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Assistant Risk Reduction Specialist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Assistant Risk Reduction Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department Prevention and Wellness Services supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Assistant Risk Reduction Specialist you will facilitate risk reduction groups, provide individual screening and personalized assessment feedback, and conduct a variety of outreach programs and educational events for Alcohol & Drug Consultation & Assessment Services (ADCAS).

You will assist in the development and delivery of all ADCAS initiatives, and work as a collaborative member of the Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) staff to achieve the mission and goals of the department.

This is a permanent, full time, 9-month Professional position reporting to the Director of Prevention & Wellness Services.  Some evening hours are required for the delivery of outreach programming.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.

See link to position description: Assistant Risk Reduction Specialist


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Demonstrated knowledge of substance use, abuse and dependence issues
• Demonstration of effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups
• Experience developing informational and training materials
• Demonstrated skill designing and delivering presentations/training
• Experience working with sensitive information in a confidential manner
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a team and independently
• Demonstrated ability to provide services/programs to individuals with diverse social identities, including persons of color, LGBTQ individuals and persons with disabilities
• Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office: word, outlook, excel, and power point

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience training and supervising and mentoring employees, students or volunteers– 18-25 age range
• Experience with group facilitation
• Experience utilizing screening tools for alcohol and drug risk reduction
• Knowledge of risk reduction theory and stages of change theory
• Knowledge of social norms theory
• Experience using motivational intervention
• Experience with program planning, creation of learning outcomes and assessment, including outcome analysis
• Experience working with college students in a university setting

Salary $41,209-$52,656 (midpoint: $45,788)
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Review of applications begins August 6, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act").  It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.  You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services.  The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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