TriTown, Prevention & Wellness Program Director




I. Primary Function:
Manage the Tri‐Town Wellness Coalition (including an active youth coalition) and implement specific projects related to mental health promotion and the prevention of adolescent substance use, suicide and cyberbullying or mean‐spirited behavior.

II. Basic functions of the Prevention and Wellness Program Director

  • With Executive Director and Wellness Coalition Members, formulate goals and objectives of the Coalition in compliance with funding sources.  Work with volunteers to research evidence‐based programs, policies, and local changes to prevent high risk behavior including suicide and substance use.
  • Partner with local schools (elementary, middle and high school) to provide age‐appropriate prevention education and promote mental health and wellness. Implement 4 WELLNESS sixth grade education program, facilitate high school Peer Advocate Training Program and support youth coalition activities.   
  • Represent the Wellness Coalition in the community; provide clear voice for mental health promotion and prevention in Chester, Deep River and Essex. Host presentations on adolescent brain development, substance use and mental health planning.
  • Use SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to plan, implement and evaluate coalition activities. a. Coordinate Coalition efforts for assessing and analyzing root causes of high‐risk adolescent behavior; develop comprehensive strategies, and implement identified solutions, as needed. b. Conduct program evaluation; maintain and develop strategic planning documents; collect, input and analyze data; generate reports for stakeholders as well as the broader community.
  • Work with Development Director to create a comprehensive 12‐month Marketing Strategy to include: monthly behavioral health themes, key facts and information and large‐scale/community‐wide multi‐media campaigns.  

III. Responsibilities of the Prevention and Wellness Program Director

  • Maintain accountability to Executive Director, Wellness Coalition and funding organizations.  
  • Assist with reporting to federal, state and local grant programs.
  • Work with Executive Director to execute series of Wellness Coalition meetings and educational events for community. Facilitate student‐led youth coalition meetings and schoolwide events.
  • Attend meetings of CT Association of Prevention Professionals, CT Suicide Advisory Board and Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization. Build regional partnerships.
  • Establish and maintain public relations and working relationships with appropriate individuals and organizations of various sectors throughout the community through trainings, presentations, public speaking, and other forums.

IV. Minimum Requirements

  • Masters’ Degree in public health, administration, community development, social work or related field OR Bachelor's degree and minimum of three years of work related to mental health promotion and/or youth substance abuse prevention.   
  • Certified Prevention Specialist or evidence of recent and ongoing professional development related to health promotion and prevention.  
  • Capabilities in project management, including establishing goals, timelines, monitoring progress and deliverables, and reporting out.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power‐Point, etc.)
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, presentation and facilitation skills.
  • CT Driver’s License, Automobile Insurance Coverage

V. Terms and Benefits

  • Full time, 35 hours per week. Participation in some evening and weekend events required.  
  • Paid vacation and holidays.
  • Supervision will be provided by Executive Director.
  • Mileage will be reimbursed for travel related to prevention work.

VI. How to Apply

  • Submit Cover Letter and Resume to for consideration

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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