Job Opportunities


Prevention Specialist

Deadline to Apply: June 16, 2017

Job Summary: This is a professional position in the area of planning and implementing community-based substance use prevention and mental health promotion programming. The Prevention Specialist will coordinate community outreach and education efforts and recruit participants for Mental Health First Aid for Youth (YMHFA) trainings, coordinate logistics for trainings and provide technical assistance and support to Instructors and participants completing the trainings throughout the service region. He/she will work with staff, training participants and evaluators to compile numerous reports and other data collection efforts. He/she will also provide technical assistance and training to regional coalitions, collaborating with professional and lay public members to implement prevention strategies addressing substance use and related consequences utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Reporting Structure: The Prevention Specialist will report to the Director of the Prevention Resource Center.

Evaluation: The Director of the Prevention Resource Center, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Prevention Specialist.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year professional experience in the field of mental health, public health, education, social work, public administration, human service, or a closely-related area is preferred; additional years of experience in substance use prevention may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the education requirement
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent moral and ethical character
  • Computer proficiency – Microsoft Office programs, email and using the internet

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles of planning, program development, and community involvement and empowerment
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of substance use and mental health challenges, their impact on the user, the family and the community, and the human service system
  • Ability to write clear reports, planning documents, and grant applications
  • Ability to speak effectively in public
  • Ability to implement highly effective time management and organizational practices
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees of the Department of Mental Health, other agencies in the service region and state, professional and community groups, and the general public
  • Ability to facilitate groups and moderate open forums

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of technical assistance plans for prevention coalitions and other groups
  • Conduct community assessments
  • Maintain excellent and clear communication and timely follow up with supervisor and community partners through trainings, oversight and evaluation
  • Prepare progress reports of projects in the service region, and make recommendations of program changes
  • Provide consultation to community leaders regarding how to identify problems, build capacity, develop plans, implement evidence-based programs, practices and policies, and evaluate those efforts
  • Develop and conduct education programs and workshops
  • Attend multi-days facilitator training and grant meetings with other staff and partners as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Submit cover letter and resume online by 5:00 p.m. June 16, 2017. No phone calls, please!

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Childcare Worker

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2017

Job Summary: This is an as-needed position that supports families participating in Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ programming by providing childcare in conjunction with select community presentations, events, and/or training.  This position promotes high quality early care and education by caring for children in a childcare setting while parents/guardians are on-site.

Reporting Structure: The Childcare Worker will report to the Director of Caring Communities.

Evaluation: The Director of Caring Communities, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Childcare worker.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to pass a background screening of the Family Care Safety Registry
  • Ability to travel to various worksites throughout city of Springfield
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, mostly evening and weekends
  • Possess positive interpersonal skills, be organized, enthusiastic, self-disciplined, and reliable
  • Possess a desire to work with young children and families
  • Experience working with a wide range of children in a childcare or other supervised setting

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate a pleasant and professional manner in dealing with children, families, community members, and staff
  • Must demonstrate high level judgment in critical situations while caring for multiple children
  • Ability to manage multiple children with appropriate, positive non-punitive discipline techniques
  • Able to communicate effectively – both in written and verbal forms

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for maintaining necessary enrollment, attendance, and activity reports regarding participating children and families
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding any and all participating children and families
  • Providing a positive and engaging childcare experience for all children in childcare
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Clarification: The position of Childcare Worker is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.  This is as-needed position and hours are not guaranteed.

Submit cover letter and resume online by 5:00 p.m. January 31, 2017. No phone calls, please!

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Missouri Customer Service Partnership Mentor

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Job Summary:  The Missouri Customer Service Partnership (MCSP) Mentor is a volunteer position responsible for providing mentoring services to participants in the MCSP program. The mentor will be responsible for supporting their mentee in achieving professional and personal goals. The mentor will do this by developing a meaningful, connected and supportive relationship with the mentee.

Reporting Responsibilities:  The MCSP Mentor reports to the Community Mentoring Program Coordinator, along with other staff involved with MCSP.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate dependability, consistency and follow through with your commitment to your mentee.
  • Make a minimum of a one-year commitment to developing and maintaining a mentor relationship with your mentee. A minimum of 4 hours per month. Contact can include face-to-face, phone and email conversations.
  • Attend required trainings and orientations.
  • Attend quarterly meetings between mentors and mentees in conjunction with your weekly contact with your mentee.
  • Serve as a resource to your mentee in their professional and personal life. Be a sounding board for them to work through life challenges with support.
  • Be aware of and responsive to safely issues that may exist within the community or home environment of the youth. Notify the Community Mentoring Coordinator immediately regarding any concerns.
  • Maintain log of client contact and any other required documentation.

Essential Job Qualifications/ Skills:

  • Well organized with positive role model attributes. An interest in working with area youth and young adults
  • Ability to communicate with an open mind and listen nonjudgmentally.
  • Be comfortable working with youth/young adults from all socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to be flexible with your schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Missouri driver’s license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance.
  • Preferred knowledge of local/ community resources.
  • Keep time logs and other information as requested to document mentoring service.

Position Clarification:

The position of MCSP Mentor is a volunteer position requesting at least a one year commitment.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.