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Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

Location: Davidson County
Job Code: 214
# of openings: 1


       I.    Position Purpose

The Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) will be a part-time position (flexible schedule). The ROPS will be responsible for conducting outreach, informational and naloxone trainings and tracking naloxone distribution in various communities throughout Davidson County, Tennessee (Region 4).  This role reports to the Director of Prevention Services.

      II.   Essential Functions – Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Provide trainings to medical professionals, law enforcement, pharmacists, treatment providers, key stakeholders, and lay persons on topics such as: best practices for prescribing opioids, pain management, recognizing potential cases of substance use disorder, referral to treatment programs, chronic pain management without opioids, signs and symptoms of overdose, and preventing overdose;
  • ROPS will utilize evidence-based resources including, but not limited to, the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, SAMSHA’s Overdose Prevention Toolkit, Harm Reduction’s Guide to Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects, Stanford’s Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, and the Good Samaritan Law;
  • Conduct individual and group training sessions to educate and distribute Naloxone kits to individuals in the community who are affected by opiate use and overdose;
  • Conduct outreach in the communities of Region 4 (Davidson County, Tennessee) to promote the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and its services;
  • Provide training to individuals regarding naloxone use through outreach efforts to other non-profits, school systems and community organizations;
  • Complete all required documentation to track all trainings delivered and kits distributed;
  • Participate in strategic planning for outreach and promotion of the overdose prevention program;
  • Conduct trainings in a variety of environments, including traditional and non-traditional settings (i.e., housing programs, faith based settings);
  • Responsible for networking with other organizations who are need of Naloxone trainings; and
  • Complete any additional tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities.

  III.   Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Minimum Peer Recovery Specialist certification or Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Flexibility to attend after-hours /weekend events
  • Must be able to conduct trainings in the presence of large groups ranging from 5-50
  • Have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and car insurance coverage
  • Have ability to travel to training site locations (with mileage reimbursement at STARS rate)
  • Personal or professional substance misuse/ abuse experience preferred

   IV.  Skills and Knowledge Require

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work well with others to coordinate actions and solve business issues
  • Strong community relationship skills
  • Proven ability to lead and direct change efforts
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule
  • Must have excellent decision making skills
  • Must be able to multi-task in a busy setting in presence of client community
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Must be a team player and have a strong work ethic
  • Must be flexible, open to new ideas, creative and energetic
  • Must be able to prioritize
  • Navigate and negotiate through difficult situations
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of employees and population at large
  • Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of all participants
  • Exercise good judgment in referring clients to appropriate professional staff when a problem warrants clinical intervention
  • Be able to conduct oneself in a professional matter at all times

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or skills required of personnel so classified.

         V.  Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is subject to change, as the work environment changes.

        VI. Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and/or climb.

      VII. Performance Standards

The Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist will be evaluated on his/her ability to perform the essential functions of this position; utilize their skills and abilities to meet annual individual, departmental and organizational goals; complete projects and assigned tasks in an accurate, cooperative and timely manner; set realistic priorities; and maintain his/her professionalism in interactions with staff, donors, and other major stakeholders.



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