2021 - Coalition Coordinator - Buffalo - ICHP/CHSR - Sponsored Program of The Research Foundation for The State University of New York


Title: Coalition Coordinator

FTE: Full Time

Application Deadline: February 7, 2021  


Summary of position:

The Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP)/Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) at SUNY Buffalo State is seeking a person to engage with Buffalo’s West Side community members and implement community driven prevention strategies to reduce underage alcohol use and illicit drug misuse working through the West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC). The Coalition Coordinator will coordinate the requirements, goals, and objectives of a CDC sponsored Drug Free Community (DFC) grant. The DFC Grant Project Coordinator position is a grant funded position of the CDC’s Drug Free Communities Program Grant with funding through September 2022. This position is full time and requires 40 hours per week with flexible hours. Benefit package provided through SUNY Research Foundation.


Cultivate interest and participation of community members and agencies to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors that reduce alcohol and other drug misuse in youth and young adults.


  • Performs duties as required to ensure success of the Drug Free Communities Program Grant and the West Side Youth Development Coalition such as conducting coalition meetings, organizing messaging campaigns and advertising, and engaging with community members and agencies to implement alcohol and other drug prevention strategies.

  • Develop a strategy for recruiting new members and re-engaging inactive coalition members.

  • Identify and recruit key community members to serve on a Coalition Advisory Board (CAB)

  • Organize and convene regularly scheduled Board meetings and effective working relationships with Board members.

  • Coordinate implementation of evidence-based strategies with community member input for the West Side-wide prevention plan. Includes mass media, policy enforcement, community mobilization, and positive norm promotion.

  • Collect and use data to inform DFC Coalition members and serve as information resource for the coalition and the community.

  • Build relationships with community partners to reach program and sustainability goals.



  • Track coalition activities/events, including number of community participants.

  • Prepare and submit reports in alignment with federal requirements of the DFC grant.

  • Report to the West Side Youth Development Coalition Managing Coordinator.

  • Move implementation plan forward into community

  • Coordinate with other coalition activities.

  • Manage spending to achieve coalition goals

  • Set and maintain a regular meeting schedule with the Coalition PI to provide updates, collaborate on environmental and other strategies, problem-solve complex issues, etc.


    Qualifications for the position:

    Required Education:

    Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, Community Education, Community Engagement, or closely related field preferred. A minimum of two years education in closely related field combined with three years’ experience in community coalition building and prevention practices can be substituted for degree requirement.

    Required Skill Set:

    Experience in coalition building, community mobilization, and outreach


    Preferred Qualifications:

    Five years demonstrated experience in coalition building, community mobilization, and outreach and knowledge in youth substance use prevention, youth prevention programs, and prevention principles


    Physical requirements:

    Light lifting (e.g. setting up a room for a public meeting, chairs, tables, outdoor tents and public-address systems)


    Travel Requirements:

    Mostly local, must have reliable transportation. CADCA leadership Forum in Washington, DC, National Coalition Academy or other coalition related conferences or meetings.


    This opportunity includes an excellent benefit package and is grant-supported by the SUNY Buffalo State

    Sponsored Programs Office/Research Foundation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Research Foundation (RF) is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the RF are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system and do not receive state fringe benefits. The RF operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.