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Alcohol and Other Drugs Educator

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst invites applications for the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Educator position. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Educator is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-3. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Working as part of a team to advance a culture of well-being the AOD Educator is responsible for
developing, implementing, and assessing a theory -based and evidence informed campus-wide
strategy to reduce the consequences associated with the use and misuse of substances. Through
their work with campus partners, this individual will work to create offerings and initiatives that
are directed at substance abuse prevention, risk reduction and meet the needs of our diverse
campus community. Their work should contribute to a safe and healthy campus community and
promote a culture of respect and self-awareness. This position should promote a culture that is
supportive of students in recovery and the making of healthy, well-informed choices. The AOD
Educator facilitates BASICS and CASICS for students who have alcohol and other drug violations
and implements other evidence-based initiatives to change campus culture and reduce harmful

The AOD Educator is responsible for addressing additional health topics as needed in
the department and through their work with the Student Health Educators. In collaboration with
other members of the department, the AOD Educator will respond to emergent health concerns and
crisis situations. The AOD educator should address the connections between culture, identity(ies),
and social justice with work that is rooted in addressing the needs of historically marginalized

The AOD Educator reports to the Director of Health Education and works closely with
Residential Life, Community Standards, the Resource Center Team, the Athletics Department,
and other key stakeholders.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Preventative Initiatives
  • Conduct needs assessments such as surveys, questionnaires, and focus groups on health promotion topics.
  • Integrate best practices and incorporate an evidence-based, theory-informed approach to health promotion efforts.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for AOD use/misuse for the College.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate programming, education/trainings, and outreach efforts around health topics of community relevance, including motivational interviewing, substances, substance use/abuse, sexual health, public health issues, body image, and other areas that are appropriate for a diverse student body as needed.
  • Oversee the hiring, training, and supervision of peer health educators.
  • Maintain and develop skills via participation in continuing education opportunities, membership in professional associations, attendance at conferences, 5-College meetings and New England Health Educators Network (NEHEN) meetings.
  • Recommend, implement, and assess comprehensive strategies to address substance use/abuse and their intersections with other issues of identity and important health and behavior outcomes.
  • Engage and expand campus and community partnerships to support substance-free students and promote healthy behaviors.
  • Provide direct training to a diverse staff and student leaders related to alcohol and other drugs as well as related topics.
  • Coordinate with campus stakeholders to increase opportunities for substance-free engagements, building social connections, and increasing empathy and compassion for others.
  • Collaborate with the Sexual Respect Educator on bystander intervention related to AOD issues.
  • Work to develop a recovery community, by facilitating trainings for students, staff, and faculty on supporting students in recovery; collaboration with campus partners on programming and initiatives to support students in recovery and mentoring; and advising substance-free/recovery housing
  • Collaborate with Community Standards to implement evidence-based interventions for AOD violations.
  • Administer online pre-matriculation alcohol and other drug education courses for all incoming students and selected cohorts of returning students. community standards process.
  • Provide consultation and referral services for individual students on health topics
  • Develop social norms/social marketing campaign and development of bystander intervention strategies related to AOD overdoses and medical emergencies.
  • Develop relationships with on-campus and off-campus agencies serving students on campus on issues related to AOD.
Committees and task forces
  • Collaborate with Orientation Implementation Committee to integrate a positive framework that reduces the risk of harm associated with AOD for new students.
  • Maintain professional relationships with counterparts at other institutions through membership in The American College Health Association, the New England Health Educator's Network (NEHEN), the 5-College AOD Task Force, and the UMass Campus/Community Task Force.
  • Advise student groups as requested
  • Revive the Amherst College working group on AOD issues or similar.
  • Serve on committees and task forces as appointed/assigned
Administrative Tasks
  • Collaborate with the Director to develop an end of the year report on accomplishments and recommendations for the program and campus/community program stakeholders
  • Author the Health Promotion Department's contribution to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Biennial Report
  • Contribute to the College's Clery report and keep records of programs and evaluations of all initiatives.
  • Oversee budget and other administrative tasks as required

  • Master's degree required in Health Education, Public Health, Health Promotion,
    Community Health, Higher Education Administration, or related field.
  • At least two years of experience in college health, health promotion, prevention;
    student affairs administration; community health; leadership development and/or
    training and technical experience in aforementioned areas desired. Experience
    working in Higher Education is preferred.
  • Experience working with and creating content that will engage a diverse community.
  • Program planning including needs assessment, evaluation, and facilitation.
  • Strong time-management, organizational, verbal, and written communication and
    interpersonal skills
  • Robust understanding of academic priorities, the educational mission of institutions,
    and ways in which on-campus living/learning communities and functions can promote
    student engagement, advance student learning and contribute to achieving desired
    learning goals
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Master Certified Health Education
    Specialist (MCHES), Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), or similar.
  • Developing, facilitating, and coordinating educational programs for college students and
  • Substance abuse prevention with college-age students
  • Developing educational and communication tools, e.g. web, print, social media
  • Peer education facilitation, training, and assessment
  • Experience, certification, or training in Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions for
    College Students (BASICS), Motivational Interviewing, Cannabis Screening and
    Interventions for College Students (CASICS), CHOICES, Marijuana Prevention
    Program (MAP), Tobacco Cessation, and/or Recovery Coaching.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-05-04

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