Position Description

Program Associate–Opioids Task Force Coordination
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 atwww.vitalstrategies.orgto find out more about our work.

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 Program Associate – Opioids Task Force Coordination, seconded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) located in Lansing, Michigan.

MDHHS plays a critical leadership role in the state’s effort to address the drug overdose epidemic. Vital Strategies will provide seconded staff to MDHHS to assist with various functions related to leading the Michigan Interagency Opioid Task Force that convenes the major state government agencies involved in addressing drug use and overdose. This position will support the activities of the task force, including preparing agendas, presentations, and materials, project managing initiatives of the task force, collecting and presenting data, and coordinating activities between agencies.


Specific Duties

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

  • Support MDHHS in staffing the Task Force, including organizing meetings, creating agendas, taking minutes, drafting documents on behalf of the Task Force, soliciting input on materials from Task Force members, and preparing presentations to and by the Task Force

  • Project manage initiatives of the Task Force by creating implementation plans, assisting with oversight of execution of project deliverables (as appropriate), tracking and reporting on implementation activities across departments, collecting and presenting data, and flagging barriers for resolution by senior leadership

  • Research best practices from other states, academia, and the private sector for addressing drug overdose

  • Collect and analyze information about current State policies and practices, strengths, and weaknesses

  • Help to identify funding sources to expand activities and initiate new projects

  • Support reporting to internal and external stakeholders on opioid-related government activities and progress

  • Support the agency’s work to facilitate alignment on new policies and initiatives across state government

  • Support responding to legislator, media, and other information requests

  • Other duties as assigned


Qualities and Qualifications

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

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, public health, public policy, social work, or related field.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Familiarity with substance use/overdose/opioids policy

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