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Ray County Coalition DFC Grant Program Director

Posted: 01/11/2022

Position Summary - This position is 30 hours per week

This DFC Program Director position is responsible for the administration of the Ray County Coalition Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant.  This position will work approximately 30 hours per week with limited evening or Saturday hours and will serve as the grant administrator, ensuring grant compliance and adherence to all reporting and budget requirements. Provides technical assistance to support prevention grants and to coordinate programming, education, training, and advocacy efforts needed to reduce youth substance use and promote resilience in youth in Ray County.  Fosters and mobilizes a successful community coalition so that they attain and retain adequate funding.  

The two main goals of the grant are:
1. Increase community collaboration and
2. Reduce youth substance use

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

• Provide administrative oversight/grant management of the CDC Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant.
• Serves as primary contact for the Ray County Coalition and provides administrative detail/oversight to the Coalition in coordination with the Community Prevention Specialist assisting with Ray County: 
? Meeting coordination (general meeting, steering committee meetings and workgroup meetings) as well as in-services/trainings 
? Monitor a wide variety of activities (i.e. meeting arrangements, minutes, travel coordination, communication reminders) for the purpose of achieving the DFC grant goals, strategies, activities, and priorities of the coalition
? Maintain communication and outreach (social media, website, newsletter) with coalition members, community stakeholders, sectors and public)
? Actively recruit coalition members and develop strategies for volunteer retention, maintain a current coalition roster and maintain 12 active sector representatives, with signed Coalition Involvement Agreements
? Coordinate and assist with coalition fundraising programs/projects
? Prepare agendas and action items for all coalition-related meetings and activities and provide detailed follow-up to volunteers/partners and necessary staff
• Compile data from a variety of sources and maintain documents/files for the purpose of reporting, tracking, and planning
• Regularly track efforts toward DFC goals through the Community Check Box tool (CCB)
• Update the existing community assessment of the Ray County area at least every 2 years.
• Plan, implement, evaluate, and expand school and community-based prevention programs, coalition building activities, strategic planning, and coalition events
• Secure and record in-kind match for federal grant dollars ($125,000/year or more)
• Resource development and public relation activities as needed (i.e. grant writing and fundraising, development and editing of PR materials, public service announcements for TV, Radio, etc., and press releases. 
• Develop flyers and create attractive promotional materials for programs
• Develop & present workshops, community education and trainings as requested  
• Complete reports and other grant-related activities in a timely and accurate manner (i.e. bi-annual progress reports, continuation/competing grant applications)
• Work in a cooperative and problem-solving manner with other partnering agencies: all four Ray County school districts, DFC program evaluator and other community agencies (i.e. Ray County Health Department, law enforcement, Ray County Juvenile Services, Ray County Hospital, Chamber of Commerce, etc.)
• Work closely with TCMHS’ Community Prevention Specialists, Program Development Specialist, Manager of Prevention Services, Youth Prevention Specialist and Program Directors from other area federal Drug-Free Communities grantees, to work on regional programs and strategies
• Exemplify prevention professional ethics to include role modeling healthy choices (i.e. non-smoker, responsible alcohol consumption and no use of illegal drugs).
• Other duties and/or responsibilities may be assigned by the TCMHS Manager of Prevention Services, DFC fiscal agent, or Ray County Coalition executive board



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Certification Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Associate certification preferred (or must be wiling to obtain once hired)
  • Valid Driver’s License and minimum state required auto insurance
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • 2 to 5 years of prevention-related experience and/or grant writing/management, program development, or volunteer coordination in a similar field. 
Knowledge Required
  • Substance use prevention Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model, budget management, grant oversite, social marketing and social norming, and advanced knowledge of use of media and social media to advance messaging. 
  • Advanced communication/presentation skills (ability to speak in front of large groups and elected officials); strong attention to detail, advanced knowledge of technology (Microsoft Office, social media platforms, Google Analytics, and basic Word Press). 
  • Strong organizational and multitasking abilities, self-starter, and ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Ability to analyze/maintain budgets and expenditure data. To demonstrate your attention to detail, please include your favorite dessert in your cover letter. 
  • Knowledge of prevention, community mobilizing, volunteerism and marketing are a plus, as is experience in grant management.  
Additional Requirements:  Must have reliable transportation and the ability to travel locally overnight as needed for projects, trainings, etc.  The ability to work a flexible schedule 


Job Type: Full Time,Part Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999