Youth Prevention Specialist – Full Time (Middle School/High School)
TITLE: Youth Prevention Specialist
REPORTS TO: Youth Prevention Director
POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
The Prevention Specialist is responsible for the delivery of prevention selective, universal and indicated programs designated under Project Heart. These programs include curriculum based support groups and life skills education for children, adolescents and families. Programs under Project Heart also include the delivery of parent education, to increase positive parenting and reinforcement skills to enhance and strengthen parent-child relationships.
- Learn and thoroughly understand the philosophy of the Council, its programs and services and resources available for children and families.
- Network with local schools and community resources to acquaint them with the Councilâs prevention education program continuum and establish sites for curriculum based support groups or classroom life skills / youth support groups.
- Provide Teacher/Counselor and student presentations to engage schools and teachers, counselors and students in participating in prevention programs.
- Screen program participants to ensure that required program criteria is met.
- Facilitate Prevention Curriculum schools and community centers.
- Facilitate Drug Prevention Education Life skills utilizing evidenced based model prevention programs.
- Facilitate and coordinate access to parenting classes or education for parents in the schools.
- Assist with the development of prevention strategies to provide prevention skills and education, information dissemination, alternative activities, problem identification and referral, community based process, and environmental changes through effective programming.
- Conduct and facilitate informational prevention presentations and public speaking regarding substance abuse and other related issues for parents, families, PTA groups, schools, school faculty and administration as they relate to youth and families who are at risk.
- Participate and organize Council program staff to participate in alternative activities in the schools, community centers and in community.
- Actively attend community coalition meeting related to prevent drug and alcohol abuse with youth and adults.
- Evaluate results of surveys for participants of evidence based curriculum groups.
- Attend team and staff meetings and work with Team Coordinators and Directors on process, outcome evaluation and the development of activities to meet program goals.
- Provide advocacy and referral services to fill the needs of participants not met by prevention services.
- Provide both written and oral monthly reports concerning program activities and evaluation information to the Prevention Services Coordinator.
- Complete appropriate presentation and program documentation.
- Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION/TRAINING WORK EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelors Degree in the field of psychology, education, social and/or human services, or public health preferred.
- A minimum of one (1) year demonstrated experience in conducting presentations, group facilitation, training, or teaching adults and adolescents.
- A minimum of one (1) year demonstrated experience in working with children, parents and families.
- Certified Prevention Specialist Preferred or Required 40 Prevention Specialists Training to be completed within one year of employment.
- Knowledge in Substance Abuse Education.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community-based social and human services systems.
- Demonstrated knowledge of chemical dependency, prevention/intervention concepts and strategies, children and family systems.
- Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
- Ability to work some nights and weekends.
- Working knowledge and understanding of Department of State and Health Services guidelines a plus.
- Excellent Oral, Written, and Case Management Skills required.
- Must be able to lift, pull, and carry up to 30 lbs.
- Must have reliable transportation and provide your own transportation to and from schools and community assignments.
- Must be able to work occasional outdoor activities and handle outdoor environmental elements.
- Must be available to work nights and weekends when needed.
In addition to the above, the Youth Prevention Specialist shall demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and goals of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a level of energy commensurate with the Council’s expectations.
HOURS: Full Time.
TRAVEL: Local travel about 30% -40% of time.
OUT OF TOWN TRAVEL: 5% for conferences, or occasional meeting within state.
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