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Rensselaer County STUDENT ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST in Troy, New York

STUDENT ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST Salary: $61399 Grade 18 A Student Assistance Specialist works within a participating elementary or secondary school to implement the Student Assistance Program. The incumbent serves as a prevention educator and consultant to district and the community and delivers a wide range of services including prevention counseling, evidence-based education programs, skills development workshops, training sessions for parents, teachers, and other professionals, positive alternative activities for youth and policy change and enforcement efforts to reduce underage drinking and drug use. This is a full time, full year position 12 months including summers. Typical Work Activities: -Provide Evidence Based Prevention Programs in classroom and community. -Provides individual, family and group counseling sessions as required. -Coordinates student referrals with appropriate agencies and school officials. -Maintains confidential records on each student. -Provides consultation and training to school faculty and staff. -Supervises graduate student interns. -Performs variety of related tasks as required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or University with a Masters Degree in counseling, psychology, social work or related field, and 2 years of counseling experience with children or adolescents in a school or clinic setting, or 2 years of counseling in the field of substance abuse. Preferred: a. Credential Prevention Professional (CPP); or b. Credential Prevention Specialist (CPS) who has an additional year of qualifying prevention work experience (minimal total of 2 years) and has completed an additional 150 hours of OASAS approved education and training (minimum total of 250 hours); or c. Prevention professional who is licensed, certified or credentialed in a related discipline; has two years of qualifying work experience, and has completed 60 hours of prevention education and training. Rensselaer County residents preferred although all qualified candidates encouraged to apply.