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
anti-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, 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 in Virginia
Beach 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. Conduct pre- and post-surveys
for each group and collect, analyze, and maintain evaluation feedback.
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 who serve youth.
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 and its impact on youth.
6. Communicate with prevention program participants and other stakeholders to gain community
support for primary prevention programs and solicit input to improve the programs.
7. Represent the agency at various events and/or outreach activities to broaden community
awareness and support. Offer education about violence prevention, interventions, and local
resources available to assist youth survivors.
8. Maintain knowledge of current best practices for primary prevention and ensure fidelity to
evidence-informed/based programs.
9. Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which may include early
mornings, late evenings, and weekends.
10. Complete all required internal and external reporting accurately and on time.
11. Supervise interns.
12. Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of and adherence to agency mission, policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of dynamics of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Knowledge of team model of practice.
  • Knowledge of human development theory across the lifespan.
  • Knowledge and application of prevention philosophy.
  • Skills in establishing rapport with youth.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with staff, interagency professionals and community members.
  • Skills in gathering, interpreting and compiling resources in the community.
  • Skills in teaching youth and adults and supervising volunteers.
  • Ability to work effectively in crisis situations, utilizing the teamwork model of practice.
  • Ability to plan and manage own work activities and seek and use supervision effectively to increase skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to represent agency in public speaking and in community coalitions.
  • Ability to maintain and keep records current and complete statistical reports in a timely manner.

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.
Samaritan House Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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