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Prevention Specialist
Title:Prevention Specialist
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah

Prevention Specialist

Schedule: Full time; Schedule is determined by the needs of community partners and is variable throughout the year. Work hours typically occur Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. At least one evening per week is required.
Pay: $45,000 / yr

Benefits - Approximate full-time benefits package value = $20,000+:

  • Low-cost medical, dental, and vision coverage. Health savings account. 403b retirement plan with employer match (50% match up to 3%).
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • 33 paid days off: 11 observed paid holidays, 12 sick days, and 10 vacation days to start. Vacation increases to 12 days after 1 year, 15 days after 2 years, and more at 5 and 9 years of service.
    • Sick and vacation time accrue hourly per pay period.
  • $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance; additional coverage available.
  • $1,200 annual employer contribution to your Health Savings Account (paid quarterly).
  • Employee Referral Program including cash bonuses and paid time off.
  • Employment that allows you to be creative and build a diverse skillset.

We are in search of a knowledgeable and professional Prevention Specialist to join our team!

Volunteers of America, Utah provides community-supported paths for those who are vulnerable to improve their lives and increase their self-reliance. In alignment with our mission, VOA Utah encourages individuals with lived experience to apply. We recognize that a person’s life experiences can provide firsthand knowledge relevant to being successful in the work that we do.

Prevention Services provides evidence-based prevention programs to youth and families in Salt Lake County. These social-emotional learning programs give youth the skills and supports they need as they face the changes and challenges of adolescence. Our programs are implemented in partnership with local schools, after school programs, and other youth-serving community organizations.

What You’ll Do:
  • Facilitate discussion and skill-based groups and classes with youth and families, in-person and virtually
  • Develop engaging activities using evidence-based curriculums
  • Create and maintain community partnerships that support program delivery
  • Improve program services through self-directed projects
  • Create connections for youth and families to community resources

Essential Duties

  • Facilitates small, process-oriented skills groups with targeted high-risk youth and their families, conducts skills-based classroom curriculums for students and teachers, and parenting classes with selected families.
  • Develops and maintains professional and community relationships and coordinates with community partners to organize and implement prevention programs to fidelity.
  • Schedules assigned billable hours in a timely manner and adheres to weekly, monthly, and annual direct service goals.
  • Prepares program lessons, packs and transports materials for groups, classes, meetings, and other informational/educational presentations.
  • Distributes, administers, and collects program forms and evaluation instruments.
  • Completes and submits all appropriate program and agency forms and documentation in a timely manner.
  • Assists with ordering, organizing, and maintaining program supplies.
  • Attend work as scheduled and arrive at the designated time.
    • Work must be performed on-site due to the need to provide direct client care. Office duties may be performed at home with the approval of a supervisor.


Secondary Duties

  • Participates in regularly scheduled team meetings, supervision meetings, in-service trainings, and continuing education workshops to maintain and enhance professional skills and professional licensing requirements.
  • Assists with the development program materials, activities, manuals, and curriculums.
  • Assists in training new prevention team members.
  • Collaborates with agencies and other organizations who provide related services.
  • Performs community outreach at forums, health fairs, back-to-school nights, and other community events as needed.
  • Maintains current knowledge of effective prevention strategies and guidelines for best practice.
  • Performs other functions as necessary or assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A bachelor's degree is preferred with an emphasis in social work, psychology, education, educational psychology, health education or a related field and two or more years of experience working with at-risk youth; or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:


  • Successful completion of SAPST Prevention Specialist certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Understanding of risk and protective factors and knowledge of current prevention theories and best practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience teaching classes and facilitating small groups.
  • Willingness to accept supervision and direction.
  • Experience working with multi-cultural groups and ethnic minorities; Ability to work effectively with individuals of various economic, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to uphold professional boundaries, confidentiality regulations, agency policies and procedures, and interact in a professional manner with a diverse workforce, clients, and the public.
  • Organized self-starter with a team mentality and the ability to manage time effectively, meet deadlines, adapt effectively to change, handle stressful situations, and respond appropriately to crisis.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and ability to operate audio-visual equipment.
  • Work hours are determined by the needs of the program. Tuesday evenings are required for 3 months of the year.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, possess a current driver’s license, have a good driving record, and be insurable on the agency liability policy.
  • Must be able to pass Utah-DHS – Office of Licensing background screening and pre-employment drug screen.


Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office and off-site; Requires a lot of traveling, the ability to load and unload 35 pounds, walk up and down stairs, stand and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Work is sometimes performed in an office environment. May entail using a computer for extended periods of time.

Complete the application on the career page of our website:

Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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