Position and Responsibilities:

The Program Coordinator reports to the coalition’s Executive Director and works to build the capacity and leverage the resources of the coalition through its members and the organizations they represent.  In collaboration with coalition members, the Program Coordinator facilitates communication, provides resources, and helps with planning and coordination of substance abuse prevention activities, in keeping with the SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grant.  

  • Coordinate activities of coalition, including trainings, surveys, research, programs, volunteer management and other administrative efforts that support coalition members in implementing action plan;
  • Meet regularly with and monitor progress of coalition action committees, providing support and facilitation as appropriate;
  • Facilitate communication within coalition and to the community: distribute meeting minutes, e-newsletters, local media, social networking, and other opportunities;
  • Collaborate with local governments, schools, businesses, churches, and others;
  • Develop and compile local data to assist Coalition in making data-driven decisions;
  • Maintain accurate records for funding and reporting requirements;
  • Work with Treasurer to maintain and reconcile financial records;
  • Utilize tracking system to monitor implementation of coalition action plans, outcome measures, and in kind contributions;
  • Assist with fundraising efforts and grants; and
  • All other duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Able to provide leadership, network and build diverse relationships and teams, recruit and motivate volunteers, all while maintaining a passion for prevention and positive youth development.  
  • Self-starter, goal-oriented, works well collaboratively and also independently.
  • 2 – 4 years experience working in the human services field.
  • Experience working on a Coalition or similar prevention initiative.
  • Knowledge of substance abuse prevention strategies.
  • Experience with fiscal and project management, grant writing and administration, program evaluation and research including data collection and analysis are preferred but not required.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required. College Graduate Degree, Masters Degree in Social Work or Public Health is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software including Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Some travel is required. Willingness to work periodic weekends and evenings.

Applications & Salary:

  • This is a part time position estimated at 18-20 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience and estimated at $20.00/hour.
  • No additional benefits provided.
  • To apply, email cover letter and résumé to info@communitytheantidrug.org.
  • Position posted until filled.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The position requires daytime as well as periodic evening and weekend hours. Offices are located at Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School. Programs and community outreach will primarily occur in the service areas of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood, and Riverwoods.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, bend, write, type, speak, and listen. In addition the employee may occasionally be required to bend, twist, reach and climb. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, peripheral and distant vision.

The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet/moderate to loud. The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by (an) individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities related to the position.  This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity and School Board Policy and procedures. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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