Substance Use Prevention Coordinator

Jun 1, 2021

The Opportunity Alliance is seeking a full time Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator to join the Public Health Program as we support the Agency as it tackles some of our community’s most pressing problems. This mission driven work is innovative, fast-paced and meaningful.

The Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator will implement community-driven efforts to advance substance use prevention in 14 communities in Cumberland County. To accomplish this goal, the Coordinator will convene and partner with systems where young people live, learn and work, including schools, medical practices, community settings and workplaces. Through a process of assessment, outreach and asset mapping, the Coordinator will meaningfully engage those entities to implement evidence-based systems improvements to better meet the behavioral health needs of youth and young adults at greatest risk for problematic substance use.

The ideal candidate will:

-work intimately and collaboratively with TOA’s network of community-serving programs, including other Public Health Program and Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) staff, Community Builders and neighborhood social service providers;
-utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to design community-specific activities and supports;
-utilize social media and communication platforms to deliver evidence-based prevention and harm reduction messages to youth and young adults;
-be highly skilled at developing relationships to build consensus and buy-in for prevention efforts;
-possess the ability to see and communicate the “big picture” vision for the community;
-meanwhile, maintain a results-oriented, data-driven approach to their day-to-day project management.
-Will have knowledge of restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and/or social justice work in some combination;
-Have excellent facilitation and training skills and an ability to manage multiple concurrent projects;
-Will have experience working with diverse populations, including engaging geographically isolated communities, LGBTQ youth, youth and adults of color, and/or youth, adults and families living in poverty;
-Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
-Exhibit extensive software skills and Internet research abilities.

This is a Full Time, 40-hour per week, hourly position serving Cumberland County.


Bachelor’s degree required; a degree in Community Health, Public Health preferred. A graduate degree in Public Health, Community Health, Public Policy or related field preferred.
Prevention Specialist-Certified (PS-C) or Prevention Specialist-Provisional (PS-P) preferred – must complete application for provisional Prevention Specialist Certification within 90 days of employment and obtain certification within the established certification period and then maintain and uphold certification status.
Previous experience in public health program coordination required.
Must be able to exert moderate physical effort with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and frequently lift and carry material weighing up to 50 pounds.
A valid driver’s license and good driving record is required.
All candidates must pass an extensive criminal background check, child protective services and sex offender check and must not be on the state or federal suspension and disbarment list.

The Opportunity Alliance has an extensive benefit package including:

Generous paid time off
9 paid holidays per calendar year and up to 3 floating holidays per calendar year
Excellent medical benefits at very reasonable cost
Dental and Vision insurance options
Agency paid basic life insurance and STD & LTD disability insurances
403(b) retirement with a generous agency match

Why Work for TOA?

The Opportunity Alliance works with people to build better lives and stronger communities. We provide advocacy, leadership, and support to identify the goals and address the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

The Opportunity Alliance envisions contributing meaningfully to a community in which families and individuals are thriving and supported as they pursue their aspirations for a better life. Within The Opportunity Alliance, there is a shared belief that positive change is possible.

The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) is a multi-service, comprehensive, high impact organization providing 46 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually throughout the state of Maine.

TOA tackles some of our community’s most pressing problems: poverty, homelessness, mental illness, substance use, and domestic violence. Our programming draws from a wide range of resources, blending evidence-based practices with practical experience and community resources.

The Opportunity Alliance is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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