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STARS Nashville

Project Coordinator

STARS Nashville


Job Summary

The Project Director is responsible for the operational success of the Department of Health and Human Services, Strategic Prevention Framework – Partners for Success grant. Primary responsibilities include implementation of a project that prevents the onset and reduces the progression of substance misuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level.

Job Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to meet the essential functions and job responsibilities of this position.

  • Utilize a data-driven approach to identify communities of high need and at-risk populations of focus.
  • Identify and select comprehensive, data-driven substance abuse prevention strategies to continue to accomplish the following goals:
    • Preventing the onset and reducing the progression of substance misuse;
    • Reducing substance misuse-related problems;
    • Strengthening prevention capacity/infrastructure at the community level;
    • Leveraging other funding streams and resources for prevention;
    • Implementing a comprehensive prevention approach, including a mix of evidence-based programs, policies, and/or practices that best address the selection prevention priority(ies); and
    • Identifying technical assistance and training needs and the development of responsive activities.
  • Coordinate action with other participating agencies to achieve stated goals and objectives.
  • Lead, manage, collect and report community-level data to determine progress toward addressing prevention priority(ies).
  • Utilize community coalition building strategies to advance substance abuse prevention efforts across the community.
  • Develop prevention messaging and other prevention strategies and ensure dissemination of these messages and strategies.               
  • Utilize and share effective resources and adopt best practices in substance misuse prevention.        
  • Facilitate community /school based educational presentations. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

Performance Standards:

The Project Director will be evaluated on his/her ability to perform the essential functions of this position; utilize their skills and abilities to meet annual individual, departmental and organizational goals; complete projects and assigned tasks in an accurate, cooperative and timely manner; set realistic priorities; and maintain his/her professionalism in interactions with staff, donors, and other major stakeholders.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Master’s degree in counseling or social work required.
  • Minimum 3 years previous leadership experience required.
  • Three or more years of related experience.
  • Proven people, organizational and project management skills.
  • Previous experience working in education and counseling services
  • Knowledge and experience of social service referral sources in the community.
  • Good human relation skills, strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills required.
  • Well-developed problem solving skills and ability to develop conceptual alternatives.
  • Must have the ability to organize, implement and interpret the project, programs, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc., of the business.
  • Hours – 37.5 hours per week, M-F (10 months at full-time; 2 months at part-time – 10 hrs. week)
  • Ability to travel locally required, including reliable transportation, driver’s license and insurance. 


Additional Information


Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, Parental Leave, Vision Insurance

401(k) and 401(k) matching *Waiting period applies

How to Apply

Please apply on the STARS website at:


  • Date Posted: July 8, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk - M-F (10 mos. full-time); 10 hrs/wk - M-F (2 mos. part-time)