AOD Prevention Specialist (18062)

  • American University
  • 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016
  • Aug 26, 2022
Full time Administrative Communications Compliance Strategist

Job Description


Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Well-Being Outreach and Prevention Services, the AOD Prevention Specialist will implement universal, selected, and indicated strategies and develop programs, awareness campaigns, and environmental strategies that assist in modifying, evolving, and developing the campus-wide approach to alcohol, and other drug (AOD) use. The AOD Prevention Specialist will use assessment tools, social marketing, and benchmarking of best practices in the field of prevention and harm reduction to meet the AU community needs. They will collaborate with colleagues in the Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services, and Housing and Residential Life to help develop, recommend, and implement educational sanctions and interventions for students found in violation of university AOD policies.

Essential Functions

  1. Outreach Education & Training: Develop, implement, and assess health education programs for the community throughout the year that are focused on AOD issues in particular. Facilitate presentations and campus events for both targeted and general audiences. Assist with training of special populations and campus partners in collaboration with the Director and Health Educator.
  2. Direct Student Services: Provide direct services to students focused on harm reduction strategies, basic motivational interviewing or other behavioral interventions to support students in their awareness of alcohol and other drugs; engage with partnerships with other departments to facilitate the resolution of student conduct cases; make referrals to other on and off campus resources.
  3. Health Communications: Assist with messaging, marketing, and social media management for the department, particularly regarding harm reduction and substance use.
  4. Other: Other Duties as assigned.

Work Environment

  • Some travel possible.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time, 35 hours/week on a 12 month basis.
  • Exempt.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

Salary Range

  • $60,000.00/year.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s or advanced degree.
  • Most relevant degree areas include public health, health promotion, health policy, or health education. Degrees in other fields may be considered with evidence of sufficient university- level coursework and/or professional continuing education in the areas listed above.
  • A minimum of one to two years related health promotion work experience, preferably in a higher education environment.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 1-3 years of experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, social justice, and cultural competence and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in a variety of educational methods including presentations, workshops, trainings, individual behavior change sessions, and small group discussion/facilitation.
  • Flexibility to work in structured and unstructured learning environments and to interact as a team member with professional and administrative staff members.
  • Sensitivity to the confidential nature of health-related information.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated ability to provide leadership among peers.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and prioritize tasks.
  • Familiarity with social marketing and health communications strategies.






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