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Associate Director, Substance Use Disorders And Justice-Involved Populations

Community Catalyst
Job Title: Associate Director, Substance Use Disorders And Justice-Involved Populations
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June 3rd, 2019
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Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer and community leadership to transform the American health system. Our first priority is quality, affordable health care for all and to ensure that all individuals and communities sustain the power to influence local, state and national decisions that affect their health. Since 1998, we have provided leadership and support to consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations working to ensure the health care system serves everyone – especially historically marginalized communities. Community Catalyst strengthens organized consumer voices in communities, at statehouses and on Capitol Hill when advocates fight for changes that improve our health.

As an organization, we believe an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for our employees. Additional information is available at www.communitycatalyst.org.


Our Program on Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations seeks to help people lead healthier lives by improving health services and community supports that address problematic use of drugs and alcohol, and by increasing access to those services. The majority of our work is building broad-based consumer advocacy to change local, state and national policies and practices. We catalyze action to expand prevention of drug and alcohol addiction, promote diversion from arrest, and expand insurance coverage and access to high-quality care.  

The Associate Director is a newly created position to help the Director oversee and implement the goals and activities of the growing program, including cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns and sophisticated technical assistance to support service innovation. The Associate Director will provide leadership, focused on internal operations, and will help to shape the program’s future direction. The individual will also partner with the Director to represent the program and collaborate with other projects and teams across the organization, and externally.  

The Associate Director will support the program staff to provide excellent, tailored technical assistance to state and local partners across the country that builds stronger advocacy and innovative programs to address substance use disorders.  The individual will also coach some of these partners directly on policy analysis, advocacy strategies and organizational development.

The successful candidate will be a versatile leader and team player with proven strength in management, administration, collaboration and communication. The candidate will join a program that is an organizational leader on issues of racial equity.


The Associate Director will be supervised by the Program Director for Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations.


  • Work closely with Director to manage day-to-day operations of the program and to develop plans and strategies to meet short- and long-term program goals
  • Participate in fundraising for the program, including targeted prospecting and grant writing
  • Help oversee multiple incoming grants and contracts and outgoing subgranting and subcontracting to ensure fulfillment of deliverables, outcomes and reporting requirements
  • Ensure excellence in the program’s delivery of technical assistance and coaching to state and local organizations
  • Provide direct technical assistance and coaching to state and local partners as needed
  • Help oversee timely and efficient writing, editing and publication of advocacy reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, blogs, website content and other materials
  • Write advocacy materials, reports and other content as needed
  • Help the program keep health equity and racial equity in the forefront of its work  
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with national organizations
  • Represent the program in organizational and cross-program teams, discussions and meetings
  • Supervise program staff as determined by the Director
  • Provide training for new staff and others in the organization on the program’s work
  • Perform other duties needed to achieve the program goals or organization goals
  • Travel as needed to represent the program



  • Demonstrated program management and oversight
  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of advocacy experience, or Master’s degree plus 2 years of advocacy experience
  • Proven skills in leadership, relationship development and team building
  • Policy, program or treatment knowledge of substance use disorders and/or mental illness and/or adolescent well-being
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage several projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail and operate effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience providing or supervising technical assistance, coaching or training
  • Experience innovating and successfully implementing policies/practices to improve program functioning
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and health equity
  • Experience in social change activism such as legislative advocacy or political/policy issue campaigns, community organizing, working with diverse coalitions and stakeholders, and/or implementing communications strategies
  • Experience fundraising from foundations and securing government or private sector contracts
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment


  • Policy expertise in substance use disorders
  • Work with schools or education stakeholders
  • Experience bridging the health, education and social service systems
  • Experience conducting health policy research or analysis
  • Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, private insurance, prevention initiatives and/or addressing social determinants of health
  • Bilingual/bicultural background highly desirable


Community Catalyst is based in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, GA; Washington DC; St. Louis, MO; Lansing, MI; and New York City. We expect the Associate Director to be based in our Boston office.


  • Competitive salary
  • Generous paid time off policy
  • Robust benefits package
  • Convenient downtown Boston location

Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: jobs@communitycatalyst.org. Please put “Associate Director, SUD” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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