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CENTER Community Partnership and Programming Specialist for Equity-focused Substance Use Initiative

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University of Missouri, St. Louis – Missouri Institute of Mental Health

CENTER Community Partnership and Programming Specialist

The University of Missouri-St. Louis, in collaboration with The T, Family Care Health Center, and several community-based organizations in the St. Louis area, established a community-academic collaboration entitled CENTER (Community Engagement, Trauma, Equity & Renewal; for People Who Use Drugs in 2021. The CENTER Initiative is now looking for a Community Partnership and Programming Specialist to help support its mission, and build upon its existing community-based partnerships and activities.

The mission of the CENTER Initiative is to reduce overdose, confront the impact of trauma, and invest in the long-term wellbeing of Black people most impacted by addiction, drug use, and overdose in St. Louis. Our current priorities are to 1) change the narrative around drug use and overdose to increase the urgency of the crisis for Black people in St. Louis while appreciating and celebrating the many paths to recovery, 2) promote safer drug use through expanded harm reduction education and supply distribution, and 3) increase substance use service options that both add to services that already exist and lead to the growth of new, innovative models that promote healing care and social support.

The Community Partnership and Programming Specialist will focus on building and supporting the CENTER Community Advisory Board, navigating partner communications and collaborations, and coordinating team meetings and gatherings. This role requires significant flexibility in one’s day-to-day roles and responsibilities because our approach to achieving project goals will change in response to community feedback and needs. Candidates should be prepared to work with a diverse team that includes health care providers, researchers, professional advocates, people who use drugs, and community activists and organizers.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage the operations of the CENTER Community Advisory Board (CAB), including but not limited to member support and communication (i.e., serving as the primary liaison for the 9-10 existing community consultants), monthly meeting planning, CAB project management and evaluation, CAB marketing and recruitment, website maintenance, and supporting the development of a long-term strategic vision for CAB sustainability.
  • Represent and promote CENTER in the community by building community awareness at tabling events, community meetings, listening sessions, and other engagements.
  • Amplify the current overdose crisis for Black people in St. Louis by designing and managing a Public Relations/Media strategy with traditional and non-traditional news sources
  • Organize and attend project and subgroup team meetings; serve as a point of contact for project involvement and correspondence. Strengthen relationships with project partners through regular meetings
  • Support education and training activities by assisting with promoting training events, participant and vendor communications, and event logistics.
  • Provide support for ongoing research activities by assisting with participant recruitment and communication.
  • Conduct regional travel as-needed to attend community meetings, focus groups, and other events. Potential for optional out-of-state travel to occasional conferences.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas


8 hour shift Mon-Fri, 40 hour week


Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $20.83 - $24.82 Hourly
Grade: GGS-008
University Title: Program/Project Support Coordinator I

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Background in cross-sector collaboration, drug user health, racial equity and inclusion, and/or community outreach initiatives
  • Community engagement experience and some college; Be skilled in Microsoft Office and written communication to independently compose PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents for public consumption.
Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.) to the UMSL Job site: Http://
For questions about the application process, please call (314) 516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Inclusive Excellence Statement

As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. Inclusive excellence is embedded in our strategic plan which focuses on actions to recruit and retain diverse students and employees and promote activities that encourage civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation.

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

Diversity Commitment

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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