Counselor and Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Education

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 14, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Lesley University:

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer significant amounts of vacation and holiday time, a generous retirement plan, and a tuition remission program that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.

Job Description:

Lesley seeks a Counselor and Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Educatio n for its University Counseling Center, who will provide high-quality, student-centric counseling services to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, as Coordinator of AOD Education, will develop and coordinate AOD awareness, education and abuse prevention programs and services and work with cross-campus stakeholders on programming, harm reduction, peer education, and assessment.

The selected individual, reporting to the Director of Counseling Services, will provide direct short-term individual, group and teletherapy psychological counseling and crisis intervention services to our student population; provide assessment and recommendations for the most appropriate treatment; provide crisis intervention and support for individual students and student groups in emergency situations; provide referral services to outside resources when a higher level of care is needed; provide consultation and education to faculty and staff regarding student behavioral and emotional issues, classroom concerns and current behavioral health issues; supervise one or two graduate interns each year; develop and implement AOD awareness, education and abuse prevention programs and services and coordinate across campus; identify best models for prevention and recovery; administer education programs to students who violate campus AOD policies; and provide short-term treatment or referrals for students who have, or are at risk for, AOD problems.


The successful candidate will have at least one to three years' experience as a licensed clinician with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic skills, particularly using short-term treatment interventions and crisis intervention; demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary care; excellent communication (verbal, written and presentation), organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal, and group facilitation skills; an understanding of developmental concerns, issues, and needs of college students, including the needs of diverse learners; demonstrated competency and expertise with, or an interest in developing expertise with, AOD programming and outreach; working with mandated clients, an understanding of confidential and ethical matters within a higher education setting; and have at least a Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, or Social work. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and interest in working with at least two of the following areas: trauma, learning differences, mindfulness, expressive therapies, international students, victims of sexual violence, BIPOC communities, LBGTQIA+ communities. Must be currently licensed in Massachusetts. Some evening/weekend hours may be required.

Additional Information:

At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.

Application Instructions:

A letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.