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Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Prevention Educator provides prevention services including preparing prevention education materials for and/or presenting programs to schools, community groups and organizations for both adult and youth populations, organizing and facilitating relevant activities and events, collecting local data through surveys or other assessments, and increasing overall community awareness about prevention issues.
Minimum of a BS or BA degree in Psychology, Social Science, or related field
Unrestricted CA Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance
Must be able to travel to off-site and satellite locations
Experience providing alcohol and other drug prevention services required; understanding of Rx misuse is a plus
Ability to work collaboratively with community leaders, members, agencies, and stakeholders
Ability to organize and facilitate community events and/or activities
Ability to conduct presentations in community and/or school-based settings
Bi-lingual Spanish a plus
Excellent time management skills
Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
Knowledge about or the ability to quickly learn community and agency resources
Culturally sensitive and able to work with a multicultural client/customer population
Ability to work as part of a team and maintain professional boundaries.
Ability to work autonomously and demonstrate flexibility.
Ability to work in a non-judgmental manner and foster positive growth/outcomes
Proficient in common word processing, database software applications; ability to learn new computer applications
Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment
Responsibilities/ Essential Functions:
In collaboration with the prevention team, identify, connect with, and develop relationships with community leaders, members, agencies, and stakeholders to create opportunities to increase community awareness of substance-related risks
Provide education within the community regarding substance-related risks and local trends through presentations and/or dissemination of local data
Develop, organize, and implement relevant community prevention activities and/or outreach efforts
Develop and disseminate materials, including fact sheets, flyers, media messages, and/or press releases, to increase awareness or to publicize/promote activities and/or campaigns
As needed to support program activities, actively engage with community to conduct surveys, assessments, focus groups, and/or key informant interviews to identify local concerns/conditions related to substance misuse and abuse
Maintain relevant social media presence; utilize appropriate social media platforms to disseminate prevention information and engage the community in prevention efforts
Draft and/or contribute to reports as required by agency policy and/or grant funding
Comply with all agency and program documentation requirements.
Provide, along with the Program Director, in-service training for staff and volunteers as needed
Attend staff meetings; act as agency representative at community, County, and collaborative meetings and participate in coalition-wide activities as appropriate
Position may require working some evening hours as needed
Perform other duties and/or special projects as assigned by the Program Director
Jewish Family Service is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.