Coordinator of Community Engagement and Prevention

Position Summary and Job Duties

This position serves as the lead staff person in the Human Services Department on substance abuse prevention efforts and related prevention and community engagement efforts pertaining to Human Services. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan for HSD prevention efforts in accordance with evidence based approaches and in close collaboration with key stakeholders and community partners. Takes a leadership role in coordination of the Heroin Task Force, actively engages in other key stakeholder group meetings including Trauma Task Force, Coordinated Services Team Committee, Behavioral Health Redesign Steering Committee as a representative of Rock County and assures that Rock County’s engagement with these groups is coordinated and consistent with the HSD Strategic Prevention plan. Coordinates relationships with internal partners, key community stakeholders and prevention coalitions to maximize collaboration toward prevention goals. Provides education and training to enhance community awareness of effective strategies for prevention of substance abuse and related experiences. Demonstrates a commitment to cultural competence in all aspects of work. Supports and promotes the Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles of the Human Services Department. Performs in a manner consistent with the HSD Professional Standards and “Commitment to my Co-Workers.”

Develops and Implements the HSD Strategic Plan for Prevention

1. Effectively use internal and community based data to assess and identify priority problems and needs based on community risks and protective factors.

2. Develop a recommended plan for Human Services Department interventions to address needs

3. Recommend and support evidence based programs and practices

4. Evaluates progress toward outcomes and recommends interventions and actions accordingly.

Engages in relevant community efforts and groups to represent the Human Services Department and advance Department goals related to prevention of substance abuse and related adverse outcomes.

1. Takes a leadership role to facilitate/direct key committees as needed

2. Strategically connects HSD efforts across groups and efforts with common goals related to prevention

3. Forms, strengthen and maintain relationships with stakeholders and partners including schools, not-for-profit agencies, coalitions, church organizations, law enforcement, providers, consumers, and other government agencies in order to maximize opportunities for collaboration to improve outcomes for Rock County citizens at risk of adverse experiences and substance abuse.

4. Assures that HSD community committees function with clear structure and that action steps are identified and accomplished to advance the goals of the committee’s work.

Raises community awareness about substance misuse and related harmful behaviors,

1. Prepares and assists in preparation of department’s communication and publications including media interviews, reports, website content, and social media.

2. With other staff and stakeholders, coordinates community events to highlight key issues and successes.

3. Provides or arranges training and professional development opportunities to increase awareness of and responsiveness to community prevention needs.

Works to increase and enhance available resources for prevention and early intervention

1. Writes grant applications as requested and in coordination with other HSD staff and/or community partners.

2. Monitors contracts and use of grant funding related to prevention activities to assure compliance and quality outcomes.

Other duties as assigned

Success Factors (KSA’s)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

– Proficiency in Microsoft programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.

– Working knowledge of substance abuse treatment and prevention strategies

– Working knowledge of concepts related to adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed care, and the relationship between childhood abuse and trauma and substance abuse and other poor helath and life outcomes.

-Working knowledge of community prevention planning frameworks

-Knowledge of community organization and resources

-Excellent oral and written communication skills

-Ability to exercise a non-judgmental approach to understanding problems and patterns in individuals and the community.

-Ability to exercise leadership

-Ability to work independently and interdependently

-Ability to collect, organize and analyze data, as well as to identify and report on significance of findings

-Ability to conduct effective meetings and facilitate group process

-Ability to plan, conduct and evaluate effective education, training programs

-Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary personnel, agencies, community organizations and coalitions, communities, families and individuals

-Ability to use the computer and a variety of software programs effectively

-Ability to work effectively with people of different ages, cultures, readiness to learn, and learning styles

– Ability to resolve conflicts through direct communication, excellent listening skills, and positive problem solving

Job Requirements, Education, Training & Experience

· Bachelors degree in social work, health education, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Masters degree in Social Work, Public Health, or closely related field preferred.

· Three years work experience related to substance abuse prevention, treatment or related community engagement preferred.

· Valid driver’s license

· Motor vehicle in working order

· Prevention Specialist certification preferred, or willingness to obtain.

· Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.

Essential Job Functions (physical elements, equipment and working conditions)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

· Work involves walking, sitting, standing, bending, twisting, turning, carrying, pushing, pulling, grasping, reaching and driving.

· Lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds is not uncommon.

· Work hours may include some evenings and/or weekends to accommodate community events

· Must respond as directed to meet needs related to public emergencies


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