Program Associate, Substance Use Prevention
Do you have a passion for healthy living and youth development? Do you enjoy learning more about your community and finding ways to give back? Healthy Lincoln County (HLC) is growing and seeking a Program Associate to join our team! The role is a 40-hour position, based in Damariscotta, with flexibility for working remotely. This position is focused on building community support for youth substance use prevention and recovery in Lincoln County. This position will convene and collaborate with the partners and systems where youth and young adults live, learn, work, and play. Using assessment, outreach and education, the Associate will engage entities from across Lincoln County to implement evidence-based programs, addressing the root causes of substance use and finding ways to support our community’s youth with prevention and recovery resources. This mission-driven work is meaningful and fast-paced. Experience in community health or substance use prevention, and familiarity with Lincoln County and/or the LGBTQ+ and commercial fishing industry is a plus. Supportive work environment and competitive benefits.
Our Vision & Mission
We envision a world in which all people have access to high quality and enduring solutions to improve and maintain their health and well-being. Healthy Lincoln County (HLC) supports thriving, healthy communities in Lincoln County by working with our partners to improve the health and well-being of our residents- from the youngest members of our communities to our seniors. HLC is a local community health non-profit agency serving all of Lincoln County, Maine.
Healthy Lincoln County is a proud community program of MCD. MCD aspires to be a premier partner of choice and an internationally recognized leader, innovator, and trusted partner in applied, cross-national public health solutions. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide through enduring, high quality, cost-effective and universally accessible public health solutions.
SUMMARY: The person in this position is responsible for implementing portions of the Substance Use Prevention work plans. In collaboration with other staff and the assigned Team Leader, this individual participates in overall HLC project coordination and reporting.
STRONG CANDIDATES WILL HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, FORMAL TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE WITH SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION EFFORTS; HAVE FAMILIARITY WITH COMMUNITIES IN LINCOLN COUNTY; AND EXPERIENCE ENGAGING COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN RELATED INITIATIVES. THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO KEEP DETAILED RECORDS FOR REPORTING AND EVALUATION. THE CANDIDATE WILL WORK INDEPENDENTLY AND WITH OTHER TEAM MEMBERS, BE WELL-ORGANIZED, AND POSSESS A STRONG ATTENTION TO DETAIL. TRAVEL IS REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE LINCOLN COUNTY SERVICE AREA, AND OCCASIONALLY TO STATEWIDE TRAININGS IN MAINE (1-2 PER YEAR).
Supervisor/Accountability: Reports to the assigned MCD Public Health Project Manager – HLC Team Leader.
• Coordinate work plan activities for assigned grants and contracts. This includes:
o Development and maintenance of detailed work plans for meeting identified project goals and objectives for substance use prevention programs, including but not limited to SUPS, Drug Free Communities, and CARA.
o Assuring completion of activities and deliverables as outlined in grants/contracts including, but not limited to speaking engagements, community education, facilitating training programs, and outreach to target populations.
o Using process and outcome evaluation tools to document and measure success of project activities.
o Completing and submitting grant reports as required.
o Tracking day-to-day expenses, and working with the Team Leader to assure project expenses are allocated correctly.
• Assist in developing new and continuation grant and contract requests to secure financial support for projects.
• Work with team of staff to ensure that project activities are implemented according to the latest available research and best practices, and are aligned with the project’s identified strategic priorities.
• Develop and implement communications and marketing materials; ensuring strategic and coordinated use of media, as well as use of culturally competent and evidence-based practices.
• Assist in development of abstracts, posters, articles, and reports for publication/ presentation as needed.
• Develop plans to implement programs
• Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders (in catchment, regionally, and state-wide), in particular, the Substance Use Prevention Partnership Coalition.
• Negotiate for the use of community assets and resources through MOUs and other formal and informal agreements
• Apply basic human relations skills to internal collaborations, motivation of colleagues, and resolution conflicts
• Maintains partnerships with key stakeholders.
• Coordinates and facilitates monthly Substance Use Prevention Partnership Coalition meetings.
• Integrate the findings from quantitative and qualitative data into organizational operations
• Implement organizational and system-wide strategies for continuous quality improvement
• Interpret demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for use by professional and lay audiences.
Tier 1 – Entry Level: Tier 1 competencies apply to public health professionals who carry out the day-to-day tasks of public health organizations and are not in management positions. Responsibilities of these professionals may include basic data collection and analysis, fieldwork, program planning, outreach activities, programmatic support, and other organizational tasks.
Tier 2 - Program Management/Supervisory Level: Tier 2 competencies apply to public health professionals with program management or supervisory responsibilities. Specific responsibilities of these professionals may include program development, implementation, and evaluation; establishing and maintaining community relations; managing timelines and work plans; and presenting arguments and recommendations on policy issues.
*Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals: Complete list of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Revised and Adopted by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice: October 21, 2021. Available: https://www.phf.org/resourcestools/Pages/Core_Public_Health_Competencies.aspx
• Bachelor’s degree in public health, community health, health education or behavioral sciences preferred. Comparable experience may be substituted. Preference given to those with experience working with youth and/or the LGBTQ+ and/or fishing communities.
• Experience using Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills and cultural competence are essential.
• Valid Maine driver's license and reliable transportation.
Abilities: To perform this job successfully the employee in this position must be able to demonstrate at least functional proficiency in most core competencies. Must be an energetic self-starter who is able to function comfortably in a team environment or independently and relates well to co-workers and the public. This position requires flexibility and the ability to manage time and multiple tasks with little supervision.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position it is regularly required to sit and write, to operate a computer and printer, fax machine, photocopier, calculator and use telephone communication devices. The employee must be able to sit and drive a car to transport him/herself to schools, meetings or other MCD offices. Must be able to walk around the office, up and down stairs, and be able to do light to medium lifting. Must be able to stand for periods of time while providing nutrition education classes.
Confidentiality: MCD employees may have access to or be required, as part of the duties of this job, to view, use, and/or be aware of certain protected health information or other facts about individuals that are of a highly personal and confidential nature. Employees must follow and adhere to all HIPAA and MCD corporate confidentiality and privacy policies and practices. Employees may also be required to follow additional confidentially policies or practices required by certain programs or business units.
Safety: MCD promotes a safe work environment. Employees must follow all safety policies and procedures to ensure an accident-free workplace.
Mental Demands: Must be able to assume a wide range of responsibilities, to work with staff that varies in their work styles, and to work under pressure. Willingness to work irregular/extra hours, evenings, weekends, and travel in or out of state as necessary. Provide timely response to requests and deadlines. Receive, process, and provide visual, verbal, and written information.
Work Environment: The primary location of this position is a typical office environment. However, the responsibilities may require meetings, conferences, trainings, etc., that necessitate an individual to be in various public places.
Job Performance Evaluation: The employee will be evaluated at least annually, but more often if performance warrants it.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel assigned to this position.
NOTE: All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
MCD requires all employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless entitled to a medical or religious exemption. All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfaction of this requirement, and you will be required to show proof that you are fully vaccinated or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. Please do not provide information about whether you are seeking an exemption from the vaccination requirement unless and until you receive a conditional offer of employment from MCD.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com, please include in the subject REF# MCDPH-319 Position is open until filled. Please ensure to send all of the requested information to be considered. No phone calls please.
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Please reference position MCDPH-319 when submitting your application.