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Job Title: Prevention and Policy Coordinator

Reports to: Vibrant Future Coalition Director

Classification: Exempt

Position Time: 1.0 FTE; some evening and weekend

Job Summary: The Prevention and Policy Coordinator supports Vibrant Future Drug Free Communities Coalition (VFC) and the Northwest Family Services (NWFS) staff to meet the grant goals and objectives.  The Coordinator will report to the VFC Director. The coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day administration and project coordination of some of our Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Grants. The Prevention & Policy Coordinator will provide support for the VF Director and the coalition. They will work collaboratively with prevention and public health partners to identify and coordinate prevention, advocacy and policy strategies and tactics in local jurisdictions.  The coordinator will provide leadership and build community capacity to engage in change at the local level.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the VF director
  • Works as a team member with the coalition and legal applicant staff to meet the grant goals and objectives
  • Continually broadens expertise in the area of prevention and public health policy
  • Implement the grant program plan consisting of various strategies for alcohol, opioid, & marijuana prevention policy, systems, and environmental change.
  • Work with local jurisdictions to promote adoption and implementation of strategies selected in the project action plan
  • Present suggested strategies and model policies with reasons for their adoption and enforcement and publication suggestions to staff, external committees, and local city and county government officials.
  • Regular oral and written communication about prevention goals, facts, policy advocacy and coalition activities.
  • Build, support and sustain community volunteers and leaders for local alcohol, opioid, & marijuana prevention policy initiatives, leadership, and messaging for expanded outreach capacity.
  • Advocate for alcohol, opioid, & marijuana prevention policy and programs by conducting public education presentations to a variety of groups and organizations, including youth classroom presentations.
  • Develops and maintains strong collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders (local, county-wide, and state-wide) and community partners for involvement in prevention initiatives
  • Promote public awareness and education of alcohol, opioid, & marijuana prevention through mainstream communication outlets. Develops media messages (press kits, fact sheets, public service announcements and other materials tailored to local needs) for professional and lay audiences based cultural, social and behavioral factors in the delivery of opioid and marijuana prevention information and cultivates media relationships;
  • Use existing community assessments (and conduct additional assessment activities as needed) to determine and advance the selected strategies that reduce opioid and marijuana related disparities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of prevention policies, health promotion campaign strategies and education programs; assist in developing and administering evaluation tools.
  • Participates in all grant-related evaluation activities
  • Maintain program statistics and prepare reports in accordance with grant and/or program reporting requirements.
  • Complies with all program, financial and evaluation guidelines and requirements of the grant;
  • Attends all conferences, trainings and other meetings required by the grant;


  • Self-starter with strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proven ability to work in a group to achieve a common goal
  • Passion for public health and substance abuse prevention
  • Understand the importance public policy plays in public health
  • Ability to relate to and motivate diverse members of the community
  • Must have basic understanding of community health prevention theory and practice.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with youth, seniors, co-workers, board members, supervisors, granting agencies, civic leaders, and the general public.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and analyze data.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and effectively manage time.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of complex rules, regulations, and other materials.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
  • High level of interest to enhance the health and lives of the Clackamas County community
  • Ability to remain versatile and flexible while simultaneously managing multiple tasks
  • Accept the guidance and supervision of the VFC director in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.
  • Provide timely reports as required by the VFC director
  • Attend all staff meetings and development as required.
  • Effectively communicates about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants. Utilize NWFS communication plan. Document programs and activities for representation on behalf of Northwest Family Services to the broader community, including, but not limited, to the news media and social media.
  • Must be committed to organizational mission and fiscal responsibility.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Qualified applicants must be willing to work some evenings and/or weekends as needed and travel to trainings and conferences as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • MA/MS degree in Public Health, Health Education, Health Policy or related field, or,
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Education, Health Policy AND 2 or more years of work experience in a public health, drug free coalition, community health, health care, or relevant system working on tobacco prevention policy and/or programming. 


  • Experience with policy
  • Bilingual English and Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge of the local jurisdictions preferred
  • Ability to multi-task, accountable, outgoing, self-directed, organized, able to work independently and take direction
  • Proficient in social media
  • High energy, outgoing, comfortable speaking in groups, works well with others, can work as part of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with MS Office and social networking
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance. Available for some traveling.

Working Conditions

This position requires frequent and lengthy standing, speaking in a loud voice and ability to lift at least 30 pounds.  Also, work is often performed in an office environment and involves frequent use of a computer. Frequent use of phones to communicate with current and potential partners and volunteers.  Will drive to perform work with the community. Expected to work some evenings and weekends. May require occasional travel out-of-town.

Salary range: $39,000-$41,000

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Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd

Portland, OR 97222