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Prevention Specialist

Job Description

The Office of Prevention Services and Programs is seeking to fill the position of Prevention Specialist for Regions 4 and 5.  The position is located in Savannah, Georgia and reports to the State Office in Atlanta.


Under direction of the State Prevention Specialist, the primary role is to manage the Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant funds available for procuring prevention services at the regional level

Supervise regional prevention services/programs through monitoring prevention contracting, contract deliverables, payments, reporting and evaluations

Provide technical assistance to funded providers regarding prevention

Assist in the development of the community prevention infrastructure


Bachelors degree in a related field and three years experience performing work related to area of assignment OR Masters degree in a related field and one year experience performing work related to area of assignment OR Seven years experience performing work related to area of assignment.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to meeting the qualifications above, possess the following:

Experience in managing substance abuse prevention programs

A working knowledge of SAMHSA/CSAP, ONDCP and prevention funding sources (SAPT Block Grant and Safe and Drug Free Schools)

Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Demonstrated proficiency in grant writing, public speaking, group facilitation, training, prevention program development, prevention evaluation, strategic planning and implementation and data compilation


In addition to a competitive salary (), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 15 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located in the Region 5 Office in Savannah, Georgia.

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Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: recruiting@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Prevention Specialist If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.