Prevention Specialist-South Bay

Institute for Public Strategies
September 23, 2021
San Diego, CA
Job Type
$19.23 -- $20.19
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Terri Howey
Contact Email


Position: Prevention Specialist – San Diego South Bay and Border Region
Report to: Program Manager
Salary: Hourly range of $19.23 -- $20.19
Status: Full time, non-exempt
Probation: 90 day
Benefits: Full benefits: medical, dental, vision, 403B after 90 day probation

The mission of the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) is to work alongside communities to build
power, challenge systems of inequity, project health, and improve quality of life.
IPS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or
veteran status. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified and able to perform the functions of this position.

Position Description
The Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) is seeking a full-time Prevention Specialist for a program that
focuses on preventing substance use disorders and related harms using community-level strategies
through an equity lens. This position requires a creative problem solver who can manage the details
without losing sight of the big picture. This person must work well as part of a diverse team with varying
ideas and work styles. This position is based out of Mission Valley in San Diego and serves the South
Bay Region of San Diego County.

1. Assist with strategic planning and implementation of program priorities;
2. Participate in building coalitions and building their capacity;
3. Organize special events and community forums;
4. Cultivate collaborative partnerships with community groups, policy makers, community leaders,
business owners, and governmental agencies;
5. Conduct presentations and facilitate trainings for community groups and other partners
6. Participate in data collection and analysis activities;
7. Provide technical assistance to community partners including managing email rosters, creating
agendas, and developing materials and facilitating meetings;
8. Identify spokespersons for media advocacy-related activities;
9. Establish partnerships with law enforcement agencies;
10. Assist with developing digital media strategies and update websites (WordPress); and
11. Other duties as assigned.

1. Experience in a combination of the following areas preferred: population-level alcohol, tobacco and
other drug prevention strategies, public health, public policy or public affairs, community/youth
organizing, strategic planning, land use and planning,
2. Ability to establish culturally sensitive working relationships with diverse populations;
3. Highly flexible and able to adapt to change quickly;
4. Willingness and ability to work periodic weekends and/or evenings and travel; and
5. Excellent computer skills and knowledge, including word processing, Canva, PowerPoint, and
desktop publishing software and WordPress.

1. Bilingual capacity

The job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by
people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to
perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Must have valid California Driver’s License and an insured, reliable vehicle to use during work.

Position will require FBI background check/fingerprinting and drug testing. However, lived experience
should not deter anyone from applying.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to in a single

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