Coalition Coordinator Career Opportunity


Riverhead CAP has an exciting career opportunity for a Coalition Coordinator. CAP is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that serves the economically and ethnically diverse schools and communities that comprise the Riverhead Central School District. We provide substance abuse and mental health prevention programs and services across the lifespan with the primary focus on youth. CAP encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply, especially those who are bilingual (Spanish-speaking). The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth is an engaged group of local stakeholders that works collaboratively to reduce youth substance use through environmental strategies.

Riverhead CAP offers competitive salaries and benefits, in addition to a supportive and fun work environment. CAP is a drug-free, smoke-free, and drama-free workplace. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information visit our website. To apply, submit a resume to indicating this career opportunity in the subject line.


Coalition Coordinator (50-60%): The Coalition Coordinator provides leadership and support to the coalition. This includes committees and sector partners involved in the implementation of DFC and OASAS grant initiatives. The coordinator is involved in all phases of community coalition efforts including outreach, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Additional responsibilities include participating in marketing and publicity of the coalition and its activities, coordinating regular meetings and trainings, researching and recommending environmental prevention projects and activities for the coalition, and participating in community activities and community task groups as a coalition representative.

The coordinator also provides responsible server training to local businesses and outreach to underserved populations. In addition, the coordinator oversees the Riverhead Youth Coalition in accordance with their goals and action plan. The coordinator is also responsible for the recording coalition initiatives and working with committees to prepare and report this information to  stakeholders.

Community Prevention Specialist (40-50%): Coordinate and deliver 6th grade EBP prevention program (Too Good for Drugs). Coordination involves recruiting and training community volunteers and high school peer leaders who deliver the monthly program. Assist with coordinating and teaching other classroom presentations, parent presentations, and educational and support groups. Perform community outreach and education. Attend community and school events, interagency and committee meetings.


A master’s degree in Public Health, Health Education, Social Work, or a closely related field is preferred. If lieu of a master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree is required with at least 5 years of experience in the field of public health or community prevention. The Coalition Coordinator must have experience working in community organization and mobilization related to public health initiatives, and preparing and delivering effective presentations and trainings for diverse groups. The individual must have a flexible schedule with the ability to work some nights and weekends for trainings, meetings, and events.

skills and knowledge

The Coalition Coordinator must have exceptional communication skills, and the ability to create and sustain community partnerships and work collaboratively. The candidate must have experience with social media and Microsoft Office software applications. It is also preferred that the individual has knowledge of local organizations and the Riverhead community. Knowledge on how to effectively collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data related to substance use in a meaningful and interesting manner. The individual must have good time management skills and the ability to prioritize to meet deadlines. The Coalition Coordinator will also assist the Executive Director with funding applications.

Additional information
  • Amount of Travel: A valid driver’s license, transportation, and current auto liability insurance is required. Some travel is required to attend trainings/conference that may take place out of state.
  • This position is full-time, 35 hours per week. It is a community-based position, but optional remote work is available one day per week.
  • Health care benefits provided (NYSHIP), along with a supportive, professional, and drama-free environment.
  • CAP requires all staff to provide valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pass a background check in accordance with NYS OASAS regulations.
About Riverhead CAP

Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1979 by volunteers to address problems caused by alcohol and other drugs within the Riverhead schools and community. Today, CAP is the major provider of drug and alcohol prevention, counseling services, community coalition initiatives, and Mental Health First Aid training in the communities that comprise the Riverhead Central School District. The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth includes active participation from twelve community sectors that include youth, parents, business, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic or volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state or local agencies, as well as other local organizations.

The coalition has been instrumental in changing community conditions that contribute to youth substance use and changing policies to reduce youth access to and availability of alcohol and other drugs. In 2019, the coalition was named Coalition of the Year by CADCA, the nation’s leading drug prevention organization. The award was for demonstrating positive long-term outcomes in reducing underage drinking from 2008-2018. This was the third consecutive Coalition of Excellence Award for the coalition, which was also recognized for short-term outcomes in 2017, and intermediate outcomes in 2018 for reducing prescription drug abuse. In 2017, the coalition was named NY National Guard Counterdrug Task Force 2017 Community-Based Organization of the Year honor. Both CAP and the coalition are an integral part of the Riverhead schools and community and receive widespread support from our partner organizations, elected officials, funders, and community members.