Substance Use Prevention Educator

Position Status




NHC Position Type

Health Education

Position Summary

NHC Chicago AmeriCorps member and Erie’s Substance Use Prevention Educator (SUPE) will serve to educate community members and patients on the risks associated with misuse of alcohol, illegal substances, prescription medications and tobacco through a harm-reduction lens.  This individual will also educate both community members and internal Erie providers, staff and volunteers on the resources available and best practices for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The SUPE will also support additional Erie efforts on addressing substance use disorders amongst our patients.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Engaging in outreach and promoting health education topics and healthcare services; Collaborating with pre-existing patients and partner organizations; Recruiting participants; Scheduling and coordinating intervention/class logistics; Facilitating interventions and classes about health issue prevention and management and overall wellness; Creating healthcare and wellness educational materials; Facilitating and conducting healthcare and wellness trainings and classes; Implementing and executing program using established protocols; Managing program evaluations; Conducting data collection Planning and preparing for classes; Providing health counseling and coaching; Keeping and organizing documentation and records; Engaging in program planning; Developing community relationships.

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate

Compassionate; Experience with public speaking; Open-minded; Non-judgmental; Self-starter Multi-tasker; ability to balance; Coordination and/or great project management skills; Good verbal and written communication skills; Progressively responsible education or experience in health and human services related field; Proficient computer skills and data entry skills; Passion for community outreach or helping others to improve their health a plus.

Knowledge Required for the Position

Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options.


Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments following set procedures, independently. The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required. The supervisor assigns service activities in terms of project objectives and basic priorities and is available for consultation in resolving controversial issues.


The service activities are reviewed for accuracy through spot checks, through complaints from customers, and through observation of the Member at service. The Member independently plans and carries out the projects and selects the approaches and methods to be used in solving problems. Completed projects are reviewed very generally to determine that objectives have been met and are in compliance with policies and regulations.


Written and oral guides provide specific instructions for doing service. Guidelines are generally applicable, but the Member independently makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations. Member must use considerable judgment in adapting current or developing new guidance.


Member has to develop, analyze, or evaluate information before the service position can progress. The service position assignments vary significantly or often involve unusual circumstances and incomplete or conflicting data. The Member must develop new techniques, methods, or approaches to complete service position assignments.

Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments

Member provides timely services of a personal nature to others. The service position product or services affect the social, physical, and economic well-being of a substantial number of people on an ongoing basis.

Nature of Contacts


Purpose of Contacts

To motivate, influence, or educate people to support change behaviors.

Language Proficiency Requirements

Spanish speaking skills, desired