PROGRAM SPECIALIST (Tobacco/Nicotine Prevention)

Full Time (40 hours); Two Positions Available

Health Benefits Eligible. Open until filled​

About the Position: Under the direction of the Tobacco Program Coordinator or designee, coordinate the implementation of
evidenced-based tobacco education curriculum in K-12 classrooms throughout the Pajaro Valley School
District and coordinate implementation of peer-led and community-level education and prevention activities.


About the Agency: Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and
intervention services in the Pajaro Valley. We believe that every young person in our community should have
the opportunity to achieve their dreams. We are committed to helping them identify those dreams and
support them in that quest. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of students and families in the Pajaro
Valley by providing health education, prevention services, mental health services, and by advocating for public
policies that protect the health of our community.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates implementation of evidenced-based education services to children and youth

  • Develops expert knowledge of specific primary and a secondary tobacco and substance abuse education educational materials, trainings and activities

  • Interfaces with school site administration to arrange for delivery of curriculum

  • Plans, preps and presents curriculum in the classroom and community setting

  • Administers and collects program evaluation data

  • Research, design and implement training and professional development information about tobacco and other related substances to collaborative partners, and community members

  • With support from the Program Coordinator, ensures that monthly program related reports are submitted as required.

  • Attend professional development trainings

Employment Standards:

Knowledge of:

  • Symptoms and behaviors of mental illnesses

  • Basic social rehabilitation, socialization and practical life management skills

  • Principles and methods of interviewing, counseling, crisis intervention and assessing psychosocial behaviors

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Criteria

  • Medi-Cal/EPSDT service delivery and productivity standards

  • Strength-based and cultural appropriate services

  • School policies and procedures


Ability to:

  • Teach curricula to meet funding requirements

  • Communicate effectively with school site personnel and engaged community partners

  • Develop work plans and monitor implementation of strategies and activities

  • Strong public speaking skills

  • Classroom management skills


Training and Experience:

Requires a BA degree and at least two years education implementation in a school setting or other youth/community service environment. Bilingual skills highly desired (Spanish/English)


An AA and at least four (4) years of prior experience in a classroom setting or other youth and community-based environments demonstrating similar duties and responsibilities. Bilingual (English/Spanish, preferred)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Scale: $ 35,606- $42,099 commensurate with experience
Eligible for medical, dental and other employee benefits

If interested, please submit a letter of interest, resume and a minimum of three references (with contact information) to:

PVPSA c/o Human Resources, 831-728-6445

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