Full Job Title: Senior Associate, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative (Technical Assistance) The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.
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Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative The substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The project does this by providing direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high- quality treatment for people with substance use disorders and implement other strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Additionally, the project highlights and disseminates innovative community-based strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Finally, the project conducts advocacy in Washington, DC, to achieve its programmatic objectives. To inform this work, the project conducts and publishes research and other information on evidence-based and emerging practices and maintains relationships with external experts and other stakeholders. The team comes from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with policy, advocacy, and research experience.
Position Overview The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the manager, substance use prevention and treatment initiative. Working closely with the team members and staff from communications, government relations, state strategy, and other Pew departments, the senior associate provides project management and strategic guidance for one or more states' technical assistance efforts. This work includes participating in the development and implementation of Pew's state campaigns to expand access to effective treatment for substance use disorders by completing policy analyses, conducting key informant interviews, and planning and facilitating stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events designed to achieve projects goals. The senior associate also assists with special assignments, including identifying and analyzing emerging issues related to substance use disorders. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
• Lead strategic state issue campaigns and initiatives with full ownership of the technical assistance plan, evaluation, and implementation of a state. This includes assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms and working toward the achievement of measurable goals and deadlines for state campaigns. To successfully accomplish this work, the senior associate may travel to meet stakeholders approximately five (5) days per month, often with multiple trips. This role will be done in collaboration with a project lead from Pew's State Strategy Group. • Define and research key policy and scientific issues related to substance use disorders, including topics such as coverage for evidence-based treatment, treatment systems and infrastructure, and funding. • Plan, organize, and implement stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events to gain insight into opioid use and misuse in each state to provide the state's leadership with technical assistance on the epidemic; develop and edit reports, fact sheets, and other materials generated from these events. • In collaboration with the project director and manager, evaluate project budgets, identify and vet consultants and firms, and negotiate contracts that clearly achieve program objectives and are cost effective. • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders from the public health, public safety, research, and policymaking communities at the national and state level to advance the goals of the project. Where appropriate, assist in the development of plans and materials to integrate state and national partners in project work. • Evaluate national and state initiatives related to prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, and have a thorough understanding of the existing and emerging models and evidence surrounding the impact of these programs. • Participate in the development of presentations and talking points to support internal and external communications. • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.