Job Description

Metro Drug Coalition

Outreach and Prevention Coordinator

Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) is a nonprofit organization striving to create a healthy and safe community, free of substance misuse. We have served the Knoxville community for 35 years. Our goal is to increase access to evidence-based prevention education, harm reduction programs and recovery support services for anyone desiring to maintain or seek a life free from substance misuse. Through community collaborative efforts, we can all strengthen families and prevent future generations from the devastating consequences of addiction.


Overall Description of duties and responsibilities:

The Outreach and Prevention Coordinator will have split duties of working with MDC’s primary prevention and recovery support teams.

  • Conduct informational trainings, outreach, providing naloxone trainings and track naloxone distribution in various communities throughout Knoxville/Knox County
  • Provide substance misuse education to parents, students, school personal and community members
  • Responsible for data collection and reporting within both teams’ scopes of work
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Prevention and Director of Recovery Support Services


Recovery Support Services Responsibilities:

  • Conducts individual and group training sessions to educate and distribute Naloxone kits to individuals in the community who are affected by opiate use and overdose
  • Conducts outreach in Knox County to promote the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and its services
  • Through outreach efforts to other non-profits and community organizations, provides training to individuals regarding naloxone use
  • Participates in strategic planning for outreach and promotion of the overdose prevention program
  • Conducts trainings in a variety of environments, including traditional and non-traditional settings (i.e. housing programs, faith based settings)
  • Recovery Coach Academy must be completed in the first year of employment


Primary Prevention Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for networking with other organizations who are in need of Naloxone and Prevention trainings
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential must be completed within first year of employment
  • Track efforts to ensure project goals, objectives, activities and evaluations are being successfully completed in a timely manner
  • Actively participate in MDC’s community coalition
  • Collaborate and partner with prevention team on substance misuse gaps in community
  • Provide guidance and support to MDC prevention staff on opioid and stimulant education


Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Must have excellent communication and decision-making skills
  • Must be able to conduct trainings in the presence of large groups ranging from 5-50
  • Must be able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Navigate and negotiate through difficult situations
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of individuals within the community
  • Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of all participants
  • Exercise good judgment in referring clients to appropriate professional staff when a problem warrants clinical intervention


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in health education, public health, social work, psychology, child and family studies or related field
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (some evenings/weekends expected)
  • Must have strong presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office software
  • Able to work both independently and as a team; have the ability to collaborate with diverse community stakeholders
  • Must be able to travel
  • Must be able to climb stairs and carry up to 30lbs
  • Must possess a valid Tennessee Driver’s license, have reliable transportation with the ability to produce evidence of auto insurance coverage



The Outreach and Primary Prevention Coordinator will be paid a salary based on education and experience. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Submit cover letter, resume and writing samples to Courtney Niemann at by June 30, 2021. No phone calls please.

Metro Drug Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free/drug-free workplace. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.