40 Hours/Week, Full Time

About the Position

Under the direction of the Policy Analyst, support with 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.  This position will support the Empower Watsonville Youth Leadership group with generating enrichment opportunities, elevating youth voice, and supporting youth with policy research and development. The Program Specialist will also  support with administrative needs for the Empower Watsonville Coalition. Duties may include coordination of meetings, recording and distribution of minutes and meeting notes, updating coalition materials, correspondence to and between coalitions and workgroups, tracking documentation, and assisting coalition and workgroups with data collectio


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

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

  • Prepare materials for meetings; collect and maintain attendance data for coalition members; maintain updates of coalition member activities and other required information.

  •  Attend all coalition meetings, and serve as documenter; record and distribute meeting minutes and notes

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

  • Administers and collects program evaluation data

  • Attend professional development trainings  

  • Serves as an advocate for the development of youth and adult partnerships to address gaps in services for youth

  • Conduct public presentations as needed  


Employment Standards

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods and techniques

  • A history of community collaboration to advance positive changes in 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

  • 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: $41,437-$45,401 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.