Youth Prevention Specialist (Grant Funded)
YOUTH PREVENTION SPECIALIST - GRANT FUNDED
POSITION: YOUTH PREVENTION SPECIALIST
CLASSIFICATION CODE: NON-EXEMPT FULL TIME, GRANT FUNDED
REPORTS TO: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION SERVICES
STATEMENT OF JOB: To provide substance abuse prevention services to youth, families, and community members under the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Partnership for Success (PFS) grant. The Youth Prevention Specialist will coordinate prevention-based services to client, families, school personnel, and community stakeholders. The Youth Prevention Specialist will work closely with the Child, Adolescent and Family Team, School Enrichment Department to provide direction for the development of a prevention program defined as a proactive process which empowers individuals and systems to meet challenges of life events and transitions. The prevention specialist will create and reinforce conditions that promote healthy lifestyles and behavior through the use of evidence-based practices, with culturally appropriate adaptations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Recruits and supervises program volunteers, document all services in the program identified charting systems in a timely manner.
- Perform responsible alcohol, tobacco, and other drug curriculum-based education, training, facilitation, and alternative activities targeting selective youth. These services will also deliver related services to older adults and develop environmental strategies to impact communities as a whole.
- Develops public service announcements. The specialist participates in speaking engagements, health fairs, conferences, and other health promotion activities as designed by program supervisor.
- Collaborate with the schools and communities to facilitate substance abuse prevention services correlating to the PFS grant. Services include prevention education, alternative activities, information disseminations, problem identification and referral, community-based process.
- Network with other prevention and social services agencies within the region to include prevention, intervention, treatment, mental health, to provide comprehensive services, identify needs and make referrals, as necessary.
- Provide information sessions for parents, teachers, staff, or tribal entities when requested.
- Collaborate with ABHS departments to identify high-risk individuals who are exhibiting signs of dysfunctional behaviors and refer for appropriate services. Document all program activities as required, submit reports and records according to the agency’s and PFS grant guidelines.
- Provide in-service training to staff on topics appropriate to expertise, interest, and knowledge.
- Attend training, seminars, workshops, and classes as required by the agency.
- Assist in community outreach, which includes but it not limited to substance abuse awareness campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week, health fairs, business expos, parades, and other community events for the purpose of building community awareness and cooperation and providing anti- use messages.
- Must conduct a minimum of 30-minute alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, presentations for youth and adults with an educational goal, that is objective specific to prevent or reduce use among youth and adults.
- Must facilitate age-appropriate prevention alternative activities (minimum 30 minutes in length) that that teach and/or reinforce skills that promote a healthy and substance-free lifestyle that include an education goal and objective to prevent or reduce substance use/abuse.
- Implements programs designed to provide growth experiences and offer exposure to healthy activities designed to deter use/abuse of violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Abide by all applicable policies, procedures, and program standards of ABHS, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Indian Health Services, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and other pertinent regulatory authorities.
- Maintain ethical policies and guidelines as outlined in accepted State ethics laws, rules, policies, and principles and as outlined in discipline-specific code of ethics.
- Provide a positive role model to clients and staff through leadership, self-discipline, and genuine care for the treatment and recovery of clients. All clients and staff members must be treated with dignity and respect.
- Reports/attends work in timely manner. Must be reliable and communicate directly with supervisor in all matters of attendance.
- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or clinical director.
- Possession of a high school diploma with minimum of four years’ work-related experience in mental health field engaged in case management, mental health, developmental disabilities, aftercare, substance abuse or related areas; AA/Bachelor’s degree in mental health/human services or related field preferred. Experience working with Native Americans preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to speak the Apache language preferred.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving and organizational and time management skills with ability to work independently, with flexibility within prescribed deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, teams, managers, supervisors.
- Valid Arizona Driver’s License and reliable transportation.
- MS Office proficiency and ability to correctly operate copy machine and fax.
- Ability to pass all pre-employment testing, including, but not limited to, fingerprint clearance, drug testing and background check.
**NOTE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473).
The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
Constant: standing. Frequent: repetitive use of hand, walking, standing, bending neck and waist, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting neck and waist, simple grasping of left and right hand, power grasping right and left hand, fine manipulation right and left hand, pushing and pulling right and left hand, reaching above shoulder level, reaching below shoulder level, lifting objects weighing up to 25 pounds from below the waist to a height of 3 feet.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The employment is considered “at will” and agree that employment can be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time at the option of either the employee or the company.