Fresno State campus

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Recovery Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 2 - CSUEU - Health Care Support, Probationary, Health Professionals, Full Time
Position Description

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Recovery Specialist
(Health Educator)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,561 - $5,000 per month

Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,561 - $8,804 per month

  • This is a full-time, probationary, exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Under general direction and reporting to the Director of Wellness Services, the Alcohol and Drug (AOD) Prevention and Recovery Specialist provides individual substance use support for students. Through a harm reduction lens, the position plays a critical role in supporting students in recovery and providing guidance to at-risk students through education, outreach, programming and coordinating peer support groups.  The incumbent will serve as co-chair of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) campus-wide advisory committee, co-lead the WATCHDOG Safety Summit and bystander intervention programs and be responsible for the Drug Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) compliance. Day-to-day work is performed independently with general instruction.


Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of health education programming.
  • General knowledge of applicable university infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of office methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • General knowledge of, or the ability to learn quickly, current, and emerging college age student health problems and existing methods of intervention and control.
  • Skill/Ability to:
    • Demonstrated competence in understanding, interpreting, and communicating procedures, policies, information, ideas, and instructions.
    • Ability to develop educational materials and media such as pamphlets, audio and video materials, and present information accurately, effectively, and concisely.
    • Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
    • Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, and administrators.
    • Ability to assess needs, establish or recommend program priorities and goals and develop plans to achieve goals.
    • Collect, compile, chart, and analyze data pertinent to health education program planning.
    • Plan, organize, conduct, or oversee a variety of health education programs and activities including discussion groups and workshops.
    • Present ideas and information accurately, effectively, and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Use computer and web-based information technology systems as a resource for research and providing health education programs.
    • Maintain confidentiality consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • One year of relevant experience or combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.
    • Preferred Skills and Experience:
      • Masters degree in a related field.
      • Certification in AOD specialty recognized by National or Statewide Agency.
      • Experience working with alcohol and drug use prevention programs.
      • Experience working with individuals in substance use recovery.
      • Experience in motivational interviewing.
      • Experience working with a college-aged population in a health-related setting.


Department Summary

The Student Health and Counseling Center will be an organization that is recognized for its commitment to providing leadership for health services on campus, and contributing to the success of students and the university community by promoting lifelong healthy behaviors, and creating healthy environments. 


Deadline & Application Instructions

This position is open until filled with an initial review date of April 1, 2024

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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