UnityPoint Health

COVID-19 IPN Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
1519 E Locust st
6020 UnityPoint Health QC Trinity
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Monday-Friday 8-5, hours may vary based on need.
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


This position is responsible for providing prevention services related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to individuals, families and organizations.  The work requires using a specialized set of knowledge, experience, training and skills to encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors which prevent the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 



COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement: It is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza. Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons may be submitted, but must be approved for active employment. 


Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

% of Time



·        Assess community resources and readiness to address factors through collection, organization and analysis of data.

·        Assists to process collected information to assess the impact of prevention services

·        Provide initial and ongoing assessment of needs and resources through collection, organization and analysis of data.

·        Identify and fill any data gaps.




·        Identify resources ad build readiness to address substance use and misuse.

·        Represent the Agency in community committees.

·        Provide consultation with individuals and systems within the community to facilitate coordination, collaboration and cooperation between individuals, groups and communities.

·        Provide structured opportunities for program participants to integrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to meet specific program goals and objectives.




·        Participate in prioritizing issues and prevention goals, outcomes and action steps.

·        Provide initial and ongoing program development in response to the assessment and evaluation process.

·        Designs substance abuse prevention programs to meet the needs and interests of recipients.




·        Put into action goals and steps identified through delivery of evidence based interventions.

·        Use fidelity and adaption in all prevention programming.

·        Provide initial and ongoing program development in response to the assessment and evaluation process.

·        Effectively communicate verbal and written information with program recipients, students, parents, the public, other outside professionals and in-house staff.

·        Maintain written records and documentation of prevention projects and activities.

·        Provide supervision, maintain discipline and ensure safety of program participants.

·        Plans, coordinates and executes alternative drug-free activities.

·        Presents accurate information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

·        Facilitates prevention activities in both large and small group settings.

·        Provides education in identification of substance abuse and early intervention.

·        Provides information about substance abuse prevention programs to community / county individuals.




·        Evaluate the effectiveness of prevention services and communicate results to stakeholders.







Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in either education or a human services related field.







Experience with education or related human service activities; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the knowledge, abilities and skills in substance abuse prevention.









Valid driver’s Class “D” Iowa driver’s license or an equivalent license from the employee’s state of residence when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.


Prevention Specialist Certification through the State of Iowa within the first 18 months of employment.








Knowledge of different prevention strategies including Strategic Prevention Framework. 


Knowledge of human growth and development.


Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse including pharmacological factors.


Knowledge of the Code of Ethics for Prevention Specialists.


Ability to communicate through public speaking.


Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.


Ability to provide ongoing program development based on the assessment and evaluation process.


Ability to work a varied schedule to include some evenings, weekends and/or holidays.


Ability to perform the physical demands of the position with or without reasonable accommodation where applicable.


Skills in the operations of computer word processing applications.






Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.


Complete the Goals, Objectives, and Action Plans or assigned grant.


Work will require travel to other locations to implement services frequently.



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