UnityPoint Health

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
1519 E Locust st
6020 UnityPoint Health QC Trinity
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Varies, Generally M-F 8 - 4:30
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. 


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. 

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·        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.




Basic UPH Performance Criteria   

·        Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·        Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·        Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·        Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·        Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·        Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·        Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·        Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·        Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


·        Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·        Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·        Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·        Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·        Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·        Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·        Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·        Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·        Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·        Have the courage to challenge the status quo.




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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