Job Opening: Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist

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Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist  

We are seeking a FT master’s/bachelor’s level Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist to implement prevention strategies and programs in Berks County schools and communities. Must have excellent presentation skills and experience working with youth. Hours may include evenings and weekends, portion of work done remotely.  All candidates must be tobacco-free.

TO APPLY: Please apply online using the form below, or send resume and cover letter to Council on Chemical Abuse, 50 N 5th Street, 5th Floor, Reading, PA 19601 by June 24, 2022. EOE 


A professional position in substance abuse prevention involves educational consultation, and community engagement activities.

A prevention specialist will implement a variety of activities involving schools and/or the community as part of an overall prevention approach to substance abuse. Work involves providing technical assistance and training related to drug and alcohol abuse and other addictions to students and school staff. Prevention includes curriculum, policy matters, awareness campaigns, and developing/ disseminating electronic and written educational material. Summer programs include implementing highly interactive activities to community-based locations. Prevention responsibilities are characterized by involvement in one or more of the above areas in order to educate and serve as a resource on substance abuse issues. Prevention Specialist reports directly to the Prevention Program Manager.


  • Independently markets and implements prevention curriculum to school districts, by contacting school administration, curriculum directors, and/or parent groups.
  • Works with schools to help support the development of school-based programs such as Substance Abuse Curriculum, Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, and educational opportunities.
  • Remains current on prevention and substance abuse topics impacting Berks County Schools and Communities.
  • Work with prevention team to design programs for schools and community groups including churches, camps, playground programs, senior citizen groups, fraternal organizations, youth groups and PTOs.
  • Facilitate Marijuana Diversion Program. An educational program for adults who have been cited for marijuana use or possession.
  • Participate in Council on Chemical Abuse functions that may include Lunch & Learn sessions, conferences, recovery events and community events.
  • Work with families in their community.
  • Outreach to community organizations depending on current prevention incentives.


  • Knowledge of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • Knowledge of current developments in the substance abuse field.
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Process good written and verbal communication.
  • Positive and high energy to facilitate youth programs.
  • Organized and task-oriented.
  • Able to conduct oneself appropriately in a professional office environment.
  • Ability to work remotely.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft platform including PowerPoint, teams, excel, and outlook.


PA State Police Check, FBI and Child Abuse Checks must be completed and in good standing before position can begin.


Full-time position includes a 37.5 hour work week. Most hours will be worked between normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30pm. Night and weekend hours are based on current programs and community requests. Flexibility including a hybrid work schedule after six months may be considered.


Questions please contact Jaclyn Steed, (610) 376-8669, Ext. 107.


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