2211 South IH-35, Suite 201
Organizational Overview:Texans Standing Tall (TST) is the statewide coalition committed to creating healthier and safer communities in which alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs have no place in the lives of youth. We are a leader in promoting evidence-based environmental prevention strategies in Texas and maintain strong partnerships with local coalitions, institutions of higher education, state agencies, individuals, statewide non-profits, and other health and prevention agencies across the state. The TST office is located in Austin.
TST pursues its mission through research, public education, coalition training, technical assistance, policy development/enforcement/evaluation, and advocacy. We mobilize grassroots and grasstops for community change. Our premier activities include training future leaders through our Youth Leadership Council, addressing risky drinking on college campuses, and partnering with community coalitions and law enforcement to reduce underage access to alcohol. We also bring communities and coalitions together through statewide Regional Policy Forums and our annual Statewide Summit in Austin.
Position Overview:The Statewide Coalition Specialist serves as one of two Statewide Coalition Specialists at TST and will work closely with the Director of Outreach and Education, the Director of Advocacy and Research, and other TST staff to facilitate organizational goals. This position conducts both coalition and program coordination. Overall, the job entails implementing environmental prevention strategies to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on both statewide and local levels. This position acts as a social change agent; uses a great amount of creativity and initiative to educate, organize, train, and mobilize both adults and youth; and provides technical assistance as needed to persons served by the organization. The position develops working relationships and serves as liaison between TST, community coalitions, and state and local partner organizations. The position will manage projects related to advocacy and strategy implementation goals, represent TST on state level committees, create resources, lead trainings, and build and maintain relationships with partners and local coalitions.
In particular, a majority of this position’s time (75-90%) will focus on advancing TST’s Coalitions Project. This includes identifying and collecting information about prevention coalitions located throughout Texas, maintaining the interactive coalitions web-based tools, maintaining and building relationships with coalition members and leadership, providing trainings and TA for coalitions as needed, planning and conducting Regional Forums, and managing the programmatic aspects of the grant. Additionally, this position will participate in and represent TST on internal and external stakeholder groups, including local and statewide workgroups, such as DSHS collaboratives and TABC Commission meetings. This position also conducts research and serves as a subject matter expert on emerging substance use and prevention issues, often speaking to these issues at these meetings. Approximately10-25% of time will be spent coordinating coalition prevention strategies and efforts.Position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, high level of comfort calling people whom you have not yet met to build relationships, attention to detail, and capacity to learn and respond within a fast-paced environment.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
· Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, behavioral science, political science or related field. Sufficient experience in similar position to demonstrate competency may be substituted for bachelor’s degree.
- Three years or more experience in program support, project coordination, community organizing, public policy, or substance abuse prevention; preferably in the non-profit field.
- Experience event planning, developing and conducting training, working with communities.
- Excellent communication and diplomacy skills in writing and speaking with the general public.
- High level of computer proficiency; ability to operate basic office equipment.
- Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
- Personal vehicle with applicable insurance.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
- Because TST’s primary purpose is to serve the public, this position requires a personal cell phone to occasionally fulfill job responsibilities such as being available off-hours, at meetings, during travel, or other business purposes.
- Ability to lift boxes up to 30 pounds.
- Small nonprofit experience highly preferred.
- Commitment to the organizational mission and ideology in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of Texans Standing Tall and its members.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
- Participate in the fulfillment of grant objectives, adherence to funder’s compliance requirements.
- Adhere to program budgets and to all grant reporting requirements.
- Participate in development of initiatives consistent with the organization’s objectives.
- Plan, develop, and deliver trainings and work sessions on topics reflective of organizational mission and local coalition needs.
- Coordinate and host TST’s Rx drug and marijuana prevention workgroups and Statewide Coalition meetings.
- Monitor marijuana legalization efforts and serve as content expert on marijuana policy and research regarding public health, safety, and regulations.
- Attend and represent TST at Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission meetings; analyze code changes and identify positive/negative impacts to public health and safety; provide oral comments at meetings.
- Plan Regional Forums and collaborative opportunities for local coalitions and stakeholders.
- Participate in organizational events as a presenter (e.g., Summit, regional meetings, coalition trainings).
- Identify and outreach to prevention coalitions for purposes of coalitions project.
- Maintain and update (including adding new coalitions) online coalition resources and tools; work with contractors and other staff as appropriate.
- Actively support TST’s organizational priorities and objectives, namely implementing evidence-based environmental strategies and prevention programs to reduce and prevent underage alcohol and other drug use.
- Work long and irregular hours as projects require.
- Travel regularly to coalitions.
- Coordinate projects in conjunction with organizational leadership.
- Actively support and provide guidance to coalitions.
- Respond to coalition member requests.
- Represent TST at external meetings and serve as TST spokesperson and/or liaison.
- Provide content for social media posts.
- Participate in Summit and Advocacy Day planning meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
OTHER PREFERRED SKILLS:
- Experience working with/serving on a coalition or collaborative group; working knowledge of coalition development
- Ability to effectively plan, implement and follow through on a wide range of projects.
- Thorough knowledge of facilitation techniques with a variety of audiences including conference calls.
- Ability to distill complicated materials into content suitable for laypersons of diverse backgrounds.
- Experience working in a small workplace environment and/or within a tight budget.
- Experience working with small and/or rural communities.
- Working knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and prevention issues.
- Ability to work independently, proactively, and anticipate next steps.
- Ability to self-start, troubleshoot and creatively problem solve.
- Strong organizational skills and task orientation.
- Ability to speak Spanish.
SALARY:$41,000 - $46,000 (commensurate with experience) salaried position, plus benefits.
HOURS: Full-time exempt position; some night and weekend meetings. Travel required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please send a cover letter and resume to TST@TexansStandingTall.org.
We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation and we actively seek out candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles in our organization.