Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention Specialist

The Tobacco & Substance Use Prevention (TSUP) Specialist is an integral member of Cumberland District Maine Prevention Network (MPN), a State grant funded program of the County’s Public Health Department. This position is responsible for the execution of tobacco and substance use prevention initiatives within the Casco Bay Region of Cumberland County. This position actively engages in the Cumberland District Tobacco Prevention and Substance Use Prevention Teams to cultivate and nurture a strong prevention infrastructure within Cumberland County.  

Guided by the Strategic Prevention Framework, this position develops and engages with multi-level, multi-sector local coalitions and stakeholders to plan and implement strategies that prevent the initiation of tobacco use, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, and promote successful quit attempts among youth and adults with tobacco-related health disparities; assesses local substance use prevention and harm reduction needs and opportunities; provides leadership and technical assistance to build the capacity of local stakeholders and systems in planning and implementing tobacco and substance use prevention strategies; and supports the integration and implementation of tailored strategies that improve policies and impact community environments


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in health education, social services, political science, health education, public policy, or any equivalent combination of experience, education, and training to meet selection criteria.
  • Experience in health promotion, public health, harm reduction, tobacco or substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment or recovery.  
  • Certified Prevention Specialist preferred.
  • Must complete application for Provisional Prevention Specialist Certification within 90 days of employment and obtain certification within the established certification period; and then maintain and uphold certification status.
  • Working knowledge of community resources and services
  • Courtesy, dependability, good judgment and possesses a high ethical standard all of which are required
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of community representatives including community members, schools, business owners, state and local government workers, social services, and community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge and skills in primary and secondary prevention strategies in public health practice.
  • Excellent ability to communicate to individuals and groups both verbally and in writing
  • Experience developing health related outreach and educational materials, including brochures, fact sheets, presentations and other educational items for public dissemination.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Cumberland County offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package and is proud of its talented and dedicated workforce. Come join our team and culture of engaged employees. Our strong management team is dedicated to providing employees with inspiring leadership, a positive and friendly workplace, support, encouragement and the necessary tools for success. We offer tuition reimbursement, wellness program, and professional development and training opportunities.

This position is 40 hours per week, with a full benefits package. Pay is commensurate with experience.
Position will remain open until filled.

Cumberland County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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