Do you want to help improve the Public Health profile of Dubuque County?  Then, consider this opportunity with us at Helping Services.  We are seeking a person with strong community coordinating, record keeping, and creativity to nurture an established project with a goal of reducing underage drinking and heavy adult drinking in Dubuque County.  The work will be completed in partnership with an active and engaged coalition that is committed to achieving a strong public health profile for the community.

If you like working with people to achieve positive goals and enjoy a challenge, send your letter of introduction and resume to David Runyon, Executive Director of Helping Services for Northeast Iowa,  to  EOE.


Job Description: SPF-SIG Coordinator/Community Prevention Specialist

Reports to: Executive Director

Qualifications: BA/BS in Social Work, Public Health, Human Services or related field.  Master’s degree and three years of experience in community organizing, development, and/or substance abuse prevention preferred. CPS preferred.

Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.  Ability to travel in service area, overnight within the State of Iowa, and nationally for training. Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate effectively. Detail oriented.  Proficient in basic computer skills.

Office Location:  In Dubuque County, area of primary service coordination and provision

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Programmatic: catalyst for community engagement/development in service to substance use prevention/health promotion with prime responsibility for project development.

  • Work with county stakeholders to develop and/or maintain county wide coordinating council that will assist in the oversight of county SPF services, engaging core sectors for data collection and resource development.
  • Leverage core sector representation and functional group activity and outputs.
  • Act as conduit for communications between coordinating council, county leadership team, subcommittees, and fiscal agent. Share information about trainings, technical assistance, and professional development.
  • Assure that cultural competency and sustainability are vital and on-going concerns of the project structure.
  • Identify networking opportunities with other health focused organizations that will enhance the long-term viability of the project, as well as working across agency program divisions.
  • Develop ongoing strategic planning for development and projects.
  • Coordinate media, public relations and outreach/educational activities.
  • Ensure coordination of community awareness and educational opportunities.
  • Provide direction and guidance to project volunteers.
  • Provide leadership around the research, development, and implementation of evidence based practices, policies, and initiatives.
  • Inventory existing capacities, activities, and direct and indirect interventions that address, support, or promote alcohol and other drug prevention.
  • Include electronic outreach/education such as Facebook, email, and website communication.
  • Develop materials to address resource gaps in areas of substance abuse prevention and health promotion.
  • Understand and adapt to service changes in the field at the national, state, or local level.
  • Participate in initial and on-going training and mentoring of new staff and volunteers.
  • Participate in agency or program needs assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, or fund development efforts, and grant writing as coordinated by supervisor or Executive Director.
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor or Executive Director.


  • Work with assigned evaluator to track county outcomes and progress utilizing required reporting systems and ensure the timely submission of all required agency and project reports.
  • Comply with policies and procedures set by agency and program.
  • Support agency electronic communication such as Facebook and website for currency and accuracy.
  • Participate in an annual evaluation process.

Professional Development

  • Attend conferences, coalition meetings, interagency meetings, or any other community organization meetings determined necessary by supervisor or Executive Director as leaders in prevention.
  • Apply for and maintain certification requirements as determined by agency or funder.

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