Community Health Specialist for Substance Use Prevention / Full-Time / Days

Location US-IL-Granite City
Job ID
# Positions
Regular Full-Time
Mental Health


Chestnut Health Systems is seeking two full-time Community Health Specialists to implement Substance Use Prevention projects throughout Madison and St. Clair Counties.


Chestnut Health Systems is a leading provider of behavioral and primary health care services. Over four decades, Chestnut has grown to over 700 committed, compassionate employees providing substance use, mental health and primary care treatment to patients in Central and Southern Illinois. We provide fully integrated care for all of our patients by combining behavioral health care services with our community-based primary care health centers. Chestnut also conducts research and training throughout the U.S.A.


**Please note to be considered for a position you must attach a resume, complete the application, and answer all screening questions.


  • Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs and trainings for youth and/or adults.
  • Plan and assist with grant and contract work plan development. Utilize best practices in all aspects of grant work.
  • Assist in development of grant budget. Manage budget and submit regular updates to supervisor.
  • Mentor and assist in training of new staff.
  • Develop, conduct and analyze needs assessments and program evaluations.
  • Facilitate and assist organizational activities of any assigned community group or youth leadership group. This includes meeting facilitation, new member recruitment, and ongoing communication among group and community stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement educational or informational (i.e. newsletters, media campaigns) material based on current research and grant requirements.
  • Participate in local and state advocacy groups and other coalitions or collaborations as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assume leadership role on projects as assigned by supervisor.
  • Submit or enter program documentation, reports, and agency paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Fulfill agency responsibilities including staff development, monitoring research, and participation in agency meetings and committees. Attend all funder-required trainings and meetings.
  • Promote the recovery model of treatment including trauma-informed care, hope, respect, empowerment, health/wellness and spirituality/connectedness in all interactions with others, including utilizing recovery language.
  • Maintain and protect confidentiality and security of all organizational information gained in the course of performing job responsibilities including, but not limited to, financial and client information.
  • Promote Chestnut’s culture of customer service excellence through the adherence to Chestnut’s behavioral standards for customer service.
  • Other responsibilities as designated by supervisor.


  • Position requires either a Bachelor’s degree in education, public health or a behavioral health related field with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience;
  • Or a Master’s degree in a behavioral health related field. 
  • Requires intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Zoom and online reporting systems. 
  • Must have experience in public speaking with organizational skills and verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Knowledge of community based prevention and community organizing, prevention theory and strategies, and substance abuse and related research preferred. 
  • Understanding of learning styles and curriculum development helpful. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, private automobile insurance and be insurable. 
  • Position requires ability to travel to schools and other locations in the site plan area and home internet connection. 
  • Must be able to obtain DCFS CANTS Child Abuse Clearance.
  • Satisfactory completion of Chestnut’s background checking process. 

This full-time position includes an excellent compensation and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, generous paid time off benefits, and more.


***For additional information and inquiries text "Chestnut" to 97211


Chestnut welcomes applications from qualified individuals with recovery experience.


EOE – Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled 


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