2021-2022 SY: WAVE Prevention Specialist

Job | Posted 2 months ago
Position Areas
Non-Instructional Support



WAVE Prevention Specialist

Work Unit/Location:

Office of Student Wellness. 

BF Young Professional Building

Reports To:

School Prevention Coordinator

Contract Length:

10 months

Pay Schedule:

Department Support

Overtime Status:



40 hours/week

Union Status:




Note: All positions with Santa Fe Public Schools require a post-offer/pre-employment background check. Some positions have additional requirements as established by federal or state rules and regulations.


General Function:

The WAVE Prevention Specialist is responsible for coordinating the WAVE program (Wellness Ambassadors to Voice and Empower) at Santa Fe secondary schools, including designing and implementing youth-led and supported projects and campaigns focused on student wellness, advocating for prevention policies, and conducting community outreach. The WAVE program uses an approach of positive youth development, youth-driven leadership, and positive peer support to promote resiliency and protective factors while preventing substance use, bullying, suicide, and gun violence among Santa Fe County youth.



Minimum:  Bachelor’s degree in education, public health, social work, or related field. Minimum of two (2) years of positive youth development and education experience. Experience in engaging youth with interactive, experiential activities. Background working with youth on prevention of substance use and suicide. Experience presenting trainings on related topics.

Preferred:  Experience with social media, youth outreach, and basic graphic design. Bilingual in Spanish and English.


Knowledge/Skills and Abilities:

Ability to plan, organize, and implement complex projects, activities, and events effectively. Works independently, takes initiative, and follows through on tasks. Builds strong rapport with youth while holding healthy boundaries. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with WAVE Sponsors, school staff, colleagues, and community partners. Flexible, solution-focused, and able to think outside the box to solve problems. Communicates effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and training. Manages time effectively and is organized. Has strong cultural awareness and a social justice mindset. Understands our students’ intersectional identities. Can hold safe conversations with diverse groups of young people around complex social justice issues, such as race, class, sexuality, gender identity, immigration, disability, class, etc. Adept at navigating within a public school district system. Proficient in Google Suite (Email, Calendar, Sheets, Forms, Docs, Meets, Whiteboard, etc.). Proficient in developing graphics, social media images, flyers, etc. Skilled at engaging with youth via multiple social media platforms.


Essential Job Functions:

Performs all functions in accordance with established policies, procedures, safety and environmental regulations, facility and computer security policies and procedures. Functions are subject to change from time to time to meet the needs of the organization. Current essential functions include the following: 

  1. Develop and implement youth-led advocacy, education, and service projects such as, but not limited to, the prevention of suicide, substance use, bullying, gun violence, etc.

  2. Provide guidance, supervision, and training for the Leadership Council, a cohort of high school student leaders for WAVE districtwide.

  3. Provide oversight, support, and technical assistance to WAVE school site groups, adult sponsors, and youth members.

  4. Engage and facilitate groups of youth and adults using a variety of interactive and experiential methods.

  5. Plan and execute educational activities and events.

  6. Ensure compliance and fulfillment of grants for the program.

  7. Manage multiple social media platforms and develop marketing graphics.

  8. Participate in related community coalitions.

  9. Other duties as assigned.


Salary Range:

$36,768  to $42,175


Resources Used in Performing Job Include (but are not limited to):  

Standard office equipment. Google Suite (e.g. email, calendar, Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc). Graphic Design software (e.g. Canva, Piktochart, Adobe Creative Cloud). District vehicles. Must be able to transport oneself between school sites (in-district mileage compensation available).


Physical/Cognitive Requirements:  

Regularly required to stand; move throughout a room and/or facility; communicate verbally and electronically; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.  Occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, and drive.  Regularly required to lift up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and private transportation to transport oneself between school sites (in-district mileage compensation available). Occasionally transports students in SFPS vehicles.


Environmental Conditions:  

A shared office space with low to moderate nose levels. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. Fieldwork (visiting schools) will be expected (in-district employee travel compensation is available).


Personal Accountability: 

  1. Demonstrates reliability as evidenced by attendance records and punctuality.

  2. Properly notifies supervisor and/or designee of absences or tardiness.

  3. Begins and completes work within the allotted time.

  4. Consistently appears in attire appropriate to the work environment.

  5. Demonstrates skill in the use of equipment including its capabilities, limitations and appropriate/special application.

  6. Protects SFPS’ resources through appropriate and careful use of supplies and equipment.

  7. Utilizes appropriate body mechanics to prevent muscle strain/injury.

Posted By

Santa Fe Public Schools

610 Alta Vista , Santa Fe, NM 87505

At the following locations

BF Young

610 Alta Vista Street , Santa Fe, NM 87505