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Assistant Director

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: University Health and Counseling Services

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Northeastern is looking to hire 2 Assistant Directors for the Office of Prevention and Education (OPEN). The Assistant Directors of OPEN will be a member of a collaborative team responsible for prevention, education, and training related to: alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, 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 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 Assistant Director will provide secondary training and secondary supervision to graduate and work-study students at OPEN. They will provide customized presentations to students, faculty and staff on topics related to alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence prevention. The Assistant Director 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 secondary supervision and training to the graduate assistants 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, newsletter, annual required online programs for first year students)


• Masters degree in social work, counseling or related field and working towards independent licensure required.
• 2 years 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.


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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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