Prevention Program Field Representative

Recruitment #210326-UNCX-144



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Prevention Program Field Representative

This position is located in Oklahoma City, OK

Company Overview:
The role of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) Prevention Division is to create healthy communities, in which people have a high quality of life, including: healthy environments at work and in school; supportive communities, and neighborhood connections with families and friends; and communities free of substance abuse and mental health problems. ODMHSAS uses the Strategic Prevention Framework to plan and implement effective prevention services. The framework is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention - to reduce risk and increase protection.  Prevention programs include, but are not limited to, Mental Health First Aid; the Oklahoma Partnership  Initiative;   the Oklahoma  Prevention Needs Assessment; PACT 360;  Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); underage drinking prevention initiatives; and youth suicide prevention and early intervention initiatives.

Job Type/Salary: Full-time, M-F; $49,750 + annually

Prevention Program Field Representatives work under general supervision, in the area of primary prevention with a focus on population-based change utilizing public health principles. Prevention Program Field Representatives are able to apply change theory principles to strategic planning processes aimed at achieving local and statewide outcomes. Prevention Program Field Representatives must possess critical thinking skills and promote innovative solutions to solve complex problems.

Prevention Programs Field Representatives are required to travel to grantee’s geographical areas and provide programmatic and subject matter expertise, grant specific consultation, technical assistance, and prevention program monitoring. These services can be delivered through a variety of different approaches utilizing video conferencing, conference calls, and traditional email correspondence. Regular and frequent correspondence and ongoing review/monitoring with grantees is required at least monthly to ensure good communication and rapport is established and maintained with prevention grantees throughout the grant cycle. 

Prevention Programs Field Representative will stay current on all substances and provide training and research opportunities/materials to ensure evidence-based prevention science is implemented effectively among prevention grantees and the general public. Prevention Program Field Representatives will be required to assist with all Prevention Academy’s and Prevention Program Provider Trainings conducted for grantees. This individual may also coordinate opportunities/ forums for grantees to peer share and discuss grant strengths and challenges. Prevention Programs Field Representatives may be required to develop and provide public presentations on relevant subject matter and assist with producing media outputs/ materials to the general public when needed. 

Prevention Program Field Representatives will coordinate and maintain partnerships with relevant programs and other coalitions statewide and in the assigned communities. This individual is engaged within the community and is understood as an active member/prevention expert engaging in their assigned areas for prevention efforts. Prevention Program Field Representatives will attend and help provide guidance at local coalition meetings, help with coalition special events (i.e. Take Back Events, Health Summits) and help with fielding prevention requests and referrals. This individual provides ODMHSAS guidance and prevention direction ensuring the coalition is on pace and obtaining the approved workplan objectives in a timely manner. The Prevention Program Field Representative will assist and help with collaboration among key stakeholders and grantees to develop and implement: a data collection process, resource tools and assessments, work plans, policies/protocols, enforcement efforts, advocacy efforts, budgets, and the reporting of program evaluation measures (i.e. monthly submission of evaluation plans, and quarterly reports) at the local level to ensure Oklahoma is achieving prevention program outcomes.
Prevention Program Field Representatives are responsible for operating and managing the prevention programs under the terms of the specific grant contract. Ensuring contracts are implemented by grantees effectively by reviewing grantee requests in a timely manner, providing invoice reviews to ensure payments are processed, disseminating prevention resources and materials, while conducting risk assessments, site visits, and evaluation reviews when needed.  Prevention Program Field Representatives will be assigned other statewide prevention projects to oversee and coordinate. 
Prevention Program Field Representative are responsible for all other duties assigned by ODMHSAS. Job duties may be subject to change at any time with or without notice.

Master’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, Human Relations, Psychology, Public Health, Public Administration, Education or related degree and four years professional experience in behavioral health field, of which two years must be in substance abuse prevention or other related prevention or public health experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience. NOTE: No substitution for bachelor’s degree.

Preference may be given to applicants who are Certified Prevention Specialists.

As an employer of the State of Oklahoma, ODMHSAS is able to offer:
Generous benefits allowance to off-set insurance costs
Flexible spending
11 paid holidays
15 days paid vacation
15 days paid sick leave
Retirement savings plan with generous company match
Longevity bonus for years of service

Reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities may be provided upon request. EOE


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