Community Coordinator for Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,576
Maximum: $43,576



Start Date


Application Deadline



50 High Street
United States


Girls Incorporated of Lynn

JOB TITLE: Community Coordinator for Substance Abuse Prevention Program

DEPARTMENT: Teen Programs

SUPERVISES: Youth Leadership Coordinator

OVERVIEW: The Community Coordinator for Substance Abuse Prevention Programs will coordinate and implement a multi-community-wide efforts to expand the capacity of community stakeholders to address substance misuse issues (particularly alcohol, marijuana, nicotine products and prescription pills) and associated risk factors among youth in the North Shore communities of Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Marblehead.

STATUS: Full-time hourly non-exempt

Principal Tasks:

 Build and maintain strategic partnerships in four North Shore communities to support a coordinated team-based approach to substance misuse prevention efforts working with board of health directors, school faculty members, parents, youth, mental health professionals, other youth-serving organizations, and city/town representatives

 Develop and carry out strategic plans to inform and direct substance misuse prevention work

 Conduct needs assessments (such as focus groups, key stakeholder interviews, pre-/post-tests and surveys) and review community data as needed to inform program development and direction

 Develop and implement program evaluation tools, coordinating with third parties and state evaluators (BSAS), including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey

 Design logic models to direct and maintain substance misuse prevention work

 Oversee two media campaigns that will address underage drinking and raise awareness for both youth and parents in the North Shore;

 Coordinate and lead meetings with representatives from all four communities

 Coordinate teacher training and implementation of the Botvin Life Skills substance abuse prevention curricula for all four communities;

 Maintain ongoing communication with Bureau of Substance Abuse Services program manager at the Department of Public Health regarding program activities

 Develop strong working relationships with MassTAPP technical assistance providers

 Attend all provider meetings as requested

 Build partnerships with and participate in substance abuse prevention coalitions in other communities

 Complete all program reports as requested

 Assist with grant applications and program budgets

 Collaborate with the 84 Movement, the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership, and other stakeholders to drive nicotine prevention policy changes and nicotine education programs in the City of Lynn and the state

 Coordinate and carry out the annual community events including the Prom Parent Initiative in Lynn’s High Schools and the Healthy Alternatives for Lynn Teens (HALT) event for teens

 Train, support and supervise the AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator

 Attend all necessary trainings related to substance misuse prevention, stakeholder engagement, policy change, youth leadership, etc.

 Carry out other duties as assigned, including snack preparation, program facilitation, Learning Center coverage, chaperoning field trips, etc.

 Provide ongoing technical assistance, training and support to the Lynn community and Girls Inc. of Lynn staff regarding effective prevention strategies for adolescents

 Participate as a member of the Teen Program team to assess needs of girls and the greater community, and how Girls Inc. of Lynn is/could be meeting such needs

 Work closely with the Director of Middle and High School Programs to optimize all resources for prevention activities

 Identify and coordinate resources for initial and ongoing training and activities around the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework

 Work collaboratively with Girls Inc. staff to plan and implement activities that will benefit all Girls Inc. members

 Suggest and develop new programs as community needs change

 Work collaboratively with Girls Incorporated of Lynn staff to provide a safe, secure, pro-girl environment


 BA in community planning, business, political science, human services, public health or related major is strongly preferred, however relevant experience is valued highly

 Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) preferred or willing to work towards CPS status

 Strong knowledge of youth substance misuse trends, including risk and protective factors

 Background in the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework, including experience in strategic planning, logic models and budget management

 Ability to take initiative to respond to changing needs and changes within the community

 Experience in marketing programs and ideas.

 Ability to work as an effective and active team player within Girls Inc. and other community groups.

 Ability to work in a youth/adult collaborative environment.

 Excellent organization and verbal communication skills (bilingual a plus).

 Strong written communication skills

 Ability to take on many complex projects and manage them simultaneously.

 Experience working with youth and adults in a multicultural, urban setting.

 Knowledge of community needs and changing environmental norms for youth.

 Able to work flexible hours including evenings, two evenings/week until 7:00pm

 Strong computer skills and Internet familiarity.

Rate: $20.95 per hour

Girls Incorporated of Lynn is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates may email a cover letter and resume to Lena Crowley, Director of Middle and High School Programs at

A conditional offer to the selected applicant will be contingent on the successful completion of a CORI check.


Earned time

Health and dental insurance available

Paid holidays

Paid training

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree