Position Description

Program Officer, Expanding Medication for OUD Initiatives
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.org to find out more about our work.

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.

Vital Strategies has partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to strengthen its response to the opioid overdose epidemic. MDHHS plays a critical leadership role in the state’s response to the drug overdose epidemic, including through partnerships with providers and community organizations to increase the use of medications for opioid use disorder. Vital Strategies will provide seconded staff to MDHHS to assist with access of medications for opioid use disorder. This position will be primarily responsible for executing and reporting on expanding access to agonist medications for opioid use disorder in the MDHHS opioids strategy, but also will assist with identifying and supporting new initiatives and opportunities that emerge through stakeholder engagement and interagency collaboration. Activities will include project management of priority initiatives, data collection and reporting, research, presentations, intra-departmental communication and coordination, and management and coordination with relevant external stakeholders.

Core responsibilities

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

  • Overseeing the day-to-day execution of activities in support of MDHHS strategic initiatives related to expanding access to agonist medications for opioid use disorder initiatives;  
  • Establishing initiative workplans, setting milestones and outcome targets, and conducting regular reporting on progress towards workplan goals;
  • Overseeing creation of project deliverables;
  • Communicating and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders to effectuate goals of MDHHS strategic initiatives, identifying additional opportunities for action, and ensuring alignment of efforts across the state;
  • Researching best practices from other states, academia, and the private sector for implementing medications to treat opioid use disorder to inform initiative design, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Working with MDHHS Medical Services Administration and Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities Administration to support the implementation of programs to enhance the of medications for opioid use disorder;
  • Assist with the expansion of Opioid Health Homes across Michigan;
  • Work to reduce disparities in access to agonist medications for opioid use disorder, with a focus on disparities in access driven by race, ethnicity, gender identity/orientation, and attendant to program model considerations such as geographic reach and threshold for services;
  • Identifying funding sources to expand and sustain activities, as well as initiate new projects;
  • As applicable, managing volunteers, interns, or staff; providing budget tracking and management;
  • Developing written reports, preparing presentations, and analyzing data, including mapping and visual representations of data to demonstrate and help understand gaps and needs;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualities and Qualifications

  • 3+ years professional and/or work experience in public policy and/or health and human related programs, preferably with knowledge of policies and programs in Michigan;
  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in political science, public health, public policy, social work, law, public administration, or related field required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with substance use/overdose/opioids policy, including challenges in expansion of medication for opioid use disorder, preferred. 
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