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Community Outreach Specialist

Links Global seeks a Community Outreach Specialist in Knoxville, TN for a US government-funded program to support the government’s efforts to prevent drug abuse, specifically opioid abuse and the illegal use of heroin through community outreach with the goal of raising public awareness. The outreach specialists will need to be highly knowledgeable in the area of prescription drugs, diversion, trafficking, misuse, and abuse prevention, skilled in written and verbal communication, strategic communications models such as health promotion, social marketing, and behavior change communication, and able to work in collaboration with multiple levels of government, various agencies, offices, and departments, community based organizations, and private sector. Applicants are subject to passing a background check.

This is a great job for an indivudal who wants to work directly with the community including young children, youth and adults, and side-by-side with Federal and local law enforcement officers, and community organizations.

Employment Type: Temporary (one year project)

Work Days/Hours: 40 hours per week. Primarily M-F, normal day hours, but requires some weekend or evening hours to accomodate participation at community events. If you work late or a Saturday, you take other time off during the work week.

Wage/Salary: Hourly rate based on approximately $55k per year

The primary duties of the position include:

  • Serve as government district representative and speaker; lead, coordinate, and ensure effective implementation of outreach activities, information sharing, partnerships, and appropriate commitment of resources
  • Represent the government when serving on outside committees, attending conferences and seminars, providing training to individuals and organizations, serving as representative and speaker in area of prescription drugs, diversion, trafficking, misuse and abuse prevention
  • Advise field division management, other community outreach specialists and volunteers about community outreach programs
  • Keep management informed about matters concerning community outreach activities and operations
  • Responsible for organizing training seminars, lectures, and activities relevant to community outreach programs and priorities 
  • Gather, interpret, and evaluate data
  • Serve as field division resource on drug diversion issues and coordinate cooperation, information, and resource sharing
  • Monitor trends in education and the specific drug concerns of the division
  • Provide support to coalitions and task forces in building and strengthening a community-based network
  • Draft and submit deliverables (monthly and quarterly reports); track indicators such as participation at activities and events or numbers of partnerships
  • Develop strategic communications plans and informational materials, talking points, presentation, and curricula
  • Maintain an understanding of existing drug law enforcement, drug treatment, and drug abuse prevention/education organizations within the field division’s area of responsibility 
  • Serve as primary liaison and POC for major drug treatment/abuse/education organizations within the field division’s area of responsibility 
  • Able to lift and carry heavy items (e.g.: boxes of handouts or audiovisual equipment), up to 75 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally using your own vehicle (Mileage, parking reimbursed)
  • Work various days and hours during the week to accomodate attendance at community activities and events
  • Other duties as assigned 

 Work requires frequent travel to various sites within a state/multi-state area. Personal vehicle is required.

Minimum requirements:

  • At least 3 years of experience in coordinating and organizing community outreach activities, preferably related to substance abuse
  • Knowledge of existing drug law enforcement, drug treatment, and drug abuse prevention/education organizations within the field division’s area of responsibility
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in coordinating and organizing trainings, partnership building, networking with agencies and organizations, and community outreach
  • Experience in working with law enforcement is a plus.
  • Experience in strategic communications planning, health promotion, social marketing and/or behavior change communication
  • Experience in community engagement, information dissemination and development of informational materials, presentations, and curricula
  • Experience in data gathering, interpretation and evaluation
  • Strong interpersonal and group presentation communications skills and writing skills
  • Knowledge and experience using social media tools for information dissemination
  • Computer skills with MS Office
  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field 
  • U.S. citizenship is required (by birthright or naturalization).
  • Valid drivers license and personal vehicle

Applicants selected will be subject to a Government background investigation and must meet eligibility and suitability requirements. Disqualifiers include personal history such as recent or repeated felony or misdemeanor convictions, pending criminal charges, illegal drug use, and debt-related issues. 

Applicants willing to relocate to another city in the U.S., for a similar position, should make note in their application as there will be over 20 positions in various locations.

Links Global is an equal opportunity employer.

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