Position Description

Harm Reduction Coordinator, City of New Haven, CT
Location United States
Department Overdose Prevention Program
# of openings 1
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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 position will be located within the Community Service Administration, which contains Elderly Services, Social Services, Food Systems & Policy, Project Fresh Start, the Warren Kimbro Re-entry Program, & the Office of Housing & Homelessness Services. Embedded staff will adhere to the remote policy of the host site. In some instances, individual accommodations can be made with the host agency.

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.
The salary range is $73,600 - $85,866. The candidate must have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Vital Strategies is committed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protecting the safety of our employees. All U.S. employees will be required to be fully vaccinated unless the employee is approved for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious reason.

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Harm Reduction Coordinator (Program Manager), an embedded staff position with the City of New Haven, CT, for the Overdose Prevention Program. The position will be located within the Community Service Administration, which contains Elderly Services, Social Services, Food Systems & Policy, Project Fresh Start, the Warren Kimbro Re-entry Program, & the Office of Housing & Homelessness Services.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The position is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Project manage New Haven’s existing harm reduction initiatives and work with key stakeholders to develop evidenced-based programming.
  2. Explore opportunities to improve connections to care and access harm reduction services and supplies within New Haven social service departments.
  3. Maintain and expand the New Haven Harm Reduction taskforce:
    • Creating and executing a strategy for ongoing stakeholder engagement.
    • Coordinating and facilitating stakeholder meetings.
    • Regularly review, compile, and disseminate information obtained via stakeholder engagement into documents that are coherent and readily accessible.
    • Review, synthesize and summarize historic documents to inform strategy
  1. Synthesizing information and developing the harm reduction informed action plan that has purposeful overdose prevention interventions and addresses the needs of marginalized community members who are most vulnerable to overdose.
  2. Consult with stakeholder groups to align vision, strategy, and resources around projects and programs developed during the collaborative process.
  3. Implementing and monitoring the harm reduction informed action plan created through the stakeholder engagement process.
    • Collecting and reporting outcomes and other relevant information as needed.
  4. Support the development of a funding and sustainability strategy for harm reduction services,
  5. Staying abreast of relevant research and best practices and support the communication needs of government officials.
    • Function as a technical expert to relevant government staff as needed.
  6. Provide guidance and support to New Haven’s Harm Reduction Programs
  7. Build community support for new initiatives.
  8. Stay abreast of drug use data and inform key stakeholders of shifts in morbidity and mortality data.
  9. Other duties as assigned.



Education and Degree - 

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree preferred in public health, public policy, or related discipline. Relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of degree(s).

Skills and Abilities - 

  • Comprehensive project management skills, with the ability to make sound, informed judgments
  • Ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives
  • Ability to manage expectations of various interests while operating in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong facilitation skills with the ability to engage audiences of varying sizes
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver against tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of drug use/harm reduction/overdose/opioids policies and interventions
  • Overdose/drug use epidemiology knowledge preferred



Required - 

  • 6+ years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated successful full-cycle project management experience in Government, Public Health, or Harm Reduction agency

Preferred - 

  • Exhibited ability to establish and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders of various levels of local Government.
  • An experienced community organizer with expertise in facilitating, building or leading community collaboration projects
  • Program and strategic planning
  • Self-starter with the capacity to work collaboratively with offsite managers and effectively communicate tasks and critical project updates
  • Working knowledge of New Haven neighborhoods, resources, social services.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Individual may be required to occasionally move between partner offices in the New York City area. In addition, up to 30% of time in domestic travel may be required to attend meetings.


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