Reality Check, Program Coordinator - CAI Buffalo Office (Full-time)

CAI is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented and organized individual for the FULL-TIME, exempt position of Reality Check, Program Coordinator.  The Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities (ATFC) grant, awarded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control, is to support the reduction and prevention of tobacco use in both Erie and Niagara counties.  ATFC will engage and educate community leaders and members, leverage resources, and mobilize organizations to advance local tobacco control efforts. Initiatives will include administration of Reality Check, a program that engages youth in action-oriented activities to mitigate, reduce, and eliminate the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing practices.

The Reality Check Program Coordinator will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and administering a youth-centric program to support the prevention and reduction of tobacco use through strategic community engagement efforts rooted in mobilizing youth aged 13-18 years, consistent with the NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH) Bureau of Tobacco Control goals. This individual must be able to independently and effectively implement youth engagement strategies while simultaneously working strategically and collaboratively with the ATFC Community Engagement Specialist to advance local and statewide tobacco control action. This position is based in CAI’s Buffalo, NY office.


Program Planning and Development:

  • Maintaining professional level of knowledge and understanding of youth-focused tobacco-related issues and of tobacco control interventions as well as the NYS prevention agenda;
  • Contributing to team development of work plan strategies and activities; 
  • Working collaboratively with other programs and colleagues to leverage resources;
  • Attending required Bureau of Tobacco Control trainings and applying skills to program planning;
  • Participating in regional and statewide planning meetings and conference calls;
  • Assisting in the development of community education/awareness materials and campaigns targeting youth aged 13-18.
    Program Operations and Implementation;
  • Actively engaging, recruiting, and supporting youth and youth-focused groups in each county to conduct community education, mobilization, and advocacy activities in support of tobacco-related policy change through regularly convened meetings;
  • Providing continuous training, guidance, and support of Reality Check youth to build their capacity to advance tobacco control policies and initiatives; 
  • Obtaining and maintaining required signed parental permission forms for youth participation, travel and photo release for earned media and other publicity;
  • Supporting and enabling youth aged 13-18 to participate in regional, statewide, and national tobacco control events;
  • With input from Reality Check youth, collaborating with the ATFC Community Engagement Specialist in the development of community education/awareness materials and campaigns and management of social media platforms;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with community leaders and state and local elected officials, including Reality Check youth in these interactions whenever feasible;
  • Seeking out networking opportunities and maintaining communication and collaboration with community partner organizations;
  • Monitoring program expenses; and
  • Ensuring records of all program activities are documented in accordance with program procedures and are available to support ongoing program monitoring;


  • Preparing regular reports on the progress and outcomes of community mobilization efforts; 
  • Completing portions of the monthly progress reports submitted to NYS DOH regarding Reality Check activities.

Other Skills:

  • Candidates must have the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with relevant youth-focused community stakeholders and organizations;
  • Knowledge and skill in interpreting and communicating data, public health policy, and media advocacy is required;
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as public speaking experience;
  • The ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks with minimal supervision is a must; and
  • Strong computer skills are required, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have a valid New York State driver’s license and vehicle or provide evidence of mobility within assigned community;
  • The ability to attend required meetings and trainings as directed by NYS DOH is required;
  • Local travel and overnight stays to maximize travel opportunities may be required; and
  • Position may require occasional lifting of materials/equipment weighing approximately 25 pounds.

Education & Experience:

  • Ideal candidates will have a Master’s degree in health and human services, community health, or other related field with at least five years’ experience in program outreach, community organizing, and/or program development and implementation; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Candidates must have knowledge of youth development principles and the ability to motivate and empower youth aged 13-18 to become leaders and advocates;
  • Experience in personal interaction to support youth development and/or working directly and collaboratively with youth is required; and
  • Candidates must have knowledge of community health, public health, and the regional health care delivery system.

Position Schedule:

  • Full-Time/Exempt; Monday through Friday; Candidates must have the ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate to implement community education events.

Note: This is a grant-funded position. The anticipated contract period for the program will be July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2024.

How To Apply

CAI offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and working conditions. Apply for this job.