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State of Vermont Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant in Montpelier, Vermont

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The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is hiring a Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (PC) for the Middlebury District Office in Addison County. The PC is a critical component of Vermont's state-wide system to prevent substance misuse and substance use disorders.

In collaboration with Middlebury District Office, the PC supports and fosters collaboration among community partners, facilitates strategic planning, and provides education, technical assistance, monitoring and guidance to the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs.

The PC applies the Strategic Prevention Framework to help communities in program planning and implementation, as well as administering community grants and providing referrals. They collaborate with community coalitions, schools, faith-based organizations, local law enforcement and other community groups. The work requires a high level of autonomy and independence, while maintaining a high level of accountability. Strong verbal and written communication skills are critical. The position also requires strong analytical skills and people skills.

The PC works as part of a local team that promotes policy, community, and organizational-level strategies to improve health outcomes. They collaborate with 11 other PCs across the state, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program staff, VDH staff based in the district offices, and staff across the health department.

Individuals with backgrounds in substance use prevention, strategic planning and/or community organizing encouraged to apply

Class Definition

Needs assessment, capacity development, program development, strategic planning, consultation, education, training, organization, and evaluation at a professional level involving high level and complex interactions with numerous traditional and non-traditional public and private sector entities within an assigned region. Duties involve operationalizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) in communities and supporting communities, agencies, and other organizations with regard to substance abuse prevention and early intervention. Work is performed within the goals outlined in the Vermont Department of Health's Healthy Vermonters document and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Strategic Plan. Work is performed under the direction of a Vermont Department of Health District Director and Substance Abuse Program Manager. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation. The field of substance abuse prevention has progressed from an education only focused discipline to one that is based in scientific research that has produced evidence-based strategies and the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This shift in focus and complexity over the last 7-10 years requires a higher level of knowledge, skills and ability to successfully mobilize communities utilizing the SPF which includes needs assessment, capacity and readiness development, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based strategy including a focus on sustainability and cultural competency of efforts. In addition, the constant and intense amount, and severity of new (e.g. opiates) and established (e.g. marijuana) substances that consume communities required the ability to learn and synthesize a vast amount of scientific information and research, and the ability to consult, train and provide technical assistance, in this fast paced environment, in simple digestible messages to communities. All of these job duties require constant training and learning by the PC's to develop and maintain these high level skills, knowledge and abilities.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed throughout a defined regional area, focusing on a variety of settings, including schools, families, peers, individuals, and community organizations. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel. Attendance at a variety of opinion gathering and project planning meetings is required, involving a variety of interest, advocacy, and service groups, and may involve evening or weekend duties.