Addictions Prevention Program Specialist Senior

  • Full-Time
  • Portland, OR
  • Applications have closed

Website Multnomah County

Pay Range:

$41.35 – $50.90 Hourly


**This recruitment is designated as a routine telework role. Currently, all employees must reside in Oregon or Washington; the county cannot support ongoing telework from other states. **

We seek leaders, achievers and doers who bring skill and passion to a challenging and evolving environment.  At the Multnomah County Health Department we are all inspired by the mission: We work with communities to advance health equity, protect the most vulnerable, and prompt health and wellness for everyone and we uphold the values: Compassion and Care, Empowerment, Racial Equity, Creativity and Integrity. We create a culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse population we serve in our communities.

We’re seeking a visionary and dynamic leader who is creative in problem solving and contributes new ideas and solutions to the organization to join our team as the Addictions Prevention Program Specialist Senior. In this position, you will develop, oversee and monitor multiple strategic priorities of the County’s problem gambling and substance use prevention programming. Using an equity lens, this position is responsible for complex program and policy development and operations for an ever- evolving behavioral health education and addictions prevention program.

The Addictions Prevention Program Specialist Senior leads and supports addictions prevention efforts within the organization, across divisions, and to the public. The duties of this position range from macro level collaboration with numerous city, county, regional, state and community partners including Oregon Health Authority (OHA), other county governments, divisions and departments within Multnomah County, various elected offices and staff, agency social service providers, the business community, faith communities, various media outlets, etc. to micro level work such as rapport and relationship building with individuals and communities that are served (including communities historically under-served) by addictions prevention programming. Projects and activities are self-initiated and self-directed. A high level of expertise and excellent judgment is required at all times.

As the Addictions Prevention Program Specialist Senior, other duties include:

Program Development & Project Management – Alcohol and Drug Prevention

  • Develops, monitors and oversees the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education Plan (ADPEP).
  • Works in close cooperation with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs to develop and write the State-required ADPEP Biennial Implementation Plan.
  • Identifies community needs and gaps in services for alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention through: data analysis including but not limited local, state and nationwide data trends on use and attitudes/behaviors surrounding substance use, assessment development and implementation, and quantitative and qualitative program review.
  • Works in close proximity with Multnomah County Tobacco Prevention Education Program (TPEP) to develop and implement strategies that will positively impact both program areas.
  • Provides technical assistance to prevention providers and Community Coalitions on program planning, program development (including grant applications), and implementation of evidence-based practices and strategies.
  • Facilitates Coalition monthly and quarterly meetings, ensuring outreach and engagement efforts (for both youth and adult coalitions), if performed by supporting staff, meet grant objectives and overall strategic planning goals.
  • Acts as a leader and subject matter expert to create, manage and conduct outreach, public education and community engagement activities to further enhance the community’s understanding of addiction prevention issues, intervention strategies and available resources. Examples include, but are not limited to; facilitating community education or participating in panel discussions, providing technical assistance for external organizations (sitting on prevention committees or local coalitions).

Program Development & Project Management – Big Village Coalition

  • Oversees management and implementation of Big Village Coalition grant funding.
  • Develops, monitors and oversees the Multnomah County Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment programs.
  • Works in close cooperation with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs to develop and write the State-required Problem Gambling Prevention Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP).
  • Identifies community needs and gaps in services for problem gambling prevention and treatment through: data analysis including but not limited local, state and nationwide data trends on use and attitudes/behaviors surrounding substance use, assessment development and implementation, and quantitative and qualitative program review.
  • Maintains regular communication with providers regarding program progress, providing technical assistance to providers on program planning, program development (including grant applications), and implementation of evidence-based practices and strategies.
  • Oversees, implements and reports on problem gambling prevention strategies included in the BIP that are specific to internal County programs (this includes but is not limited to; workplace policy development, media campaign development, etc.).
  • Provide information and referral services to individuals, coalitions, and other community based programs (both internal and external to the County).

Procurements and Contract Compliance

  • In collaboration with the Addictions Program Manager, plan and develop procurements to purchase services from external addiction prevention provider networks (including services needed by the Big Village Coalition).
  • In conjunction with the Behavioral Health Compliance team to conduct on-site reviews of addiction prevention providers in Multnomah County to determine compliance with Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon Revised Statutes, Federal Regulations and County contract conditions.
  • Initiate community meetings for providers, stakeholders, consumers, and County residents and analyze their observations about the current addictions prevention system.
  • Coordinate with funding sources regarding funding requirements and regulatory changes to State of Oregon Administrative Rules and Oregon Revised Statutes that may have an impact on contract compliance.
  • Make recommendations during the funding allocation process, and during the negotiation of subcontracts.
  • Procure services that are aligned with community needs, and demonstrate good stewardship of public funds.
  • Monitors subcontracts with providers to ensure all programmatic and budget activities are timely, accurate and reporting requirements are met.

Note: The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill regular, full or part time, temporary, and limited duration assignments.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*:
Education/Training: Equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social science, social work, sociology, behavioral science, public health, community health, or related field; four years of gambling treatment or prevention experience, AND,

Certification: Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) Certification with the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) – more information can be found at MHACBO website. Current CPS (Preferred) 


  • This position requires a background investigation, which may include being fingerprinted.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experiences that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.
Preferred Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/ transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Demonstrate experience leading a multicultural and diverse workforce.
  • Apply an equity, intersectional and anti-racist lens.
  • Negotiate and facilitate through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions and misunderstandings.
  • Regularly evaluate staff performance and maintain a culture of accountability.
  • Respect and have appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of cultures, customs and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to services and opportunities.
  • Have a high degree of resilience and can thrive in an environment of rapid change while effectively managing pressure in an effective and professional manner.
  • Identify and deconstruct unnecessary administrative and clinical barriers that impact communities of color and marginalized groups.
  • Promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values.
  • Maintain a safe and healthful workplace.


The Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.

1. Submit an Online Application and attach a Resume demonstrating you meeting minimum qualifications; AND

2. Attach a Cover Letter addressing the following:

  • Demonstrate your experience working with multicultural and diverse teams; and
  • How you meet the qualifications for this position; and
  • Why you are interested in the position; AND

3. Attach a copy of your Certified Prevention Specialist certification (if applicable)

Note: Please be mindful of checking your email inbox for messages upon submitting your application. You may be emailed requesting for additional items from the Recruiter or hiring manager. If a response is not received in a timely manner your application may not be considered. 

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