Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • 17-Apr-2018 to 31-May-2018 (CST)
  • Mayetta, KS, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled 
DEPARTMENT: Social Services
SUPERVISOR: MSPI Program Manager


Grant-Funded Position, Project Period: 9/30/2017-9/29/2020



Under general supervision of the MSPI Program Manager, assesses the needs of our programs and community by identifying resources to develop appropriate interventions, and present Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Program Initiative (MSPI) preventive educational and awareness programs and activities. Provides evidence and practice based techniques, as well as culturally appropriate prevention methods that effectively engage participants in healthy decision making to decrease meth use and suicidal behaviors. The position will function as a methamphetamine and suicide prevention awareness resource for schools, programs, organizations, agencies, and the local Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Community.


  • Provide assistance to the MSPI Program Manager for all components of the project including curriculum, training, evaluation, outreach and strategies to develop/expand partnerships.
  • Assist in planning, preparation, staffing on and off-site community events such as health fairs, education and wellness conferences, cultural events and pow-wows.
  • Provides prevention, education, training services to schools, community groups, parents, local government, chapters; as a means to educate our youth/teens to recognize risk factors.
  • Communicates with other tribal MSPI programs, state, and city health programs, coalitions or groups in a proactive manner to assist in the implementation of the various prevention programs.
  • Collaborates with surrounding communities and Native American tribes on methamphetamine abuse and suicide issues to gather information, data and generate reports to assess needs and resources of the local community.
  • Attends and participates in conferences, fairs, and other special events to gather, research, and network with other agencies regarding Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention programs.
  • Develop a resource guide for programs, schools, organizations, agencies and communities to utilize as a reference tool.
  • Organize and coordinate both cultural and educational approaches for targeted groups including group and class discussion.
  • Participates in planning, development and coordination of educational programs for communities seeking solutions to address suicide and methamphetamine use. Coordinate trainings for health, mental health, substance abuse providers and the general public in prevention initiatives, identification, and caring for youth at risk for substance abuse disorders and suicide. Develop innovative methods of increasing community wide knowledge on prevention of suicide and methamphetamine use/abuse; i.e., public forums, public media campaigns.
  • Identify culturally appropriate, best practice curriculum, program, presentations to best meet the needs of schools and surrounding communities. Interacts with community to determine best practices and models for substance abuse and suicide prevention.
  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration while promoting community empowerment in seeking solutions for suicide and methamphetamine use.
  • Completes necessary reporting, narrative and statistical data on projects and activities in a timely manner and as requested.
  • Keeps current on prevention literature, statistical information, legislative activities and community resources and activities pertinent to MSPI programs.
  • Provide assistance for all components of the project including curriculum, training, evaluation, outreach and strategies to develop/expand partnerships.
  • Work with internal and external programs and departments to provide referral services to increase access to prevention programs for youth and other youth/family members as needed.
  • Works cooperatively within the office, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and other agencies; as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a Social Science Field.
  • Licensed Kansas Social Worker 
  • Three to five years of relatable experience.
  • Must have a valid Kansas driver's license and be insurable with the Nation's insurance.
  • Must have interest and knowledge of Native lifestyle and culture.
  • Demonstrate maturity, dependability, judgment and empathy in performances of assigned duties.
  • Willing to take direction.
  • Minimal travel required.
  • Must possess professional work ethics, manner, and appearance.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situation, records and documents.
  • Must possess ability to communicate professionally, both orally and in writing with a service-orientated approach, sometimes in stressful circumstances.
  • A record of satisfactory attendance and performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employer.


  • Five plus years of relatable experience.


  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with others, including members of the public
  • Ability to maintain high level of privacy and confidentiality of individuals and families.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment, including but not limited to: 10-key calculator, telephone, computer and operating systems, computer software programs (Microsoft Office programs), fax/copier machine.
  • Able to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to work efficiently in a highly team-team oriented environment
  • Ability to work in a high-stress, deadline oriented environment
  • Attend out-of-state/out-of-town training periodically to enhance job performance and knowledge.
  • Daily vicarious exposure to other's physical and emotional trauma experiences can have severe and lasting effects on workers.
  • Exposure to illnesses, diseases and cytotoxic medications.
  • May enter an unsafe (sanitary and structural concerns) environment while performing job duties. Unsafe conditions such as verbal and potential physical conflicts are not allowed without Law Enforcement back up.  May encounter abrasive, unpredictable and violent people.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have full range of mobility in upper and lower body; be able to reach overhead; be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time; be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks; and be able to frequently lift 20 pounds of weight throughout the assigned workday.


  • Background Investigation with adjudication
  • Pre-employment Drug Screening
  • Tuberculosis screening

Note:  This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required.  The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.


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