Purpose: The position serves as a program specialist for the MDHHS Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (PDO: DDPI) primary prevention program. This primary prevention program, supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will enhance public health surveillance and education efforts, as well as interventions to prevent prescription drug (opioid) and heroin overdoses. This position as a specialist will focus on managing subcontracts and providing state and local contract support on increasing opioid data collection, data analysis, and provider education offerings.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Development and implementation of the PDO DDPI strategies and activities with the rest of the PDO-DDPI team. • Serve as a program specialist with contracted organizations who are enhancing local opioid data surveillance and provider opioid education efforts. • Provide subcontract monitoring including annual work plan review, work plan reports and guidance on work plan deliverables and working with contracted agencies to ensure project success. • Conduct subcontract monitoring including but not limited to, site visits, desk audits, ongoing technical assistance (including feedback and accountability), expenditures and budget review and monitoring. • Learn and use the EGrAMS system for contract monitoring (including reviewing contracts, work plans, expenditures, reporting and budgets). • Communicate with contractors and partners regularly including monthly technical assistance calls, individual communication, trainings, etc. Distribute any additional learning opportunities related to opioid overdose prevention. • Provide technical assistance/liaison as requested to communities that are working on opioid overdose prevention. • Participate in the development and implementation of a statewide strategic plan related to prescription opioid and heroin abuse prevention. • Participate in the development and execution of the Prescription Drug Overdose DDPI budget. • Participate in technical assistance opportunities from the Centers for Disease Control, including conference calls, out of state Prescription Drug Overdose: DDPI annual meetings, and any other related meetings/conferences. • Participate in the monitoring and reporting of activities for federal grant reporting, including but not limited to annual performance reports, evaluation and performance measurement plan, and federal financial reporting forms. • Work in collaboration with the program evaluator, program epidemiologist, and other staff to facilitate the monitoring of CDC performance measures, statewide and community data, as well as short term, mid- term, and long-term outcomes. • Participate in all required meetings, trainings and webinars on opioid overdose prevention to continue education and increase skills. • Actively collaborate with communities served, representing the program, being open to hearing needs and perspectives and utilizing effective methods to increase communication, collaboration and inclusion. • Participate in any Unit, MDHHS and Inter-departmental cross-cutting initiatives and opportunities. • Other duties as assigned. Qualifications and Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in any major
Experience: A minimum of two years, or more preferred related experience, in substance use disorder, health education and outreach, and project management at the state or community level. Experience with partnership-building, public health program development and implementation, contract evaluation is preferred.
Important Skills and Characteristics: As a specialist, the incumbent must possess: • Ability to self-initiate work and complete all deadlines. • Ability to establish priorities and set goals. • Ability to accept responsibility for work and outcomes with minimum day to day oversight. • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. • Ability to coordinate activities and resolve conflicts. • Ability to be organized, track large number of activities and projects. • Ability to be culturally proficient. • Ability to incorporate health equity and social justice into daily work. • Ability to recommend solutions to public health problems. • Ability to maintain relationships with multiple partners in a variety of locations and professions. Partners including local, state, and federal agency staff, contractors, funding agencies, diverse communities, and the general public. • Ability to work collaboratively within MDHHS and within diverse communities. As a specialist, the incumbent is preferred to possess: • Knowledge of opioids, opioid addiction, strategies to address opioid addiction, prevent opioid overdose and primary prevention. • Report writing experience. • Knowledge of the principles of program planning, consultation and evaluation. • Familiarity with State government, State procedures for contracting and reporting. • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office programs is expected.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: May require occasional physical effort for transporting display or educational material. Requires ability to travel and a valid operator’s license, a significant amount of travel will be necessary to perform the duties of this position. Involves significant computer related activity such as viewing a CRT or VDT screen at least 50% to 75% of the time. This position will be located in the Lansing area.
Responsibility for the Work of Others: Occasional Leaders: Occasional leaders lead some projects and serve as a team member on others. The consultant may be assigned by management to organize, track or lead work, projects, or assignments.
Impact on Projects, Services and Operations: This position is a member of the MDHHS Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control staff and is responsible for assisting with projects as indicated. To meet the growing need for staff support and collaboration on community-based initiatives, this position provides the necessary staffing for recently added projects and responsibilities within the Division. In addition, it is expected this project will have implications for other inter-departmental areas including The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and also the MDHHS Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.
Required Communication Contact Person/Group Frequency Purpose MDHHS IVP Unit Manager Weekly Supervision Other PDO Team Staff Daily Collaboration IVP Unit Staff Periodically Collaboration Other MDHHS and Interdepartmental Programs working on Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose and Dependence As Needed Collaboration Community Partners and Key Stakeholders As Needed Technical assistance, Data Collection, Collaboration
“For the purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Non-Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”