New River Valley Community Services

  • Prevention Specialist

    Job Location US-VA-Blacksburg
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    # of Openings
    Salary Details
    $34,587 annually

    Performs advanced professional and administrative work utilizing the strategic prevention framework to prevent substance abuse by training and educating community and student groups, providing consultative services to youth and adults in the community, and facilitating the work of community coalitions. Work involves extensive public speaking, classroom teaching, needs assessment, strategic planning, and developing and fostering community partnerships. Limited evening and weekend hours may be required.



    Required:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, public health or a human service field with related work experience; possession of a valid driver’s license; experience in research, needs assessment, data analysis, or classroom-based prevention education.

    Preferred:  A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, education, social work, or related field; classroom experience, and experience with grass roots, community-based coalitions/groups; and supplemental certification as a Prevention Professional.


    • Certification in CPR, First Aid, Applied Crisis Training (ACT) - provided upon hire;
    • Human Rights training upon hire and at least annually thereafter;
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) – provided upon hire;
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license (Virginia, unless otherwise approved by agency) and an acceptable driving record must be maintained throughout employment;
    • Acceptable criminal history record and child protective services check upon hire and must be maintained throughout employment;
    • Acceptable drug screen results upon hire and as required by policy for position


    NRVCS offers an excellent benefits package including:
    • Generous Paid Time Off
    • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • VRS Retirement


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