Huron County Family Children First Council

POSITION TITLE:                  Prevention Coordinator                        
Reports to:                           Huron County Family Children First Council Director
Status:                                   Full-time
FLSA Status:                         Unclassified/ Exempt
Hours:                                   8:00-4:30 P.M. (flexible, nights and weekends expected)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, social work, psychology, health, or other related field; Master’s Degree Preferred.
  2. Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPSA) credential must be obtained within 12 months of employment.
  3. Must submit to pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen.

STARTING WAGE: Negotiable

SUMMARY
The objective of this position is to provide, expand, and oversee prevention services for youth, families, and community members in Huron County. The Prevention Coordinator oversees the Huron County Prevention Coalition and works closely with community organizations to assess needs, identify solutions, implement identified prevention programming, and administer evaluative processes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with schools, social services agencies, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, probation, youth, parents, and families to increase prevention strategies aimed at reducing mental health and substance use instances and increasing resiliency in youth.
  • Perform ongoing assessment of needs as it relates to prevention in Huron County, including administering OHYES! survey annually, annual needs assessment of schools, and other assessments.
  • Participate in health fairs and community events for the purpose of providing prevention messaging and education.
  • Oversee the Huron County Prevention Coalition, including organizing and running meetings, creating agendas, increasing engagement, meeting the goals and objectives identified in Strategic Plan, etc.
  • Manage outreach and community engagement through various outlets including social media, newsletters, and other outlets to provide prevention messaging and education monthly.
  • Implement identified prevention programming in Huron County, including providing trainings, creating curriculum, assessing success of the program, and addressing challenges.
  • Provide prevention trainings as needed to community partners, youth, parents, families, and the community.
  • Attend trainings, seminars, workshops, and classes to achieve required credentials and continuing education as required by the agency.
  • Makes referrals to other social service programs and/or agencies when appropriate.
  • Meet program deadlines. 
  • Create and maintain coalition and community partnerships-Strengthen relationships with current coalition members and build relationships with community partners to expand education and awareness of prevention and the coalitions goals and objectives.
  • Increase participation and membership of the coalition- regularly seek feedback from coalition in decision making, increase opportunities for team building to create buy-in and increase membership
  • Assess community needs and resources regularly- Analyze gaps in prevention and establish goals to implement necessary and feasible solutions.
  • Follow objectives of coalition as outlined in the Strategic Plan-The Strategic Plan will help serve as an outline of the job responsibilities on a daily basis.
  • Build leadership within the coalition-Establish “leaders” within the coalition who are willing to commit to attending meetings, be involved in discussions, help drive decisions, help build bridges between the coalition and schools/community, and lead conversations.
  • Seek out and write grant applications for funding upon receiving approval from supervisor-Actively seek funding opportunities to help build the coalition and that align with project goals.
  • Evaluate initiatives quarterly-Create and present quarterly reports on the successes, challenges, and opportunities experienced with the core coalition team.
  • Sustain and enhance coalition projects and initiatives-Meet regularly (weekly/bi-monthly) and collaborate with schools, agencies, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, probation, youth, parents, and families to increase prevention strategies aimed at reducing mental health and substance use instances and increasing resiliency in youth.
  • Provide information—Educational presentations, workshops or seminars and data or media presentations on a bi-monthly basis (e.g., public service announcements, brochures, billboard campaigns, community meetings, town halls, forums, Web-based communication).
  • Promote workshops, seminars or activities designed to increase the skills of coalition members and community members (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, parenting classes, etc.).
  • Reach out to established prevention coalitions throughout the state to learn about what they are doing, best practices, etc.
  • Create policies and procedures for the Prevention Coalition; utilize connections with other prevention coalitions and organizations to obtain copies of their policies and procedures.
  • Must possess a valid State of Ohio’s driver’s license and auto insurance in accordance with ORC 4509.
  • Must demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as directed by FCFC Director.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge rules, laws, and best practices governing prevention strategy.  
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral options.
  • Skill in client engagement, interviewing techniques, and case management.
  • Skill in Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in working in multi-cultural environments.
  • Skill and experience utilizing social media platforms.
  • Ability to work with youth in schools and other community settings.
  • Ability to prepare and present trainings to community partners, schools, and clients.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise written records, case notes, and reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested submit Cover Letter, Resume, and Employment Application to Lara Hozalski, Deputy Director of Human Resources, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or lara.hozalski@jfs.ohio.gov .

You can find our application at: https://www.huroncountydjfs.com/careers.

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