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Senior Director, Overdose Prevention

Location: Arlington, VA

Summary:  Responsible for the administration, direction, and expansion of the Overdose Prevention Portfolio, which includes proactively supporting state and territorial health officials and their agencies on public health areas including overdose prevention, opioid preparedness, response, and surveillance, as well as the intersection of overdose prevention and health equity.

Principal Functions:

  • Provides day-to-day leadership, management, and oversight of the Overdose Prevention portfolio budgets and initiatives, including the work that falls under the Overdose Data to Action and Opioid Preparedness, Response, and Surveillance teams.
  • Collaborates internally with ASTHO leadership and staff to expand the impact and quality of programs.
  • Works closely with the Vice President for Social and Behavioral Health in organizational strategy development, planning, and implementation; stakeholder engagement; and funding growth strategy.
  • Oversees the relevant policy and programmatic activities between ASTHO and the CDC Division of Overdose Prevention, SAMHSA, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and others.
  • Represents ASTHO in various external committees, workgroups, conferences, summits, and advisory bodies related to the Overdose Prevention Portfolio and social and behavioral health subject matter areas.
  • Provides relevant assistance to the ASTHO supported committees and task forces, including the ASTHO Community Health and Prevention Policy Committee and the Substance Misuse & Addiction Response Taskforce (SMART) Subcommittee.
  • Anticipates changing policy and program issues and conveys their potential impact to ASTHO senior management, including maintaining routine situational awareness of emerging issues or trends of relevance and importance to the member base.
  • Seeks new and diversified funding and guides and participates in developing proposals to support ASTHOís members in a range of social and behavioral health areas.
  • Proactively builds, cultivates trust, and strengthens stakeholder relationships to promote health equity work within the social and behavioral health portfolio to support membership and ASTHO as an organization.
  • Conceptualizes, develops, and implements collaborative projects or cross-cutting policies and programmatic issues with other ASTHO teams and functional areas.
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with ASTHO coworkers and representatives from other stakeholders and organizations.
  • Plans project activities and evaluation, including forecasting and translating into deliverables member and grantor needs and articulating project goals, objectives, and intended outcomes.
  • Oversees, mentors, evaluates, and supports direct reports to fulfill their positions including, but not limited to:
    • Managing existing projects within their portfolio.
    • Developing new project initiatives in anticipation or response to member needs or related to policy committee priority areas.
    • Developing and completing materials meeting ASTHO review and quality requirements.
    • Team development, leadership, organizational culture, and ASTHO values.
  • Tracks and analyzes relevant national and state public health policy, federal legislation, and research.
  • Writes, edits, and oversees project deliverables including briefs, blogs, reports, and newsletter stories.
  • In concert with the ASTHO events team, oversees activities associated with event (meetings, webcasts, etc.) planning.
  • Serves as a resource and responds to members, affiliates, and alumni technical assistance requests on issues related to substance abuse and overdose prevention.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelorís degree in public health, science, public administration, or comparable degree; masterís degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant work experience in public health or related field. This must include some experience in substance abuse and/or overdose prevention from a public health perspective.
  • Strong working knowledge of the opioid epidemic and best practice programmatic and policy strategies to reduce drug overdose, including strategies to address upstream factors that influence multiple injury, violence, and health outcomes.
  • Supervisory and leadership experience, including leading diverse staff teams.
  • Public health experience at local, state, and/or federal/national level is highly desirable.
  • Experience with state health agencies and/or national associations and awareness of public health policy, program planning, and implementation from a state perspective is desirable.
  • Proficient in writing, managing, and evaluating performance with federal grants/cooperative agreements or foundation grants
  • Experience tracking and analyzing related project issues and legislation at the federal and state levels.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, oral communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain diverse collaborative networks.
  • Ability to manage and develop multiple projects independently and in a team environment, and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to integrate related policy and programmatic issues across categorically funded programs.
  • Ability to anticipate statesí emerging issues and proactively identify policy and programmatic solutions.
  • Ability to develop accountability measures to analyze progress, evaluate outcomes, illustrate impact, and sustain success.
  • Ability to travel.


ASTHO is the only national, nonprofit organization representing the nationís state and territorial public health officials and the agencies they serve. ASTHOís members, the chief health officials of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely-associated states, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, assuring excellence in public health practice, and advancing health equity and optimal health for all. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and opened a second office location in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health to this day. ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.


State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.


ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.





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