We are looking for two new staff!

  • Prevention Coalition Program Director 
  • Communications/Media/Outreach Coordinator

Are you a leader in public health for youth? Are you a creative communicator who cares about community? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of kids and families? Are you worried about our children’s futures? Do you have ideas about how our society could change to make a healthier environment for kids and families?

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition seeks public health/community development professionals to lead our grant-funded efforts to support partnerships that encourage healthy behavior and decreased substance use for youth in Washington County. Based in Montpelier, we want to hear about your skills and experience. Generous pay, paid time off, HSA and flexibility.

To apply to either position, please send a resume and cover letter to info.cvndc@gmail.com

Job Descriptions  

Central Vermont New Directions (CVNDC), the 25-year leader in public health in Washington County, Vermont, is looking for the right people to build partnerships to lead public health and youth/young adult empowerment initiatives. Our positions can be half to full time with opportunity for some remote work. The Director will work with Vermont Department of Health prevention strategies and workplans to educate communities, youth, and families in our 20 towns with the goal of reducing youth and young adult use and misuse of tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and prescription drugs.  The Communications Coordinator will support that work through social media, local newspapers, and presentations to youth and parent groups, schools and civic leaders.

We need people with: excellent interpersonal, organizational skills; strong written and verbal communication; experience in outreach to connect with partner organizations; ability to work independently; openness to diverse populations; and a strong desire to build public health awareness and work as part of a team.  See specific qualifications below.

Background:

Working with funding from the Vermont Department of Health’s Regional Prevention Partnerships, CVNDC leads prevention efforts in Washington County as we collaborate with community partners. Our work includes evidence-based strategies to reduce underage use of alcohol, cannabis, and misuse of prescription drugs through outreach to the community, education, local policy enhancements, youth empowerment, community organizing, and media advocacy. Our goal is to decrease access of substances while educating to increase perception of harm in order to keep youth safe. Prevention helps to reduce teens’ risky behavior as their brains are not yet fully developed. Current challenges for underage youth include the prevalence of binge drinking  and the new retail cannabis market.

Teen tobacco use continues to rise as vaping products and flavors offer youth appeal. CVNDC promotes youth programs which aim to expose the marketing tactics of big tobacco and vaping industries as they target youth and other at-risk populations such as BIPOC, LGBTQ, people experiencing homelessness and behavioral health challenges. Engaging groups student groups such as Our Voices Xposed, Getting to Y, GSA, and Green Teams is an important component of our work in educating youth about building protective factors, health risks, social justice/equity issues, and environmental concerns stemming from tobacco products and creating the pediatric epidemic teens face today.

With funding from the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Community Prevention grants, we educate and engage youth and families in order to reduce initial youth use of tobacco products; offer cessation resources; and implement health policies to decrease youth and adult smoking/vaping rates; and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke. 

The Prevention Coalition Program Director: 
  • Promotes public health/substance use prevention messaging through partnerships that encourage healthy activities, sharing information, and collaboration with statewide community prevention coalitions.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with regional and state public health leaders to address issues and opportunities of substance use prevention, increase the impact of funding and programming, and implement Vermont’s workplan of strategies.
  • Develops strategic partnerships through sponsorships, media, events, and presentations, as well as through connections with the six supervisory union school districts/communities to reach all areas of Washington County – Montpelier, Barre, Northfield, Mad River Valley, U-32 district towns, and Twinfield/Cabot.
  • Oversees assessment, planning, and implementation of grant strategies and completes required reporting documents on deadline.
  • Works with a small team of staff and manages: budgeting, reporting, media/marketing, education, policy, and youth engagement. 
  • Attends trainings, facilitates meetings, (often virtual) and shares resources and information with  community groups, schools, and decision makers.
  • Reports to and is evaluated by WCFE Executive Director and Advisory Board.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years experience in public health or related education or community development; knowledge of the Central Vermont area; grant management and prior prevention experience highly desired. 

The Coalition Director position is 1.0 FTE, although a part-time schedule can be negotiated. Position to begin December 2022. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience: $27-$30/hour, negotiable. Benefits include Health Savings Account; generous and flexible paid time off; flexible schedule. Position open until filled. 

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The Communications/Media/Outreach Coordinator:
  • Creates an ongoing dynamic media campaign of positive prevention messages for our communities and partners.
  • Utilizes Vermont Department of Health media campaigns and prevention messaging to post on social media.
  • Engages community partners and other coalitions etc  to develop a following for our media.
  • Creates and promotes an ongoing calendar of campaigns aligned with community needs/events – e.g.: Prom and Graduation; Alcohol Awareness Month; No Vape November; World No Tobacco Day; Prescription Drug Take Back Day, etc.
  • Serves as media liaison, monitoring and responding to news about local substance related issues, efforts and policy needs. 
  • Manages monthly Current PrEvents articles for Times Argus by soliciting and coordinating partner organizations to write about timely topics.  Manages and updates website; periodic Enewsletters; promotional ads in local newspapers. 
  • Contributes to grant proposals and reports.
  • Tracks media for quarterly reporting.
  • Possibility of also including youth outreach in this position – supporting youth groups based in schools/organizations and engaging them in prevention campaigns; preparing presentations for youth and parenting organizations.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree or degree in progress; proven skills/experience in social media/outreach; excellent writing/communication skills; interest/experience in public health, education or community development; grant management and prior prevention experience highly desired. 

The Communications/Outreach position can range from 0.5-1.0 FTE. Position to begin December 2022. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience: $20-$27 per hour, negotiable. Benefits include prorated Health Savings Account; generous and flexible paid time off; flexible schedule. Position open until filled.

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Central Vermont New Directions www.cvndc.org is the substance use prevention organization serving Washington County towns since 1998 through funding from the Vermont Department of Health and partnerships with the 12 sectors of community coalitions, including youth, parents, business, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic or volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state or local agencies, and other prevention organizations. We do this through fulfilling required grant-funded strategies through the Regional Prevention Partnership (RPP) grant and the Vermont Community Tobacco Prevention grant, including:

  • Education and outreach to community on youth cannabis use prevention; underage and binge drinking; and smoking/vaping
  • Regional capacity building, supporting partnerships, and media advocacy
  • Recognizing retailers for passing compliance checks by not selling tobacco and alcohol to minors
  • Supporting inclusive activities for Vermont youth and young adults who identify as low income, Vermonters with disabilities, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, behavioral health, military families, pregnant women, and/or rural populations.

For more information about Vermont’s prevention programs, go to https://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/programs-services/prevention-programs