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Opioid/Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Coordinator

Date Posted: 10/30/2023
Salary Grade: 73
Department: Emergency Services
Compensation: $57,175 - $80,045
Hours: Full-time

Deadline: 12/11/2023

** This position is grant-funded with current grant guaranteed for the next three-year period. Position will continue yearly based on grant renewal/continued funds available. **


Position Objectives


McDowell County EMS is recruiting for a newly created Opioid/Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program Coordinator. This position serves as the County’s point person in understanding and organizing community response efforts surrounding opioid addiction/SUD, tracking effectiveness of new/existing programs, and making recommendations for future programs and investments. The Program Coordinator works closely with department and county management, elected leaders, and community service providers. This position is responsible for tracking and reporting on the County’s Opioid Settlement funding and making recommendations on how to best spend these funds. This position is grant-funded with current grant guaranteed for the next three-year period. Position will continue yearly based on grant renewal/continued funds available. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The position functions as the program coordinator for Opioid Settlement Agreement and includes the following responsibilities:

  • Establish professional relationships and maintain regular contact with local organizations involved in addressing substance use disorder, including healthcare providers, County departments, municipalities, school systems, law enforcement, the judicial system, and other community stakeholders. 

  • Facilitate community conversations around opioid/SUD. 

  • Provide quality information and guidance to county government officials on topics related to substance use disorder, focusing on opioid use disorder and prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery. 

  • Continually track and evaluate existing community opioid/SUD services available. 

  • Provide recommendations for spending Opioid Settlement Fund dollars and ensure compliance with all funding requirements and reporting. 

  • Create and track performance measures for County Opioid Settlement Fund investments. 

  • Make regular presentations to stakeholders regarding the status of opioid/SUD efforts within the County. 

  • Pursue additional non-local funding and support for opioid/SUD prevention work. 

  • Prepare and monitor budgets.

  • Manage grant and contract activities.

  • Stay current on opioid/SUD best practices.

  • Additional duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

Desirable Education and Experience: 

A four-year degree in public service administration, psychology, sociology, or social work or a human service programmatic field, preferably with coursework in human service planning; or graduation from a four-year college or university and two years of administrative or consultative experience in a human service program; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


Additional Training/Experience:

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and data analysis

  • Experience in managing budgets and financial reporting

  • Strong project management and organizational skills

  • Experience managing and writing complex funding proposals, including grants and requests for applications, is preferred.

  • Ability to counsel, guide, assign and supervise the work of others.

  • Ability to present comments clearly and concisely in oral or written form.

  • Ability to deal tactfully with the public and to exercise good judgment in appraising situations and making decisions.

  • Ability to coordinate and plan activities that would involve multiple partners.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently with clear instructions.

  • Ability to develop a team to accomplish assigned tasks.


Other Qualifications:

Possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license.   


Benefited after 30 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available: under “Job Opportunities”


  • McDowell County Administration Building:         

                25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

               25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Mail:

                McDowell County Human Resources

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Email: 


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