Metro Drug Coalition

Job Description

Prevention Services Coordinator-Stimulant Misuse

The Metro Drug Coalition is a non-profit organization that serves as the drug misuse prevention, professional training and public awareness arm of Knoxville and Knox County.

Mission: To improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use/misuse of alcohol and drugs through prevention, harm reduction and recovery services

Vision: A healthy and safe community free of substance misuse

As a staff member of Metro Drug Coalition (MDC), the Prevention Services Coordinator is expected to become familiar with the MDC’s programs and services and remain committed to MDC’s mission of reducing youth substance use/misuse in our community. Due to the nature of this position, the Prevention Services Coordinator must be a positive role model.

This position involves working with young people in Knox County who may be at higher risk for developing substance use disorders, those who may have a personal connection to addiction, or those who are passionate about substance prevention and mental health. MDC has a desire for creating change around substance use and mental health issues. By creating open dialogue, youth and young adults can freely discuss challenges they or their peers may be facing. Teaching professionals who interact with at risk families as well as providing training to adults in the community is imperative in assisting in preventing substance use and the potential negative outcomes of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Primary Duties:

  • Establish and maintain partnerships connecting youth and young adults with community resources needed to accomplish their goals and objectives
  • Work with the Executive Director to ensure that grant requirements are met
  • Coordinate training opportunities for targeted at risk youth and young adults
  • Develop mechanism to gather outcomes for grant reporting purposes
  • Identify opportunities to expand partnerships through other community partners to identify and engage with at risk youth and young adults.
  • Provide community presentations on substance use/misuse
  • Actively participate in MDC’s anti-drug coalition in the primary prevention subcommittee or as needed elsewhere
  • Represent MDC at community events where MDC has involvement
  • Provide guidance and support to MDC staff on stimulant curriculum development and implementation
  • Actively seek out opportunities to engage with college and technical school students
  • Engage with employers who hire young adults to provide stimulant education to their employees
  • Collaborate with MDC’s Director of Communications to develop stimulant focused media campaigns or messaging for printed materials
  • Trainings required include:  Mental Health First Aid (Youth and Teen) and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential must be completed within first year of employment
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in health education, public health, social work, psychology, child and family studies or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with youth and/or young adults
  • Non-profit experience preferred
  • Grant management experience preferred
  • Must enjoy working with youth/young adults and be passionate about substance use prevention
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (some evenings/weekends expected)
  • Must have strong presentation, written and verbal communications skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office software
  • Able to work both independently and as a team
  • Able to collaborate with diverse community stakeholders
  • Must possess a valid Tennessee Driver’s license and have reliable transportation with the ability to produce evidence of auto insurance coverage


The MDC Prevention Services Coordinator will be paid a salary based on education and experience.

This is a full-time position with a generous benefit package.

The MDC is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free/tobacco-free workplace. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Karen Pershing, by Friday, January 20th.  No phone calls please!