2458 Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist


TITLE Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Ozarks Public Health Institute


The Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist is a professional position responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Mega Grant and oversees budget management, data collection, and progress update reports in carrying out Missouri State University’s mission and philosophy. The Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist will work closely with the Greene County Tobacco and Vape Prevention Coalition to plan, implement and evaluate the objectives and goals of the Mega Grant to include decreasing tobacco and vape use among young adults in Greene County, Missouri. The Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist will recruit stakeholders to ensure support and active engagement in prevention efforts, implement evidence-based prevention activities, and focus on collaboration to enhance policy, education, awareness and cessation efforts. The Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist partners with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Missouri State University, Ozarks Public Health Institute, Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use and the Greene County Tobacco and Vape Prevention Coalition.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: At least two years of professional experience in the field of mental health, public health, education, social work, public administration, human services, political science, or a closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A related master’s degree can replace up to one (1) year of experience.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Ability to work effectively without direct supervision is required. Ability to serve as a liaison with collaborative partners is required. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as proficiency with regular and frequent communication with email and the internet are required. Organizational skills, follow through, and ability to coordinate multiple projects/activities are required. Interpersonal skills and interest in working with individuals and community groups of diverse backgrounds and experiences are required.

Other: Some evenings and weekends as needed is required. This is a grant funded position and continuation of this position is dependent on ongoing grant funding.


1. Plans, promotes, implements, and evaluates objectives of the Mega Grant project and provides daily oversight of the Tobacco and Vape Prevention program by developing and advocating institutional policies that support tobacco prevention.

2. Coordinates tobacco use prevention activities with local institutional and community organizations and provides support to coalition, collaborative partners, and community leaders regarding how to implement evidence-based programs, policies, and evaluate efforts around tobacco prevention.

3. Participates in various committees and boards related to project activities and responsibilities by representing and providing accurate information regarding tobacco prevention information and resources.

4. Facilitates and moderates open forums of university and community based project participant groups.

5. Prepares, manages, maintains, and monitors program project budgets.

6. Promotes public awareness and education of tobacco prevention and cessation through mainstream communication outlets utilizing social media, newsletters, news releases, radio, etc.

7. Maintains program data, prepares reports in accordance with grant and project reporting requirements, and provides regular updates to leaders, coalition, and partners by writing clear reports and planning documents.

8. Makes effective recommendations and decisions based on public health best practices.

9. Prepares and presents information at meetings, seminars, and conferences as required.

10. Leads and trains volunteers, interns, and students involved with providing effective tobacco use prevention programs.

11. Works with student leaders on campuses across the country.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of the Ozarks Public Health Institute.

14. Contributes to the overall success of Mega Grant Programs by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist reports directly to the Director of the Ozarks Public Health Institute.