics, 3) provides training and presentations on alcohol and other drugs, and 4) seeks partnerships or grants pertaining to substance abuse or wellness topics. The ADWE is a 40-hour per week, 10-month, term-funded position. The contract would be for 10 months of the fiscal year, most likely running from mid-July through mid-May, depending on the needs of the Dean of Students Office. If possible, we envision the ADWE having an 11-month contract their first year starting in mid June and ending mid-May to allow for additional time for training and on-boarding before the academic year begins. A term position is funded year-to-year depending on funding availability each fiscal year.

Duties:

LEADERSHIP AND CONSULTATION SERVICES: Research best practices of alcohol, drug, and wellness education. Administer the CORE Drug and Alcohol survey. Serve as a consultant to the Department of Residence Life. Provide staff development to Residence Life staff members about alcohol, drugs, and wellness. Teach Residence Life staff members how to deliver effective alcohol, drug, and wellness education programs. Provide assistance to student clubs, Greek organizations, departmental units, and faculty/staff by providing consultative services, presentations, and workshops, when requested. Be a spokesperson to local media on ADWE matters. Provide direction and support to Peer Health Educators in the absence of the Health Promotion Specialist. Provide support and leadership with the Health Promotion Specialist for Peer Health Educator meetings. Co-lead DVSA (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change) meetings. Partner in core areas with the Health Promotion Specialist and other campus partners for education and programming when it comes to health promotion practices, including, but not limited to: sexual violence, mental health, healthy relationships, physical activity & nutrition, and general wellness. Serve as a representative of the Dean of Students Office, engage with students in-person or over the phone, and make referrals to appropriate campus and community resources.

EVENTS AND PUBLICATIONS: Collaborate with Student Health & Counseling Center, Health Promotion Specialist, Student Affairs staff/faculty, and academic faculty in delivering alcohol, drug, and wellness education and outreach. Plan and facilitate campus-wide alcohol, drug, and wellness education programs. Coordinate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and Safety Awareness Month. Conduct wellness education and social norming campaigns. Distribute alcohol, drug, and wellness education materials throughout campus. Assist to publish the annual Drug Free Schools Notification and conduct the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review. Maintain UAA alcohol, drug, and wellness education website. Network with community agencies to form partnerships and seek in kind donations. The Director of the Student Health & Counseling Center will lead this positions work with the health promotion team to support campaigns, including but not limited to smoking cessation, nutrition, suicide prevention, sexual assault and awareness, immunizations protection, domestic violence, exercise promotion, stress reduction, illness prevention, and communicable disease prevention.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION: Provide overall leadership in administering UAA’s substance abuse education efforts. Educate students with substance abuse problems, individually and in group sessions, to establish appropriate coping behaviors and strategies so they can achieve their educational and life goals. Oversee educational sanctions administered to students who violate UAA’s alcohol and drug policies. Meet with students to conduct substance abuse screenings, and subsequently, refer students to appropriate campus resources and community agencies. Provide regular outreach to residential students, primarily during evening hours.

GRANT WRITING: Research and author grant applications to provide funding for substance abuse education, wellness education, and other related projects. Other duties as assigned.

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for the position of Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator (ADWE).  The University seeks an ADWE who follows a student-centered philosophy, regularly infuses student development theory into daily practices, and encourages and supports students in their pursuit of a safe and healthy lifestyle, free of substance abuse.

The ADWE reports to the Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Ethical Development.  The position collaborates with other University departments such as the Student Health & Counseling Center and Residence Life.  The ADWE will coordinate UAA's alcohol and drug education efforts, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, disciplinary sanctions related to substance abuse, and other substance abuse programming and training.  In addition, the ADWE will coordinate wellness education events including Safety Awareness Month and public service announcements related to basic wellness topics.

The ADWE is a 40-hour per week, 10-month, term-funded position.  The contract would be for 10 months of the fiscal year, most likely running from mid-July through mid-May, depending on the needs of the Dean of Students Office. If possible, we envision the ADWE having an 11-month contract their first year starting in mid June and ending mid-May to allow for additional time for training and on-boarding before the academic year begins. A term position is funded year-to-year depending on funding availability each fiscal year.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

Understanding and implementation of substance abuse prevention education programming. Demonstrated knowledge, skills, education, and experience to work effectively in a diverse university environment. Competency utilizing appropriate substance abuse and wellness approaches and techniques. Understanding and adherence to professional codes of ethics, ability to maintain confidentiality in student record keeping, and appropriate reporting methods. Current knowledge of national trends/practices in university alcohol and drug education, wellness and prevention programming, and federal mandates.

TYPICAL EXPERIENCE:

Substantial professional experience as a health promotion specialist is required. Substance abuse prevention and education experience, as well as recovery support experience, is preferred.

REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in health promotion, counseling, psychology, higher education, human services, social work or relevant field is required.

A master’s degree from an accredited institution in health promotion, counseling, psychology, higher education, human services, or social work is highly preferred.

 

This is a full-time, term-funded, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 10-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

An initial review of applications will begin on May 9, 2022. To ensure consideration, please consider applying by May 8, 2022 at 11:55 pm, Alaska Standard Time.

 

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Anchorage, AK

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