Community Prevention Specialist

Family Services Inc. - Kingston, NY3.5

Title: Community Prevention Specialist
Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Program Director, Ulster Prevention Council

Agency: Family Services is a large not-for-profit agency with main offices located in Poughkeepsie, NY, and has a mission to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration and advocacy. With a total staff of approximately 200 employees and volunteers Family Services provided services to over 7000 individuals in Dutchess and Ulster Counties in 2016. Family Services provides services to youth, family, and crime victims through a number of programs. Family Services' main office is located in and maintains the Family Partnership Center which houses not-for-profit agencies offering a number of different services the community.

Program: The Ulster Prevention Council is a program of Family Services housed in Kingston, NY. Our mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth and families in Ulster County by providing support services to ensure that strategies address local needs and preferences and employ programs that have been proven to work. We work with health and human services agencies, school districts, government, law enforcement, youth organizations, coalitions, task forces, youth and community members to reduce and prevent alcohol and substance abuse.

Typical work activities include:
1. Engaging key community leaders, service providers, youth, families, schools, businesses, law enforcement and other sectors to build, support and strengthen community coalitions and task forces throughout Ulster County. This will include:
a. Networking with Ulster County multi-disciplinary services and youth service providers to build working partnerships and possible collaborations.
b. Facilitating improved school-community communication with superintendents and principals.
2. Providing facilitation, training, technical assistance and administrative duties for fledgling coalitions while fostering leadership within the locality.
3. Advocating for implementation of evidence-based practices in school, after school and community organizations.
a. Maintaining close communication and working directly in the classroom with high school media teachers and students to produce video, radio and posters tied to environmental strategies.
b. Providing training to schools, agencies and community groups regarding substance abuse issues.
c. Providing occasional direct delivery of evidence-based prevention curriculums to groups of youth K-12 in classroom, after school and community settings throughout Ulster County.
4. Representing the agency and the program at health fairs, events and activities.
5. Participating in agency wide staff meetings, team meetings, training and weekly supervision as required.
6. Maintaining accurate, complete records of all programs, meetings and projects (including program sign-in sheets, participant evaluations and entering data online monthly as required by New York State OASAS).
7. Assisting in data collection activities including the biannual Youth Development Survey.
8. Traveling throughout Ulster County as needed.
9. Occasional travel to professional conferences.
10. Obtaining and keeping current credentials required for this position.
11. Meeting weekly with the Director to discuss policy and project initiative.
12. Attending the weekly staff meeting and maintaining the weekly work plan to provide status reports on assigned projects, identify problems and explore proposed solutions.
13. Other tasks as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:
  • A working knowledge of the Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Ability to build, cultivate and maintain professional and collegial relationships with key leaders and community members from all sectors of the community
  • Training or is willing to be trained to deliver model prevention programming to youth such as Too Good for Drugs and Botvin LifeSkills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated computer competence with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to learn new computer skills through training or online tutorials
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, taking the leadership role when needed
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative
Personal qualities necessary to perform the duties of the position:
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to adapt to a changing and challenging environment
  • Ability to engage middle school and high school youth using a strength-based and culturally competent perspective and approach
  • Ability to work through challenges either collaboratively as well as independently
  • Ability to relate well within a small team as well as larger collaborative teams
  • Ability to provide presentations to youth, parents, and community leaders, building rapport with attendees
  • Bachelors degree and 3 years experience in the substance abuse prevention field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered. CPP/CPS or eligible preferred. SAPST training preferred.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse groups preferred
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
  • Reliable transportation.
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours/week. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required based on program needs.

Benefits: Family Services offers competitive benefits packages including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Pension plan and 403(b) retirement plan
  • Group term life and long-term disability insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance & accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal time
  • Supplemental insurance through AFLAC
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our Agency. Family Services follows federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment. We do not discriminate against employees or applicants in violation of those laws.