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Senior Technical Advisor, States – Overdose Prevention Program

Vital Strategies

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted November 20, 2021.

Job Brief

Senior Technical Advisor, States
– Overdose Prevention Program

Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization.

Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death.

We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns.

Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives.

They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research.

Our programs are concentrated in low
– and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

Please visit our website at to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies is seeking to add expertise in drug strategy, with specific focus on overdose prevention.

This work is based in the United States.

Job Purpose:

Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Technical Advisor for the Overdose Prevention Program.

Vital Strategies is funding projects and providing technical assistance tailored to the overdose epidemic on the ground in specific U.S.


We are assisting local partners in reforming policy, innovating programs, and mobilizing communities at the neighborhood, municipal, county and state levels.

Our work is expanding to include additional states, and we are hiring staff to manage that expansion.

The Senior Technical Advisor will lead program planning and implementation activities related to technical interventions for reducing overdose deaths in specific states.

The position is based in New York City.

The salary range for this role is $105,600-$123,200 and offers will be based on candidate experience and internal equity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise and mentor up to 5 staff embedded with state and/or local governments, including workplan development for those staff

Develop proposals for new opportunities and partnerships

Design, negotiate and implement new projects and sub-grants to state and local governments, providers, organizations, coalitions, and other stakeholders

Manage and monitor at least 10 projects, such as medication treatment expansion via hospital emergency departments, harm reduction program expansion, and community grants for racial equity, low-threshold service engagement, and naloxone distribution

Manage and monitor program and financial reporting from sub-grantees, and related needs, in coordination with operations unit

Serve as primary representative for program with state and local government representatives and leadership

Develop strategy and collaborate with local stakeholders and expert consultants on the planning and design of specific technical interventions in the state, to promote and catalyze interventions

Design and deliver technical assessments, training, and support to state partners and sub-grantees

Maintain scientific, policy, and practical expertise on technical interventions, including analysis of jurisdictional applicability

Initiate and monitor the implementation of specific technical interventions in each state;

Coordinate and facilitate data and evaluation activities with sub-grantees and other partners and stakeholders

Represent the program, facilitate relevant stakeholder meetings, and deliver presentations

Supervise and mentor direct reports

Serve as a resource for specific core team activities, as needed

Represent the program as state-specific program lead

Apply an intersectional racial justice framework in planning and implementing interventions

Provide support for communications needs, where appropriate and as assigned

Participate in and contribute to coalitions, task forces, and other stakeholder groups, where appropriate and as assigned

Ad hoc request as needed


Education and Degree

PhD, Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred

Skills and Abilities

Excellent organization and time management skills

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously

Extensive knowledge of drug use/overdose/harm reduction/opioids policy

Deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes and levers of influence and change

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office, including use of pivot tables, V-lookups, and formulas

Ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives

Comprehensive project management skills, with the ability to make sound, informed judgments

Ability to manage expectations of various interests while operating in a dynamic environment


Experience required

10+ years of related work experience

Experience in managing all levels of staff

Experience preferred

Policy advocacy experience

Governmental agency work experience

Demonstrated record of planning, coordinating, advocating, and achieving meaningful change in state and local policies for public health approach to drug use.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Individual may be required to occasionally move between partner offices in the New York City area.

In addition, up to 30% of time in domestic travel may be required to attend meetings.

Health Education Specialists


10 to 20+ years

Job type
Full time