Position Description

Program Officer, Overdose Prevention Strategy Coordination, New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative
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.

We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment. People of color, women, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, people who are in recovery, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.

Read about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Vital Strategies: https://www.vitalstrategies.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-at-vital-strategies/

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.

The candidate must also have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

We offer highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 annually.

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Officer, Overdose Prevention Strategy Coordination, seconded to the Behavioral Health Collaborative, New Mexico Human Services Department located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Behavioral Health Collaborative plays a critical leadership role in the state’s effort to address the drug overdose epidemic. Vital Strategies will provide seconded staff to the Behavioral Health Collaborative to support New Mexico’s overdose prevention initiatives. This position will coordinate the implementation of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative’s statewide strategic plan goals and objectives related to substance use disorder and justice involved populations. This position will support the activities of the Behavioral Health Collaborative team, including coordinating with subject matter experts in other state departments to support policy and program implementation and funding priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Secondee shall conduct work as if the Secondee were a full-time employee of Behavioral Health Collaborative, New Mexico Human Services Department and shall have the following duties:

1. Coordinate overdose prevention activities for the Behavioral Health Collaborative, including organizing meetings, creating agendas, taking minutes, drafting documents, soliciting input on materials from the Collaborative members, organizing community outreach and town halls, and preparing presentations for the Behavioral Health Collaborative and leadership at state agencies

2. Support the planning and implementation of the Behavioral Health Collaborative’s goals on substance use disorder and justice-involved populations

3. Regularly review, compile, and disseminate overdose prevention information obtained via stakeholder engagement into documents that are coherent and readily accessible to state agencies and the public

4. Coordinate with subject matter experts in other state agencies to identify policy and practice strengths, barriers, and gaps regarding efforts to reduce racial disparities in overdoses

5. Support reporting to internal and external stakeholders on overdose-related government activities and progress, including at quarterly Behavioral Health Collaborative public meetings

6. Coordinate the implementation of the Behavioral Health Collaborative’s statewide strategic plan components related to overdose prevention, including developing policy and program implementation and funding priorities

7. Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop public feedback tools for overdose prevention initiatives (e.g., town halls, public survey, listening sessions, etc.)

8. Research best practices from other states, academia, and the private sector for addressing drug overdose at the direction of the Behavioral Health Collaborative leadership

9. Research and analyze information about current state policies and practices to inform policy updates related to overdose prevention

10. Collaborate with other Vital Strategies seconded staff to create interagency partnerships, seed collaboration opportunities, and strengthen the network of overdose prevention staff statewide

11. Support development of public-facing communications strategy for the Behavioral Health Collaborative including press communications, strategic guidance memorandums to the field, annual reports, legislative testimony, and other information requests

12. Support time sensitive strategic communication requests from CEO of Behavioral Health Collaborative and other HSD leadership

13. Other duties as assigned


Education and Degree - 

· Bachelor’s degree required, Graduate degree in political science, public health, public policy, social work, law, public administration, or related field preferred. · Approximately 8 years of relevant program work experience in lieu of degree is acceptable

Skills and Abilities - 

· Project management expertise, with the ability to exercise independent judgment and maintain appropriate deadlines

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external partners

· Basic understanding of policy analysis and evaluation

· Ability to work well with diverse groups of individuals and organizations

· Excellent organizational skills

· Self-starter with ability to work independently

· Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite


Required - 

· 3+ years professional and/or work experience in public policy and/or health and human services, preferably with knowledge of policies and programs in New Mexico

Preferred - 

· Experience with New Mexico substance use/overdose/opioids prevention or policy preferred

· Experience with substance use, harm reduction, and intersections with racial justice and health equity, preferred

· Understanding of New Mexico criminal justice system

· Familiarity/knowledge of regional, cultural, rural, frontier, urban and border issues and intersections with overdose prevention

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

· Have the ability to travel within New Mexico for 30% of time

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