Program Specialist

Posted Date: 10/30/17

Close Date: 11/12/17

The Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI) is seeking an Program Specialist to lead the planning and implementation of youth substance use prevention in Grant County.  The Program Specialist works with a multi-sector community coalition and is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate strategies, community engagement, meeting coordination, data collection, and detailed activity reporting.  This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree (relevant experience may substitute for education) and two years of relevant experience in prevention or human services related field. Required skills include: facilitation, project management, reporting, detail oriented, organized, team player, and the ability to coordinate multiple project activities and players. (See full job description below.)

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Southwest Center for Health Innovation


Position: Program Specialist I –Grant County Prevention

Department: Community and Program Development

Reports to: Associate Director

Date Issued: 12/30/2016

Date Reviewed/Revised: 10/27/2017

Job Classification: Full-time, Exempt

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

  1. Position Function Summary 

Under the direction of the Associate Director, the Program Specialist I will assist in the implementation of prevention programing and/or harm reduction in Grant County.  The Program Specialist I works independently and collaboratively to develop and implement prevention activities and coalition capacity. Prevention activities may include the following areas: youth and adult training, strategic communications, monitoring enforcement, and policy analysis and implementation. Coalition capacity building includes, community engagement, meeting coordination, developing Coalition governance and structure, assessment, planning and implementation. The position also requires data collection, analysis and reporting. The Program Specialist I requires excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, facilitation and program management skills as well as professional discretion, independent judgement, and diplomacy.

The delivery of quality service and positive interaction with our customers is critical to the completion of all tasks within this job description, thus the employee is responsible for establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with visitors, partners, Coalition members and partners, and CHI employees in a courteous, respectful, and professional manner.  Guidelines include all CHI policies and procedures.

  1. Position Accountabilities

Program Specialist I duties:

  • Under the direction of the Associate Director, the Program Specialist I provides comprehensive support to the implementation of CHI programs, goals, objectives, and service contracts, specifically related to Grant County youth substance use prevention efforts.
  • Ability to develop relationships to ensure successful implementation of prevention/harm reduction strategies and activities for targeted audiences.
  • Understands and basic principles of prevention assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, evaluation, sustainability and cultural competence.
  • Coordinates, schedules and performs daily operations of the program(s).
  • Coordinates and delivers trainings and/or other prevention strategies with law enforcement, businesses, school personnel, youth, and community residents in an organized and appropriate manner.
  • Composes, files, updates and distributes appropriate reports, minutes of meetings, general correspondence, evaluations, newsletters, information, and social media.
  • Assists with or conducts program-related evaluation, prepares reports and participates in formal quality improvement projects as required.
  • Facilitate, attend, and coordinate Coalition meetings and other program-related community events and meetings.
  • Represents CHI and Grant County Coalition programs at public forums and community meetings and collaborates with others to ensure program success.
  • Obtains supporting documents or information for funding proposals and reporting requirements. Submits monthly invoicing on time and accurately with all back-up documentation.
  • Researches and obtains supporting documents and data for articles, publications and/or reports.
  • Secures, manages, and coordinates outreach opportunities and community events including but not limited to securing venues, equipment, and materials and promotion of the event.
  • Plans, implements and evaluates program progress within a team environment. Provides constructive feedback to Coalition and community teams.
  • Attends monthly CHI staff meetings, Coalition meetings, other meetings as essential to program.
  • Will adhere to CHI policies and procedures and established safety practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  1. Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Experience may substitute for education).
  • Two years of experience in health and human services, prevention, harm-reduction and/or community development.
  • Works well in a directed/supervised environment, self-motivated, and punctual.
  • Skills: facilitation, project planning and implementation, project assessment and reporting, detail oriented, organized, team player, and the ability to coordinate multiple project activities and players.
  • Ability to use internet for research, competent in social media applications, Microsoft Suite software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Current driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  1. Desirable Qualities
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Grant County communities, culture, and geography.
  • Analytical and the social ability to connect with individuals and groups.
  • Able/willing to accept constructive feedback.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  1. Physical Demands
  • Occasional prolonged standing/walking.
  • Occasional lifting of supplies and/or equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional driving short and /or long distances.
  • Frequent use of computers and keyboard.
  • Frequent moving of materials between program locations.
  1. Working Conditions
  • Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching.
  • Intermittent pressure due to deadlines and working with the public.
  • Must be able to travel locally, within New Mexico
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule: attending and facilitating some evening and/or weekend meetings and activities.
  1. Special Requirements
  • Must be willing to use personal vehicle during employment.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to pass a thorough background check

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and should not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.