Phoenix House Prevention Specialist in Santa Ana, California

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.

(Full-Time) Reporting to the Program Director, the prevention specialist provides culturally relevant school and community based behavioral health, prevention education, positive character development and intervention services to at risk youth and their families based on evidenced based practices which are appropriate to age, population, literacy, culture and development. The Prevention Specialist participates in all documentation and data collection as required for quality improvement and outcomes measurement. The Prevention Specialist collaborates with school personnel and teachers in professional and positive manner to achieve the shared goals and objectives of the project.


  • Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm; schedule may vary



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, behavioral health social work or related field or equivalent experience

  • Bilingual Spanish Preferred


  • Two years’ experience working with youth in prevention, intervention, or education field required

  • Community Health Educator or Prevention Specialist certification preferred


  • Ability and willingness to report to work on time and ready for work on each scheduled day

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and to make decisions independently and communicate effectively when dealing with clients, families, other staff members, department heads, visitors, external agencies and community members

  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with appropriate documentation skills to complete reports, utilize data and communicate ideas constructively

  • Ability to establish and constituently enforce appropriate boundaries with adolescent youth

  • Must show aptitude for service and for working as part of a team

  • Computer literal; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize an electronic clinical management system

  • Possession of counseling personality skills as reflected by a Counselor Profile Assessment

  • Good organization skills

  • Demonstrated ability to learn

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends

  • Must maintain a valid CA Drivers’ License, have proof of automobile insurance and maintain a safe driving record based on Phoenix House policy.

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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