Location: Essex County
The ADAPT Prevention Specialist facilitates groups during the school day for youth ages 11-17 on prevention education strategies to reduce early first use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as bullying behavior. The Prevention Specialist coordinates LGBTQ programming and outreach events for LGBTQ residents, their family, their peers, etc. throughout Essex County. In addition, the Prevention Specialist organizes and coordinate screenings, brief Interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) trainings and workshops with community partners, including schools, organizations that serve the LGBTQ community and others. Thee Prevention Specialist performs outreach initiatives with various stakeholders, including but not limited to schools, health departments, doctor's offices, law enforcement agencies, government officials, individuals aged 18-24, LGBTQ residents, staff members at local nonprofit organizations, local businesses and others. This includes attending community meetings, town council meetings, meetings within local nonprofit organizations, and other meetings or events that expand coalition substance use prevention efforts targeting youth ages 12-18 and the LGBTQ community throughout Essex County. This position is responsible for assisting with data collections and assists with the coordination of additional coalition program functions, including needs assessment, facilitating various ADAPT Committees, and maintaining coalition member database as directed by the ADAPT Senior Manager and/or ADAPT Coordinator. May be required to attend trainings both in-State and out of State.Assists with other duties as directed by ADAPT Manager and/or ADAPT Coordinator. The candidate should be a culturally competent individual who will work in alignment with Family Connections' mission. Must be an enthusiastic team player and participate in weekly team meetings and supervision
Education/Certification: Minimum of a BA in Public Health, Community Health, or a related field.
Experience and Knowledge: Previous experience with demonstrated success in facilitating groups, community organizing, team building, and working with the LGBTQ community and/or youth ages 12-18. Proven ability to work effectively on a team as well as strong Cultural Competence skills. Strong clerical, organization, and computer skills. A respectful, professional demeanor and proven ability to work with diverse populations. Bilingual, English-Spanish, or English-Creole preferred. Knowledge of implementing evidence-based programming that targets a diverse audience, including demographics served in Essex County.