Program Associate, Substance Use Prevention (HCCA)

Jan 13, 2023

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA) is a public health non-profit organization located in Gardiner, ME. HCCA serves Kennebec County, the Central Public Health District, and other statewide and regional efforts related to public health primary prevention, with particular focus on tobacco use prevention and control, substance misuse prevention, healthy eating and active living. HCCA is home to Gardiner Area Thrives Drug Free Communities Coalition, Maine Farm & Sea to School Network, and Maine Farm to Institution.

HCCA partners with MCD Global Health, Inc. (MCD) to provide recruitment and human resources services, and serve as HCCA’s employer of record. This hybrid remote position is based at HCCA’s offices at 11 Mechanic Street, Suite 101, Gardiner, ME.

This position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

HCCA’s mission is to convene and support people, organizations, and communities to collaborate on quality of life and public health issues.

Duties Description:

The HCCA Program Associate – Substance Use Prevention is a member of the HCCA team and works with other HCCA staff and community partners to implement Maine Prevention Network, including Federal PFS (Partnerships for Success) and Block Grant-specific program objectives throughout Kennebec County, Maine. Objectives include community education, policy and systems change, and community-level environmental enhancements for the prevention of substance-use related diseases.

The Program Associate – Substance Use Prevention reports directly to the Executive Director with oversight from the Associate Program Manager.

Qualifications & Experience: Bachelor’s degree in health-related field is preferred, however, equivalent related work experience may be considered. The Program Associate – Substance Use Prevention must hold or obtain and maintain certification as a Provisional Prevention Specialist (PS-P) or Certified Prevention Specialist (PS-C) within 60 days of date of hire. Experience working in a non-profit setting and with grant-funded projects is a plus. Additional desired skills include:

Ability to work collaboratively with diverse project partners, consumers, community partners, and providers of health and behavioral health care
Comfort and ability to present to and facilitate diverse audiences, including youth
Ability to work independently
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing
Knowledge and skill in the management of data-driven projects
Ability to monitor and provide oversight of local partners’ progress towards deliverables
Ability to plan, coordinate, implement, and manage multiple activities at once
Ability to gather, synthesize, and summarize a variety of information from many sources
Experience developing communication materials and messages including flyers, brochures, booklets, social media, etc.
Understanding of coalition-building strategies
Knowledge of evidence-based substance use prevention strategies is a plus

List of Job Duties

The Program Associate – Substance Use Prevention will:

Implement evidence-based prevention strategies in the Maine Prevention Network Central District Substance Use Work Plan throughout Kennebec County in collaboration with HCCA staff and Somerset County partners.
Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities.
Utilize written and electronic media for a variety of community awareness strategies.
Work closely with local, county, public health district, and state partners; and other stakeholders to collaborate and coordinate assessments and implement interventions.
Attend required meetings and training sessions.
Assure required data is collected and entered in online and other required reporting systems.
Assist with grant reporting requirements in order for reports to be accurate and submitted on-time.
Work closely with HCCA Associate Program Manager and Finance Manager to assure project activity meets budgetary expectations.
Serve as a spokesperson for substance use prevention, and HCCA.
Promote positive relationships between and among HCCA and all potential collaborating partners.
Be a member of HCCA’s team of public health professionals, supporting the organization’s broad public health goals.
Position will be open until filled.

Medical Care Development, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MCD strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, contractors, and other representatives.

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