Director of Prevention Services

Western Youth Network
Western Youth Network
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Executive Director/CEO

About the Prevention Team: Through formal partnerships, coalitions and collaborations, the WYN Prevention team aids communities in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities. WYN utilizes evidence-based approaches and data-driven strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse and therefore impact the shared community environment in which we live. 

Position Details: This position will provide direct coordination and and input  into the operations, management and implementation of the WYN Prevention Program including: responsibility for special community-based projects and ongoing tasks; short and long range planning; program evaluation and program development; performance measurement; grant writing and management; organizational analysis; and management of data collection systems. This position will also provide training and consultation for the  WYN Prevention team and the community as well as help create and implement practices and procedures. Performance of this work requires initiative, creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and the exercise of independent judgment.


Provide professional support to WYN Prevention team;
Participate in short and long-range planning related WYN Prevention needs and grant requirements;
Coordinate the development of community assessments, logic models, strategic and action plans, evaluation plans and sustainability plans;
Coordinate evaluation activities for prevention initiatives, review goals and objectives, and recommend improved efficiency and effectiveness measures;
Assist in the formulation and updating of WYN Prevention initiatives and activities, monitor policy adherence, and identify trends;
Manage WYN Prevention budget; monitor expenditures; prepare funding proposals, grant reports, memoranda, and other correspondence;
Support community partner recruitment and retention;
Prepare and present printed material, news releases, publications and other program publicity
Requirements: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public health; thorough knowledge of budget preparation/administration; good knowledge of the application of management information systems regarding organizing data for studies; good knowledge of the community and its needs in order to develop and coordinate resources and programs; ability to collect, analyze, interpret and prepare data, and the ability to utilize this data in order to evaluate programs and community needs; ability to establish short and long-range plans related to program needs and staffing requirements; ability to interpret policies and assess operations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of other agencies, co-workers, and the public; and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications: Four-Year Degree (preferably with classes in population health and program management practices or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities); Considerable experience in a position involving public health, substance use prevention and/or behavioral health; knowledge of program planning and evaluation, management of budgets and a program/department; valid driver’s license with ability to travel.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in public health (human services or other related field); experience providing support to community coalitions and/or high level and diverse work groups; training or coursework in the field of behavioral health and prevention of youth risky behaviors; experience managing federal and state grants


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How to Apply: Open until filled.

Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:

Application materials may also be mailed to:

Western Youth Network

155 WYN Way

Boone, NC 28607

Attn:  Jennifer Warren