Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Massachusetts Institute of Technology  |  Cambridge, MA

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Posted 3 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Job Type: Counseling Services
Location: Cambridge, MA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 15087


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Other Education

Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Other Education

Position Description

Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA 


The assistant director supports the mission of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) to engage all members of the MIT community in an integrated effort to enhance academic, social, and personal development for students. Will oversee comprehensive efforts to conduct substance abuse screenings and assessments, facilitate brief intervention programs, and make referrals to treatment for students for their alcohol and other drug use and abuse; collaborate with students, colleagues in the Division for Student Life (DSL), and various offices and departments across MIT, to provide alcohol and other drug-related education for the MIT community; and support efforts to build community among students who enjoy socializing without using substances. The assistant director reports to the assistant dean for AODS.



Day to Day Operations of Screening and Intervention Programs

  • Oversee the alcohol and other drug intervention program for undergraduate and graduate students and serve as case manager for all students referred to AODS
  • Conduct substance abuse assessments and make recommendations and referrals
  • Facilitate Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program
  • Provide training and supervision to graduate student intern
  • Coordinate and implement in person alcohol screening events for students
  • Promote utilization of on line screening and brief intervention tools
  • Assist in the tracking of utilization of services for the preparation of annual reports


Advance Educational Programs and Prevention Efforts

  • Work with community partner, EverFi, and the Office of the First Year to implement AlcoholEdu, an on-line alcohol education program, to incoming freshmen class each year
  • Coordinate orientation programs around substance use and wellness, including Tech Theatre
  • Promote educational resources for parents of incoming students and upper-class students
  • Coordinate Social Host Training events throughout the year for FSILG members, dorm residents, and leaders of student clubs and organizations
  • Develop initiatives to educate the community on prescription drug abuse, marijuana, hallucinogens, and other drugs
  • Facilitate various AOD-related presentations, workshops, and trainings for student leaders and staff
  • Work with administrative assistant to maintain AODS website and develop plan to increase the utilization of on line educational resources


Contribute to Collaborative Initiatives

  • Serve as the liaison between AODS, Student Mental Health and Counseling Services, and the CARE Team to manage referrals for student engaged in high-risk substance use
  • Work closely to support AODS collaboration with VPR to implement programs such as Social Host Training, Bystander Education, STAR program for sororities, CAP program for Fraternities, prevention for student athletes, and other programs serving high-risk student populations
  • Contribute to the expansion of the Weekends@MIT initiative, a collaborative project with Student Activities, Residential Life, DAPER, and FSILG office, aimed at increasing substance free late night social programming and increasing student attendance at events
  • Help advance Institute-wide initiatives related to health and wellbeing

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s (master’s preferred) degree in public health, higher education, student personnel management, counseling or social work or related area
  • Experience working in a university setting
  • At least three years of academic administration, student services, or related work experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency conducting substance abuse assessments and facilitating brief substance abuse interventions using a motivational interviewing approach
  • Strong facilitation skills for providing educational programs to the student community
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and exercise good judgment


This position requires occasional evening and weekend work.


Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 17241 and indicate where you saw this posting. 


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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