Prevention Specialist

Job Description
LifeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being fearless advocates for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability, and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable, and measurable results for the clients we serve. Every member of our staff serves a meaningful purpose linked to our client's experience. Careers at LifeWorks offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and development while making an immediate difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.

LifeWorks is looking for Prevention Specialists for our REAL Talk program! 

The REAL Talk Program offers evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education and pregnancy prevention programming to youth (primarily middle school aged), parents, and teachers to increase knowledge, communication skills, and youth's decision-making skills.

Prevention Specialists will be trained as facilitators and as trainers of evidence-based pregnancy prevention curricula. Prevention Specialists will work closely with community partners and school district personnel to coordinate services. Prevention Specialists will facilitate groups with youth as well as with parents. Prevention Specialists will conduct teacher trainings.

This position provides individual professional development, various training opportunities, connections to and experience with Austin area service providers, and experience with at-risk youth. In addition, it provides the opportunity to work in a collaboration with nationally recognized experts in this field to implement evidence-based programming and engage in evaluation of program impacts. 

We are looking for Prevention Specialists who have strong skills to build relationships and empower teens, their family members, schools, and the REAL Talk team. Candidates must be comfortable discussing reproductive and sexual health and have the ability to work well independently and in collaborations.

•Recruits for and facilitates curriculum-based child and youth support groups in schools and community sites through the implementation of program curricula, experiential activities, presentations and discussions, field trips, and/or summer camps.
•Plans, develops, and provides youth and/or family-related presentations on a variety of topics such as tobacco use prevention, pregnancy prevention, child abuse prevention, child/adolescent development, family relationship-building, and coping strategies.
•Meets with individual clients, as needed, to establish a safe, healthy relationship for learning, problem-solving, and participating in community activities; makes referrals and coordinates client services with community agencies, as appropriate.
•Develops and maintains positive working relationships with community contacts, such as referral sources, school staff, and other service providers.
•Prepares documentation of plans and activities to ensure compliance with contracts, and agency requirements.
•Responsible for the primary supervision of youth engaged in services.
•Prepares for and actively participates in supervision meetings and all other required meetings or trainings.

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a related field and 1 year of related experience; or
• High School Diploma or equivalent and 5 years of related experience; or
•Equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Ability to work independently and exercise initiative.
• Experience working directly with middle school youth. 
• Collaborating with or working within a school district.
• Education specific to youth development and/or group facilitation.
• Comfortable & knowledgeable discussing sexual health topics.
• Ability to plan & conduct curriculum-based instruction in small and large group settings.
• Knowledge of group facilitation/ management methods and techniques.
• Strengths-based approach to work with teens.
• Ability to be flexible, autonomous; take initiative.
• Work effectively with team members.
• A Certified Health Education Specialist is preferred.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
835 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702
United States
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Date Added: Jul 21, 2017
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