Institute for Intergovernmental Research
  • 02-Sep-2021 to 02-Oct-2021 (EST)
  • Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is a Florida-based, nonprofit corporation specializing in criminal justice (law enforcement focus) and homeland security issues.

America's substance abuse crisis is a public safety and public health emergency that threatens the well-being of individuals who abuse drugs as well as their families, communities, and, ultimately, the nation. The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) assists jurisdictions across the nation battling the persistence or reemergence of stimulants and other substances while emphasizing the force-multiplying power of partnership and collaboration across the public health, behavioral health, and public safety sectors. The goals of COSSAP are to promote public safety and support access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system, strengthen the collection and sharing of data across systems to understand and address the impact of illicit substance use and misuse, align and maximize resources across systems and leverage diverse program funding, and prevent illicit substance use and misuse.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Description

The senior research associate for Justice and Public Health Initiatives possesses extensive knowledge and experience in developing, implementing, and delivering programmatic and technical assistance for overdose fatality reviews. This position also provides primary support to all areas of program engagement and requires significant knowledge and experience in project subject matter.


  • Conduct advanced research, issue identification, analysis, and resolution and may provide briefing on results
  • Serve as lead coordinator for program engagements
  • Develop, coordinate, and review documents and outreach products
  • Coordinate and facilitate on-site technical assistance and training events
  • Facilitate group discussions and conduct training and informational presentations
  • Work with key stakeholders, including government agencies, to plan and coordinate services to the field
  • Communicate with agency executives and senior officials
  • Develop project plans and serve as lead to oversee task teams or short- and long-term specialized projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in related field required (professional law enforcement training and/or certifications may substitute for a bachelor's degree)
  • Master's degree or doctoral degree in public health, criminal justice, or related field preferred
  • Minimum eight years of directly related experience or a combination of education and professional experience
  • Experience in public health, substance use disorder, mental health, or criminal justice preferred
  • Ability to analyze complex issues from various stakeholder perspectives at both the macro and micro levels and develop strategies to ensure successful outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and business acumen to interact with many different departments and decision makers within and outside the organization
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong analytical and customer support skills
  • Strong facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong personal and professional values
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Most work is performed in a virtual office environment. Some assignments may require travel.

Background Requirements

Candidates who have accepted an offer will be required to submit to a background investigation, including criminal history, credit history, employment history, educational history, and personal and professional references.

This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by managers, as appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and IIR reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as appropriate.

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