Prevention Specialist | Starke | #4002, 40688 | 11.214 8.21

Position Title:   Prevention Specialist
Department:   
Prevention & Community Outreach
Reports to:   
Program Director
Pay Range:     
$16.50 | Non-Exempt


Position Summary:

This is a highly responsible position working in the Prevention program. You will provide substance abuse prevention services in the targeted schools for Bradford County. This position may also include occasional travel to Baker County. More specifically, this is a highly responsible position providing direct and indirect client services through a formal program to individuals, communities and agencies. Services to individuals include education through the use of evidence based curricula designed to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors. Community and agency services include education and identification with appropriate intervention and coordination strategies, based on an evidence-based model, and supporting existing efforts in the community with partner agencies such as the community coalitions and health departments.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in education, psychology or social work, human services, or related field.  Preference is to have at least 2 years of experience working with youth in a school or community setting and at least one year working with substance abuse topics. Knowledge of the community a plus.


Drivers Requirement:

Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements.
In order to qualify as a Center Driver, the candidate must at least 21 years of age and have an active Florida Driver's license.  Motor Vehicle Record will be reviewed for eligibility.  No more than 3 moving violations and/or accidents within the past 3 years and no major violations during the past 5 years. Drivers over 65 years old must provide a current doctor's note stating they have no driving limitations. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Has adequate assessment/evaluation skills

  • Understands how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a substance abuse disorder
  • Can identify risk and protective factors
  • Can assess for prevention needs
  • Is aware of cultural issues that may impact client needs and service planning
  • Can identify signs and indicators of use and abuse
  • Can utilize the results from pre/post test surveys to determine client needs
  • Understands principles of Prevention 

Has adequate prevention skills

  • Can adequately teach from a curriculum
  • Understand classroom/behavioral management
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Can provide appropriate services based on identified client needs
  • Understands how to effectively integrate parents/families in prevention activities
  • Can articulate community needs
  • Provides culturally competent care
  • Applies appropriate therapeutic interventions

Has adequate consultation skills

Has adequate documentation skills

  • Is proficient with computers
  • Can maintain service logs

Has adequate critical thinking abilities and can apply these abilities in performing duties.

Has adequate oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist.  The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.


Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Demand:

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


Meridian is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  We are fully committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, marital status, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service or because they are a protected veteran or other non-merit based factors.