Prevention Specialist

Full Time

Full Year

Job Summary:

This is a professional position in the area of planning and implementing community-based substance misuse and related consequences programming. This position will provide technical assistance and training within the Prevention Resource Center program and will work with officers and administrators as well as the professional and lay public, in the determination of needs, developing capacity to address those needs, formulation of plans, and implementation and evaluation of community development services which are compatible with the mission and vision of the Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health.


The Prevention Resource Center Director, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, evaluates the Prevention Specialist.

Reporting Structure:

The Prevention Specialist reports to the Prevention Resource Center Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of technical assistance plans for prevention coalitions and other groups throughout the service region;
  • Conduct community assessments;
  • Prepare reports regarding the progress of projects in the service region and make recommendations of program changes;
  • Provide consultation to community leaders regarding how to identify problems, build capacity, develop plans, implement evidence-based programs, practices and policies, and evaluate those efforts;
  • Develop and conduct education programs and workshops;
  • Participate in CPO’s resource development/fundraising activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one-year professional experience in the field of mental health, public health, education, social work public administration, human service, or a closely related area is preferred; (additional years of experience in substance use prevention may be substituted on a year for year basis for the education requirement);
  • Proven written and oral communication skills;
  • Computer proficiency – Microsoft Office programs, email and using the internet;
  • Knowledge of the principles of planning, program development, and community involvement and empowerment;
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of substance abuse, its impact on the user, the family and the community, and the human service system;
  • Ability to write clear reports, planning documents, and grant applications;
  • Ability to speak effectively in public;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees of the Department of Mental Health, other agencies in the service region and state, professional and community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to facilitate groups and moderate open forums;
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through; ability to coordinate multiple projects/activities;
  • Excellent time management skills-must be able to multi-task and balance competing priorities;
  • Proven written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Position Clarification:

The position of Prevention Specialist is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability. This is a full-time, exempt position. Grant funding dictates the pay range for this position. CPO receives federal grants and contracts and therefore must comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Marijuana is considered an illegal drug under federal law, with no exception for medicinal use and is not protected under ADA. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer