Position Title: Statewide Coalition Coordinator for Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Accountable to: Project Director
Status: Non-exempt
Employment type: Full-time.
Deadline to apply: January 20, 2020

Position Summary

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) seeks a community-oriented individual with strong community organizing skills. HIPHI seeks to hire a full-time Statewide Coalition Coordinator for Drug and Alcohol Prevention to be housed at the Honolulu office of HIPHI. In partnership with the Hawai‘i Alliance for Drug-Free Communities (HADFC), this statewide coordinator position develops and maintains an active statewide coalition to implement science-supported public health approaches to community-level alcohol and drug prevention. This includes changing systems and policies that impact public health as it relates to state-level drug and alcohol policies and programs. The position also seeks to ensure all statewide efforts around drug and alcohol prevention are coordinated and communicated well among partners and coalition members.

Essential Duties/Functions

Statewide coalition coordination
  1. Coordinate and implement key overarching goals for the Hawai’i Alliance for Drug-Free Communities (HADFC, hereinafter referred to as Coalition) around state-level drug and alcohol prevention efforts.
  2. Staffs and facilitates an active and representative statewide coalition, i.e. HADFC. Works in multiple disciplinary areas of public health specifically drug and alcohol prevention to facilitate local strategic planning processes and programs that focus on science-support and best-practice public health prevention strategies for a comprehensive drug and alcohol prevention program through, but not limited to, such strategies as advocacy, policy development, programmatic efforts, and capacity building.
  3. Enlists and develops support from members (staff and volunteers) of the community, government, private and non-profit agencies to build support and advance program effectiveness. Engages, convenes and provides updates, as needed, to these members and keep them informed and engaged.
  4. Demonstrates leadership in broad outreach to diverse communities; provides ongoing training and technical assistance in drug and alcohol prevention to enhance capacity of the Coalition members. Facilitates one-on-one meetings, listening sessions, and key informant interviews with various stakeholders and key leaders in the community.
  5. Organizes and holds regular Coalition meetings, committees and/or advocacy work groups to coordinate the development and implementation of an annual work plan; facilitates and tracks activities and meeting. Develops, produces, and disseminates drug and alcohol prevention resources and data specific to area; prepares reports on progress against plan.
  6. Organizes statewide support for key policy goals. Activities include organizing rallies, facilitating media briefs, town hall meetings, organizing meetings with law makers and community leaders, organizing neighbor island attendance at key meetings/hearings, public speaking and providing written and verbal testimony to law makers, when needed. Organize a statewide action alert system for policy advocacy.
  7. Works with HIPHI Staff to ensure programs are cohesive and coordinated.
  8. Promotes sustainability; researches and develops resources, encourages in-kind contributions, and prepares public and private grant applications; identifies new sources of funding.
  9. Participates in training opportunities; stays current in drug and alcohol prevention issues, programming and changes to establish and maintain credibility across various disciplinary professions.
Community building among youth for a Statewide Youth Council
  1. Develops a youth advocacy network within the Coalition. Duties include developing advocacy skills of youth, creating a communication and call-to-action system, maintaining regular contact and a meeting schedule, facilitating youth stakeholder meetings, and assisting youth in planning and implementation of their identified strategies.
  2. Maintains effective and professional working relationships with youth to assist in developing short and long-term goals. Ensures multiple modes of communication with youth and stay abreast of youth needs related to the Coalition.
  3. Initiates community-building with youth and adult Coalition members and outreach for the membership development; provides resource and presentations to stakeholders and/or the public on current drug and alcohol prevention topics; provide community members and organizations with technical support to ensure the continued expansion, diversity and effectiveness of these groups.
  4. Actively builds and maintains grassroots networks and organize a youth mobilization unit to push policy through state legislation. Given the nature of youth engagement and the increased usage of Social Media by youth, this position requires the utilization and participation of Social Media (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter).
  5. Plans and coordinates educational events (youth and adult trainings/retreats, presentations to Coalition members, table community events, attend state legislative events, etc.). Develop educational materials for these events and for public dissemination.
  1. Works with HIPHI staff and Project Director to ensure reporting is seamless and on time. Prepares reports and related documents, as required. Administers surveys; produces and disseminates drug and alcohol prevention resources and collateral, materials/data to enhance community drug and alcohol prevention program planning, as needed to promote the program.
  1. Follows all HIPHI policies and procedures; promotes and support organization’s goals and values.
  2. Other duties as assigned.

Mental Demands

Ability to attend to detail, skill in accuracy flexibility, timeliness, reliability; ability to work under deadlines with multiple concurrent tasks; ability to maintain effective professional relations with a variety of personality types and philosophies.

Communication Demands

Ability to work with conflicting points of view, build and establish effective professional working relationships; function well under pressure and demonstrate discretion, integrity, fair mindedness and a persuasive, congenial personality. Ability to communicate either written or verbally as well as conduct presentations as needed. Ability to write action alerts, issue briefs, and other material related to drug and alcohol prevention. Ability to speak publicly and present to large groups of people (youth and adults).

Qualification Requirements

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  1. Possess community organizing skills.
  2. Possess experience and passion working with Youth.
  3. Knowledge of program planning, methods, and quality improvement.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to provide positive effective leadership and coaching skills.
  6. Excellent computer skills, database management/record keeping.
  7. Ability to work in social media platforms.
  8. Ability to speak publicly and present to large groups of people.
  9. Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity.
  10. Ability to work and complete assignments independently and as team member.
  11. Strong familiarity with drug and alcohol prevention; partnership building and grant writing.
Education or Experience

Prefer a Master’s degree in public health or a related field, but not required. Also a minimum of three years’ experience in community-based organizing, worked with coalitions, or experience with community based programs in Hawai‘i is preferred. At least two years’ experience working with youth and youth development experience. Any combination of education and experience that demonstrate the ability, skills and knowledge to perform the duties.


Commensurate with experience.


Please submit a detailed cover letter and a resume to Rick Collins.
Deadline to apply is January 20, 2020 by 5:00pm.

Inquires and questions

Please contact Rick Collins.