States Director, Overdose Prevention Program
Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
Vital Strategies is seeking to add expertise in drug strategy, with specific focus on overdose prevention. This work is based in the United States. The salary range for this position is $154K-$165K, salary flexible and commensurate with experience. Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.
Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of States Director for the Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). Vital Strategies is funding projects and providing technical assistance tailored to the overdose epidemic on the ground in specific U.S. states. We are assisting local partners in reforming policy, innovating programs, and mobilizing communities at the neighborhood, municipal, county and state levels. Our work is expanding to include additional states, and we are hiring staff to manage that expansion.
The States Director will manage and support the program states team for overdose prevention work in 7 states, including project planning and implementation activities for key interventions. The States Director will be a key member of the leadership team of the OPP and a senior manager and leader in the organization as a whole. The position is based in New York City. Some domestic travel will be required for onsite engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage and support staff for overdose prevention work in 7 focus states, including:
Specific Duties :
Oversee and manage relationships in focus states for all key interventions:
Education and Degree -
PhD or Master’s or professional graduate degree, preferred
Skills and Abilities -
Excellent organization and time management skills
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver against tight deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously
Demonstrated sound judgment
Demonstrated record of planning, coordinating, advocating, and achieving meaningful change in state and local policies for people who use drugs
Extensive knowledge of drug use/overdose/harm reduction/opioids policy
Deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes and levers of influence and change
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office, including use of pivot tables, V-lookups, and formulas
Ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives
Ability to navigate various interests and a operate in a dynamic and complex political environment
15+ years of related work experience
Experience in managing all levels of staff
10+ years of full-cycle project/program management experience
Governmental agency work experience
Policy advocay experience
Demonstrated record of planning, coordinating advocating and achieving meaningful change in state and local policies for public health approach to drug use
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Individual may be required to occasionally move between partener offices in the New York City area. In addition, up to 30% of time in domestic travel may be required to attend meetings.