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Position Announcement: Program Director, Community Engagement

About Prevention Action Alliance: is a 501(3)c prevention agency in Columbus, Ohio with a mission: leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness. To help accomplish that mission, PAA established the Community Engagement Networks including the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association, (SPCA), which brings together substance misuse prevention with other mental health promotion coalitions to network, share resources and best practices and collaborate to help communities throughout Ohio.

Position Details: This position will provide direct coordination and input into the operations, management and implementation of community engagement networks, SPCA including: responsibility for special community-based projects and ongoing tasks; short and long-range planning; program evaluation and program development; performance measurement; grant writing and management; organizational analysis; and management of data collection systems. This position will also provide training and consultation for PAA staff, SPCA member coalitions and the community as well as help create and implement practices and procedures. Performance of this work requires initiative, creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and the exercise of independent judgment.


  • Provide professional support to SPCA membership and PAA staff;

  • Participate in short and long-range planning related PAA needs and grant requirements;

  • Coordinate the development of community assessments, logic models, strategic and action

    plans, evaluation plans and sustainability plans;

  • Coordinate evaluation activities for prevention initiatives, review goals and objectives, and

    recommend improved efficiency and effectiveness measures;

  • Assist in the formulation and updating of PAA initiatives and activities, monitor policy

    adherence, and identify trends;

  • Manage budgets; monitor expenditures; prepare funding proposals, grant reports,

    memoranda, and other correspondence;

  • Support community partner recruitment and retention;

Requirements: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of prevention and public health; thorough knowledge of budget preparation/administration; good knowledge of the application of management information systems regarding organizing data for studies; good knowledge of the community and its needs in order to develop and coordinate resources and programs; ability to collect, analyze, interpret and prepare data, and the ability to utilize this data in order to evaluate programs and community needs; ability to establish short and long-range plans related to program needs and staffing requirements; ability to interpret policies and assess operations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of other agencies, co-workers, and the public; and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications: Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant or willingness to obtain certification. Four-Year Degree (preferably with classes in population health and program management practices or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities); Considerable experience in a position involving public health, substance use prevention and/or behavioral health; knowledge of program planning and evaluation, management of budgets and a program/department;valid driver’s license with ability to travel.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in public health (human services or other related field); experience providing support to community coalitions and/or high level and diverse work groups; training or coursework in the field of behavioral health and prevention of youth risky behaviors; experience managing federal and state grants

Send Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Requirements to:

Marcie Seidel
Executive Director
Prevention Action Alliance
6171 Huntley Road, Suite G
Columbus, OH 43229