Employment Opportunities

Western Youth Network’s mission is to build youth of character & confidence so that every young person in the High Country reaches their full potential.

WYN works tirelessly to give young people the following:

  • The SAFETY of a caring environment
  • The SUPPORT of positive role models
  • The SKILLS needed to learn & grow
Opening: Prevention Associate

Position Details:  The Prevention Associate will partner with the community to prevent and reduce substance abuse by youth in Watauga County through awareness, advocacy, and action.  This position is supported by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program and the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative (NCPUDi).

This position is full-time, salaried, with full benefits package. WYN will also provide professional development opportunities and travel reimbursement.

Responsibilities:  Work collaboratively with the WYN Prevention team and Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention (WSAP) coalition, partnering with multiple community sectors to guide the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and sustainable community-based prevention strategies, while utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and DFC’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change.

Additional responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Attend community coalition meetings and provide leadership to work groups, and conduct community outreach among “Good Neighbor” sectors including Parents, Schools, Faith, Healthcare, Bars/Restaurants, and Student Housing
  • Serve as the primary coalition liaison to youth and parents/guardians
  • Provide supervision to two Youth Prevention Advocates, and work closely with the Agents of Change student club and the school-based substance abuse prevention counselor
  • Represent WYN/WSAP at community meetings, health fairs, participate in media advocacy, and coordinate youth leadership activities that directly impact risk and protective factors

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in health/social sciences or related field is required. Master’s coursework or equivalent field experience with community-based organizations is preferred.  A successful candidate will possess competence in both individual and population-based approaches to prevention. Candidate must be highly motivated and organized, and display a mature and personable manner of interacting with others.  Further, a successful candidate must exhibit exceptional oral and written communication skills and demonstrate an ability to manage multiple tasks at once.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:
Western Youth Network
155 WYN Way
Boone, NC 28607
Attn: Hollie Storie
Application materials may also be emailed to storieh@westernyouthnetwork.org

*Position will remain open until filled