Town of Ware & Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance (QHSUA)
Drug Free Communities Support Program
Program Director Job Description
Job Title: Drug Free Communities Program Director; (employee of town of Ware, MA)
Description of Duties and Responsibilities: The Program Director (full-time position) is responsible
for ensuring that the overall goals, objectives, and requirements of the Drug Free Communities grant for
youth substance use prevention are fulfilled. The Drug Free Communities grant focuses on the towns of
Ware, Warren, and West Brookfield, working closely with the Ware Schools and Quaboag Regional
Schools. The Program Director leads and oversees implementation of locally supported, evidence-based
prevention programs; manages operations of community partnerships, grant administration, budgeting,
strategic planning, capacity building and training, data collection and reporting. Provides supervision
and support to the half-time Community Engagement Coordinator position. Serves as primary liaison to
the town of Ware administrative and fiscal staff, works with federal Drug Free Communities Project
Officers and Grants Management staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Works as part
of the QHSUA Prevention Team to coordinate the DFC grant activities with additional substance use
prevention and mental health promotion initiatives in the Quaboag Hills and wider geographic region.
Qualifications and Experience for the Position: Master’s degree in Public Health, Counseling, Health
Care, Nursing, Public Administration, Business, or related field preferred. Prior experience in prevention
work, health promotion services for youth and families, health communications, community organizing,
staff supervision, program management, and federal and/or state grants management. Knowledge of
health education, prevention, grants management, and program supervision. Skilled at program
evaluation, data collection and analysis. Excellent writing skills, including reports and promotional
materials. Broad knowledge of the workings of municipal and state government. Computer skills
including knowledge of social media, fiscal management tools, and virtual meeting skills.
Personal and Professional Qualities: Demonstrates: sensitivity to, and awareness of cultural, racial,
ethnic, economic, and social diversity including LGBTQ; awareness of community strengths and
culture; ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders including parents and youth; uses performance
feedback from supervisors to improve proficiency and skills; ability to work independently and as part
of a team; ability to maintain objectivity and fairness in dealing with people.
Salary Range and Hours: 37.5 hours per week; 1.0 Full Time Equivalent (FTE); salary is based on
qualifications. Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday; there are often evening/weekend
meetings and community events.
To apply for the position, send resume and cover letter to:
Gail Gramarossa, MPH, CHES
About Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance
Established in 2014, the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance is a partnership of local hospitals, school districts, behavioral health agencies,religious organizations, police departments, town administrations, mental health professionals, fire & rescue departments, businesses, youth groups and organizations, substance use treatment service providers, and community members who care about community-based substance use prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
The Alliance began as a program under the auspices of the Quaboag Hills Community Coalition.
The QHUSA mission is to work collaboratively to prevent and reduce substance misuse, especially among youth; to break down the stigma associated with substance use disorder; to reduce health problems resulting from substance use disorder; to contribute to community efforts to expand access to treatment services, and to value all pathways to recovery.
Regionally, the Alliance partners with the Hampshire County Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) project co-lead by the Northwestern District Attorney; the Strategic Planning Initiative for Family and Youth (SPIFFY) Coalition, addressing underage drinking and marijuana use; and is a member of the Hampden County District Attorney’s Addiction Task Force (HCAT) and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Opioid Task Force.
In 2015, the Alliance was funded with a start-up grant from Baystate Health Eastern Region’s Community Benefits Advisory Council.In 2016, the town of Ware and the Alliance were awarded a 5-year federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant. We have also received grant funding from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Public Health Services Commissioned Officers Foundation. In 2019, the QHSUA was awarded another federal grant to address underage drinking and the risk of impaired driving.
QHSUA serves local communities that are located in Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester Counties – the towns of Barre, Belchertown, Brimfield, Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, Holland, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Palmer, Spencer, Wales, Ware, Warren, and West Brookfield.