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Position: Tobacco Program Coordinator
Type: Hourly, 40 hours per week
Reports To: Executive Director

Position Summary: The Tobacco Program Coordinator will support the lead agency in the operations of the Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coalition and the goals of the Indiana State Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission. The position will be coordinating tobacco prevention and cessation activities in the community and assisting the director in successfully delivering quality, evidence-based community tobacco strategies described in the TPC priority areas, indicators, and HCLC work plan.

Prinicipal Job Duties and Responsibilities
Essential job functions are subject to availability of funding /duties and tasks of the job are as follows:

  • Plans and facilitates the monthly Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coalition meetings and membership
  • Must be available to travel in county and to other locations in the state several times per year for training or meetings.
  • Must exercise independent decision-making skills when prioritizing projects.
  • Has knowledge and understanding of tobacco use issues (some training is available).
  • Plans, promotes, presents and evaluates special events related to Healthy Communities’ tobacco control work.
  • Coordinator will submit periodic electronic reports as required and respond to local and state needs for information as directed.
  • Promotes the Indiana Tobacco Quitline and Preferred Network throughout LaPorte County, including outreach to physician offices, employers, and organizations.
  • Maintains professional growth and development to keep abreast of latest trends in topical areas related to tobacco control.
  • Responsible for research and analysis for various tobacco projects. Tasks could include written and phone correspondence with clients and vendors, database searches, Internet searches, collection and organization of data from multiple sources, recommendations based on the results of research.
  • Subscribes to and projects a strong customer service philosophy and promotion of support from others.
  • Recruits and organizes both individuals and organizational representatives from the community to form a coalition representing diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Media responsibilities include developing partnerships with local news venues and providing accurate local, state, national, and international information on tobacco control to the news media as is necessary for education of the public on tobacco issues. Write letters to the editor, press releases, create social media posts.
  • Assists the coalition in strategizing action to reduce tobacco use in the county through policy and programs.
  • The coordinator will be able to work with healthcare providers, businesses, and other organizations to educate them about evidence-based tobacco control practices, assist them with policy development and implementation, and collaborate with them with to increase referral and acceptance rates to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.
  • Coordinator will commit to study CDC’s Best Practices models in tobacco control.
  • Coordinator will use proven, evidence-based actions to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, and to prevent tobacco use in the community.
  • Coordinator will monitor completion of activities in the written work plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate Should Have:

  • Leadership skills
  • Experience recruiting and organizing volunteers
  • An understanding of public health, health equity, and social justice
  • Marketing and networking skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Public speaking skills
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalents work experience required

Aptitudes & Abilities

  • Verbal/written ability is needed to communicate with people of varying levels of education and background, to write news items, speak to groups, and direct activities of others.
  • Capacity to build consensus, speaking before groups, conducting meetings, and soliciting support from others for ideas or concepts. Able to motivate others to take action, to assist in achieving objectives. Must have sensitivity to interpret feelings, facts, and ideas when writing news items and other releases and interviewing, or working with volunteers and potential donors. Calmness and efficiency needed to perform activities involving many details and frequent change.
  • Capable of interacting with others at all educational and socioeconomic levels in positive ways, which reinforces teamwork and good results.
  • A preference for working with people, communicating ideas, persuading others to support causes, and engaging in creative endeavors is a plus for success.