Position Description

Senior Manager, Overdose Prevention Program
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.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 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 Position

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Manager for the Overdose Prevention Program. Vital Strategies is funding projects and providing technical assistance on the ground tailored to the overdose epidemic 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. New efforts will focus on expanding and strengthening harm reduction services at the city level in those states.

The Senior Manager will participate in program planning and implementation activities related to technical interventions for reducing overdose deaths in specific U.S. cities. The position is based in New York City; some domestic travel will be required for onsite engagement.

Specific Duties

  • Supervise staff embedded with local governments and/or providers
  • Manage at least one sub-grant to local governments and/or providers
  • Collaborate with local stakeholders and expert consultants on the planning and design of specific technical interventions in each city
  • Guide and monitor the implementation of specific technical interventions in each city
  • Lead stakeholder meetings and deliver presentations, as needed
  • Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications and Skill Set

  • At least 5 years’ experience in public policy and/or health and human services
  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, criminal justice, social work, or other relevant field
  • Familiarity with policy landscape and factors impacting substance use and overdose, including related criminal justice issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis preferred



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