Substance Use/Misuse Community Specialist, Statewide, Minnesota

Created 02/12/2024
Reference 11446322
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Statewide
Zip Not specified
Salary Competitive
Job Details

Working Title: Substance Use/Misuse Community Specialist
Job Class: State Program Administrator Senior
Agency: Health Department
  • Who May Apply: Open to all bidders of MDH and all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be accepted through 02/16/2024.
  • Date Posted : 02/10/2024
  • Closing Date : 02/27/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit : Health Improvement / HPCD IVP SEA Ovrdose Prev Staf
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift / 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : Yes - Up to 25% of the time
  • Salary Range: $26.64 - $39.06 / hourly; $55,624 - $81,557 / annually
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible : Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division is looking to add a Substance Use/Misuse Specialist to their growing team! This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with communities experiencing disparate rates of substance use disorder and overdose, including but not limited to the Black/African American communities.

Primary Job Duties:
  • Co-create systems with community partners to analyze, monitor, and administer state and federal grant funds pertaining to substance use, misuse, overdose prevention, and social determinants of health associated with substance use.
  • Monitoring grant progress through agreed-upon methods and means.
  • Engaging in problem-solving efforts in partnership and following all relevant state and federal policies and procedures for outgoing grants.
  • Working with the Lead Worker to properly assist all grantees.


Minimum Qualifications

The following minimum qualifications must be clearly demonstrated on the applicant's resume/application to be considered for this position.

Two (2) years of working experience in the following:
  • Community engagement strategies and methods to effectively work with culturally diverse communities.
  • Public health approaches to address and prevent the negative impacts of drug overdose and morbidity.
  • Culturally relevant approaches to drug overdose prevention.
  • Best practices for analyzing, adapting, and evaluating drug overdose prevention using a health equity lens.
  • Working with various clientele, including but not limited to, state agencies, community collaboratives, community-based organizations, local health departments, and individuals affected by substance use disorder.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with program administration; monitoring and reporting program activities, performance, and budget.
  • Ability to identify / evaluate information and develop policy and program management recommendations and to conceptualize alternative solutions to complex issues and convey them to diverse audience
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analysis sufficient to evaluate program information and reports, diagnose problems and research alternative methods of service.

Additional Requirements

The selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check and employment reference check. There is travel associated with this position and the selected candidate will be responsible for transportation.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact Katelyn Rigdon at or 651-539-3036 .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Katelyn Rigdon at .

About Health Department

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.
Employer Minnesota Department of Health

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