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Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education Services (ACES) - University Counseling

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Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Student Services

Summary:  The ACES assistant director is a member of the University Counseling Center’s (UCC) administrative team and provides collaborative vision and leadership for the management of ACES prevention, education, and recovery services, supervision and performance evaluation for ACES staff, and campus leadership to shape a community that engages and challenges students to make healthy life-long decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs. The assistant director also assists the administrative team in creating a culture of organizational health. In conjunction with the UCC director, the assistant director will make decisions regarding the ACES service model to meet best practice standards and innovate to meet student needs.

Required Qualifications and Education:  

  • Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology, master’s in social work or counseling, or comparable degree. For doctorate candidates, APA-accredited program and internship
  • Licensed (or immediately eligible) as a psychologist, counselor, or clinical social worker in Michigan
  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) or equivalent
  • Experience conducting substance abuse therapy and groups
  • Minimum of three years post-licensure clinical experience
  • Experience providing mental health or addictions preventative programming, outreach, and psychoeducation
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Commitment to working with diverse student populations in an affirming environment
  • Strong clinical, management, collaboration, and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • Five years post-licensure experience, and two years of administrative leadership experience in a university counseling center
  • Experience with wellness-based community or university collaborative partnerships
  • Experience in a counseling center providing an APA-accredited psychology internship
  • Experience providing supervision and performance evaluation for professional staff members

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  1. Provide leadership as the coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Campus Education and Services (ACES) office, including:
    • Vision regarding the mission and purpose of ACES within the campus community
    • Daily administration of the ACES office, budget, staff, and services
    • Training to clinical staff, trainees, and campus partners on issues of alcohol and other drugs
    • Education and prevention programs to the campus community on AOD issues
    • Chair AOD campus committees and facilitate collaborations
    • Work with campus partners to ensure the maintenance and documentation of campus federal compliance standards regarding alcohol education, prevention, and treatment.
    • Assessment of the efficacy of ACES programming, including an annual report regarding campus trends.
  2. Provide culturally sensitive individual, group, and substance abuse counseling over a broad range of difficulties and diagnoses, including:
    • Psychological, social, or other difficulties that interfere with students’ academic success
    • Crisis intervention management, including afterhours on-call coverage for the on-campus population
    • In conjunction with the administrative team, assume leadership in the absence of the director 
  • Provide performance evaluation, mentorship, and leadership to professional staff members coordinating addictions service areas
  • Clinical supervision to trainees and unlicensed staff
  • Participate in Division of Student Services activities pertinent to student well-being, including serving on university committees
  • Participate in national/regional professional organizations and activities
  • Other duties as assigned by the director 
  • Work hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm, Allendale Campus. Occasional evening campus alcohol prevention outreach activities.

Salary:  competitive and commensurate with experience. There is an excellent fringe benefits package.

Department/Division:  The assistant director of ACES reports to the University Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs. ACES and the University Counseling Center share staff and physical facilities, with ACES providing substance use education, prevention, and recovery and the UCC providing psychological services. The UCC is accredited by IACS and has an APA-accredited doctoral internship in psychology. Both ACES and the UCC are well integrated within the university and have strong supportive partnerships across campus, with access to excellent student affairs leadership. Staff are innovative, multidisciplinary, collegial, and invested in training and working collaboratively to ensure quality delivery of services to a diverse student body. For additional information about the centers, please see Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education Services and University Counseling Center.

Campus:  Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University is a relatively new university with an enrollment of over 25,000. Committed to excellence, Grand Valley offers students personalized attention through relatively small classes and excellent student services. GVSU's main campus is located in Allendale which is about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 12 miles east of Lake Michigan with its beautiful beaches. The 1,237-acre campus includes both rolling hills to the west and deeply wooded ravines to the east. The city of Grand Rapids combines a diverse economy, strong public/parochial schools, outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent health care to create a high quality of life for area residents.

Application Deadline Date:  Review of applications will begin February 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is September 2019.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and vita. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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