Job Opportunity: Primary Prevention Specialist

Position Summary: The Primary Prevention Specialist is part of Samaritan House’s Outreach Education Department and focuses on collaborative efforts to deliver sexual/domestic violence and trafficking prevention strategies to the community at large. The Specialist will coordinate, facilitate, and deliver youth-specific prevention programs and services as assigned for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school-aged youth. Curricula will be evidence-informed and/or evidenced-based programs, workshops, presentations, etc. Subjects will include but not be limited to culturally competent content on teen-dating/sexual violence, sex trafficking, safe and healthy relationships, cyber-bullying/bullying, and safe technology use. 

Job Responsibilities 

  1. Work in collaboration with local preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools as well as out-of-school time providers (i.e., Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, etc.) to identify and educate youth to participate in prevention programs.  
  2. Implement and facilitate direct prevention programs for youth and maintain assessments for each group by conducting pre and post surveys.  
  3. Plan, organize and coordinate primary prevention activities and presentations including trainings, workshops, conferences, luncheons, assemblies, events, etc.  
  4. Engage and provide technical assistance and training to school personnel, parents, and community members.  
  5. Maintain relationships and collaborate with various partners including, but not limited to, schools, government agencies, and community-based organizations to address issues of violence.  
  6. Communicate with program participants and other stakeholders to gain community support for primary prevention programs and to solicit input to improve the programs. 
  7. Represent the agency to various groups to broaden community awareness and support. 
  8. Maintains knowledge of current best practices for primary prevention, including but not limited to, participation in trainings, seminars, and workshops. 
  9. Participate in various meetings, workshops, trainings, seminars, and other activities, as directed. 
  10. Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which may include early mornings, late evenings, and weekends.  
  11. Complete all required internal and external reporting accurately and on time. 
  12. Other duties as assigned. 

Required Background: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Health, Public Policy, or social service field. Master’s Degree strongly preferred. 
  • Must possess a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as a community trainer/educator through facilitating groups, delivering violence prevention programming, and performing speaking engagements.  
  • Coursework or training in prevention philosophy and lifespan developmental theory.  
  • Knowledge of resources for survivors of violence and the ability to refer appropriately. 
  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License. 

Required Skills: 

  • Excellent public speaking ability. 
  • Excellent skills in establishing rapport with youth. 
  • Strong ability to develop partnerships and implement prevention curricula/programs. 
  • Strong ability to represent agency in the community and in community coalitions.  
  • Excellent communication skills with staff, interagency professionals, and community members.  
  • Ability to be self-directed to plan, organize, and manage own work activities.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to work projects through to completion. 
  • Skills in gathering, interpreting, and compiling feedback from the community. 
  • Skills in teaching children, youth, and adults and supervising volunteers/interns. 
  • Ability to use training opportunities and supervision effectively to increase skills and knowledge. 
  • Experience in and ability to comfortably work well with people from diverse cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. 
  • Ability to maintain current records and complete data entry and reports in a timely manner. 

General Requirements: 

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to conduct and attend meetings at various locations at various days and times, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends. 
  • Ability to use a computer and telephone.  Computer competency requirements include Microsoft Office, Outlook, online researching techniques, and search engine utilization. 
  • Ability to walk, climb, and reach.  Ability to lift 25 pounds. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, particularly around community events and educational sessions.  

Salary: Based on experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position with benefits. Please submit resume, cover letter and job application to: 

Theresa Lindsey 

Director of Operations/Employee Engagement 

Samaritan House  

2620 Southern Blvd 

Virginia Beach, VA  23452 

Phone: 757 631-0710, ext. 253 

Fax: 757 631-0747 

theresal@samaritanhouseva.org 

 

Please download and complete Job Application Form at https://samaritanhouseva.org/contact-us 

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