FariCARES Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator

Full-time, year-round

This position works with the FariCARES youth substance use prevention coalition, in conjunction with ISD 2134, to plan, implement and evaluate data-driven community strategies to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse within our communities. The position is at the United South Central building in Wells, MN. The FariCARES program coordinator facilitates monthly coalition meetings with multiple community sectors, works collaboratively with stakeholders on prevention strategies and implementations, and collects and interprets data regarding strategies for continuous growth.


  1. Coordinate implementing evidence-based strategies to effectively fulfill the community-wide prevention plan

  2. Coordinate and implement a high-profile media campaign

  3. Facilitate community education, including local festivals and county fairs, and organize special events

  4. Report community progress to CDC and community stakeholders; collect and use data to inform DFC coalition members

  5. Serve as an informational resource for the coalition and the community while building relationships with community partners to reach program and finance goals

  6. Performs all other duties of a similar nature or level

Salary: Depending on experience

Benefits: Contribution towards health insurance as per local Education Association master agreement.  Other benefits include vacation time, sick leave, holidays, and PERA contribution.

Training and Experience - Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, public health, education or related field

  • Experience with community coalitions and community outreach

  • Ability for in-state and out-of-state travel, as needed, for job requirements

  • Knowledge of substance abuse prevention and prevention science, theories and strategies; ability to understand and utilize data to reach project goals; applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

  • Familiarity with federal grants or the desire to learn quickly

Application materials should include:

Cover Letter


Three Letters of Recommendation


Please send or email application materials to:

Taylor Topinka, Superintendent

United South Central Schools

PO Box 312

Wells, MN 56097