Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) Program Coordinator

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) Program Coordinator to coordinate an upstream FASD prevention program. The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute’s main office is in Saskatoon, SK.

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 to meet program objectives.

The YAP and FASD Prevention Programs

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 Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) Program functions as a part of the FASD Team, with a focus on youth engagement, adult ally training, and capacity building for the prevention of FASD. The YAP Program is grounded in a philosophy of harm reduction and the importance of meaningful youth and community engagement. There are two YAP Program Coordinators who work closely together to provide programming throughout the province of Saskatchewan. The YAP Program Coordinators also work closely with all members of the FASD Program and the Institute team.


The Program Coordinator is accountable for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the YAP Program, including:

  • primary prevention activities throughout Saskatchewan to increase awareness and knowledge of the causes and factors related to FASD and alcohol-related harms, with an emphasis on upstream prevention
  • trainings and activities to increase awareness and build capacity of communities, service providers, adult allies, and youth to address alcohol-related harms and issues youth face
  • education and support for meaningful and authentic youth engagement to a variety of sectors in Saskatchewan
  • collaboration with youth-focused organizations provincially
  • expansion of the YAP Program throughout the province

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

  • Program Coordination and Planning
  • Financial Accountability
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Resource Development
  • Capacity Building and Training Provision
  • Partnerships
  • Skills & Expertise

Performance Competencies

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

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Relationship Building
  • Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Communication
  • Knowledge and Expertise
  • Innovative Thinking
  • Continuous Learning
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Initiative

Required Qualifications and Experience

A certificate, diploma, or degree from a post-secondary institution is required. Relevant areas of study may include but are not limited to, youth work, social work, nursing, or education. 3+ years of experience in a relevant sector (e.g., youth support, justice, community services, or social services) will be considered if post-secondary education has not been completed.

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

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • experience working directly with youth
  • an understanding of youth engagement, trauma-informed practices, and harm reduction
  • 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 8:00 a.m. on July 7, 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.