The CDC Foundation is working with CDC and state and local authorities to provide surge staff to support surveillance, prevention and response activities within the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program. The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a Local Health Department (LHD) County Overdose Prevention Specialist. The LHD County Overdose Prevention Specialist will work with jurisdiction staff to assess the county landscape, identify projects with maximum impact to address the overdose crisis, and implement projects in conjunction with the LHD.
This position is hybrid and located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Position Title: Local Health Department (LHD) County Overdose Prevention Specialist
Location: This position is hybrid and located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Salary: $60,000-$70,000 with benefits
Coordinate overdose prevention and harm reduction efforts at the local level in North Carolina via the Local Health Departments’ mechanisms (e.g., county-level overdose prevention plans, coalitions, task forces, syringe services programs, post-overdose response teams).
Collaborate with the NC OD2A Technical Assistance Team and the Regional Coordinators, housed within the NC Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, to provide statewide guidance to advance the goals of the North Carolina Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan.
Provide training within the LHD and to community partners such as the county substance use coalition on evidence-based overdose prevention strategies.
Maintain a working knowledge of key overdose prevention, harm reduction, and linkages to care strategies to provide appropriate support and coordination, both proactively and as requested locally.
Foster and maintain peer-to-peer relationships with subject matter experts and other partners aimed at efficient and effective program implementation.
Collaborate with various partner agencies and organizations to develop and disseminate policy messages and evidence-based programming.
Develop educational materials related to overdose prevention and harm reduction.
Assist in creating sustainability of overdose prevention programming
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience
Professional experience or demonstrated knowledge in overdose prevention, substance use disorder treatment, harm reduction, recovery, and/or drug policy
People who have lived experience with drug use, sex work, or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.
Demonstrated ability to work well independently and within teams
Ability to work collaboratively with technical experts, administrators, external partners, and the public
Demonstrated engagement in networking and strategic partnerships
Strong cultural humility and collaboration skills with the ability to work effectively in an environment with diverse cultures, multiple perspectives, and competing needs
Experience conducting trainings and providing technical assistance preferred
Experience working in a virtual environment with remote partners and teams
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams and Zoom a plus
Self-motivated with exceptional organizational skills and high attention to detail
Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple facets of project development and implementation
Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
This role is involved in a dynamic public health program. As such, roles and responsibilities are subject to change as situations evolve. Roles and responsibilities listed above may be expanded upon or updated to match priorities and needs, once written approval is received by both the CDC Foundation and North Carolina DHHS in order to best support the assigned county in their public health programming.