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Job Description

The Addiction Science Team at UMSL-Missouri Institute of Mental Health (UMSL-MIMH) conducts grant implementation and evaluation services for several federally- and state-funded research and service grants focused on substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction efforts across Missouri. Our overarching goals include preventing overdose deaths, promoting the dignity and worth of people who use drugs, and reducing barriers to evidence-based treatment and recovery services. We accomplish this through training, advocacy, building and supporting community-based programs and partnerships, evaluation, quantitative and community-based research, and outreach. Given the diversity of the communities we serve, it is essential we approach our work with a focus on equity and an attitude of cultural humility.

The Addition Science Team is specifically looking for an individual to take on the role of Assistant Director of Harm Reduction Programming to assist the Director of Harm Reduction Programming with the rapid growth of Community Harm Reduction Programming through the State Opioid Response (SOR) and Navigating Overdose Through Harm Reduction (NORTH*) grants. More specifically, this individual would be involved in program implementation in both lead and supportive roles, they will supervise and mentor staff, and assist the Director of Harm Reduction Programming in the development of new funding ideas and proposals to support the sustainability of the Addiction Science unit.

Starting 3/1/2024, the community harm reduction team will be getting an increase in funding equivalent to $12 million, effectively doubling the current programming requirements offered through community harm reduction. This role will come in under the current Sr Director position to lead and provide supervisory support as part of this expansion efforts. This role will oversee two overdose prevention specialists as well as provide indirect supervision of the operations coordinator. Job duties will include:
  • Oversee the expansion efforts of overdose education and naloxone distribution programs including supply allocation, budgeting, reporting, and partner meetings.
  • Manage and support the Operations Coordinator and Overdose Prevention Specialist on monthly supply ordering and grant supply spend-downs.
  • Serve as the supervisor on record for two Community Harm Reduction Overdose Prevention Specialist as direct reports.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Harm Reduction Programming on new program conceptualization, strategic planning, budgeting, and development of new grant/contract proposals.
  • Lead collaborative efforts with the Director of Harm Reduction Programming to enhance implementation quality improvement efforts.
  • Lead the creation of infographics, brief reports, and collaborate on manuscripts highlighting program outcomes, processes, and research findings as needed.
  • Represent the Addiction Science team during local, state, and national meetings and presentations.
  • Create and uphold robust strong working relationships with funders, community partners, and staff. partners, and staff.
  • Clearly communicate performance expectations for projects and adeptly navigate sensitive issues pertaining to community harm reduction.
  • Provide support to community harm reduction team on naloxone distribution efforts including supply packing, shipping, and supply moving which includes frequent moving of boxes weighing up to 40lbs.
  • Help shape long-term plans and strategies through collaboration with Addiction Science leadership and directors.
  • Demonstrate values consistent with diversity, equity, and inclusion to address racial disparities and advance equity in substance use services through intentional program implementation.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


8am-5 pm; This will be a hybrid work position with days that consist of in-office, community, and remote work.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in social work, public health, health sciences, or related fields.
  • Management experience leading a team.
  • Possess an understanding of substance use disorder and harm reduction as well as the current research/literature regarding these topics.
  • Recognizes ways that race, and other identities intersect in the work, especially with communities we serve and is comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms.
  • Possess an understanding of harm reduction.
  • Possess a high level of organization and self-direction.
  • Be skilled in Microsoft Office and Web-based interface to independently manage data tracking through Excel spreadsheets, compose PowerPoint presentations, and develop info-graphics and one-pagers for public presentations.
  • Proficient in Zoom / Teams Video Conference systems and Microsoft Outlook Calendar
Anticipated Hiring Range

Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $58,573 - $83,304 Annual
Grade: GGS-11
University Title: Director Program & Project Operations

Application Materials

Application materials include a cover letter and resume. Finalists will be asked to provide references at a later date.

Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment to the UMSL Job site:

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). For questions about the application process, please email If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

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