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Social Emotional Learning & Prevention Specialist (Non-benefited)


Social Emotional Learning & Prevention Specialist (Non-benefited)

  • req1528
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • School of Social Work
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Position Responsibilities:

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work invites applications for a social emotional learning and prevention specialist position. Supervised by the Project Director, the youth social emotional learning and prevention specialist works in schools and communities to facilitate a social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention program. Our program is tailored for youth ages 11-18, and employs a curriculum that is evidence-based, student-centered, and interactive. The program uses trauma-informed, social-emotional learning, in efforts to help youth cultivate life skills to help them overcome and thrive. Visit www.riseabovenow.org to learn more about the program. Curriculum training will be provided within 2 months of employment. The position will entail some coordination work with local school and community partners.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide quality social and emotional learning to students from low income communities
  • Lead or co-lead a prevention education class
  • Teaching trauma-informed curriculum to students with a history of potentially traumatic or adverse childhood experiences
  • Effectively engage students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies
  • Use resources, routines, and procedures to provide a respectful, positive, safe, student-centered environment that is conducive to learning
  • Collaborate with schools, parent-teacher groups, social services agencies, church groups, and other youth and community organizations to provide a social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention program
  • Network with other prevention and social service agencies to disseminate the social-emotional learning program
  • Document all program activities as required, and submit program reports and records according to the school’s established deadlines
  • Attend training, seminars, workshops, and classes to achieve required credentials and continuing education
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for students
  • Provide additional support to the Program Director as necessary.

Required Qualifications:
  • Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Health or related field is required
  • Experience in teaching and working with youth in school or community setting is required
  • Experience in multicultural environments is required. Must display sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the students and their families
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental needs of youth by providing relevant teaching experiences
  • Ability to understand and effectively use technology (e.g., Zoom, Google Classroom) and other learning applications. Must be proficient in MS word, Excel, Power Point and the Internet.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Public Health, Counseling, Psychology, Health or related field is preferred
  • Prior experiences in teaching social and emotional learning curriculum or substance abuse prevention programs are preferred
  • Awareness and comprehension of current teaching strategies are preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills are preferred
  • Energetic, creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image is preferred


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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