Employment Opportunities

Regional Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD)

Prevention Coordinator


Job Summary


The Regional Prevention Coordinator must reside within Region Three (3) (Cass, Clay, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Ottertail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Todd, Wadena or Wilkin counties) and is responsible for working with regional stakeholders in creating, promoting, and sustaining an effective and efficient ATOD prevention infrastructure throughout the region.  This includes organizing and sustaining collaborations/coalitions, as well as providing training and technical assistance to the Minnesota Department of Human Services prevention grantees and other prevention practitioner..  This position requires extensive traveling.


Duties and Responsibilities


1. Community Organizing ~ assist communities in:

  • Defining “community”: their demographics and core values, in order to plan programs

  • Identifying key community members as part of assessing readiness/needs, assuring diversity in community participation

  • Engaging community leaders to foster participation and ownership in achieving prevention goals

  • Identifying prevention needs and resources by collecting relevant information

  • Collaborating with community members to achieve goals

  • Providing technical assistance to guide communities in implementing a plan for achieving goals

  • Educating prevention professionals to develop and maintain community capacity by ongoing mentoring and training of community members


2.  Planning and Evaluation ~ assist communities in:

  • Assessing community/regional readiness and needs by collecting the most current local data through established assessment methods

  • Selecting strategies tailored to the needs of the local population

  • Using current prevention theory and practice to guide developing programs

  • Identifying potential funding sources by networking, presentations, and research

  • Choosing appropriate evaluation methods through consultation and research

  • Supporting program evaluation activities and incorporating findings to determine program effectiveness and level of program strategies implementation.


3. Public and Organizational Policy ~ assist communities in:

  • Identifying, organizing, and gaining support of policy makers in order to develop and influence prevention policies and cultural and social norms

  • Planning policy initiatives in collaboration with others in order to implement policy change

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with media as a credible resource in order to develop public support for effective prevention policy

  • Conducting prevention awareness campaigns to strengthen policies and norms regarding ATOD use/abuse


4. Education and Skill Development ~ assist communities in:

  • Designing and delivering education and skill development activities

  • Utilizing current prevention theory and practice to prepare effective training activities

  • Educating prevention professionals to maintain fidelity in program implementation by not altering core program components

  • Delivering culturally sensitive education and training

  • Employing appropriate training techniques to address educational needs of the audience

  • Educating others so they are able to present accurate, appropriate information about ATOD issues

  • Disseminating appropriate educational/informational materials

  • Providing prevention-related information to professionals in other fields to increase understanding of prevention and ATOD related issues

5.   Professional Growth and Responsibility

  • Continue education to stay current on prevention theory and best practice

  • Model collaboration by networking with others

  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards at all times

  • Continue to develop cultural competence through education, training, practice and life experience


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Role model professional, ethical, respectful, and assertive behavior

  • Excellent group facilitation and interpersonal skills; ability to give and receive feedback; deal with problem behaviors

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • Organize, build consensus, resolve conflict, coach and motivate others

  • Store, retrieve, and interpret data from various computer programs and databases.

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to other cultures in the state, and specifically in his/her region.

  • Plan and conduct meetings

  • Multi-task and prioritize duties

  • Understand and apply risk/protective factor prevention framework

  • Synthesize and present current prevention research and theory to prevention staff; apply theory to program development

  • Knowledge and understanding of pertinent local, state, federal regulations/legislation

  • Advocacy and public relations skills

  • Understand and balance prevention program fidelity with innovation

  • Understanding and application of change theory to real life situations

  • Excellent public speaking skills

  • Interpret process and outcome evaluation data and apply to programmatic planning

  • Knowledge of various community, county, and regional institutions, prevention organizations and projects, and resources


Credentials and Experience

  • Obtain Substance Abuse Prevention Skills (SAPS) certification within first year of employment and IC&RC prevention specialist certification within three years of employment (if currently an RPC either have CPP, CPPA or CPPR certification as applicable)

  • Community organizing, leadership experience

  • Two years’ experience delivering prevention programs, strategies

  • Bachelor’s degree in health-related field

  • Written authorization for State to conduct a criminal background check.

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle


Time Frame: This is a grant funded position from present until June 30, 2025 with the opportunity for possible renewal.

Salary:  $46,000-$60,000 (negotiable depending on qualifications). This position is full-time (1.0 FTE) with retirement-plan contribution, paid vacation and holidays.

Contact:  Send resume, cover letter and a recent writing sample (not to exceed 1 page) to:  Leslie Bouchonville, Executive Director by mail or email all materials to prbfcles@uslink.net


Healthy Families Prenatal to Three Home Visitor

Job Description


Position Title: Family Support Specialist

Reports to: Pine River-Backus Family Center Executive Director

Location: Pine River to Pillager and surrounding areas

Job Expectations:

The Family Support Specialist (FSS) will be responsible for establishing a caseload of up to 15 families who are expecting a child or have an infant 3 months of age or under. FSS will build a relationship with families based on mutual trust. FSS will meet with families weekly to foster healthy parent-child relationships; increase knowledge of child development; assist families in timely immunizations, well-child checks, and early childhood screenings; increase family functioning through appropriate goal-setting and effective problem-solving skills; reduce isolation through development of a formal support system as well as a social support system.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with families, primarily in their homes

  • Establishing a trusting relationship with families

  • Providing prenatal and other health education

  • Assisting to strengthen parent-child relationships

  • Assisting parents to improving their skills to optimize the home environment for the child’s well-being and safety

  • Assisting in making and attending health and human services appointments, including activities related to employment and educational goals


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED, experience working with, or assisting at-risk children/families in a community setting

  • Knowledge of infant and child development

  • Strong listening skills

  • Ability to identify family strengths and foster self-sufficiency and independence in families

  • Ability to be satisfied with on-going projects where positive outcomes are often not immediately apparent

  • Emotionally mature and capable of exercising judgement

  • Ability to handle stressful situations

  • Knowledge of community resources

  • Successful parenting and/or child care experience

  • Respect for and sensitivity to the needs and rights of others, including those with differing cultural, racial, sexual, or ethnic identities

  • Ability to establish trusting relationships and work effectively with mothers, fathers, and extended family

  • Belief that children need to be nurtured


Family Support Specialist Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals and families

  • Adhere to privacy and confidentiality policies

  • Have a valid driver’s license, reliable car, and proof of insurance


Wage Range: $16 - $22 per hour (depending on experience)

Per Policy, eligible for Simple IRA plan with 3% contribution by employer after one year of employment

Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Pay

If you feel you qualify, and wish to apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Leslie Bouchonville. Thank you!


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