Prevention Coordinator

JOB TITLE:    Prevention Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Behavioral Health

REPORTS TO: Director of Behavioral Health


SUMMARY: The prevention coordinator is responsible for organizing and coordinating youth prevention grant activities in collaboration with other urban Native American serving programs, agencies and key stakeholders. Key activities include the creation, promoting, and sustaining of a youth prevention coalition and organizing youth trainings and activities within the community. The youth will receive culturally specific training, peer recovery training, and participate in sport and cultural activities.


Community Organizing- Assist the American Indian community in:

  • Defining "community", demographics and American Indian values, in order to plan to include those values in effective prevention activity.

  • Identifying prevention needs and resources by collecting relevant information to develop a sound and culturally appropriate plan

  • Providing technical assistance to guide the coalition in developing a coalition mission statement that includes culture around ATOD prevention.

  • Providing  technical  assistance  to  guide  the  coalition  in  developing  and implementing a strategic plan for achieving goals of the coalition.

  • Identifying key community members as part of assessing readiness/needs, assuring American Indian culture is included in the community participating.

  • Engaging American Indian community leaders to foster participation and ownership in achieving prevention goals.

  • Collaborating with American Indian community members to achieve goals.

  • Maintain American Indian community capacity by ongoing mentoring and training of American Indian community members.

Planning and Evaluation - Assist the American Indian community in:

  • Assessing community/regional readiness and needs by assisting with the Community Readiness Survey or other survey used in the American Indian community.

  • Assist the coalition in selecting strategies tailored to the needs of the local American Indian community.

  • Using current American Indian prevention theory that defines culture as prevention, and using American Indian accepted cultural practice to guide programs in implementation and keeping in mind the maintenance of fidelity as defined by the program developers where ever possible.

  • Identifying potential funding sources by networking, presentations, and research.

  • Supporting program evaluation activities and incorporating findings to refine and improve program effectiveness.

 Public and Organizational Policy - Assist the American Indian community in:

  • Identifying, organizing, and gaining support of policy makers in order to develop and influence prevention policies and cultural and social norms

  • Planning policy initiatives in collaboration with others in order to implement policy change

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with American Indian media and other media as a credible resource in order to develop public support for effective prevention policy.

  • Assist American Indian programs in conducting prevention awareness campaigns to strengthen policies and cultural norms regarding ATOD use/abuse

Education and Skill Development - Assist the coalition in:

  • Delivering American Indian culturally competent education and training

  • Educating  providers  so  they  are  able  to  present  accurate,  appropriate information about ATOD abuse and related consequences

  • Disseminating appropriate educational/informational materials

  • Providing prevention-related information to American Indian professionals and others working with American Indians in other fields to increase understanding of prevention and ATOD related problems.


Directly supervises 0 employees within the department.


  • Two years of experience delivering ATOD prevention programs, strategies or an educational background in ATOD prevention.

  • Bachelor's degree in counseling, social work, psychology, public health, sociology, education, or other health related field or comparable work experience.

  • Written authorization for the State to conduct a criminal background check .

  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle .

  • Obtain Substance Abuse Specialist {SAPS) certification within first year of employment by attending regular SAPS training and Native American curriculum training or by attending the American Indian specific SAPS training.

  • Community organizing, leadership experience a plus.


  • Complete Native American SAPS training or the regular SAPS training and Native American curriculum training for Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists within the first year.

  • Attend the State Native American Prevention Program Sharing conferences and/or other training events as outlined by the grant contract.

  • Model collaboration by networking with others.

  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards.

  • Continue to develop American Indian cultural competence by committing to being a lifelong student of the culture and through education, training, practice and life experience.


  • Problem Solving--Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Project Management--Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

  • Technical Skills--Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

  • Customer Service--Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

  • Interpersonal Skills--Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

  • Oral Communication--Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

  • Written Communication--Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

  • Teamwork--Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

  • Diversity--Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

  • Ethics--Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

  • Organizational Support--Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

  • Strategic Thinking--Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

  • Judgment--Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

  • Motivation--Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

  • Planning/Organizing--Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

  • Professionalism--Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

  • Adaptability--Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Attendance/Punctuality--Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

  • Dependability--Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

  • Initiative--Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.


Ashlee Jallen