Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Opioid & Substance Misuse Response Program Manager – Deputy Director within the Division of Health Protection in Atlanta, Georgia.

Won’t you join us?

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Under limited supervision of the Opioid & Substance Misuse Program Director, provide leadership through oversight of programs and personnel within the Opioid & Substance Misuse Response Program to reduce opioid and substance misuse and drug overdose in Georgia.
  • Manage and direct assigned Opioid & Substance Misuse Response Program staff – Lead program response efforts by coordinating and establishing operations and communication procedures and guidelines with all stakeholders (internal and external).
  • Develop and implement training, exercises, programmatic briefings, and meetings (in person and online) for DPH internal and external partners to ensure programmatic awareness locally, statewide, and regionally.
  • Develop partnerships and collaborate with other DPH programs, state agencies, and organizations to inform and strengthen programmatic work.
  • Act as response liaison to local public health partners to include providing technical assistance for the local Public Health Districts and other key partners of an opioid response.
  • Guide and inform the Program and State in the use of evidence-based and promising practices to address opioid, substance misuse, and overdose prevention and response.
  • Coordinate preparations and submission of all grant-related reports, including new grant applications.
  • Represent the Opioid Director during meetings, conference calls, and email exchanges when the Director is not available, including authorizing grant-related activity, upon conferring with the Business Operations Director.
  • Assist in program and strategy evaluation and recommend process changes to ensure intended outcomes are met.
  • Oversee the development, management, and evaluation of external contracts
  • Coordinate opioid response planning activities for DPH relating to any opioid. response in conjunction with the DPH Emergency Operations Plan and all affiliated annexes/appendices. Ensure consistent engagement with internal and external partners to support plan development and maintenance.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Three years experience managing professional level staff
Seven years of related professional experience AND Three years managing at the level equivalent to area of assignment
Three years of experience at the lower level (GSM010) or position equivalent.

Note: A combination of education and experience at agency discretion.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master of Public Health degree or other applicable fields of study
  • At least two years of program management experience in areas such as substance misuse prevention, overdose prevention and response, epidemiology, and/or public health emergency preparedness
  • At least two years of relatable experience leading projects, implementing grant activities, strategic planning, and working with a wide range of partners/stakeholders to collaborate and work towards achieving a common goal
  • Demonstrated knowledge and implementation of evidence-based strategies in the area of substance misuse prevention, overdose prevention and response, treatment, and/or recovery
  • Experience in training, strategic planning, and project management
  • A strong orientation toward teamwork and collaboration
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with a wide range of audiences

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.