Davidson College is located in Davidson, NC, 20 miles north of Charlotte – one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. It is a highly-selective national liberal arts college consistently ranked among the top liberal arts college in the country and is the alma mater to 23 Rhodes Scholars. With 2,000 full-time, residential, undergraduate students, spread out on its beautiful 178 year old campus, residing on over 700 acres of land, the college is located in the Town of Davidson with over 12,000 citizens. Davidson College proclaims as its primary purpose “to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service.” The college strives to develop in its student’s skills of critical inquiry, verbal and written communication, quantitative reasoning and capacity for creative thinking. Nearly one-quarter of our students compete in Division I athletics and 80 percent study or work overseas while at Davidson.
The Davidson College Student Health and Counseling Center seeks qualified applicants for the position of Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor. This is a 10-month position with benefits included, and reports to the Director of Student Health and Counseling. The successful candidate will provide counseling, educational outreach, and on-call response services to Davidson College students. The Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor will have a keen interest in developing and supporting a healthy campus culture, which will be demonstrated through outreach education, as well as individual and group counseling. The Substance Abuse and Outreach counselor will be an advocate for student success, and possess a demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage a diverse caseload.
This position will report to the director of the Student Health and Counseling Center and will work directly with students who are seeking assistance with managing their substance use/abuse and/or who are referred through others in the college including the Dean of the Students Office for violations of related college policies. The successful candidate will also work with students who present with other addictions not necessarily related to legal and illegal substances. This position involves both individual and group counseling.
Helping students develop and utilize healthy coping strategies, the Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor will work closely with the Health Educator on program development, outreach, and education on healthy and responsible substance use. Related responsibilities include working with students and student groups who support and educate peers on outreach programming and education to reduce use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor will also assist in training relevant student employees (e.g., Residence Life Student staff) around issues pertaining to substance use and abuse. Some evening and weekend work is required.
In addition to direct service, the Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor will coordinate, when appropriate, with community resources and campus partners including the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life Office, faculty, and Campus Police, and will serve on college committees and support related initiatives as needed.
The Substance Abuse and Outreach Counselor will participate in the counselor on-call rotation, which is approximately every 4-5 weeks for a one-week duration.
-Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Public Health, or related fields
-Certification in or currently working towards certification in addictions (LCAS)
-A firm understanding or working knowledge in specific modalities for substance use such as motivational interviewing and CBT
-Demonstrated knowledge of community resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other non-campus support systems
-Experience in addictions
-Experience in crisis intervention
-Experience working with more severe psychopathology
-Demonstrated interest in and experience working with college-age populations
-Excellent written oral and communication skills
-Experience with outreach programming and/or presenting information to large groups
Apply online at http://employment.davidson.edu A completed application must contain a cover letter, résumé or vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references. The review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.