Drug Overdose Prevention Specialist

Recruitment #220613-X17A-23


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Drug Overdose Prevention Specialist providing support to the Injury Prevention Service.   This is a state employee position PIN 34001584 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state government located in Oklahoma City of Oklahoma.  OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022The annual salary for this position is up to $62,400.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
This position serves as a specialist for the drug overdose prevention program within the Injury Prevention Service. The position is responsible for leading the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies to prevent substance use disorders and reduce overdose-related morbidity and mortality. The position provides subject matter expertise and ensures state and local integration of a comprehensive public health approach to drug overdose prevention.

Position Responsibilities/Essential Functions
•Lead the development and implementation of multiple program and policy prevention strategies to reduce drug-related overdose and death, utilizing a public health approach.
•Develop and deliver presentations on drug overdose prevention to public and professional audiences; conduct media interviews; and provide subject matter expertise to partners and the general public.
•Identify and engage collaborators; establish partnerships with public, private, tribal, and nonprofit organizations; facilitate multi-disciplinary coalitions or workgroups; and collaborate with partners to leverage resources for advancing statewide efforts.
•Prepare written materials and resources for professional and lay audiences for a variety of purposes, such as education, strategic planning, grant progress reporting, media, and advocacy.
•Recruit organizations and individuals to initiate and deliver evidence-based practices; provide technical assistance to coalitions addressing overdose and substance use disorders to strengthen functioning and outcomes.  
•Effectively and efficiently manage multiple ongoing projects at various levels of the social ecological model.
•Lead regular meetings with Injury Prevention Service staff and community-based project coordinators to integrate state and local prevention efforts.
•Assist with program evaluation and quality improvement projects and disseminate findings.
•Represent the Injury Prevention Service on various committees and provide progress reports, technical assistance, data, and information to the groups.
•Other Duties: Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Preferred Qualifications:
•At least one year of work experience in injury prevention, drug overdose prevention, or substance use disorder treatment.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Knowledge of public health problems, principles, and practices; of theoretical concepts of health behavior; of current social and economic problems as they relate to public health; of group organization and leadership; of community infrastructure development; and of basic research and statistical techniques is required.  Exceptional interpersonal, planning, and project management skills are required in order to effectively and efficiently develop, conduct, and evaluate trainings, meetings, presentations, and programs.  Ability is required to speak to the public; to organize communities, establish and facilitate coalitions, and direct groups; to prepare a variety of educational materials and other written documents; to work effectively with diverse populations; and to exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions.  Additional requirements include strong critical thinking, time management, and conflict management skills; the ability to translate plans into action; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; and self-motivation and drive to achieve established goals and objectives.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
•Work is typically performed in an office setting with climate-controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level, but also includes various public/community establishments used for training classes, presentations, meetings, and other required duties.  While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to stand, talk, walk, lift, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long periods of sitting and standing and daily use of a computer and phone.  Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


•Requirements consist of a Master’s degree in public health, public administration, sociology, psychology, wellness management, community health, or a closely related field and two years of experience in public health-related project planning and management or health education/promotion.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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