Prevention/Intervention Specialist

Posted 22 days ago
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Department:               Student Support Services
Location:                    Dayton, WA
Reports To:                 Director of Student Support
Classification:            Professional-Exempt (180 days @ 8 hrs/day) -
 Benefit Eligible Position 
Starting Salary:          $33,408.00 (typical school breaks off)

SUMMARY:  Educational Service District 123 is seeking to fill a Prevention-Intervention Specialist position to serve students within the Dayton School District. This position is responsible for implementing comprehensive student assistance programs in assigned schools that address problems associated with substance abuse and violence. Professional experience in substance abuse, violence prevention and intervention services is required.


  • Provides early alcohol/drug and violence prevention and intervention services to students and their families including substance use screenings and referral information.
  • Assists in referrals to treatment and provides support to students transitioning back to school from chemical dependency treatment programs, expulsions and suspensions that are directly related to alcohol/drug and violence issues. 
  • Participates as a member of the Student Assistance Team at the school(s) assigned and assists in developing, maintaining, and/or enhancing an internal “identification, intervention & referral process” for school staff. 
  • Facilitates school-based insight, children of alcohol/drug abuse, recovery support groups and substance abuse education groups to students along with individual support for students in need. 
  • Provides staff development training in alcohol and other drug abuse issues including prevention, intervention, recovery, and student assistance programming.
  • Provides alcohol and other drug awareness and violence prevention programs for staff, students, parents, and community.
  • Provides individual / family counseling services within the Student Assistance Framework.
  • Develops youth prevention/empowerment clubs that focus on substance abuse and violence prevention.
  • Implements and maintains methods of program evaluation and review including primary prevention, secondary prevention and intervention, and student recovery and reintegration programs.
  • Maintains program records and files, compiles data and prepares reports as needed to comply with funding requirements.  Is responsible for entering data on RMC Research website, submitting pre-post test program surveys to supervisor for use in evaluation.
  • Provides training to teachers, counselors, community youth workers, parents, students, school administrators as part of the ESD 123. 
  • Provides crisis intervention as requested by school district and the Prevention Services Director.
  • Assists in supporting the development and/or enhancement of alcohol and other drug related policies and procedures in school districts when requested.

Supervisory: None  


Performs related duties as assigned.*

*Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the Position Description but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.


  • Certified by Washington State Department of Health as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, or State Qualified Chemical Dependency professional designation by the Division of Alcohol & Substance Abuse.  (prefer two year’s experience working as a school-based substance abuse intervention specialist) RCW 28A.170.090; or
  • ESA school counselor, certified school psychologist, or school social worker with a minimum of 20 credit hours in substance abuse education RCW 28A.170.090, or;
  • DSHS qualified mental health counselor, or ability to obtain Certified Prevention Specialist credentials within one year of hire based on approved professional development plan by supervisor and approval of plan by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, RCW 28A.170.090.
  • Must maintain current certification, registration, and/or licensure and training requirements as required by governing body to maintain employment.
  • Demonstrated case management / record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of alcohol / drug abuse federal confidentiality laws.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of substance abuse assessment, intervention, treatment, and recovery process for adolescents and families.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of violence as it relates to bullying and harassment.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written skills.
  • Willingness to take direction from supervisors and understand ESD policies and procedures related to employee responsibilities.
  • Ability to work successfully as an ESD team member by contributing to the ESD Strategic Plan, including supporting agency initiatives and sponsored events.

WSP/ FBI background clearance required.

Requires knowledge and/or ability to:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in school based student assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students and parents and community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with school staff, including teachers, administrators and non-classified staff.
  • Understanding of Washington Learning Goals and school systems.
  • Demonstrated case management / record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of alcohol / drug abuse federal confidentiality laws.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of substance abuse assessment, intervention, treatment, and recovery process for adolescents and families.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of violence as it relates to bullying and harassment.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to travel; reliable transportation.


  • Opportunities to receive on the job training  
  • Access to full benefits (Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance. Retirement Account. Medical Reimbursement Account, Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance etc.)
  • Access to the agency's wellness program
  • Paid leave 
  • Work performed during the school year with school breaks and summer off


  • Proactive self-starter. A strong sense of taking initiative moving forward without waiting to be told what to do and how to do it.
  • Flexible and can thrive in a fast paced environment where you may have to wear several hats.
  • Possess confidence while being humble – lack excessive ego or concern about status. Willing to share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Hungry – always looking for more. More things to do, learn, and take responsibility for. Constantly thinking about the next step or opportunity.
  • Smart – have common sense about people. Good judgement and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of your words and actions.


“Yes, that is possible. Let me handle it, I’ll figure it out.”

“I am not sure, but I will find out for you.”

“I have not done that before, but I can do it.”

“I take a see-it, own-it, solve-it, do-it approach.”


Helping students realize their dreams and aspirations is at the heart of everything we do at ESD 123. We accomplish this by embracing our employees as One Team, and operating with loyalty and commitment through compassion, dedication, and collaboration. At ESD 123, we strive to offer the highest quality customer experience by committing to our Core Values, and always looking for ways to say, “Yes, and…”  We expect our employees to model our Core Values of integrity, respect, relationships, stewardship, and perseverance.  Each member of our ESD team must be humble, hungry, and smart, with a focus on making his or her teammates look good while working toward achieving our mission. 

We want this position to be one that you are or can be passionate about and look forward to embracing. We want you to grow, be challenged, and have fun while doing things that you are skilled at and enjoy. We are looking for someone who is proud to join our ESD One Team!


Work is performed primarily in an office and classroom environment. Sitting for extended periods of time may be required. Lifts and carries a maximum of 35 pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.

 Hazards:  Those present in a normal office environment; no known significant hazards.


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Educational Service District 123

609 South 2nd St, Dayton , WA 99328