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Harvard University Health Educator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

66293BRAuto req ID:66293BRJob Code:W0356P HLT Health Educator II Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Health Educator/Prevention SpecialistSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in education, higher education administration, counseling, psychology, social work or public health preferred.

  • Familiarity with environmental management theory, evidence-based prevention strategies, and knowledge of current health-related issues.

  • Experience providing BASICS in a higher education setting.

  • Proven record of delivering quality results in a timely fashion; ability to work both independently and collaboratively; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills; flexible schedule and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in college alcohol and other substance use prevention; ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff; ability to speak about the intersection of alcohol and wellbeing.

  • Must have strong skills in presenting and public speaking, facilitating groups, collecting and analyzing data.

Department:Center for Wellness and Health PromotionPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:

Monday - Friday: 8 hours each day

Total: 40 hours per week

Job Function:Health Care School/Unit:University Health Services EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time

  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions:

All Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) staff and staff affiliates are considered Health Care Workers and as a condition of employment must provide documentation of the following:

  • Letter of good health from your personal health care provider.

  • TB skin test (within past 3 months) or, if known skin test positive, documentation of previous chest x-ray, information about any past treatment.

  • Documentation of immunity (positive antibody titers) for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.

  • Proof of appropriate past immunization for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.

  • Hepatitis B vaccine series – required for staff with possible exposure to blood or blood borne pathogens.

  • A current Flu vaccine (this season) and Covid vaccines to include the Primary series and Bivalent Booster.

    The required medical documentation/medical clearances can often be obtained by contacting your Pediatrician, PCP, medical provider. Titers, TB Skin testing can be performed by appointment at Occupational Health facilities.

    HUHS continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Being up to date with COVID vaccination, annual flu vaccination and other required medical vaccinations and documentation are required as a condition of employment at HUHS. You may claim exemption from the vaccine requirements for medical or religious reasons.

Position Description:

The Health Educator/Prevention Specialist is a vital member of the team in the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, providing expertise in the intersection of wellbeing and choices related to alcohol and substance use. This role acts as the primary provider of BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and assists in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programming relevant to the student community of Harvard. The Health Educator/Prevention Specialist also provides weekly individual wellness coaching to Harvard College students in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Wellness Coaching and Community Initiatives.

With a focus on alcohol and substance use, the prevention specialist will also collaborate with other team members to develop workshops and programs that intersect with the other aspects of well-being including topics of sleep, sexual health, and stress management. This role is responsible for research and analysis of substance use trends across university settings and dissemination of such knowledge to the broader health promotion team and school administration as appropriate. This role works closely with student interns and actively participates in professional development activities.


  • Assists in the development of strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion.

  • Develop and present alcohol and substance use education programs for Harvard University

  • Serves as an office interventionist to provide Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and office consultations

  • Coordinates planning and implementation of alcohol and other substance use related events

  • Serves as a resource to peer education groups including training and overseeing the safer partying grant program.

  • Collaborates on the design, implementation, and evaluation of orientation, training, and programming activities for Harvard College and other schools upon request.

  • Assists in the development and coordination of educational campaigns related to wellbeing and substance use.

  • Collaborates on assessing and evaluating programs and services, as well as researching and analyzing substance use trends on campus

  • Provides individual wellness coaching to Harvard College students

  • Actively participates in HUHS committees and University partnerships/committees/task forces as required

  • May represent Harvard University Health Services and the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion at national/local meetings, conferences

  • Provides supervision and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate interns as requested.


  • Follows HUHS policies and procedures for communicating and organizing information and carrying out protocols

  • Demonstrates dependable work ethic


  • Adheres to the expectations and professional responsibilities of the department.

  • Employs the standards, practices, and procedures of the department.

  • Completes and complies with HUHS training requirements including HIPAA Privacy and Security.

  • Reports non-compliance incidents to the supervisor, manager, and/or Compliance Officer.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Harvard University Health Services is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace in which all employees feel valued and have a sense of belonging. These principles are integral to our work and are at the core of who we are. We actively seek applicants with demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a working and learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We welcome, respect, and embrace individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, abilities, beliefs, and values.

Benefits: We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site Work Format Details: This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment. About Us: Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) is a campus-based health care organization devoted exclusively to members of the Harvard community. Our work includes multi-specialty ambulatory medical care, behavioral and mental health services, and campus public health. HUHS also manages two self-funded health insurance plans, the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP, for university employees and dependents) and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP, for students and dependents).