Prevention Specialist

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Ames, IA

The Prevention Specialist will promote, implement, and maintain evidence-based prevention programming for youth and/or adults in Story County. Evaluation tools will be used to reveal the effectiveness of these specified programs and the Specialist will be responsible for record keeping and report writing as per the requirements of the various grants. The Specialist will serve as a role model, work to establish youth led initiatives, and assist established youth development groups in the service area. The Specialist will work on environmental strategies within the service area as related to the goals of their position.


Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, family environment, sociology or social work is required along with one year of experience. This may be adjusted to an Associate’s degree with four years of experience. Experience should include public speaking and working with youth in a group setting.
  • Completion of the Prevention Specialist certification is required within 24 months of employment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A teaching certificate is preferred.
  • Experience with public speaking and chemical dependency is preferred.


  • Assists with implementation of all aspects of the program and funding source; that funding source may be local (city and/or state entities), state (Iowa Department of Public Health or Prevent Child Abuse Iowa), or federal (Drug Free Communities Grant).
  • Completes all units of service, statistics, and compiles records as requested by supervisor.
  • Assists in all funding progress reports.
  • Utilizes pre and post surveys as necessary outcome measurement.


  • Provides evidence-based prevention programs and education to community members in a number of various areas pending school and community needs. These areas are Tobacco Awareness, Substance Abuse Awareness, Human Trafficking Awareness, Healthy Relationships and Life Styles, Suicide Prevention and others as trained.
  • Assists with prevention retreats.
  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills and influence peer decision making.
  • Looks to youth as resources.
  • Assists with activities and recruitment of members of Youth Development groups.
  • Assists with Risky Business Conference.
  • Assists with Teen Maze event.
  • Assists with other prevention activities or events as assigned.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a consultant and resource person for school staff and the student body within the school setting.
  • Establishes and maintains a good working relationship with the community.
  • Coordinates with all branches of YSS.
  • Acts as a consultant to the school administration regarding the establishment and/or revision of policies pertaining to substance use/abuse.
  • Attends quarterly YSS trainings.
  • Acts as consultant resource person to youth groups and home schooling personnel.
  • Attends staff meetings and required grant meetings.
  • Participate in community coalitions as assigned.
  • Provides regular updates to Board of Health, Board of Supervisors and other entities as assigned.
  • Promotes prevention and control programs through public speaking engagements, the print media, television, and radio appearance.
  • A minimum of 75% of time will be in direct service and reflected in statistical reports.


For more information, please contact Ruth Buckels at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine-free staff only. EOE