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George Mason University's Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for the Assistant Director for Substance Use and Recovery. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply, who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Student Support and Advocacy Center:
The Student Support and Advocacy Center is committed to providing an empowering environment for all Mason students to seek support services and to explore healthy life choices. SSAC offers educational programming, one-on-one consultations, and resources in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence, financial well-being, substance use, and collegiate recovery. The Center staff assist students encountering barriers to personal success.
About the Position:
The Assistant Director is charged with the primary responsibility of overseeing the University's comprehensive alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, and support services. Within this approach, attention is given to serving a diverse audience with needs along a continuum of care. The Assistant Director works collaboratively with campus, community, state, and national groups and agencies. The Assistant Director is part of a team, which offers services for students in an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the Mason community, and therefore, might occasionally triage and conduct intakes related to students in crisis or distress. This position involves after-hours and weekend work, as needed.
Develop, coordinate, and maintain a comprehensive offering of co-curricular prevention programs and opportunities that include primary and secondary prevention strategies, risk reduction, and additional strategies related to substance use. This includes continuance of traditional Mason programs as well as development of new programs and content relevant to Mason's students; assistance in the coordination of workshop and educational requests from the Mason community; and active involvement with Mason committees, taskforces, and partners;
Work closely with the Assistant Director for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response to ensure that George Mason University's bystander intervention program is a key part of comprehensive substance abuse prevention;
Develop and implement educational materials and campaigns such as brochures, posters, fliers, public service announcements, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, trainings, websites, and social media content on the subject of substance use, recovery, and related topics.
Peer Education Program Coordination:
Serve as the primary coordinator for the Substance Use Peer Educators (SUPEs), who educate Mason students on topics of substance use and recovery. This includes the recruitment, training, workshop development, evaluation and overall management of the SUPE program.
Supervision and Advisement:
Select, train, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student employees and/or volunteers. Advise and work closely with student leaders and student groups on addressing substance use and recovery in the University community.
Needs Assessment, Evaluation and Research:
Coordinate periodic quantitative and qualitative assessments of student knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors. Strategize with other units, as appropriate;
Collaborate with faculty, staff, and community members to develop, implement and evaluate substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery initiatives.
Policy Support and Development:
Collaborate with campus and community offices and agencies on the development, implementation, and support for substance use intervention, education, and recovery related policies and procedures. Serve as the primary SSAC representative to the Medical Amnesty Committee.
Prepare internal documentation and reports as requested by the Director and Associate Director. Compile data for the Biennial Review and serve as the primary SSAC representative to the Biennial Review Group.
Student Assessment, Intervention, and Referral:
Oversee and administer the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students Program (BASICS). Meet with individual students who are referred or who voluntarily seek support in exploring their substance use. BASICS is designed as a short-term educational intervention. Students presenting with complex substance use histories will be referred to other professionals and agencies as deemed appropriate for long-term support.
Intake and Support:
Conduct intake and screenings with students surrounding their substance use habits and/or recovery. This includes utilizing active listening strategies, building rapport and support, setting healthy boundaries, problem-solving, exploring risk reduction methods, and providing resources and options to the student.
Provide case management of students in recovery for substance use disorders, eating disorders, or other process addictions, and occasionally students in distress; monitor follow-up and progress for ongoing student cases as needed and advise SSAC staff of student progress and needs, as appropriate.
Referral and Resource Navigation:
Provide compassionate navigation of campus and community resources to students. These include referrals to Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, and off-campus medical resources, and community substance use and recovery treatment providers. Build and maintain awareness of the resources available to George Mason University students around substance use, eating disorders, and other process addictions.
Ensure that all student records are maintained in accordance with University policies and applicable laws. Additionally, utilize database to record and document all alcohol and drug related assessments and appointments.
Provide leadership and direction to the collegiate recovery community. This includes facilitating programs and spaces, conducting intakes and screenings of potential members, working to increase visibility and awareness of recovery resources at George Mason University, securing resources and sponsors of programs and events, and continuing to grow recovery supports for George Mason University students.
Collaboration and Advancement of the Substance Use and Recovery Functional Area:
Provide support and consultation to SSAC staff, campus student leaders and student groups, and other Mason community members on topics associated with substance use and recovery, program coordination, content expertise, etc.;
As requested by the Director or Associate Director, serve on and participate in committees, task-forces, event planning groups, trainings, and other various opportunities with the goal of continuing to expand and develop the area of substance use prevention, risk reduction, and recovery within SSAC and in the Mason community;
Cultivate an understanding of campus approaches to supporting students in recovery and those who struggle with substance use, including best-practices and standards of practice developed by a variety of organizations to include the American College Health Association and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Share these approaches with internal staff and University stakeholders as appropriate.
Seek institutional and grant supplemental funding to advance specific programs, services, and initiatives.
Internal and External Collaboration:
Create strong campus and community connections in an effort to promote shared responsibility for substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery.
Work closely with a range of University units, with particular attention to University Life and academic departments;
Collaborate with community offices and agencies including local and national groups as well as state and federal agencies.
Assist the Director and Associate Director with special projects related to the field of substance use and other duties as assigned.
Master's degree is required in a social services area or a related field (e.g., health care administration, public health, social work, counseling, college student personnel administration, or others as appropriate);
Working knowledge of a broad-rage of key trends, philosophies, and best practices in the field of collegiate substance use, prevention, and recovery.
Previous experience working in the substance abuse prevention and intervention field;
Previous work experience in a university setting;
Previous experience with crisis intervention/response;
Ability to build and maintain successful collaborative relationships in a diverse campus community;
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
* Excellent problem solving and analytical skills;
Ability to maintain confidential information;
Strong attention to detail and organization;
Drive and flexibility to work in a high-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
Salary: Salary starting in the mid $50's; Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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