General Statement of Duties:

To serve in a supplementary role in planning, delivery, and coordination of substance abuse prevention services and mental health promotion within the agency and community.  The work involves significant interaction with community agencies serving all populations to assure implementation of prevention efforts. This role will have specific focus on supporting local coalition development work. Specialists will participate in regional and state level behavioral health wellness efforts in opioid and stimulant prevention, general substance use prevention, mental health promotion, trauma informed care, as well as other Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services identified priority areas.   This position is supported by the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) Prevention Set Aside, CAA Supplemental award. The Specialist will participate in planning and evaluation reports as appropriate, and is supervised by the Behavioral Health Wellness Coordinator.

Continuation of this position beyond September 2025 will be contingent on available funding.

Persons in this position are classified Non-Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Major Essential Job Functions:

Supports agency behavioral health wellness efforts;

Works collaboratively with a variety of community agencies to plan and implement programs and to address community prevention needs;

Participate in community coalitions focused on substance abuse and behavioral health wellness as appropriate;

Coordinate community coalition efforts by providing administrative support and executing coalition-developed projects;

Responsible for data entry of staff time and specialist led programs on state wellness database;

Maintains budget and expense reports for funding connected to specialist led strategies;

Maintains effective relationships with co-workers and customers based on courtesy, compassion, and respect;

Monitors quantity and quality of prevention efforts;

Assures compliance with agency policy, client rights, confidentiality, licensure regulations, and Medicaid regulations as applicable;

Makes effective use of available technology, including e-mail, voice mail, and computers in order to enhance customer service;

Perform duties as assigned consistent with established operational policies and procedures;

Regular attendance is required.

 Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities;

Knowledge of strategic planning practice; sound basic knowledge of substance abuse issues; knowledge and understanding of adolescent development; skills in presentation facilitation and public speaking; ability to effectively participate in interagency coordination activities; demonstrates the ability to work effectively and cooperatively with consumers and service providers in the community; effective writing and speaking skills; demonstrates ability to structure time effectively and independently; basic computer literacy, word processing, and excel skills.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor in Human Services or a related specialty, plus 1-year experience in behavioral health and disability services, substance abuse, or prevention service delivery; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Other Information:

Equipment: Telephone, copy machine, vehicle, PC, Microsoft Office software, iPad.

Work Environment: General office environment with normal lighting levels, temperature, air quality, ventilation, and noise levels.

Work Location: 1241 Main Street, Harrisonburg; facilities, area schools, and/or community settings.

Work Hazards: Minimal hazards associated with general office environment and community-based services.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, regular office hours; some evenings and weekend hours required; additional hours as needed to perform job requirements.

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