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A Cover Letter From our Executive Director 

October 18, 2022

Dear PCN Grant Coordinator Candidates,
I'm writing to provide clarification on the “Minnesota Department of Human Services Grant Contract” attachment for the position of Positive Community Norms Grant Coordinator with the REACH Program Youth-Adult Partnerships. In August of 2021, Cloquet School district ISD #94 was added to our grant. At the time, there was a potential “merge” being discussed between Carlton and Cloquet High Schools. It was then that we decided to include ISD #94 to this grant.

ISD #94 for the purpose of this grant will include Cloquet Middle and High School, and Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program (CAAEP).

ISD #93 for the purpose of this grant will include Carlton Middle and High School.

The PCN Grant Coordinator has an office at Carlton School ISD #93 in Carlton MN. There are also “community spaces” in the Cloquet School District school(s) where the Coordinator is able meet students, school staff and conduct business. Regularly scheduled meetings also take place in person at the REACH Office in Cloquet. Both in and out of state travel is required in this position.

Thank you for your time and consideration in applying for the Positive Community Norms Grant Coordinator position. Please contact me if you have questions about this grant or application.

Sincerely,
Dakota Koski
Executive Director
REACH Program—Youth-Adult Partnerships

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Minnesota Positive Community Norms Grant Coordinator Job Description

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Fiscal Host:
REACH Program Youth-Adult Partnerships
Position: Positive Community Norms Grant Coordinator
Reports To: (Fiscal Host) and Minnesota Department of Human Services – Behavioral Health Division Grant Consultant
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $46,000 to $47,150

A. General Purpose
The Positive Community Norms Grant Coordinator, herein referred to as “Coordinator” or “PCN Coordinator” is responsible for overseeing the general development of a community coalition to address youth substance use prevention within the REACH Program community. The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing member recruitment and retention, coordination of coalition meetings, implementation of initiatives, and assisting with reporting requirements for funders. Other duties include managing coalition public relations and communications, and planning and implementing substance use prevention communication campaigns.

This position carries a considerable responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating activities associated with the Coalition to include providing general oversight for coalition activities, associated projects and grant management. The Coordinator is responsible for working with community stakeholders in creating, promoting, and sustaining an efficient alcohol and other drug prevention coalition throughout the REACH Program community. This includes organizing and sustaining the coalition, as well as monitoring all grant activities according to the specifications of the Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division. (see attached contract)

The Program Coordinator can expect support from the MN Regional Prevention Coordinators, MN Department of Human Services ATOD Grant Supervisors, the PCN Coordinator Peer Group and REACH Program in the performance of duties as requested. This position requires some in and out of state travel. Flexible hours are required for day and evening/weekend duties as needed. Additional duties as assigned by the MN DHS-Behavioral Health Division.

B. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
1. Associates Degree with 1 year of community organizing, project management and/or leadership experience,
or
2. 3 years community organizing, project management and/or leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
3. Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Education or related field.

C. License/ Certification Required
Complete Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) and Prevention Ethics to obtain Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) certification during the 2nd year of employment and maintain certification in the remaining years of the grant. The Grant Coordinator must pass a state criminal background check.

D. Duties and Responsibilities
1. Knowledge (and/or willingness to learn), Skills and Abilities
a) Role model professional, ethical, respectful, and assertive behavior
b) Excellent oral and written communication skills
c) Strong community organizing and leadership skills
d) Cultural awareness and sensitivity
e) Plan and conduct meetings
f) An openness and ability to learn new information
g) Multi-task and prioritize duties
h) Flexible, self-motivated and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
i) Excellent group facilitation and interpersonal skills; ability to give and receive feedback; deal with problem behaviors
j) Ability and willingness to actively participate in and lead youth activities (locally and during state-wide youth leadership academy)
k) Store, retrieve, and interpret data from various computer programs and databases
l) Ability to research a topic area, develop and deliver an informational presentation on the topic
m) General technology skills with knowledge and skill in developing PowerPoint presentations
n) A working knowledge of substance abuse prevention
o) Understand and apply the Positive Community Norms/Science of the Positive prevention framework
p) Ability to assess and evaluate risk and protective factors in a community.
q) Knowledge of various community, county and regional institutions, prevention organizations, projects, and resources
r) General knowledge and understanding of policy work at the local level.

2. Community Organizing

Assist the REACH Program community in:
a) Defining “community” -- their demographics and core values-- in order to plan ATOD primary prevention strategies
b) Identifying key community members as part of assessing readiness/needs, assuring diversity in community participation
c) Engaging community leaders to foster participation and ownership in achieving prevention goals
d) Identifying prevention needs and resources by collecting relevant information
e) Collaborating with community members to achieve goals
f) Educating community members to develop and maintain community capacity by ongoing mentoring and training of community members

3. Planning and Evaluation
a) Assist the REACH Program community in assessing community readiness and needs by collecting the most current local data through established assessment methods
b) The PCN Coordinator will implement strategies tailored to the needs of the local population in consultation with the grant designated evaluator and support team.

4. Public and Organizational Policy
Assist the REACH Program community in:
a) Identifying, organizing, and gaining support of local policy makers in order to develop, influence and implement prevention policies and cultural and social norms
b) Developing and maintaining relationships with media as a credible resource in order to develop public support for effective prevention policy
c) Conducting prevention awareness campaigns to strengthen policies and norms regarding youth ATOD use/abuse

5. Education and Skill Development
Assist the REACH Program community in:
a) Selecting and delivering education and skill development activities
b) Utilizing current prevention theory and practice to prepare effective training activities
c) Delivering culturally sensitive education and training
d) Educating others so they are able to present accurate, appropriate information about ATOD issues
e) Dissemination of appropriate educational/informational materials to community members and stakeholders
f) Willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency

6. Professional Growth and Responsibility
a) Continue education to stay current on prevention theory and best practice
b) Model collaboration by networking with others
c) Adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards at all times
d) Continue to develop cultural competence through education, training, practice, and life experience