Student Assistance Counselor
Provide short term individual diagnostic counseling for alcohol and/or other drug abusing youth, children of alcoholics, youth with suicidal ideation, abused youth and other at risk populations or youth with IEP counseling goals. Either in a specified school program e.g. Alternative Education, Special Education or for all youth attending the particular school the counselor is placed.
- Provide group counseling and educational groups for youth on an as needed basis.
- Provide short-term family counseling in support of the individual counseling being provided to the youth.
- Provide consultation to parents, guardians or other family members as requested.
- Provide the motivation for and the facilitation of the referral of youth and their families to an appropriate community agency or service when deemed necessary.
- Provide for the referral of suicidal youth for a psychiatric evaluation and abused youth to child protective services.
- Provide follow-up and coordination services to those youth and families who have been referred to a community service.
- Engage in a variety of activities, which will create awareness on the part of youth, school staff, parents, and the community at large about the availability of the services of the Student Assistance Program.
- Provide support and guidance during crises in your home school district as well as to participating districts.
- Provide assistance to and coordination as needed with the Prevention Council staff in the delivery of prevention services in your home district.
- Provide consultation and training to all staff on a one to one basis or in a group setting.
- Support existing related programs in your home district and develop new programs on an as needed basis.
- Provided classroom and parent education presentations as requested by the district.
- Meet regularly with school Principal and/or her designee to facilitate communication.
This position is school year calendar and schedule and needs the flexibility to work some late afternoons and evenings.
Employee Role in Fund Development and Community Relations:
- In addition, as employees, all staff are a representative of The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council, and people form their impressions of the agency, in part, based on their interaction with our employees. Every personal contact with a current or potential donor or community member receiving our services and, thus, these impressions can influence their actions.
- All employees also can play a more active role in fund development by being alert to opportunities to identify potential new donors and volunteers.
- MSW or an equivalent Master’s degree.
- Two years experience working with youth and families.
- Ability to model behavior consistent with the mission of The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule (including some evenings and weekends) and travel primarily throughout the agency’s geographic area.
- Current valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and vehicle availability.
Please send resume and letter of interest to email@example.com by August 13th.
School Based Prevention Specialist
The School Based Prevention Specialist will work within the school districts in Saratoga County and provide evidenced-based curricula and activities for the purpose of reducing underage alcohol, nicotine and other drug use, bullying and violence. An educator will promote positive youth development in their assigned school districts and communities and be an able and competent professional working with children, teenagers and school personnel. The Specialist will follow a 10 month school based schedule.
The responsibilities of the Prevention Specialist shall include, but not limited to:
- Ability to schedule, deliver and update evidence-based model programs to students in elementary, middle and high school.
- Correspond with school personnel, promptly addressing their needs and concerns. After completion of the programs, certificates are awarded to each student.
- Promote the Prevention Council Programs with teachers and administrators and training teachers as needed.
- Able to set clear priorities, work independently and manage the demands of multiple school districts.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule (including some evenings, weekends and early mornings) to accommodate early school schedules, health fairs and other tabling events, parent programs and youth events. Must be able to travel regularly, primarily throughout the agency’s geographic area.
- Assist and support the DWI Outreach Coordinator with SADD clubs and activities as needed.
- The Prevention Specialists are responsible for helping to design and implement the annual Safe Spring Youth Leadership Conference coordinated by the DWI Outreach Coordinator.
- Assist Supervisor in collecting key informant interviews and data from school personnel in order to plan future programs and strategies.
- Utilize the online data collection program as required by OASAS.
- Attend drug and alcohol trainings, conferences, and agency sponsored community forums that enhance educational and programming skills.
- Remain current with information and research regarding alcohol, nicotine and other drugs.
- Ability to model behavior consistent with the mission of The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council as per the agency’s personnel manual.
- Participate in, and actively support, agency fundraising efforts.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university. CPS, CPP credential from OASAS, Master’s degree with teaching experience preferred. A Bachelor’s Degree with experience working with children and/or implementing evidence based programs will be considered.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Current valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, fingerprinting clearance and vehicle availability.
Please send resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 22nd.
The Prevention Council is an equal opportunity employer