Informed Choices (IC) Facilitator
Informed Choices Facilitators will be an integral part of the Residential Life & Housing Services Informed Choices Program*. They will work in pairs to facilitate Informed Choices sessions made up of about 8-12 undergraduate students (mostly first and second year students, under the age of 21) who are found responsible for violating an alcohol policy in the residence halls. Facilitators will employ facilitation skills as well as brief motivational interviewing to lead activities, conversation, and reflection around students’ use of and relationship to alcohol.
The following qualifications must be met in order to serve in the role:
- Commitment to learning, wellness, and developing facilitation skills
- Course Load: Candidates must be a full-time student enrolled in an NYU Graduate School program.
- Selection Process: Informed choices facilitators must successfully complete the application and selection process.
- University Standing: Informed Choices Facilitators must be in good standing at New York University prior to and throughout the period
The following terms must be accepted in order to serve in the role.
- Availability: All Informed Choices Facilitators are expected to be sufficiently available to facilitate at least 4 informed choices sessions per semester, to cover and trade sessions with co-facilitators, to attend trainings in September and January, and to attend monthly development and 1:1 meetings with supervisor(s).
- Compensation: In addition to an invaluable experience in leadership, teamwork, and facilitating meaningful conversations related to alcohol use among college students, IC Facilitators receive $20/hour (effective 09/01/19).
- Role Period: The standard role period for informed choices facilitators is a semester and is renewed semesterly as appropriate.
The responsibilities of the Informed Choices Facilitators include:
- Training & on-going development related to the informed choices program, information related to research and current trends in the field, brief motivational interviewing, and facilitation skills. (For more information, see Training & Development section).
- Facilitating at least 4 Informed Choices sessions per semester
- Grading homework submitted by attendees
- Administrative duties:
- Following up with students who have not submitted homework by the deadline
- Making sure all cases in advocate are properly closed out after a student fully completed the informed choices program
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Training and development are important elements in the effectiveness and success of the Informed Choices program. They are designed to strengthen the IC Facilitator team. As such, all IC Facilitators are required to attend and participate in these activities as listed below. Training and Development activities will be held 1-2 times per month focusing on role skill strengthening.
- September training – there will be an all-day training in mid-September to introduce new facilitators to the informed choices program and train them on facilitating.
- Shadowing a session facilitated by a trained facilitator – prior to facilitating on their own, new facilitators will be required to sit in on one session facilitated by a trained facilitator.
- January training – facilitator will participate in a refresher training session prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
- Facilitators will participate in monthly 1:1 supervision with the Residential Life Assistant – Wellness (as needed)
*The Informed Choices Program: Informed Choices was designed to focus on the impact of substance use on the individual as well as on the community. The program focuses on providing a non-judgmental environment for students to learn information and to reflect on their substance use. The seminars are two to three hour small group sessions with approximately a dozen students in each section. The IC curricula utilize the following evidence-based techniques: risk reduction, social norming, motivational interviewing, and decisional balance. The curricula are dynamic and are continually emended considering emerging research, and student and facilitator feedback.
This is a paid position; hourly. It is not a huge time commitment, so it is perfect for people just looking for a few bi-weekly hours.
Please apply via NYU CareerNet – Posting #1141258.