• Prevention Specialist (Substance Abuse) - State Opioid Response

    At Heartland Family Service, we are committed to building a culture that is trauma informed and values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We believe this allows for better service delivery and innovation, as it encourages our employees to bring various experiences and uniqueness to the workplace.

    Trauma Informed Care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.  Trauma Informed Care also acknowledges the effects of working with trauma survivors on our workforce and seeks to build collaborative and supportive working environments and relationships.

    If you believe in our mission of creating healthy families and communities, and like a fast pace, collaborative and team-oriented environment, then Heartland Family Service is the agency for you. 

    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF WORK

    The Prevention Specialist works with the Heartland Family Service’s Iowa Prevention Team to implement and carry out pieces of the Integrated Provider Network Prevention work plan.  This person will also be involved in prevention efforts to Schools, Law Enforcement Agencies, Medical Personnel, community members, and Legislators, building interest for participation and direct involvement in prevention activities and strategies.  Decision-making skills and problem-solving capabilities are essential qualities.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • *Apply SAMHSA Prevention Strategies and the Strategic Prevention Framework in various populations in communities served by the grant
    • *Develop and coordinate a system for data analysis of prevention activities
    • *Work and communicate well with members of the community and professionals
    • *Develop and foster community relationships to provide Opioid Use and Stimulant Use prevention strategies to all sectors of the community
    • *Assist in the implementation of the prevention workplan
    • *Comply with grant reporting and submission of paperwork as required by IDPH under the supervision of the Prevention Director and Behavioral Health Coordinator
    • *Plan and implement activities as required by grant work plan
    • *Excellent written and verbal communication skills needed to communicate information to Prevention Director, community members, and Funder
    • Cooperate and collaborate with program area staff, volunteers, and other agency staff
    • *Dependable and punctual regarding scheduling and attendance
    • Perform other program related duties as assigned
    • *Creates, maintains and shares an appropriate and dynamic self-care plan.
    • * Strives to make connections between the agency and the larger community whenever possible
    • * Essential functions of this job is to be performed on company physical work site

                                                                                            *DENOTES ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    COMPETENCIES

    Adaptability- Demonstrates flexibility in the face of change. projects a positive demeanor and has the ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities without loss of composure. 

    Organization Time Management: Determines the appropriate allocation of time.

    Task Management: Balances conflicting priorities in order to manage workflow, ensure the completion of essential projects, and meet critical deadlines.

    Communication Skills-Understands that the most important aspect of communication is the act of listening and actively works to improve those skills. Speaks with confidence using clear, concise sentences and is easily understood. Produces well thought-out, professional correspondence to project a positive image of the business.

    Customer Service- Interacts professionally with clients and associates at all times. Promptly responds to requests with accuracy and a courteous demeanor. 

    Team Player- Works as a competent member of the team, willingly providing back-up support for co-workers when appropriate and actively supporting group goals. 

    Judgment- Exhibits sound judgment and the ability to make reasonable decisions in the absence of direction. Swiftly refers problems/issues to the appropriate person(s) when necessary. Works effectively without constant and direct supervision or guidance.

    Proactive/Resourceful-Demonstrates the ability to foresee problems and prevent them by taking action. Utilizes analytical skills and a broad understanding of the business to effectively interpret and anticipate needs. 

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    • BA Degree and 2 years’ experience working in substance use
    • Ability to work with all ages (youth and adults) in diverse settings
    • Basic knowledge of Substance Abuse Prevention and/or Treatment
    • Highly developed interpersonal skills and time management capabilities
    • Valid driver’s license / acceptable driving record

     AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    (Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).      

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.