Prevention Specialist (Full-Time) (Houston, TX)


Reporting to the Prevention Supervisor, the Prevention Specialist is responsible for the education of high-risk youth and families using the research-based curriculum.


  • Responsible for accurate completion of monthly reports and other documentation related to the progress of participants in the program.
  • Promotes and utilizes a research-based curriculum as designated by the program contract for youth and/or families.
  • Presents facilitate, and co-facilitates various group, individual, family, and public education presentations.
  • Conducts pre-tests and post-tests on all participants as designated by the program contract
  • Provides crisis intervention and referrals for participants as needed
  • Attends and participates in the local school, community, staff, and other meetings in accordance with program needs.
  • Provides youth supervision in all program activities.
  • Adheres to the professional ethics and conduct of standards as established by Phoenix House policies.
  • Coordinates and develops community resources and referrals.
  • Coordinates and facilitates activities that include meals, snacks, field trips, arts & crafts projects, and sports activities.
  • Attends all required staff training sessions in accordance with Phoenix House and state licensing requirements, completes all training on time
  • Attends and participates in program and all staff meetings
  • Adheres to and promotes the Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values while acting as a role model for other
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Degree in education, social work, or related field preferred.
  • Certified Prevention Specialist designation preferred
  • Two years' experience working with youth in chemical dependency prevention, intervention, or treatment setting. One-year of experience working with families is preferred for programs with family programs.
  • Must maintain a valid Drivers' License, have proof of automobile insurance and maintain a safe driving record based on Phoenix House policy


  • Demonstrated commitment and adherence to Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values: I CARE For? Integrity, Collaboration Appreciation, Respect, Excellence, and Forward-Thinking
  • Proficiency in MS Office systems
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with youth, team members, parents, and community contacts.
  • Ability to effectively present material to facilitate learning and life skill development in youth
  • Ability to effectively manage classroom while presenting educational material
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with patients
  • Ability to model positive behavior and demeanor
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to be flexible; problem solver, self-directed; customer service-oriented, and collaborative
  • Skills and ability to engage and develop a rapport with patients and families of various backgrounds
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
Job location: Houston, TX
Job code: 102