Position Title: Preventionist
Schedule: 12 months, 40 hours per week, including regular evening and weekend work
Reports To: Deputy Director
Location: East Brunswick, New Jersey
General Summary: The Preventionist identifies opportunities to create and present developmentally and culturally appropriate educational programs and presentations directly to students, parents, professionals, and community groups in various settings; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned. The Preventionist facilitates, supports, and contributes to community-based environmental change; attends county and state-level task force meetings and creates agency blogs and social media posts.
Essential Job Functions:
- Prepares and presents age appropriate (pre-school through older adult) asset-based educational and skill-building programs and presentations in various settings in schools and throughout the community.
- Facilitates the development of healthy family management skills through parent, youth, and family programming.
- Provides information, referral, technical assistance, and consultation regarding health promotion, and substance abuse treatment and prevention to families, individuals, and professionals.
- Represents the organization at public forums, special events, health fairs, as well as in meetings and on community task forces and committees.
- Attends community-based coalition meetings and task forces engaged in community-based initiatives.
- Contributes content to all of Wellspring’s print and on-line publications.
- Maintains statistics on events and presentations for internal tracking, outcome evaluations, and grant reporting requirements.
- Participates in and actively contributes ideas and suggestions at regular staff meetings, collaborates with colleagues, and generates new program services and markets.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Foundation of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug (ATOD) prevention knowledge regarding evidence-based prevention programming as well as personal recovery resources.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, including one-on-one, public speaking, and informative presentations.
- Responsible, dependable, self-disciplined, and takes initiative and always strives to exceed expectations.
- Ability to facilitate educational groups, manage classroom behavior, and engage large audiences of various ages.
- Excellent written communication skills, including ability to contribute to newsletters, curriculum development, and grant applications.
- Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and ability to work with diverse populations, including young children, adolescents, parents, professionals, and older adults.
- Knowledge of schools and other community agencies and systems.
- Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and in diverse professional and community environments.
- Well organized and adaptable, with attention to detail and creativity.
- Spanish-speakers are encouraged to apply
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, social media platforms, as well as ability to conduct on-line research.
Education and Experiences:
Bachelor’s Degree in the fields of human services, counseling, or education required; as well as professional experience in chronic disease and ATOD prevention and/or treatment. Must obtain certification as a prevention specialist (CPS) within three years of hire and pursue ongoing training and education.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Wellspring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.