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Senior Assistant Director - OPEN

Apply now Job no: 502664
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Student Affairs

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:

The Sr. Assistant Director of the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern will be a member of a collaborative team responsible for prevention, education, and training related to: alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, sexual harassment and sexual health for the Northeastern University student community. The role includes assisting in implementing a comprehensive, research-driven, socio-culturally relevant, and in-depth prevention programming to create long-lasting change for the campus community. The Sr. Assistant Director will act in a direct service role providing assessment and brief intervention services for students referred for alcohol and other drug misuse as well as staff the Sexual Violence Resource Center, an entry point for students affected by sexual violence.  The role will coordinate operations for direct service of the alcohol and other drug brief intervention program and will provide training and ongoing supervision to graduate and work-study students at OPEN. The Senior Assistant Director will provide customized presentations to students, faculty and staff on topics related to alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence prevention. This role will provide operational and organizational support around staffing and scheduling for the OPEN team.


• Provide assessment, brief intervention and referral for students referred by OSCCR, Residence Life and those who self-refer for education and referrals.
• Provide trauma-informed services at the Sexual Violence Resource Center, an entry point for students affected by sexual violence.
• Provide supervision to the graduate social work intern and work-study students.
• Provide operational and administrative oversight for both sites staffed by OPEN (307 Ell and Sexual Violence Resource Center).
• Oversee and administer weekly OPEN alcohol and other drug psychoeducational groups.
• Provide educational sessions for Orientation, Freshmen Experience/other academic classes, fraternities and sororities, athletes and any other student groups that request OPEN’s program.
• Conduct programming and educational outreach for OPEN, including, support of OPEN’s peer education group and the Frisky Husky initiative.
• Disseminate OPEN’s informational and promotional materials (social media, website, marketing materials, monthly newsletter, annual required online program for freshmen)


• Masters degree in social work, counseling or related field and working towards independent licensure required.
• At least 3-5 years of relevant experience.
• Experience in substance abuse education.
• Experience in working with clients who have experienced trauma and sexual violence.
• Experience supervising graduate students.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Experience communicating with college-aged individuals on matters related to alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence.
• Strong presentation skills.
• Experience dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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