Public Health Program Specialist II in Substance Misuse Prevention Program

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit Tribal health organization designed to meet the unique health needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. In partnership with the more than 171,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people that we serve and the Tribal health organizations of the Alaska Tribal Health System, ANTHC provides world-class health services, which include comprehensive medical services at the Alaska Native Medical Center, wellness programs, disease research and prevention, rural provider training and rural water and sanitation systems construction.

ANTHC is the largest, most comprehensive Tribal health organization in the United States, and Alaska’s second-largest health employer with more than 3,100 employees offering an array of health services to people around the nation’s largest state.

Our vision: Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world.

Mission statement: Providing the highest quality health services in partnership with our people and the Alaska Tribal Health System.

Benefits include:

  • Generous Paid Time Off and holiday schedule. 4 weeks paid vacation per year to start and 12 paid holidays.
  • More than 19 Federal healthcare plans. Plans for employee, employee plus one, and employee plus family available. ANTHC covers 80% of all health insurance premiums and 100% of Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and AD&D.
  • 401(a) retirement plan; ANTHC will contribute 3% of your annual compensation to the plan account each year, with up to an additional 5% match. 6-year vesting schedule.
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan pre-tax and Roth options. Flexible Spending Accounts for Health Care and Dependent care are also available.
  • Onsite Child Care in a brand new education facility.
  • Onsite free gym access. Additional gym, rock climbing wall and salt-water pool available at the Alaska Pacific University for a small fee per semester. Steep discounts on outdoor equipment rentals available for your Alaskan adventures!
  • Tuition reductions for employees and their eligible dependents at the Alaska Pacific University.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has a hiring preference for qualified Alaska Native and American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.


Under general direction the Public Health Program Specialist will plan, develop, and evaluate varying programs, community initiatives, and grant activities for the Substance Misuse Prevention Program.  Works as a member of a team and with other stakeholders and partners to successfully plan, implement, and monitor projects and or programs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.



  • Engages in public health practice with Tribal communities, organizations, and systems. Researches and identifies appropriate evidence-based or promising practices for a variety of public health areas and disease topics. Serves as a resource for technical information in existing public health information, scholarship, and practice, including innovations in the field.
  • Responsible for implementing projects or programs under the direction of the program manager including coordination of staff, contracts, and partner meetings.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relations with partners, advisory groups and committees to facilitate the implementation of all project goals.
  • Maintains regular contact with partners, funders, contractors and subcontractors of projects. Coordinates with other program staff in the design, implementation, and monitoring of large-scale public health programs.
  • Assists partners, contractors and subcontractors in complying with established project(s) timelines and performance standards for overall program. Identifies potential problems and collaborates with ANTHC staff to prevent or solve problems in project(s) implementation. Provides logistic support to other staff, partners, contractors, subcontractors, and participating Tribal organizations and communities in the performance of activities.
  • Develops, manages and monitors project databases. Able to synthesize disparate information and apply public health principles to complex health issues to identify potential approaches or solutions. Assists in data collection and management.
  • Completes internal and external written and oral reports professionally and in a timely manner. Effectively maintains communications with stakeholders, partners and advisory groups and committees, if applicable, to facilitate the implementation of the project.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Assist Substance Misuse Prevention Program Manager and the Wellness and Prevention Department in planning, implementing, and evaluating substance misuse-related programs, services, presentations, trainings, policies, procedures and community initiatives.
  • Serve as a harm reduction advocate for Alaska Native people; work as a member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams with a focus on ensuring successful recovery and overall mental health for clients; promote a culture in which individual’s point of view are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation and community self-help activities.
  • Serve as an advocate and motivator to promote long-term recovery; provides recovery education and technical assistance to tribal health organizations and rural communities throughout Alaska.
  • Provide support to the statewide resource, including dissemination of substance misuse prevention resources.
  • Develop culturally responsive curriculum, education materials, trainings and interventions to decrease the negative consequences associated with alcohol and drug use. Topics may include include trauma informed care and harm reduction practices for treatment providers, counselors, sexual assault/ domestic violence advocates, and organizations throughout Alaska.
  • Effectively communicate and deliver public presentations, trainings, workshops and statewide trainings.
  • Assess, develop, implement and deliver health education and substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery services materials, communications, and policies and procedures.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative evaluations such as needs assessments, literature reviews, and assessments to interpret and summarize in presentations or reports for public health and policy recommendations.
  • Provide written and verbal harm reduction information on substance use and overdose prevention to program participants across sites. Train community members in overdose prevention, use of Naloxone and other harm reduction practices.
  • Manage day-to-day activities, including scheduling of large events and coordination of trainings, workshops, conferences and community events; develop community partnerships to negotiate event venues, entertainment, speakers, vendors and sponsorships to be able to deliver assistance with prevention programs, grant objectives and messaging regarding substance misuse prevention and treatment.
  • Develop monthly, quarterly and annual reports providing progress and financial summaries; assist in monitoring and maintaining current program inventory and records.
  • Ability to travel to rural areas for related Substance Misuse Prevention and other Wellness & Prevention-related activities.
  • Assist Substance Misuse Prevention Program Manager with grant writing and budget management.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, collaborate on Substance Misuse Prevention initiatives and assist other team members as needed.
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining current program inventory and records.
  • Maintains genuine, respectful, and friendly customer service and working relationship skills, in alignment with ANTHC’s Behavioral Standards.
  • Provides technical assistance, expertise, and consultation on issues of public health, health intervention strategies, and carrying out research and other projects to identify, define, and prevent disability, mortality associated with disease, injury, and related health issues.



  • Knowledge of Alaska Native cultures.
  • Knowledge of database applications and system management tools.
  • Knowledge in collecting and reporting data.
  • Knowledge in organizing and writing reports.
  • Knowledge in coordinating training sessions.
  • Knowledge of the principles and competencies of introductory public health practice. This includes basic knowledge in the areas environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, diversity and culture, biology, qualitative and quantitative data literacy and communication.
  • Skill in independently identifying and evaluating evidence-based interventions, policies, and protocols.
  • Skill in managing multiple priorities and tasks concurrently and meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in project management including logistics support and critical problem solving.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in collecting and documenting program-related data.
  • Skill in maintaining cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication, technical writing and presenting technical data at multiple levels.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of applications.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting technical reports and public health publications.

Public Health Specialist:

  • Knowledge of Alaska Tribal Health System and ANTHC.
  • Knowledge of the principles and competencies of public health practice. This includes basic knowledge in the areas biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, communication and informatics, diversity and culture, biology, program implementation and monitoring, evaluation, and systems thinking.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships and collaborative partnerships with others.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting technical reports and public health scholarship.
  • Skill in working independently.
  • Skill in survey design and database management techniques.
  • Skill in communicating, including visually, with lay and professional Tribal and Non-Tribal audiences.
  • Skill in project management including data collection, analysis, reporting and evaluation.
  • Skill in providing technical instruction and guidance to peers.


Associate Public Health Specialist / Public Health Specialist

A Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the scope of this position. Progressively responsible full-time professional work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis.


Public Health Specialist

Non-supervisory – Three (3) years of public health work experience or project implementation and monitoring. An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience.


  • Understanding harm reduction principles.
  • Understanding of recovery support systems.
  • Understanding of trauma informed approaches within recovery.
  • Demonstrates creative and effective solutions to complex problems.
  • One (1) year experience working within a substance use-related field.
  • Ability to travel to rural areas and communities throughout Alaska for Substance Abuse Prevention and other Wellness & Prevention-related activities.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including occasional nights and weekends and travel to partner sites.


Public Health Specialist

Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field.


Public Health Specialist / Senior Public Health Specialist

Certified in Public Health (CPH), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

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