Position Description

Program Officer – Licensure and Regulatory Policy Assessment
Location United States
# 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.orgto find out more about our work.Vital Strategies is seeking to add expertise in drug strategy, with specific focus on overdose prevention. This work will begin initially in the United States.

Vital Strategies offers 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 Position

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Officer – Licensure and Regulatory Policy Assessment, seconded to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs  (LARA) in Lansing, Michigan.


The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Community and Health Systems oversees licensure for substance use disorder (SUD) service programs. Streamlined rules for SUD program licensure went into effect in December 2018. These were the first major changes to the rules in the last several decades. The secondee will assist the Bureau in evaluating the impact of the newly promulgated rules­--with an emphasis on accessibility and availability of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD)--and make recommendations for policy/regulatory change to promote evidence-based SUD services.

Specific Duties

The Secondee shall conduct work as if the Secondee were a full-time employee of LARA and shall have the following duties:

  • Developing a workplan for assessing the impact of the new administrative rules on availability and accessibility of MOUD, including timeline, milestones, and outcome targets
  • Conducting regular reporting on progress toward workplan goals and participating in standing meetings and events as appropriate
  • Engaging with key stakeholders, including state licensed SUD providers
  • Gathering and researching national standards and best practice to promote access to evidence-based SUD disorder services.
  • Identifying and defining issues and challenges, collecting data, establishing facts based on scientific and professional standards, drawing valid conclusions, and preparing presentations
  • Producing a synthesis of findings and recommendations for policy/regulatory changes to promote access to evidence-based SUD services, including MOUD
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualities and Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or higher in public health, behavioral health, health sciences health administration, public policy or related field; Master’s degree in epidemiology with undergraduate degree in a clinical health field preferred
  • 3-5 years professional and/or work experience in health policy and/or health and human services; 1+ years in a substance use disorder service program, ideally with some clinical experience, preferred.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of biostatistics
  • Knowledge of methods of planning, developing, and administering research studies and survey
  • Knowledge of the application of computers to the analysis and management of data
  • Ability to plan and coordinate work and research projects
  • Ability to interpret complex rules and regulations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing
  • Ability to design and use data collection instruments, such as survey questionnaires
  • Ability to analyze data and other information for evaluation purposes
  • Ability to organize results of studies into written form for publication, presentation, or dissemination
  • Familiarity with issues surrounding the administration, management, and/or regulation of substance use disorder services  
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