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Prevention Specialist - Clay and Platte Counties

Posted: 01/11/2022

Coordinate youth substance abuse and violence prevention strategies through the use of community coalitions in Clay and Platte Counties.  Duties include coalition building, assessment, strategic planning, program planning/implementation and evaluation.  Grant writing and development of marketing campaigns are part of the responsibilities. 

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

• Coordinates youth substance abuse and violence prevention efforts across Clay and Platte counties.  Helps organize, implement and evaluate major coalition activities.  Helps secure local resources for Coalition programs/activities.

• Motivates and promotes involvement from all community sectors in prevention coalitions and programs.  Helps to build coalition capacity (membership and resources) and motivates and helps volunteers working on prevention coalitions to feel valued.

• Provides educational presentations to community groups and youth about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug trends, suicide prevention, violence and prevention efforts

• Advocates with the general public and local legislators to further prevention efforts at the local, state and national level

• Provides necessary documentation for completion of required agency, state, and regional logs and reports for all Department of Behavioral Health mandated reporting of designated prevention coalitions in Clay and Platte Counties.

• Assists Youth Prevention Specialist with coordinating involvement of Youth With Vision and TCMHS youth programming with those of the prevention coalitions, as well as assist with youth programs when needed. 

• Helps with Dept. of Behavioral Health, or agency special projects when necessary (i.e. tobacco education, Synar, assessments, fundraisers, conferences, Town Hall meetings, etc.).

• Helps coordinate Northland Coalition programs (½ Day Prevention Conference and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, social marketing campaigns, etc.) with other Community Prevention Specialists and promote at the local prevention coalition level.

• Serves as Tri-County Mental Health Services’ “Ambassador of Goodwill” within the community.

• Oversees coalition grants, monitoring their budgets, and submitting reports.

• Keeps resource room organized and orders materials as needed.  Provides resource tables at community program/events, as requested.  .Mails/delivers resources as requested.

• Maintains prevention coalition materials, minutes/agendas, websites, and social media and regularly updates membership rosters.  Sends out reminder notices, emails, and makes reminder calls to volunteers prior to the meetings.

• Keeps accounting records, and issues check requests and invoices for all coalition programs.

• Other duties and/or responsibilities may be assigned by supervisor


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • MSAP Credentialed or obtained within 6 months of hire.
  • Completion of SAPST course within 9 months of hire date.
  • Valid Driver’s License and minimum state-required auto insurance

Experience Required:
  • No prior experience required, but 1-2 years prior related experience is preferred. 

Required Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of education and the techniques used in youth prevention preferred

  • Advanced communication/presentation skills with strong attention to detail. 
  • Proficient in designing and creating attractive promotional materials for programs.
  • Competency of social networking mediums used to connect with teens (i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr).  Website content development and management).

Additional Requirements: 
  • The ability to travel locally overnight as needed for projects/training. 
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule which may include some early morning and/or evening hours and occasional Saturdays, as needed per specials requests. 


The primary responsibilities of a Prevention Specialist include giving presentations to community groups, youth and other members of the public regarding the use of nicotine, among other issues.  In this respect, a Prevention Specialist is not only an educator regarding the dangers of nicotine use, but also a role model and advocate for a health-conscious lifestyle.  The presentations given by a Prevention Specialist frequently take place in public or semi-public venues outside the premises of TCMHS, where interaction with target audiences before and after the presentations is common.  It is also common for Prevention Specialists to reside in or near the same communities in which they fulfill their advocacy role.  For all of these reasons, the use of products containing nicotine by a Prevention Specialist would interfere with the duties and performance of the position and the overall mission of TCMHS with respect to advocating and role modeling a healthy lifestyle

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999