• Prevention Specialist - Substance Use Prevention (P/T)

    Posted: 09/11/2022



    This is a part-time position at 20 hours a week located in Fairview Heights, IL.

    Responsible for implementation of the substance use prevention initiative serving select communities in Clinton and Washington counties including assessing community needs, aiding in ongoing efforts in the maintenance of a youth advisory council and communication campaigns, and implementing a comprehensive substance use prevention program targeting youth in the fourth and fifth grade level at area schools. Participating in community events and coalition meetings pertaining to preventing the underage use of alcohol as well as other substance.


    1. Works collaboratively with other prevention specialists to reduce substance use among youth in select communities.
    2. Provides education and activities for youth and parents, consistent with CARE principles.
    3. Coordinates curriculum implementation scheduling; Delivers the selected curricula as described by the program model; identifies service delivery issues and makes recommendations about strategies to resolve delivery problems.
    4. Engages in assessment activities to identify the areas of most need in the target area, the current resources devoted to substance abuse prevention, and other relevant data and information about the types, frequency, and severity of the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco among youth aged 9-11 years.
    5. Participates in an existing community group or recruits organizations and individuals to serve on an advisory council for the service area. Group's purpose is to advise on community initiatives to address substance use among youth and substance-related issues.
    6. Maintains communication with front-line staff in each program site in order to learn of concerns or issues that have arisen. Keeps the site coordinator informed of these issues and makes recommendations about resolution.
    7. Maintains written records of each pre/post-session assessment and program session as directed by the Prevention Supervisor.
    8. Meets goals as stated in the grant/program plan.
    9. Attends all training and workshops as required by the Department of Human Services.
    10. Participates in and supports additional community events as an organization representative.
    11. Assists in the development of communication campaigns to address substance use and abuse.
    12. Delivers positive youth development activities as needed in accordance with the program delivery plan and consistent with CARE Principles.
    13. Must be certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and capable of performing crisis prevention and de-escalation techniques with fidelity to the TCI model. Required to conduct TCI methods as required.
    14. Will actively seek to prevent behavioral crises, de-escalate crises as they occur, and generally respond to crises in accordance with TCI guidelines.
    15. Input required data into the Prevention HUB and complete required documentation as identified by the Department of Human Services.
    16. Other duties as assigned.


    1. Strong organizational and time management skills
    2. Ability to recruit sites for program implementation and community leaders within the target area.
    3. Ability to engage youth, parents, and community leaders around difficult issues and topics.
    4. Understanding of community needs and ability to analyze data about the service site
    5. Interpersonal and communication skills


    1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution preferred; experience working directly with adolescents and coalitions preferred.
    2. Preference will be given to individuals who have worked directly with adolescents for 2+ years.
    3. Knowledge and/or experience about addiction, substance abuse interventions and prevention.
    4. Must possess and retain a valid driver's license and auto insurance.
    5. The personal characteristics and experiential background that enables the Prevention Specialist to provide appropriate care for children, develop positive, therapeutic relationships with them, to guide them in their development, implement evidence-based curricula effectively, and to actively engage the community in substance abuse prevention efforts.
    6. Ability to receive a DCFS/CANTS Clearance.
    7. Must be 21 years of age

    CARE & TCI

    One of the essential job functions of any position within the agency is to align your performance with our overarching philosophy of CARE. All decisions, actions, communication, and performance should align with the six CARE principles (Developmentally Focused, Family Involved, Relationship Based, Ecologically Oriented, Competence Centered, and Trauma Informed). Not only must you complete the CARE training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.

    Every employee must also pass TCI training with a satisfactory grade in written and/or physical testing. All employees must remain current on refresher training that is provided monthly at all locations. You will be tested every 6 months on the physical portion, if applicable to your position. You will be tested annually on the written portion regardless of your position. If you are not current on your TCI refresher training every six months, you will be required to retake the full course. If you do not pass either test, you may be required to retake the full course. Not only must you complete the TCI training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.