40 Hours/Week, Full Time

About the Position

Under the direction of the Policy Analyst, coordinate various activities that fall in line with policy strategies that promote and advance community-level health and wellness, in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. The Coalition Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of program goals, objectives and activities and will work collaboratively with the coalition to maximize participation and accomplishments. The coordinator will work to develop and implement strategies that will lead to long-term involvement of community institutions, organizations and individuals in assessment, environmental level strategies and evaluation activities. The coalition coordinator will rally community stakeholders together and point them in the direction of evidence-based practices, policies, and procedures that have shown to reduce youth substance abuse.


About the Agency

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and intervention services in the Pajaro Valley (South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County). We believe that every young person in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of children, youth and families in the Pajaro Valley by providing health education, prevention services, behavioral health services, and by advocating for public policies that protect the health of our community.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate coalition building with multiple community stakeholders

  • Actively participates in existing strategic thinking collaborative roundtables and assists with planning and activity implementation

  • Supports Policy Analyst with all necessary tasks needed to meet project deliverables

  • Administers and collects program evaluation data

  • Attend professional development trainings  

  • Conduct public presentations as needed  

  • Recruit and maintain a diverse coalition membership

  • Continually broaden expertise in the area of youth substance abuse and community mobilization, and serve as resource person

  •  Conduct literature/resource reviews to identify best practices for coalition


Employment Standards

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • A commitment to public health approaches, community collaboration, and youth development

  • A history of community collaboration to advance positive changes in communities 

  • Community organizing and engagement experience 

  • Engagement and rapport building with hard-to-reach communities. 

  • Ability to work independently and as part the team 

  • Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills 

  • A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to coordinate multiple projects and tasks 

Ability to:

  • Engage others in advancing health and wellness policies

  • Work flexible hours and days as needed for special events or meetings

  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with all stakeholders

  • Bilingual/Bicultural is a plus! (English/Spanish)

Training and Experience 

Requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, social services, political science, education or related field from an accredited institution and one year of relevant experience that aligns with elements of the scope of this position.


Salary and Benefits

Scale: $47,437-$51,976, depending on qualification and experience

PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan among other benefits.

How to Apply:

If interested, please submit your submit a cover letter and resume noting salary history and four references to:

PVPSA Human Resources

c/o Beatriz Collazo, Sr. Analyst email:

mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

PVPSA is a drug-free and smoke-free work place and an equal opportunity employer.