King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.
About the Division
This position is a member of the Behavioral Health & Recovery Division (BHRD) team. BHRD works to improve the quality of life in King County by ensuring that adults, youth, children, families, and communities receive the mental health and substance use disorder services that they need. BHRD’s client-centered, coordinated system of service delivery is based on community assessment, measurable outcomes and systematic program evaluation that is accountable to our clients and their families, funding agencies and residents of King County.
About the Position
This position will work closely with the SUD Specialist and MIDD Lead for BHRD’s Multipronged Opioid Strategies Initiative. The Opioid Prevention Manager will be responsible for assisting in implementing initiatives that seek to reduce stigma, prevent substance use related harms and raise community awareness regarding opioid related risks, prevention, and treatment availability. This position will report to the SUD Specialist and play a critical role in providing opioid overdose education, information, technical support and assistance to the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN), community stakeholders and other partners.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.
WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This is a Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position anticipated to end December 31, 2024, but subject to change dependent on operational need. This position is scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. This position meets the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department’s hybrid environment.
RECRUITER: Annette Coleman; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Informed and guided by data analysis, convene youth and adult behavioral health providers and community partners for opioid overdose training and information sharing.
- In partnership with DCHS and King County Public Health communications teams, disseminate substance use education resources, including fentanyl education and messaging regionally via KC websites and blogs, through community partners, like substance abuse prevention coalitions and community events, and through channels that reach prescribers and pharmacists (Public Health’s Health Alerts, etc.). Ensure materials are translated in top languages in King County.
- Develop and disseminate Opioid/Fentanyl Overdose Trainings for groups and occupations that have been disproportionately impacted by overdose.
- Cultivate and sustain relationships with community partners supporting the health of people who use drugs.
- Engage with and support community-based outreach & engagement teams that prioritize overdose training. Develop collaborations with those providers who offer treatment services to legal system involved persons and who provide outreach at shelters and encampments.
- In partnership with BHRD staff and King County Public Health, collaborate on projects and initiatives that expand harm reduction services to persons at highest risk for overdose including Naloxone distribution, access to additional syringe and smoking supplies, and access to fentanyl test strips.
- Ensure culturally responsive and relevant information and resource sharing related to overdose prevention and response. Work with BHRD and King County Public Health to support equity and social justice initiatives regarding overdose prevention.
- In partnership with BHRD staff and King County Public Health, strategize on how we can reduce barriers and provide pathways for schools, healthcare providers, and organizations to access naloxone, while addressing system inequities/gaps.
- Expand continuing education trainings for the existing substance use disorder workforce and in partnership with BHRD staff, develop content specific trainings on the following opioid prevention topics:
- Low Barrier MOUD resources
- Role of prevention within the SUD continuum of care
- Overdose Prevention Training for Clinicians
- Harm reduction practices and principles
- Stigma reduction
- Coordinate with division and/or departmental teams regarding current planning and implementation and assure coordination with other county initiatives.
- Coordinate with other County staff to develop and contribute material for presentations made to the MIDD Advisory Committee and for Executive and Council review.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) as defined by Washington Administrative Code 246-811-010 and Revised Code of Washington 18.205.
- A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, social work, public health, health care administration or closely related field and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience working in the public sector or working with publicly funded mental health or substance abuse treatment/human service system(s) and/or equivalent education and experience.
- Strong commitment and/or experience creating programing grounded in Equity and Social Justice with understanding of equity and social justice principles and practices, and the effects of place, race, and policy & systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
- Experienced in identifying and gathering stakeholders and key partners to share information, identify concerns and engage individuals to collaborate and problem solve around community needs and issues.
- Experience developing and conducting trainings for internal staff and external partners in a variety of settings, with varying backgrounds and opioid use knowledge base.
- Strong interpersonal skills including collaboration across departments/divisions and a strong understanding about what it means to be a team player.
- Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in an understandable way to others.
- Advanced knowledge of other complex systems and issues that relate to substance use disorder services and systems such as physical and behavioral health, integrated healthcare, homelessness, criminal justice diversion and re-entry, education, and employment.
- Advanced knowledge of harm reduction strategies and approaches that work to reduce negative consequences associated with drug use.
- Advocate for policies designed to serve people who use drugs and ensure they reflect individual and community needs.
- Action oriented, works well independently with a desire to work on a high performing and collaborative team.
- Skill in being process oriented with strong attention to detail and ongoing improvement efforts.
- Proficiency in the use of personal computers, with working knowledge of MS 2010 Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Valid Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely manner.
- The ability to occasionally lift files and supplies up to 10 lbs.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
- Knowledge of King County’s recovery-oriented system of care, Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Sales Tax, and other King County initiatives.
- Knowledge of the King County behavioral health service system, social services network.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
- submit proof of vaccination, or
- have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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