Opioid Response Network Specialist

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Dec 17, 2020
Job Type
Full Time

The mission of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is to prepare future leaders, to advance human well-being and improve quality of life for diverse populations, with an emphasis on rural communities in North Dakota, the region and beyond, through the provision of high-quality innovative interprofessional education, research and service. The college consists of the departments of Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Social Work. For this position, we are looking for an Opioid Response Network Specialist for our Nursing department's Technology Transfer Center. Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with ORN Network
    • Collaborate with Consortium Partners to identify behavioral health experts for consultation as needed to supplement the core Technical Assistant (TA) team(s).
    • Assess providers needs upon request to conduct a comprehensive assessment.
    • Process TA requests through a centralized system; transmit those requests to TA team; ensure appropriate evaluation protocol is followed; track TA requests as part of the continuous learning through a Knowledge Management System (KMS); ensure TA requests are closed satisfactorily.
  • Work collaboratively with providers in Region 8 + Idaho
    • Provide training & facilitate technical assistance to teams on best practices and facilitating technical assistance and technology transfer and serve in a coaching role for each TA team by providing additional training and suggesting appropriate TA strategies to improve the quality of TA provided.
    • Participate in providing TA on a tailored basis to local providers within the ORN network on prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
    • Participate in a Communities of Practice (CoP) for providers and consultants associated with this project, including quarterly virtual meetings.
  • Communicate with stakeholders
    • Serve in a project manager role for each TA Team, scheduling regular web-based team meetings (e.g., via Zoom), maintaining communication channels with each TA team, and ensuring TA teams are appropriately staffed (adding from reserve pool as necessary).
    • Lead TA teams in matching evidence-based interventions, such as MAT for OUDs and SRA for stimulant use disorders; evidence-based prevention/early detection programs; and community-based revovery supports, to TA requests. TT Specialists will also link TA teams to existing training materials and other resouces on these topics that the teams may use during TA delivery.
    • Serve as liaison in government to government relationships, including state, federal and tribal in addressing stimulant use disorders in a colloborative manner with additional stakeholders and providers of services.
    • Work collaboratively with Tribal Nations.
    • Public presentations on the role of ORN and resources available.
  • Ensure effectiveness of consultants
    • Assist the Consortium evaluation team in collecting evaluation documents and work collaboratively with ORN program evaluators to monitor continuous quality improvement.
    • Expand access of consultant pool to ensure expertise is available to assist providers in addressing stimulant abuse disorders.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Capacity to work with interprofessional team
  • Demonstrated customer service and organizational skills/experience
  • Expertise and technology skills to advance and support providers engaged in work with substance use disorders, specifically stimulants and opioids.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in a human service-related field
  • 5 years of experience working with providers of treatment services in the human service field
  • Travel monthly, possibly up to a week at a time, within rural areas of the region served.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with human service agencies and addiction treatment providers
  • Experience with government to government communications

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$60,000, dependent on experience, exempt position

Work Schedule/Start Date

Generally, the schedule is Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm. May require earlier start or later finish depending on communications/meetings in other time zones. Working times will also vary depending on travel schedule. Position will start as soon as possible after candidate's acceptance of offer.


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at UND.edu. You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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