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.
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Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Advisor – Harm Reduction Strategy, seconded to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WIDHS) located in Madison, Wisconsin. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000. The candidate much have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
WIDHS plays a critical leadership role in the state’s effort to address the drug overdose epidemic and preserve and restore the dignity and self-determination of people who use drugs as they interact with various services and systems. Vital Strategies will provide a seconded staff to WIDHS to lead development of Wisconsin’s Harm Reduction Strategy. This position will analyze gaps in current programming, understand and map county-level plans to avoid duplication and synergistic collaboration, and design a multiyear, multiagency strategic plan that can also be adopted at county level and by sovereign nations.
Period of Assignment: The incumbent is an at will employee as determined by WIDHS, Vital Strategies, and the employee. After the project period the position will be considered for a permanent DHS position depending on funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Secondee shall conduct work as if the Secondee were a full-time employee of WIDHS and shall have the following duties:
1. Stakeholder engagement and coordination -
a. Support agency/stakeholder engagement; coordinate strategic meetings; document meeting themes and action points; and document county-level plans to avoid duplication.
b. Engage people who use drugs in meaningful ways to inform the strategy.
2. Needs assessment -
a. Identify strengths, barriers, and gaps regarding efforts to reduce overdose deaths in the state and be able to synthesize these findings in an actionable report/written document.
b. Analyze available data to develop descriptive analyses that inform the state’s harm reduction strategy.
c. Identify essential data systems requiring support that will improve timely assessment and response to overdose spikes.
d. Understand the regulatory environment and the diverse needs across the state and its communities. Use this knowledge to design realistic and ambitious interventions.
e. Monitor emerging strategies that may be included in the plan that will further reduce overdose deaths.
3. Strategic plan development and monitoring -
a. Design a detailed and strategic multiagency plan encompassing community/provider awareness of evidence-based harm reduction; efforts to mitigate the harm that stigma causes for people who use drugs; harm reduction supply chain improvements including integration of intramuscular naloxone; strategies to fund harm reduction resources; identification of areas in the state with high overdose rates and low availability of harm reduction services; a collective goal to mitigate systemic barriers and scale interventions that further enable people who use drugs to define and achieve individual wellness.
b. The plan should include strategies to adopt at county level and for sovereign nations.
c. Include specific interventions to improve equitable access to services for racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities.
d. Include specific interventions that address social determinants of health.
e. Design and facilitate a funding strategy that enables diverse, competitive applicants that embody the strategy’s vision.
f. Inform a monitoring and evaluation strategy that assesses the impact of implementation and informs improvement strategies.
g. Identify funded partners who require additional technical assistance and develop a plan to improve implementation.
h. Support cross-pollination discussions with other Vital Strategies staff to share relevant project updates and seed collaboration opportunities.
4. Miscellaneous -
a. Travel, as COVID-19 infection rates allow, to urban and rural communities throughout the state as needed to engage partners and stakeholders.
b. Other duties as assigned
Education and Degree -
● Graduate or undergraduate degree in public health, public policy, social work, psychology or other relevant field, preferred
Skills and Abilities -
● Demonstrated project management ability to establish and meet deadlines producing high quality products
● Ability to synthesize information from various sources and review/understand data to inform action.
● Strong people skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Demonstrated ability to analyze data and basic understanding of evaluation and its role
● Ability to work well with diverse groups of individuals and organizations
● Excellent organizational skills
● Self-starter with ability to work independently
● Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
● At least 5 years professional experience preferably in public health, public policy, or related experience. If Masters, 3 years’ experience.
● Experience providing technical or programmatic guidance for, or management of, harm reduction settings.
● Experience and comfort working with people who use drugs.
● Understanding of principles of health equity and disparities.
● Experience working in, or with, state or county government agencies or policy advocacy in WI.
● Experience working with sovereign nations.
● Experience working in harm reduction services, policy, or advocacy
● Familiarity with criminal legal issues.
● Familiarity with substance use/overdose/opioids policy
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
● Ability to travel within the state if COVID-19 transmission rates allow
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume via the Vital Strategies Career page on our website. The position will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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…