As Prevention Specialist, you will be responsible for implementing substance abuse prevention services to schools, community settings, and summer camp programs and developing workshops that meet the needs of the particular setting. The services include but are not limited to classroom presentations and presentations for adults on substance abuse issues, and community outreach.


  • Provide prevention education and training services to schools, parents, community settings, businesses, local government agencies, etc.
  • Complete and submit monthly statistical reports and data.
  • Research current trends to create, edit, and maintain manuals and literature.
  • Plan speaking events on various topics.
  • Collaborate with community and other agencies to assist in the implementation of prevention programs.
  • Coordinate schedules with school personnel.
  • Design workshops on substance abuse issues and other topics for the community.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.



  • Mission Advancement
  • Collaboration
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Personal Growth



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, health, mental health profession or a related field.
  • Knowledge of prevention programs and substance abuse issues. 
  • Experience working on the community level.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, written, and verbal skills.
  • Ability to plan and execute trainings on various prevention topics.
  • Must be flexible and able to work a varying schedule.



  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will or may be required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
  • The work is performed both indoors and out, and may require travel to various locations.
  • Plan, lead and participate in a variety of physical activities.


how to apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to michelle.schindler@ymcali.org and Cynthia.lacey@ymcali.org.


Salary Range:

Minimum: $20.27 p/h to Maximum: $30.40 p/h


Newly hired employees will be paid between $20.27 p/h and $22.30 p/h depending on level of qualifications.



  • Signing Bonus
  • Free membership to any YMCA of Long Island Branch
  • YMCA program discounts
  • Sick leave
  • Referral Program (earn up to $200 for each)
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Incentives
  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical/Dental/Leave Insurances

The YMCA of Long Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are an open and inclusive organization, welcoming a diverse workforce free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, religion/creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation or belief, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis.