The Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) provides non-clinical,
strengths-based, wellness-focused support for Washington and Lee
University students in recovery from alcohol or other substance use
problems. The RSS will provide support for all aspects of students’
substance abuse recovery plans, tailoring support to individual
student needs. The primary target group are students participating
in the Washingtonian Society and residing in the Washingtonian
House, a recovery support residence. The RSS will also help with
campus outreach and education aimed at the general campus community
for the purposes of enhancing awareness of recovery resources,
helping educate faculty and staff, and facilitating peer-to-peer
support among students. The RSS will co-facilitate regular support
group meetings, help students in the Washingtonian Society plan and
implement social and recreational activities, and accompany
students on occasional weekend outings. The anticipated start date
for this position is August 15, 2022.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and
inclusive environment that allows students and employees of
multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work,
and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that
environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of
Essential and Related Functions:
- Provide direct support in the role of educator, group
facilitator, coach, and mentor to students in recovery or who are
- Assist students in recovery develop and implement their
personal recovery plans.
- Document student contacts effectively and in a timely manner.
Develop processes to track student progress.
- Co-facilitate regular support group meetings.
- Help students find enjoyable alternatives to campus social
drinking, including helping plan and implement social and
recreational activities at W&L and in conjunction with students
in recovery programs at nearby universities.
- Provide outreach to campus student groups and individual
students about substance abuse, recovery, and other associated
health and wellness issues.
- Work directly with communications and marketing professionals
to promote, strengthen, and grow the recovery program.
- Manage Washingtonian Society expenditures and submit budget
- A bachelor’s degree is required. Must have personal experience
with substance use disorders and treatment.
- Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CASC) or equivalent
- Knowledge of ethical boundaries and guidelines as they pertain
- Understanding of the recovery model as it pertains to substance
use disorders and of 12-step recovery groups and process.
- General knowledge of mental health conditions affecting college
- Knowledge of ethical principles informing recovery work,
including ability to document protected health information,
maintain confidentiality, and seek consultation when needed.
- Must exhibit and practice effective interpersonal communication
skills. Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all
members of the W&L community, including students, faculty, and
- Must exercise and demonstrate sound judgment and maintain
confidentiality. Ability to respond quickly and effectively to
crisis situations until additional clinical support is
- Must be able to work independently or with limited supervision
and complete work in a timely manner.
This is a 10-month position, working 10-15
hours per week, mid-August through mid-June. The work schedule is
flexible, including occasional evenings and weekends. This position
can be a combination of in-person and remote work.
$22.00/hour. Pay commensurate with
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. A resume and cover letter are required.
Attach both documents in the Resume/CV document upload section of
the application. You will be asked to provide names and contact
information for three professional references.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external
applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday
account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here
Non-Exempt, Part Time, Non-Benefit Eligible
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
and new employees must provide proof of at least their
first shot prior to the first day of employment. Boosters are
required. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption
to the vaccination requirement.