Youth Counselor & Prevention Specialist

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Job Code/Title 80261 - H - Education Specialist CE 1 Position Number HU1085 Working Title Youth Counselor & Prevention Specialist Department Social Work Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $18-$25, to commensurate with experience Campus Off-site Position Type Hourly Hours/Week 20 - 29 hrs/wk Normal work days Monday - Friday Normal work hours 8:30am – 4:30pm Job Category Miscellaneous Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical Yes Description of the Job

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work invites applications for a youth prevention specialist/youth counselor position. Supervised by the Project Director, the Youth Prevention Specialist works in schools and communities to facilitate a social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention program. Our program is tailored for youth ages 11-18, and employs a curriculum that is evidence-based, student-centered, and interactive. The program uses trauma-informed, social-emotional learning, in efforts to help youth cultivate life skills to help them overcome and thrive. Curriculum training will be provided within 2 months of employment. The position will entail some coordination work with local school and community partners.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Provide quality social and emotional learning to students from low income communities
• Lead or co-lead a prevention education class
• Teaching trauma-informed curriculum to students with a history of potentially traumatic or adverse childhood experiences
• Effectively engage students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies
• Use resources, routines, and procedures to provide a respectful, positive, safe, student-centered environment that is conducive to learning
• Collaborate with schools, parent-teacher groups, social services agencies, church groups, and other youth and community organizations to provide a social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention program
• Network with other prevention and social service agencies to disseminate the social-emotional learning program
• Document all program activities as required, and submit program reports and records according to the school’s established deadlines
• Attend training, seminars, workshops, and classes to achieve required credentials and continuing education
• Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for students
• Provide additional support to the Program Director as necessary.

Required Qualifications

• Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Health or related field is required
• Experience in teaching and working with youth in school or community setting is required
• Experience in multicultural environments is required. Must display sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the students and their families
• Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental needs of youth by providing relevant teaching experiences
• Ability to understand and effectively use technology (e.g., Zoom, Google Classroom) and other learning applications. Must be proficient in MS word, Excel, Power Point and the Internet.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Social Work, Public Health, Education, Counseling, Psychology, Health or related field is preferred
• Prior experiences in teaching social and emotional learning curriculum or substance abuse prevention programs are preferred
• Awareness and comprehension of current teaching strategies are preferred
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills are preferred
• Energetic, creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image is preferred

Job Open Date 09/09/2020 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Additional Information Quick Link Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Health or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Reference Letter - 1
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter - 2
  2. Reference Letter - 3

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