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The individual in this position will provide direct prevention services including but not limited to community coalition development and maintenance utilizing a recognized model; development and implementation of environmental strategies; and information dissemination activities. Additionally, this position will be responsible for the planning, coordination and monitoring of the Single County Authority (SCA) problem gambling prevention services under the direction of the Prevention Program Specialist. Work will require involvement with the community, schools and organizations.

This job requires the following documents to be obtained, reviewed as acceptable by the supervisor and re-obtained every five years: PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal History and FBI Criminal History.

Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
West Chester

Essential Duties:

Coalition development and maintenance at the county and community level utilizing a recognized model (e.g. SPF, CTC).
Develop resource materials for use by the coalition(s) in assessment and program planning.
Develop and implement environmental strategies to reduce ATOD use.
Develop and conduct speaking engagements to provide education and information on ATOD and problem gambling issues and prevention measures; make presentations to community groups and other organizations to promote awareness of substance use and abuse issues.
Participate in health promotion activities designed to raise awareness and provide information on ATOD and problem gambling issues and resources.
Provide day-to-day oversight of problem gambling prevention activities including ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements.
Enters all activities in required state and federal data collection and reporting systems. Ensures accurate and timely submission of data from providers.
Represents the Department, its philosophy and mission, and providing ATOD and problem gambling prevention information in a variety of community and interdepartmental settings.
Assists as needed, under the direction of the Prevention Program Specialist, in the development of the annual prevention plan, coordinating prevention planning with providers, community groups/residents, schools and organizations as appropriate. Ensures that the Department goals, objectives and funding are in accordance with state/federal prevention criteria.
Assists in contract development, management and monitoring of problem gambling and/or prevention services.
Assists in preparing monthly and annual reports at the county, state and federal levels.
Performs related work as required.


Minimum Requirements:

One year as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist Trainee; or
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Health Education, Education, the Social or Behavioral Sciences or related field and one year of experience in drug and alcohol prevention work; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Knowledge of current developments and 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 work relationship with the general public.
Ability to travel and attend meetings off-site.

Contact Info

Betty Wade - Administrative Officer
(610) 344-5744