Employment Center

Alliance Staffing Job

Opioid Response Planner

Polk, NC (Polk County)

Posted 11/02/2023


NCAPHA (Alliance Staffing) is actively recruiting for an Opioid Response Planner placed at the Polk County Public Health Department. 

General Statement of the Program Area

This position is grant funded and intended to support Polk County’s Planning Process to utilize their portion of the NC Opioid Settlement Funds (Settlement Funds). The Opioid Settlement Funds are part of an 18-year national opioid settlement, this grant will allow Polk County to:

  1. Conduct workshops to connect with community members and present current and relevant trends/data,
  2. Publish educational and informational material in multiple formats for distribution in the community,
  3. Complete environmental scans regarding opioid and substance misuse,
  4. Develop and distribute community surveys,
  5. Establish an Opioid Settlement advisory committee that will meet every month,
  6. Conduct pilot testing of identified strategies for community feedback,
  7. Hold community training/outreach events, and
  8. Develop a 1 year and 5-year strategic plan for use of opioid settlement funds. All grant activities align with the NC MOA governing opioid settlement expenditures and executed by the North Carolina Attorney General’s office and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Planner will use their experience to convene community partners and residents to inform how best to proceed with the strategies from the Opioid Settlement. The Planner’s primary responsibility is to serve as the organizer and point person for the collaboration meetings, and to carrying out the preliminary and follow‐up tasks that ensure the processes proceed smoothly. Other essential duties include maintaining fidelity to the grant Outputs and Outcomes, while remaining within budget.

  • Convene community residents and work to create common space to discuss and inform residents of objectives of the Settlement Funds.
  • Work with other partners to build coalitions and community champions.
  • Convene regular community and neighborhood meetings to assess community readiness for the Settlement Funds strategies.
  • Maintain written and electronic communication.
  • Manage all electronic and print content and communications such as contact lists, mailing lists, website, Facebook page, records, procedures, graphic files, letters, etc.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with community members and partners.
  • Developing and maintaining agenda and minutes, and ensure adequate notice of meetings and agendas.
  • Facilitate discussion to help the community identify shared opportunities, priorities for action, and make a call for champions.
  • Facilitate collaboration among system partners, families, providers and other community stakeholders.
  • Convene workgroups to develop solutions, and provide leadership and problem-solving strategies, particularly for issues that cross system boundaries.
  • The Planner is responsible for drafting and submitting the annual reports to the project’s funders for the duration of the grant period. Reports must detail the grant progress and include information on the following output and outcome measurements, including progress toward targets where listed:


  • Hold workshops to better connect with community members and present current and relevant trends/data
  • Publish educational and informational material on multiple formats for distribution in the community
  • Mailings to community members (minimum of 2 annually)
  • Conduct environmental scans
  • Develop/distribute community surveys (30% of the population)
  • Establish an Opioid Settlement advisory committee that will meet every month


  • Reach of at least 30% of the population through media distribution efforts
  • Development of two strategic plans, one short-term (1 year) and one medium-term (5 years)
  • Development of two annual collections of impact stories from community members related to opioid misuse impacts
  • Completion of environmental scans related to the impacts of opioid misuse and solutions based on community readiness
  • Conduct 3 community trainings per year

Required Minimum Training/Education:

A master’s degree in public or human services administration or a human service programmatic field preferably with coursework in human services planning and one year of experience in human service program planning or administration; or graduation from a four-yearcollege or university and two years of administrative/consultative/community convening experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated ability to foster collaborative relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders, families and youth.

Knowledges,Skills and Abilities:

  • A passion for and commitment to address the opioid crisis, especially in rural North Carolina.
  • Experience working with people from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience working with organizations and/or coalitions based in low-income communities.
  • Responsible, very organized, and detail oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and independently carry out tasks.
  • Good written and verbal communication and people skills, in-person and on the phone.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with professiona land administrative personnel.
  • Exercise judgment and discretion in communicating with diverse stakeholders.

Other Requirements,Education and Credentials

•  Bilingual in Spanish is preferred

•  Reliable Transportation

•  Valid Driver’s License

•  Proficient computer skills,including Microsoft Office Suite(Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

•  Able to work nights and weekends

•  Able to travel to meet with partners and community groups


Physical Activities and Requirements

The physical activities

  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, lifting, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, talking, writing,andhearing. Some lifting of 50 LBS and light driving.
  • Work is carried out at in the community.
  • Office space is located at the Human Services Offices and remotely. When conducting business outside the building, this position may encounter inclement weather while driving.

Work Schedule: M-F, some extended, evening, and/or weekend hours, up to 37.5 hrs/week. 

FLSA Classification: Full-Time Temporary

Department: HHSA - Public Health Services Division