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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Programs Program Specialist I


The Center for Health Innovation (CHI), headquartered in Silver City, NM is seeking a Program Specialist I to assist with various Substance Use Disorder (SUD) related programs. The Program Specialist will assist with program planning, outreach, information dissemination, training, meeting coordination, and data collection and entry. This position requires a bachelor’s degree (relevant experience may substitute for education) and two years of relevant experience in education and/or instruction. Candidates should demonstrate skills in facilitation, public speaking, project management, and data collection. Candidates should be detail oriented, organized, a team player, and able to coordinate multiple project activities and players. Remote workers will be considered. Review the full position below .  Send resume and letter of interest by September 8, 2021 to   Please share with your networks, friends, and colleagues!

Job Description

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Position Function Summary

Under the direction of the Supervisor, the Program Specialist I performs work directly related to the management and business operations of CHI and its local, state and nationally partners. Functions include carrying out activities and coordination of various Substance Use Disorder (SUD) related programs. The Program Specialist will be the point of contact for partners, assist with program planning, development and implementation, group facilitation, and perform administrative duties as assigned.

The delivery of quality service and positive interaction with our customers is critical to the completion of all tasks within this job description, thus the employee is responsible for establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with visitors, partners and CHI employees in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.  Guidelines include all CHI policies and procedures. 

Position Accountabilities

  1. Under the direction of the Supervisor, the Program Specialist I provides comprehensive support to the implementation of CHI programs, goals, objectives and service contracts.
  2. Prepares and disseminates documents, minutes of meetings and general correspondence
  3. Conducts program-related research, evaluation, and participates in quality improvement projects as required.
  4. Facilitates, attends, and coordinates internal and external professional and community events and program meetings.
  5. Represents CHI at community meetings and collaborates with others to ensure program success.   
  6. Attends monthly CHI staff meetings, GrowBH-NM consortium meetings, academic detailing planning meetings, and other meetings as appropriate and/or directed by supervisor.
  7. Assist in the planning and implementation of marketing and promotional activities including social media campaigns.
  8. Provides or assists with planning, training and/or technical assistance related to program goals and objectives. This may include conducting informational/ educational presentations and on-site technical assistance with staff , coalition members, community members and other stakeholders.
  9. Researches and obtains supporting documents as requested. Assists with data collection, entry and/or analysis. Assists with writing reports as requested.
  10. Secures, manages, and coordinates outreach opportunities, events, and community projects, including but not limited to securing venues, equipment, supplies, and materials and promotion of the event.
  11. Plans, implements and evaluates program processes and strategies within a team and/or coalition environment. Provides guidance, coaching and feedback to community teams. Builds capacity of team/coalition to ensure accomplishment of goals and credibility within the community.
  12. Will adhere to established safety practices.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (2 years of relevant experience may substitute for 1 year of education)
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in health and human services, community development, or related field.
  • Works well in a directed/supervised environment, self-motivated,
  • Skills: facilitation, public speaking, project management, project assessment and reporting, detail oriented, organized, team player, and the ability to coordinate multiple project activities and players.
  • Ability to use internet for research, competent in Microsoft Suite software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Current driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Desirable Qualities

  • Understanding of community coalitions or collaborations among multiple sectors and ability to build capacity of such coalitions/collaborations to ensure it meets its mission/purpose.
  • Excellent communications skills and interpersonal skills
  • Experience or background with rural or frontier environments.
  • Self-motivated and able to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in basic computer skills and comfortable with learning new applications.
  • Able/willing to accept constructive feedback.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Physical Demands

  • Occasional prolonged standing/walking
  • Occasional lifting of supplies and/or equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional driving short and /or long distances.
  • Frequent use of computers and keyboard.

Working Conditions

  • Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
  • Considerable use of keyboard
  • Intermittent pressure due to deadlines and working with the public.
  • Must be able to travel locally, within New Mexico. Occasional national travel may be required.
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule: attending and facilitating some evening and/or weekend meetings and activities.

Special Requirements

  • Must be willing to use personal vehicle during employment. 
  • Must be able to meet deadlines.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and should not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.