Prevention Specialist

Part Time Non Benefit Eligible
Hours of Work


The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the world's leading organization singularly dedicated to combating addiction to alcohol and drugs with a full continuum of services. One of our key strategic objectives is people - our employees are essential in the process of propelling our organization forward to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. Over the course of a year, we:

  • Provide prevention services to over 50,000 students across the United States and the world.
  • Serve over 15,000 patients annually through treatment centers in Minnesota, California, Illinois, Oregon, New York, and Florida
  • Educate over 600 professionals through our accredited Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, Professionals in Residence program and Summer Institute for Medical Students.
  • Provide publishing books and materials for over 32,000 publishing customers.

Our international school-based substance abuse prevention business unit, FCD Prevention Works, provides intensive classroom-based education for students, as well as training and consultation for parents, faculty and staff at schools across the U.S. and around the world in more than 65 different countries on five continents. FCD is currently seeking highly-qualified professionals for the position of Prevention Specialist.


Delivers research-based curricula in a wide variety of environments and formats; communicates information as appropriate for the audience and subject.

  • Understand and articulate the science of prevention, health promotion, including addiction, chemical physiology of depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and other drug classes relevant to the disease of addiction in adolescents.
  • Promote healthy and accurate perspectives as they relate to the public health approach to prevention. Educate community prevention partners on health media messaging, interpersonal communications (e.g., parent to child, school to parent, etc.), preventative interventions, and stages of health behavior change.
  • Knowledgeable on human brain development from infancy through adulthood (approximately age 25), with an emphasis on pubertal and adolescent brain development.
  • Incorporates evidence-based social norms prevention in the delivery of FCD trademarked programming and services, including curricula, survey work, and comprehensive prevention planning.
  • Requests and utilizes FCD survey data and other data resources to inform and ultimately customize the program and/or services necessary to meet school programming needs and prevention objectives.

Facilitate and adapt FCD programs and services to ensure optimum prevention outcomes.

  • Facilitate scheduled programming within a school community (e.g., students, parents, faculty, coaches, administrators, etc.).
  • Apply age-appropriate learning strategies.
  • Appropriately customize program content and delivery of materials to meet individual the needs of FCD clients and other prevention partners.
  • Apply on-site adaptations and enhancements to FCD programs and services to respond to client and/or community needs and stated prevention objectives.
  • Provide recommendations to revise, adapt and enhance FCD curricula, programs and services.
  • Apply program evaluation, research and performance improvement information to leadership and peers

Develops and maintains skills and knowledge required to deliver any of FCD’s programs and services at the highest level and widest ranges. 

  • Developing and delivering presentations at conferences and other meetings on topics related to substance abuse prevention and FCD’s approach.
  • Conducting client relationship building and marketing activities, including school visits and communications with key school personnel, in concert with their FCD and HBFF colleagues.

Develops and maintains skills and expertise to deliver excellent 2-way communication between FCD staff and clients, regardless of geographical location:

  • Developing and maintaining communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Guiding FCD programs at client schools around the globe, coordinating with cross-collaborative teams on programing logistics and content and Regional Officers to receive leadership, mentorship, supervision and performance evaluation.

Continually seek and demonstrate knowledge in substance abuse prevention science and the effective implementation of preventative interventions.

  • Complete and implement an individual training plan annually (ITP), in partnership with the Regional Officer.
  • Attend FCD webinars and in-service trainings provided throughout the year.
  • Engage in public speaking assignments and provide professional presentations at workshops, conventions and/or seminars.
  • As needed, participate in Foundation assignments, such as action teams or committees.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in the development and delivery of Basic Training and Advanced Training content as assigned by supervisor.
  • While on assignment, willingness to accept invitations to attend unscheduled events with administration or school contact (to build / enhance professional partnerships).
  • Other assignments and projects in collaboration with colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in a related discipline
  • In healthy recovery, defined as an individual facing the disease of addiction successfully abstains from alcohol and other drug use (and related behavior) while actively working to improve his/her own health and well-being (to include tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapors, etc)
  • Current passport and driver’s license
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Superb presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively in many settings with a variety of groups
  • Professional experience in education, public health, counseling, and/or drug and alcohol treatment preferred
  • Foreign language fluency (especially Spanish) is also desirable



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