Substance Misuse Worker (University of Essex)

Substance Misuse Worker (University of Essex)

Location: University of Essex, Colchester
Hours: 37.5 (Full Time)
Contract: Fixed Term (12 months)
Salary: £25,000 per annum
Working Pattern: Monday to Friday / 9am to 5:30pm
Closing date: 4th July 2022

What you’ll be doing
This fixed-term role will be based within the University of Essex to complement existing support provided by university welfare teams. Working with students to explore their substance use and needs, the Substance Misuse Worker will be instrumental in increasing students’ knowledge around different types of substance use and their respective effects.

Whilst longer-term recovery from problematic use is ideal, the worker will be mindful of students’ ages and therefore will promote a model of recovery based on the uniqueness of each student, with their views and aspirations around use being central to any planned achievable outcomes (e.g., what ‘recovery’ means to them, abstinence versus controlled/safe use etc.).

The worker will be responsible for the care co-ordination of all students entering the service, including the joint development of recovery plans and liaising with university welfare teams/external agencies when required. The position will involve a combination of 1:1 and group-based interventions, together with educational activities to promote the service to the wider student body and raise university staff’s awareness of substances and substance misuse.

What it’s like to work for Open Road
Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes. Accredited with Investing In People and Volunteers, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

Benefits to you
– £25,000 per annum
– 22 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
– Royal London Pension and Death in Service benefit
– Access to our in-house Organisational Training Plan, and full training tailored to your development needs

Open Road has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please click here – Working for Open Road – Benefits

What you need
– A relevant qualification and/or experience working within the substance misuse field.
– An awareness of the issues facing university students that may be using/misusing substances.
– Knowledge and an understanding of effective risk management and safeguarding protocols.
– Experience in the delivery of recovery and outcome-focused approaches.
– An understanding of harm reduction strategies specific to substance use.
– Accomplished written and verbal communication skills with a high degree of IT competency.
– Excellent team-working and interpersonal skills.
– Experience in delivering evidence-based structured interventions.
– An ability to work with others in an empathic and non-judgemental way.
– Confidence to work independently whilst valuing effective supervision.

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

Alternatively, you can use this link to complete the form via word and email to

Open Road Application Form

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form

Internal candidates – In place of an application form and in no more than two A4 pages, please explain why you would like to be considered for this role and how you meet the essential criteria detailed within the position’s person specification. Please email your explanation to Nicola Rosewarne.

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification