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The Department of Human Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHS/DBHS) Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention is responsible for the directing and general managing of the agency's prevention section. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

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Directs and provides general management of the agency’s prevention section, including identifying goals and objectives for alcohol, tobacco and other drug education and prevention programming. Oversees the activities of program personnel through lower level managers and supervisors by managing subordinate staff, including interviewing, hiring, providing training, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and serving as performance evaluation reviewing official for lower level employees. Develops major plans, goals and objectives consistent with priorities; performs cost analysis for grants and programs and forecasts service needs. Secures federal resources for agency’s substance abuse prevention efforts, including existing sources and potential future sources. Monitors progress of prevention efforts and adjusts programs as needed to ensure program success and management of ongoing activities. Provides direction to staff regarding the collection, dissemination, and promotion of prevention data; monitors trends to support data driven planning of prevention efforts at the state and local levels. Provides vision and direction to the prevention workforce development initiative that includes the preparation for and certification of prevention workers. Serves as agency prevention liaison to federal funding sources, regional offices, other states, national/regional organizations, associations, and community leaders. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management and public administration. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to drug and alcohol prevention and counseling. Knowledge of the executive and legislative processes. Ability to analyze data, plan outcomes, and determine solutions. Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and develop legislation or recommend revisions. Ability to prepare and provide information to agency management, the legislative and executive branches, and other interested parties. Ability to organize and present clear and concise oral and written reports of findings and recommendations. Ability to plan and direct the work of others. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, public administration, or a related field; plus seven years of experience in program development and administration or a related field, including three years in a professional managerial capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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