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Recruitment #23-000484-0009


This position is limited to current Howard County Health Department employees only.




Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

Main Purpose of Job

The Local Overdose Fatality Review Team (LOFRT) Coordinator will provide support to a multidisciplinary team in their efforts to critically analyze individual cases of fatal and non-fatal drug overdose in Howard County. Teams are given authority to access and analyze data from multiple sources to better understand factors and circumstances involved in overdose deaths and provide timely feedback to improve overdose prevention efforts. The LOFRT Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating recommendations from the team including preventable risk factors, programmatic needs, promotion strategies, harm reduction strategies and interventions, policy, subcommittee meeting needs, and enhanced interagency collaboration. Fiscal responsibilities include budget oversight and recommendations of the $60,000 grant to the program manager. The incumbent may engage stakeholders including County and Regional committees, officials, Opioid Intervention Team (OIT), Local Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (LDAAC) representation, education, human services, law enforcement, treatment providers, and the Howard County community. The LOFRT Coordinator will utilize a variety of data sources, Team meetings including subcommittees, and materials to identify county specific rates, trends, resources, cultural and linguistic needs, and gaps in services, and to help develop a work plan that identifies key action steps needed to implement and monitor LOFRT recommendations. The LOFRT Coordinator is responsible for documenting and tracking OFR case level data, utilizing the OFR Toolkit, OFR Data Systems and dashboard, and fulfilling job functions and assignments per grant requirements and following the OFR national guidelines and best practices.

This position is eligible for hybrid telework.

20% Coordinate and expand upon the existing Opioid Fatality Review Team
Coordinate and facilitate OFRT meetings, which will be conducted as needed, but no less than every other month to study Opioid Fatality cases selected for review.  Provide interpretive analysis of the trends that are prevalent within the data and collaborate with community partners to identify opportunities and process improvement to prevent future overdoses. Develop and maintain relationships with participating agencies on the OFR team to facilitate data sharing and support for recommendation development and implementation.
20% Identifying and reporting key data elements for data-informed prevention and response activities, access to services, and emerging SUD needs to strengthen collaborative programing  and recommend activities that support referral and linkages to community resources to prevent future overdoses resulting in death.
Utilize a variety of key data sources including Youth Behavior Risk Survey (YBRS), hospital data, law enforcement and emergency management reporting, Vital Statistics Administration (VSA) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) statistics and trends, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), program activity reports and other findings and dashboard with appropriate authorizations.

Ensure findings result in community specific supports to recommend referrals and linkages to county resources as well as strengthen collaborative programing as needed.

20% Engage partners and stakeholders by acquiring information from various sources and agencies and increasing their understanding of the impact of the opioid epidemic on the community.
Leads LOFRT meetings and subcommittees when indicated (virtual or in-person), grantor scheduled and data dashboard meetings and trainings, agency and community meetings as assigned, technical assistance, professional training and growth activities internally and as available through the funding source (OPHI); Participate in agency Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) meetings, supervision meetings, development meetings, or others as assigned. Coordinate with:
  • Private and public partners as well as harm reduction staff to ensure recommendations are locally driven and collaborative to strengthen referrals and linkages to needed resources as well as coordinate programing as needed
  • Data analyst to ensure data is being tracked and recorded appropriately according to grant requirements and research and planning needs.

20% Maintains all reporting requirements for the grant and state including development of one (1) comprehensive plan on LOFRT recommendations in collaboration with the Department and the grantor.
Report to incorporate data and recommendations of the LOFRT to prevent fatal and non-fatal overdoses occurring in Howard County. Additional strategies and evaluation of implementation depending on availability of data and traceable information; Offers suggestions for enhanced involvement and identification of gaps or needed services, any applicable evidence based approaches to prevention, intervention, and/or treatment, training needs, individuals impacts by SUDs, landscape/community needs, stigma or harm reduction or other awareness campaigns, evaluation of existing support services and outcomes and increase fidelity of treatment protocols and pharmacological treatments. Tracking of qualitative and quantitative outcomes included in the plan at least quarterly or at minimum established by the grantor schedule and LOFRT guidelines, for review with the Department, LOFRT, granting administration, steering and/or subcommittees, advisory committees and stakeholders as applicable.  Fiscal responsibilities include recommendations of budget spending to the program manager.
5% Completes required and ongoing trainings with Howard County Health Department and Howard County Behavioral Health.
5% Attends professional conferences, seminars and trainings as relevant.
5% Attends bi-weekly Team Meetings and meets with supervisor as needed.

5%  Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

ExperienceThree years of professional experience in health services, two years must have been in the Health Services option.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Health Services option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus one additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care   Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Desired qualifications:
- Experience working with the CRISP database.
- Experience coordinating overdose fatality team meetings.
- Knowledge of Narcan and Opioid misuse. 
- Experience training/teaching information to a large and/or small group. 
- Experience collaborating and building relationships with groups or stakeholders/internal partners.
- Extensive experience and knowledge using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook.
- Willingness to participate in outreach activities. 
- Strong writing and communication skills.


This position is limited to current Howard County Health Department employees only.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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