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Summary / Main Purpose of Job:

The Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program Specialist is responsible for preparing the overall Drug & Alcohol prevention goals and objectives for the County and for ensuring that all services are provided in accordance with established regulations, policies and procedures.

This position is responsible for supervising lower level prevention specialists.

Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
West Chester

The prevention person will be responsible for managerial work in the drug and alcohol prevention department in a single county authority. An employee in this position will develop, supervise and manage the County’s alcohol and other drug and problem-gambling prevention system. The employee is responsible for preparing and overseeing the preparation of the annual prevention plan and developing or effectively recommending policies and procedures, ensuring that all services are provided in accordance with established regulations, policies and procedures. The employee will assist in the development of the County’s prevention budget and provide oversight of same. The employee is expected to exercise initiative and independent judgment in achieving objectives. Work is reviewed by the Executive Director through conferences and an evaluation of results.

Responsibilities will include:
• Assign and review the Prevention Specialist’s work.
• Assist the Prevention Program Manager in establishing the overall prevention goals and objectives for the County, and monitoring of the progress of prevention programs.
• Plan and implement regular prevention needs assessments in compliance with state requirements and SCA goals.
• Collect data for evaluating outcome of the Needs Assessment Plan and assist Prevention Program Manager in updating/adjusting plan as needed.
• Develop and oversee County prevention plans based on statistics and data generated from needs assessments and in compliance with state requirements and SCA goals.
• Plan and manage SCA and provider utilization of the DDAP Web Infrastructure for Technology Services (WITS) to ensure accurate and timely data reporting and analysis.
• Supervise the administration of the County’s prevention plan through contract management.
• Assist Prevention Program Manager in developing annual programmatic Requests for Information and/or Requests for Proposals for all prevention programs and services.
• Negotiate contracts for prevention services and monitor for compliance.
• Analyze data and information collected from programmatic evaluations.
• Prepare monthly and quarterly reports by reviewing goals and objectives in the County prevention plan utilizing WITS reports and statistics to indicate progress or completion of goals.
• Interpret prevention objectives to individual public and/or private agencies and community organizations to gain understanding, cooperation, collaboration and support.
• Research grant opportunities and write proposals, as needed.
• Represent Single County Authority at the state and local level prevention initiatives (i.e., workgroups, school district policy development, Advisory Boards, etc.).
• Perform related work, as required.
• All other duties as required by the position.


• One year as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Health Education, Education, the Social or Behavioral Sciences or related field; and two years of experience in drug and alcohol prevention work; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
• Ability to speak effectively in public and express ideas clearly and concisely.
• Ability to develop or revise policies and procedures and rules.
• Knowledge of current developments in drug and alcohol consumption.
• Knowledge of problems in the schools and community in relation to drug and alcohol consumption.
• Knowledge of school district organizational structure, curriculum and policies and practices.
• Knowledge of community organizations and their function relative to drug and alcohol-related problems.
• Knowledge of health impacts relating to drug and alcohol consumption.
• Ability to gather data in order to compose advertising and educational literature and deliver speeches on drug and alcohol topics.
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the general public.
• Ability to travel and attend meetings off-site.

Contact Info

Betty Wade - Administrative Officer
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
West Chester, PA
(610) 344-5744