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The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the application of validated, science-based findings to wide-scale, effective implementation of prevention practices and policies. Prevention Science addresses individual and societal problems before they develop and encourages a wellness approach to positive childhood, adolescent, family and community outcomes. It informs decision makers as to what practices are most effective and cost beneficial in order to ensure that children and adolescents lead healthy and successful lives. From a prevention mentality, the NPSC addresses several areas of concern, such as mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, environmental influences, and adverse social conditions that contribute to major chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease) that originate in childhood and become compounded in adulthood. We are comprised of prominent scientists (across disciplines), educators, community stakeholders, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, advocates, and foundation representatives. We work in a bipartisan manner with Congressional offices, Caucuses, federal agency administrators (e.g., NIH, SAMHSA, ONDCP, and CDC), and like-minded groups and organizations. Overall, we aim to encourage an understanding and acceptance by public and private sectors of the evidence accumulated by Prevention Science and related fields, thus leading to policies that enable wide-scale adoption and implementation of effective practices by community and child/adolescent-serving systems (e.g., education, child welfare, juvenile justice) for improving mental, behavioral, and physical health.

 

We currently have an assistant level, half-time position available to further develop the Coalition and support its activities. The assistant will be involved with a wide range of activities geared toward further establishing the infrastructure of this new Coalition. Roughly 10 hours a week will be dedicated to communication activities (newsletter development, social media, website, & development of communications committee) while the rest of the time the candidate will manage operational tasks. The candidate will report to the Coalition Coordinator and weekly phone meetings/frequent email communication will be required. This position will end on June 30th, however further funding and job performance may extend the length of time.

 

Qualifications:

 

The position strongly prefers the candidate to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Computer Technology, Psychology, Business Administration, or a related field with at least one year of direct experience in some of the tasks outlined below (e.g. writing/editing, social media management, etc.). Current college students will be considered as well. Knowledge of prevention science is desired but not required.

 

Required Skills:

 

  1. Technologically savvy: e.g., proficient with excel, word processing, power point, wix (for our website), newsletter software (constant contact), and other software used for publication purposes and database management.
  2. Taking the initiative: e.g., figuring out how to develop and maintain a newsletter, how to livestream, how to edit and populate the website, etc.
  3. Extremely Detail Oriented: e.g., entering data accurately, tracking activities and accomplishments, etc.
  4. Exceptional language and editing skills: e.g., posting on social media, reviewing language for announcements, brochures, etc.
  5. Ability to problem solve without supervision (e.g. technological issues)
  6. Creative design and visual skills
  7. Time management and organizational skills
  8. Notetaking skills
  9. Ability to be flexible and adapt to fluctuating tasks
  10. Pleasant and effective phone and e-mail etiquette

 

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

 

  1. Social Media: Assist with the social media presence (e.g. Increase exposure via social media by finding relevant posts daily and increasing followers on twitter, facebook, youtube, and linkedin page)
  2. Website Development/Management: Provide assistance with updates to the NPSC website. Review google analytics and make suggestions for improvement
  3. Newsletter production: Collect, organize, research, and write/edit relevant material.
  4. Research: Assist with background research for various projects and tasks
  5. Outreach & materials: Assist in the production and editing of company materials (e.g. brochure, op-eds, handouts, business cards, etc.)
  6. Membership/Affiliates: Help NPSC increase membership (goal: 500 individuals and 50 organizations) and develop strategies to increase collaboration (e.g. data collection and entry for various databases)
  7. Committee Support: NPSC has a number of committees (Policy, Translational Science, Implementation, Finance, Fundraising, Communications, Violence Prevention working group, & Poverty working group) with committee chairs who may request assistance with activities and projects.
  8. Congressional Briefings: Provide administrative support in the areas of logistics, communication, and technology. This occurs in DC roughly every 2-3 months.
  9. Administrative Support: Mailings, copying, ordering supplies, etc.
  10. Other Activities: Other activities may be requested, based on the skill level and interest of the applicant (e.g. event planning, research funding opportunities, project evaluation opportunities)

 

For more information about the NPSC, visit www.npscoalition.org. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Coalition Coordinator: Jessica Bair jbair@c-trans.org

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