Program Specialist

Position: Program Specialist 

Department: Wellness Services, Friday Night Live (FNL)/Problem Gambling Project (PG))

Reports to: FNL Program Coordinator

Job Location: Story Road, San Jose

Work Hours: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Job purpose

The Program Specialist is responsible for being the primary contact with school chapters, ensuring that youth partners are provided a safe environment and opportunities to build healthy relationships with their peers and adults. The goal of this position is to support youth partners to develop leadership skills to better engage in their community. The program specialist develops and facilitates substance abuse prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion campaigns for youth and PGP program participants. This position facilitates problem gambling awareness to the community through education, outreach, and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment for prospective youth program participants.
  • Develop activities and workshops involving substance abuse prevention; engage youth in skill building, substance abuse awareness, healthy lifestyles, and campaign project development.
  • Maintain positive working partnerships with school staff and faculty; work with community partners to complete youth campaign projects as needed.
  • Assist in Psycho-education and presentation of linguistically and culturally appropriate PG data to audiences ranging from general public to professionals.
  • Represent agency program services at communitywide health events.
  • Maintain weekly client-level data collection and entry.
  • Provide outreach and education sessions in various settings.
  • Other duties and related projects as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS in Health Science, Child Development, Psychology, Social Work or other similarly related fields preferred; OR
  • Currently enrolled in the 2nd year in an accredited university or college in sociology, psychology, human services or a related field; OR
  • TWO (2) years of responsible program administration experience in the areas of community building, social and/or human services.

Knowledge Of:

  • Substance abuse, problem gambling, health and human services, community providers, and health resources.
  • Principals and practice of program development, implementation, budgeting, and social/health needs of youth and adults.
  • Youth development/leadership, arts/digital media, and health/wellness promotion.
  • Principals of customer service and telephone etiquette.
  • Office administration, procedures, and basic mathematics.

Ability to:

  • Multitask under time constraints and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Work productively independently and in a team.
  • Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Operate a computer and use work business software.
  • Facilitate workshops and trainings for youth and adults.
  • Work nights, weekends, or holidays as needed, occasional.


  • Ability to possess and maintain a valid CA Driver’s License, must have suitable vehicle for agency travel and current automobile insurance.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, minimum of 2 years of work-related experience preferred.

Working conditions

Work is conducted at school sites and at community locations including casinos, community organizations, and law enforcement.

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is required to sit for long periods of time; see to utilize a computer screen; frequently use hands; and reach with hands and arms for activities such as keyboarding. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 20 pounds.

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