2023 - Community Health Projects Coordinator - Buffalo, NY - A Sponsored Program of The Research Foundation for The State University of New York

Title: Community Health Projects Coordinator

FTE: Full Time

Salary: $56,000 to $57,000 annually

Summary of position:

The Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP)/Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) at Buffalo State University is seeking to hire a grant-funded Project Coordinator (PC) to manage the day-to-day operations of two federally-funded grants (.5 FTE on each). The (PC) will work both independently and in a team setting to work with members of Buffalo’s West Side community to implement prevention strategies addressing alcohol and other substance use, particularly among youth. The Coordinator will guide community members in identifying and implementing proven prevention strategies, specifically those based on SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework process. This will ensure that Partnership for Success (PFS) priorities are addressed, and that respect for the unique cultures residing on the West Side is maintained and cultures are celebrated. The PC is also responsible for ensuring that the requirements, goals, and objectives of the grant and reporting requirements are met. The activities of the two projects will involve our West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC), a joint effort between SUNY Buffalo State and the community and is funded by a PFS grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


  • Plan, work, and communicate coalition substance use prevention activities with Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP) department members associated with the grant.
  • Determine and implement community-driven substance abuse prevention strategies in high-need and at-risk areas and populations on Buffalo's West Side.
  • Coordinate and facilitate regular coalition meetings during which coalition members collaborate to develop action plans and strategies toward preventing alcohol and substance use and the consequences of misuse, particularly aimed at youth. Coalition members will include local government agency representatives, community leaders, interested community members, and relevant service agency representatives.
  • Identify and recruit key members from these communities to become members of the coalition to which this project is aligned.
  • Plan and coordinate training and technical assistance for the coalition members and partners.
  • Promote pro-social activities such as clubs and activities in local schools to address issues that contribute to vulnerabilities to substance use and addiction.
  • Assist with federal reporting requirements for the grant.
  • Timely submission of mandated documentation (e.g., timesheets, reports, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree and relevant experience in health promotion, public health or health education, policy/planning, or in community organizing around health issues


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and five years of experience managing or coordinating community-based public health or health-related programs or agencies.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience promoting health using environmental strategies in community settings
  • Proven ability to work independently with excellent organizational skills
  • Self-starter who is willing to learn and lead efforts with minimal guidance
  • Working knowledge of marketing and social media methods for educational and behavioral messaging
  • Knowledge of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health
  • Competent using federal web-based reporting systems
  • Experience with prevention of substance use at the community level
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data using statistical software.
  • Buffalo West Side or Black Rock resident preferred, active in neighborhood institutions and working with diverse community members


Job Related Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds required.
  • Ability and willingness to attend and participate in community group or agency events and meetings across Buffalo’s West Side and the Greater Buffalo area


Travel Requirements:

  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation.
  • Travel to CADCA Leadership and Mid -year Training Institutes and other related training events and conferences.


Duration of Position:  Grant-supported through May 2024 and September 2024.  There is a possibility of continued support at the conclusion of each grant.


Review of applications to begin immediately. Please provide cover letter and resume as a single attachment.

This opportunity includes an excellent benefit package 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.