Community Development Specialist

The position of Community Development Specialist (CDS) goes beyond that of an educator in the areas of substance use, violence prevention and other topics as the need is determined. The CDS facilitates one-time and multi-session programs for agencies, youth and adult groups and individuals focusing on environmental strategies that will promote specific policy changes and fill identified gaps in the community.


  • Creates an action plan for each grant/project assigned.
  • Communicates effectively with others.
  • Implements evidence-based, multi-session programs.
  • Maintains records of all confidential information.
  • Collaborate with youth-serving systems to promote specific policy changes.
  • Prepare for and appropriately represent the organization at various meetings and functions.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current drug trends and existing substance use and violence prevention resources and services.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and violence prevention programs, resources and services offered by the organization.
  • Create effective visual aids, handouts and hands-on activities for presentations.
  • Measure program outcomes, report successes and devise ways to overcome barriers.
  • Prepare and submit timely programmatic reports to supervisor, which includes collecting and organizing data for statistical reports.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts including percentages.
  • Accepts the responsibility to work beyond the scope of this job description.
  • Maintain consistent office hours to accomplish above.


  • Weekend/night programming and activities as needed
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with MS Office,Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Valid NJ Driver’s license and a legally licensed vehicle with insurance
  • Leadership qualities – nurturing established relationships and building new ones; collaborating with others, ability to inspire others to act on causes; able to see diversity in all its forms; well-organized and able to take initiative.
  • BA/BS and/or 3-5 years of related experience or training
  • Desired but not necessary: Certified Prevention Specialist credential, teaching and/or social work.

To apply: send resume and cover letter to: