Director, Substance Use Deflection Initiative

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

Director, Substance Use Deflection Initiative

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Position Information
Position Title Director, Substance Use Deflection Initiative
Position Type Admin/Professional
Full or Part Time Full Time
Position Summary Information
Responsible for the implementation, management and evaluation of substance use deflection initiatives undertaken by the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence to promote cross-systems collaboration and dissemination of best practices to reduce overdose deaths, increase health-facing responses to individuals living with addiction and decrease justice-facing responses to substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is an AA/EEO Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. Women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pay Grade: 11
Starting Salary Range: $66,092 – 79,311
Location: Rootstown, OH

Benefits Offerings Include:
- Hybrid Workplace (Up to two days remote after 6 months; Policy Number: 3349-7-151) 
- Training Offerings, including LSS Green & Yellow Belt and other professional development
- Competitive Health, Vision, Dental
- Flexible Spending Account
- State Retirement with 14% matching
- Excellent Vacation and Sick Time
- 11 Paid Holiday Days
- Wellness Offerings
- Short and Long Term Disability Coverage
- Long Term Care Coverage Offerings
- Life Insurance
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Principal Functional Responsibilities
1) Leadership of Deflection Initiatives a. Develop and oversee day to day activities associated with substance use deflection initiatives and projects. b. Develop and oversee continuous quality improvement efforts and evaluation of selected deflection activities. c. Assist with management of funding sources – applications, grant reporting requirements, and budgets associated with substance use deflection. d. Seek and cooperate on proposals for potential funding sources and partnerships to enhance and expand substance use deflection programming that is likely to improve local, regional, and state outcomes. e. Oversee the people management of the deflection initiatives (identification of needs, position planning, descriptions, recruitment, selection, performance management of assigned personnel). f. Guide development and dissemination of materials to promote best practices and dissemination of knowledge, including reports, scholarly articles, presentations, and website content. g. Manage consultants and sub-contracting entities associated with deflection initiatives.
2) External Collaboration a. Represent the Center’s substance use deflection initiatives at local, state, and national meetings and conferences. b. Participate on committees to identify and promote best practices in deflection. c. Participate in quarterly meetings of the CJ CCoE Collaboration Board. d. Continue to build relationships with funders, state entities and national partners and proactively engage with these partners to represent the center and the needs of Ohio counties in serving individuals with substance use disorders and those at risk of overdose.
3) Consultation and technical assistance to Ohio communities and stakeholders a. Cooperate with Dept. of Psychiatry staff, external consultants, and other university personnel to plan and implement project ECHO for select substance use deflection initiatives. b. Guide project staff in collection, analysis and reporting of programmatic and environmental scans of substance use deflection services and programs in Ohio. c. Work in collaboration with consultants, external partners, and subcontractors to direct statewide substance use deflection consultation and technical assistance. d. Direct information dissemination to ensure timely and accurate communication of resources and best practices to Ohio communities and stakeholders and national stakeholders.
4) Research and Data Analysis a. Collaborate with selected data management organizations to ensure quality data collection, reporting and information sharing activities associated with deflection programs, e.g., Quick Response Teams, LEAD teams, etc. b. Prepare materials for IRB/Human Subjects review, written reports and publication, and other research related activities as appropriate. c. Expand the center’s reach of content expertise and related partnerships by identifying community needs, gaps in local systems of care, trends across communities and potential sources to meet those needs. Collaborate with new partners to develop working relationships, document and disseminate best practices, identify possible directions for research and evaluation and create useful reference materials for local stakeholders.
5) Perform other duties as assigned
Master’s Degree in Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology, or other related field, or bachelor’s degree with more than 7 years’ experience required. Related license or certification preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of experience in social services, mental health, substance use treatment or criminal justice fields required.
  • Experience with mental health and/or substance use treatment consumers required.
  • Experience with personnel supervision required.
Key Skills, Personal Characteristics, and Key Competencies
  • High professional standards and integrity
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Strong computer skills and experience with sophisticated computer programs in a number of different platforms including use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to understand and work with individuals/groups with diverse educational philosophies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present to various groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to create, manage and reconcile budgets
  • Ability to represent NEOMED to internal and external partners.
  • Commitment to the University’s diversity initiative and the advancement of diversity among its students, residents, faculty, and staff.
  • Willing to travel as required (Driver’s license and insurance required.)

Core Competencies
  • Leadership: NEOMED creates positive change by educating and training Ohio’s next generation of health professionals, educators and researchers through experiential learning, high-impact research, strategic partnerships and innovation. By designing an environment where ideas and connections can flourish, NEOMED is transforming health care.
  • Exceptional Experience: By creating a welcoming, supportive and well-resourced environment, NEOMED sets the stage for meaningful interactions among its students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and community members. The University empowers every individual to participate fully in the campus experience and the community that NEOMED serves.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: NEOMED recognizes, appreciates and celebrates all of the ways-from backgrounds to viewpoints-that people are different. The University’s culture is grounded in respect and thrives on the uniqueness of each individual. NEOMED encourages everyone’s participation by fostering policies and practices that ensure fair and just access, treatment and opportunities for all.
  • People: Talent is NEOMED’s most valuable asset. The University invests in developing its faculty and staff to realize their fullest potential. As it works to attract and retain a diverse workforce and student body, NEOMED embraces opportunity and growth across all levels of the institution.
  • Talent Management: NEOMED leadership strives to align department and individual talent management efforts with the university strategic plan and objectives through workforce planning, recruiting the right talent onboard and helping develop employees to their optimal potential and capabilities.
  • Operational Excellence: NEOMED will create a culture of operational excellence by establishing clear administrative practices and eliminating waste. Leaders strive to meet customer expectations through a continuous improvement of the operational processes and creating a culture of employee empowerment to achieve objectives.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in program evaluation strongly preferred.
  • Experience in grant/program management including budgets preferred.
Physical Requirements
Must be able to utilize a phone, computer and screen and other office equipment. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk; or hear and occasionally stand, walk, reach, stoop, or kneel. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
Posting Detail Information
NEOMED EEO Statement
NEOMED is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants without discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, status as a foster parent, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, NEOMED also affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in its employment policies and practices. In compliance with Title IX (20 U.S.C Sec. 1681 et seq.), NEOMED prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment.

For concerns regarding discrimination, please contact:
Molly O’Malley
Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator
Northeast Ohio Medical University, G-212B
4209 St. Rt. 44, PO Box 95, Rootstown, OH 44272

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
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  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample
  2. Reference Letter