FASD Prevention Program Coordinator

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) FASD Prevention Program Coordinator. The position will be located in Saskatoon, SK although working remotely from a home office is encouraged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nature and Scope

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is a provincial non-profit organization that works to reduce the occurrence of disabling conditions in children. Our goal is healthy children. The Prevention Institute strives for excellence in primary prevention and knowledge translation and exchange to reflect current best evidence and meet identified needs. As a member of the Prevention Institute team, you will be part of a healthy and effective work environment that is committed to professionalism, integrity, accountability, and teamwork. The Prevention Institute provides a flexible work environment, fostering a healthy work-life balance. As a provincial organization staff must be willing and able to travel throughout the province.

The FASD Prevention Program

The Prevention Institute has worked in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention since 1980. The overall goal of the program is to decrease the prevalence of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and prevent the adverse impacts of FASD in Saskatchewan. The program uses primary and secondary prevention principles and promotes best evidence and practices to increase awareness and understanding. As part of the FASD Prevention Program, a network of Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainers is supported to provide trainings across the province.


The Program Coordinator will be part of a team accountable for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the FASD Prevention Program, including:

  • coordination of primary prevention activities throughout Saskatchewan to increase awareness and knowledge of the causes and factors related to FASD
  • coordination of activities to increase awareness and knowledge of prevention of the adverse impacts of prenatal alcohol exposure among young children (0-6 years)
  • coordination, support, and continued development of the Motivational Interviewing network of trainers

Reporting to the Program Manager and Executive Director, the Coordinator is specifically accountable for:

  • Program Coordination and Planning
    • Develop annual work plan to achieve program goals.
    • Lead the implementation of work plan activities and report on progress.
    • Stay up to date on emerging trends, needs, and research.
  • Financial Accountability
    • Plan annual program budget and direct program expenses in accordance with organizational and funder requirements.
  • Knowledge Exchange
    • Consult with diverse stakeholders to identify educational, resource, and training needs.
    • Promote best-evidence and promising practice to meet identified needs.
  • Resource Development
    • Develop and disseminate messaging in diverse forms (print, virtual, media campaigns).
  • Capacity Building and Training Provision
    • Support community initiatives to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure.
    • Provide service providers with professional development and training opportunities to increase skills, competency, and knowledge related to the prevention of FASD.
    • Coordinate a network of trainers to meet training needs across the province.
  • Relationship Management
    • Internal
      • Foster positive and effective working relationships with members of the FASD Prevention Team and other Institute staff.
    • External
      • Develop and manage relationships with external partners, community members, funding agencies, and others to achieve program objectives throughout the province.
      • Represent the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute on provincial and national committees.
  • Partnerships
    • Develop and formalize partnerships with other agencies to achieve program and organizational objectives.
  • Skills & Expertise
    • Understand and implement the principles of harm reduction, health equity, reconciliation, strengths-based approaches, and trauma-informed practices.
    • Awareness and sensitivity of diverse populations in Saskatchewan, including the ongoing impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous Peoples.
    • Awareness of plain language principles.

Performance Competencies

The Coordinator will demonstrate the following performance competencies in their work:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively within a team, and with individuals throughout the organization, to achieve optimal results.
  • Relationship Building
    • Demonstrates understanding and openness towards others, nurturing and valuing positive relationships with stakeholders and across the organization.
  • Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
    • Demonstrates the promotion of a workplace where inclusion and diversity in background, thought and practice is welcomed and valued.
  • Communication
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of settings, including in writing, face-to-face, virtually, over the phone and in presentations to groups.
  • Knowledge and Expertise
    • Demonstrates proficiency in the knowledge and skills specific to the position and uses expertise to serve the objectives of both the team and organization as a whole.
  • Innovative Thinkin
    • Demonstrated experience creating new or significantly different and useful ideas, methods, processes, products, or services to meet/exceed organizational objectives.
  • Continuous Learning
    • Demonstrates a desire for continuous learning by actively pursuing opportunities to build capabilities and knowledge while staying informed of current trends.
  • Flexible and Adaptable
    • Demonstrates an ability to adapt and thrive in an atmosphere of changing priorities and circumstances.
  • Initiative
    • Demonstrates initiative without specific direction; completes tasks by removing barriers and locating necessary resources.

Required Qualifications and Experience

A university degree is required. Relevant areas of study may include but are not limited to, nursing, public health, social work, or education. University degrees in other fields will be considered with 3+ years of experience in a relevant sector (e.g., health, education, justice, or social services).

Experience using evidence-based information in decision making and resource development is also required.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • training and experience in Motivational Interviewing and brief intervention
  • an understanding of, and practice in, the use of social media and technology-based tools
  • experience with facilitation, training, and professional development provision in virtual and in-person settings.
  • To apply:

    Send a cover letter, resume, and three references by 12 noon on March 29, 2021 to:

    Joelle Schaefer, Executive Director
    Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
    1319 Colony Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z1
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 306-651-4300
    Fax: 306-651-4301

    Thank you for your interest and application. Only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.