Cannabis Policy Resource Center Program Administrator

Cannabis Policy Resource Center Program Administrator

Cannabis Policy Resource Center Program Administrator 150 150 hworth hworth
Prevention First
June 10, 2021
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Heather Worth



The Cannabis Policy Resource Center (CPRC) Program Administrator will be responsible for coordinating the Cannabis Policy Resource Center activities throughout the state of Illinois.  This position will develop and deliver training, provide technical assistance, engage stakeholders, and promote the services of the CPRC.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Oversees a wide variety of activities to facilitate the effectiveness of the Cannabis Policy Resource Center throughout the state; provides general guidance and supervision to consultants; monitors activities of consultants to ensure proper use of resources
  • Develop and provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement, criminal justice officials, municipalities, community groups, and diverse populations on various cannabis policy topics; travels to various locations throughout the state to deliver training, presentations, and to promote the Cannabis Policy Resource Center; provides strategic planning, technical assistance and facilitates sessions on how to develop and implement local cannabis policies and ordinances.
  • Develops program curriculum for classroom-based training, online training, webinars, and professional development resources; evaluates consumers’ baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities; conducts research on a variety of subject matters and interviews subject matter experts to develop content of training programs.
  • Provides training, education, resources, and tools on evidence-based cannabis policy strategies and law enforcement strategies to key stakeholders and communities addressing underage cannabis use.
  • Builds relationships with state agency department representatives, municipalities, local officials, law enforcement, and community coalitions focused on underage drinking in communities throughout Illinois to cultivate partnerships to strategize, plan and collaborate efforts.
  • Work in conjunction with policy and legislative subject matter experts to research and develop guidance on language that communities can include in their local ordinances to create effective model ordinances; maintain and update this information on the website; and oversee the development of fact sheets and other resources.
  • Develops and conducts needs assessments to identify professional development needs, including training and technical assistance, of communities and law enforcement
  • Manages the Cannabis Policy Resource Center webpage; develops new and identifies existing resources to be included on this site; manages electronic media activities.
  • Coordinates the identification, implementation, and development of an Advisory Board; facilitates board meetings.
  • Monitors new literature and trends in the Cannabis Policy field and related fields; provides feedback on current practices, new initiatives, and collaborations; attends relevant Cannabis Policy conference opportunities.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Community Education, Community Health Services, Training, and Instructional Design, Social Work, or related field with a minimum of five to seven years of related professional experience involving the supervision of assigned staff, management of special projects, budgetary accountability, grant writing, professional prevention fieldwork and interactions with youth groups; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.


  • Facilitation Skills – Ability to bring about an outcome (such as learning) in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one scenarios.
  • Creative - Ability to produce new concepts, ideas, and solutions.
  • Goal Oriented - Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.
  • Communication Skills - Ability to organize and convey ideas clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Critical Thinking - Ability to analyze and evaluate an issue in order to form a judgment.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals to form partnerships.


Prevention First is a nonprofit and the leading organization for knowledge-building and the dissemination of evidence-based prevention strategies. Our mission is to advance efforts to promote healthy behaviors and prevent substance misuse in every community through a variety of evidence-based and collaborative approaches, including training, support, and public awareness. Since 1980, Prevention First has provided training, technical assistance, and resource materials to thousands of schools, community groups, parents, and youth. We specialize in building the capacity of practitioners to build and sustain effective community coalitions to prevent substance abuse, develop comprehensive strategic prevention plans, and select and implement appropriate evidence-based prevention strategies. We are funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services and offer our services through the state.

We offer an exceptional benefits package to our full-time employees (80% and above):

  • Paid Time Off Accrual System (eligible day 1)
  • Paid holidays
  • Medical, dental & vision
  • 401(k) plan (eligible after 90 days, vested after one year)

This is a full-time, FLSA exempt position, reporting to the Program and Resource Center Administrator. This position is based in Chicago or Springfield, with the option to work from home.  The starting salary is $57,000.

How To Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Deadline to apply is Friday, June 25, 2021.  No phone calls, please!  EEO employer.

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