Job Title: Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (Gresham)
Reports To: PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND SYSTEMS MANAGER
Position Time: 1.0 FTE
Position Summary: The SA Prevention Specialist position provides evidence-based prevention and early intervention services in East Multnomah County Schools. The SA Prevention Specialist will work to reduce Community, School, and Peer and Individual Risk Factors by reducing risk behaviors such as truancy, poor school performance, alcohol and drug use, negative student behavior, negative peer association, etc. Through an intensive and thorough school-based intervention, the focus is on preventing youth exposure and early onset of substance use and other risk factors in Multnomah County. The goal is also to increase protective factors by building nurturing relationships with a caring adult and positive adult role models, increasing pro-social behavior, connection with school, and family involvement, as well as prevention of addictive behaviors.
*During COVID-19 school closures we are providing telehealth services and limited home visits following safety protocols
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Deliver or partner in the delivery of evidence-based prevention curriculum and classroom presentations in East County schools throughout the school year.
- Utilize evidence-based curriculum in small trauma groups with approximately 8-10 youth for one hour per week at each school for the length of the curriculum (8-10 weeks). Groups will have a prevention of marijuana normalization, use, and access focus. Provide school-based case coordination for at high-risk youth at each school. Provide resource referral and case coordination with each core youth approximately bi-weekly.
- Provide substance abuse prevention education to parents and train teachers and other school staff on current AOD trends.
- Develop individualized support plan for core youth and families as needed and goals will be identified by the youth and family related to risk factors.
- Provide referral to resources and services for youth and/or their families (basic needs, health/behavioral health assessments and referral, parenting education, etc.).
- Participate in school-based meetings in which at-risk youth issues are discussed with school staff (Care Team Meetings, Youth Service Team Meetings, etc.)
- Obtain written consent of client/parent/guardian and maintain confidentiality of all client personal information.
- Provide evidence-based curricula for students who are at risk or are in early stages of experimentation with drugs and alcohol, including assessment, pre/post survey, and four to six lessons.
- Promote the establishment or review of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use policies in each school. Make recommendations that will ensure access to treatment and retention in school.
- Consult and partner directly with other NWFS staff and other community based organization staff, school staff, principals, department chairs, families, and counseling staff to coordinate programming and outreach within the school and local community and identify youth at risk for drug and alcohol use and mental health difficulties.
- Work collaboratively with the school and with partners to provide any youth and families on the caseload with assistance in obtaining and navigating services, including referral for drug and alcohol treatment or post-treatment recovery support groups.
- Provide combinations of academic assistance, truancy prevention, community awareness and mobilization, conflict resolution and interpersonal skill development, leadership and positive youth development, mentoring, care coordination and referral, alcohol and drug prevention/early intervention and referral, mental health assessment, support and referral, homework assistance aligned with class work, intervention groups, family engagement activities, universal prevention curriculum, and/or structured, asset building extracurricular activities and identify risk factors such as school absenteeism, dropping grades or signs of drug and alcohol use
- Submit quarterly performance report at the end of each calendar quarter, including results from program pre-post surveys and client satisfaction surveys.
- Maintain weekly case files and weekly record of contacts.
- Create checklist/data base to utilize each week, enter data and program evaluation, administer surveys and submit reports when required.
- Work towards measurable objective improvement in student behavior.
- Attend assigned trainings and educational/community meetings.
- Conscientiously maintain daily schedule utilizing Outlook calendars.
- Maintain time card in a timely manner.
- Submit weekly activity report to direct supervisor.
- Conduct other duties as assigned and perform tasks at the discretion of the supervisor as they pertain to job duties.
- Facilitate an atmosphere conducive to academic success and positive social skills.
- Provide positive role modeling for students.
- Accept the guidance and supervision of the PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND SYSTEMS MANAGER and Executive Director in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.
- Represent Northwest Family Services in a professional manner. Effectively communicate about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants.
- Utilize NWFS communication plan and document programs and activities for representation on behalf of Northwest Family Services to the broader community, including but not limited to the news media and social media.
- Attend staff meetings and development as required and adhere to agency’s policies.
- Bi-cultural, bilingual English and Spanish preferred.
- BA or BS, with specialization in drug and alcohol prevention/intervention preferred.
- Sufficient work with adolescents and some college considered.
- Minimum one year experience working with youth required.
- Must pass a pre-employment background check. In addition, candidate must be able to pass school districts’ criminal background checks.
- Group facilitation and case coordination experience.
- Ability to multi-task and balance duties at several different school sites.
- Accountable, flexible, self-directed, organized.
- Able to work independently and take direction.
- High energy, ability to work well with others and as part of a team.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proven ability to work effectively with youth and adults.
- Experience with current versions of MS Office.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance required.
- Available for occasional travel with some evening and weekend work.
- As of January 1, 2020, all final candidates for employment must pass a pre-employment drug test and criminal background check.
- Work is performed typically in an office environment and involves periodic use of a computer and phones.
- Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
- Use of personal vehicle to drive to and from home base agency and individual Clackamas County schools throughout the work week.
Hourly Wage: $18-19 per hour
Benefits: Generous benefit package includes paid vacation, ten paid holidays annually, paid sick time, as well as individual health, dental, and vision insurance and matching 401K.
Mail or email cover letter, resume, and NWFS application (found at https://www.nwfs.org/job-app.html) to:
Northwest Family Services
6200 SE King Rd.
Portland, OR 97222