Purpose of Position/Summary:
This position will serve as the coordinator for the Suicide and Overdose Fatality Review (SOFR) program. The SOFR Program Coordinator will support IDOH strategies to stem overdose and suicide deaths throughout the state by providing technical assistance, information, and data to local SOFR teams to facilitate implementation and evaluation of this key program and related projects, and to support the practical application of SOFR efforts to develop local and state understanding of overdose and suicide death trends, and effective prevention interventions at the agency, system, and policy levels. The SOFR Program Coordinator will monitor the progress of the Indiana State Department of Health’s efforts in development of and guidance for SOFR teams across Indiana. Incumbent will ensure high data quality, timely data entry, guide the activities of the local SOFR teams, act as a liaison between the SOFR teams and other FRP Review staff, other IDOH Divisions and other state agencies and assist in the assimilation of aggregate case data for reporting and as evidence on which to base prevention efforts in Indiana.
Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:
· Serve as the primary contact for SOFR program and liaison with local, state, and federal partners
· Patriciate on National OFR related peer-to-peer activities
· Assist in the development of SOFR teams
· Provide training and guidance to local SOFR teams to ensure best practice in case ascertainment, case review, and data collection
· Serve as the subject matter expert on best- practice and emerging policies and procedures to help educate OFR teams and improve outcomes around SUD and mental health related topics
· Convene communication between stakeholders who currently address parts of the issue of drug overdose and suicide within their own mandates, i.e., IDOH, Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction, Family Social Services Administration, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Fatality Review and Prevention Division, Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public
· Oversee reporting requirements from local SOFR teams
· Coordinate quarterly meetings with local SOFR team coordinators
· Facilitate collaboration between local SOFR teams and local strategic planning efforts.
· Interpret policies and recommend implementation options to program manager, create forms, write SOFR program guidance documents, communicate SOFR program status and needs to IDOH leadership
· Collaborate with Director of Fatality Review and Prevention Division and IDOH epidemiologists to begin assimilation of SOFR data into publishable reports, graphics
· Perform other duties as assigned.
· Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related/equivalent field – Master’s degree preferred
· Minimum of 1-year program management/coordination experience
· Minimum of 1-year experience in overdose and suicide prevention
· Knowledge of the organization and function of state and local health agencies
· Advanced experience in the writing of formal reports and articles and oral presentations.
· Ability to communicate complex public health theories and principles, both orally and in writing;
· Ability to coordinate and maintain effective working relationships with other program stakeholders in both the private and public sectors.
· Ability to evaluate and interpret data
· Demonstrated ability to work independently to complete tasks
· Demonstrated ability to coordinate with a team for joint projects
· Demonstrated experience with managing multiple ongoing projects while successfully completing work assignments
· Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Word; Excel; Publisher or Access.
Incumbent exercises extensive judgment and creativity to adapt agency’s goals and procedures. Incumbent must develop programs and policies to handle new or unusual situations that impact upon the program area and ultimately the entire agency.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
Incumbent does not have direct reports or supervisory responsibilities.
Difficulty of Work:
This position requires significant attention to detail and the ability to work with internal and external partners. The incumbent must also be able to resolve problems, logically develop ideas, interpret policy, and have superb oral and written skills.
Incumbent has high level responsibility for ensuring compliance with SOFR Program and legislative requirements. Reports to the Director of Fatality Review and Prevention Division.
Personal Work Relationships:
Incumbent works with department staff, legal counsel and public, state and federal representatives, and other stakeholders in the private sector for the purpose of developing and monitoring effective development of SOFR program and subsequent case review.
Position is primarily a desk job; however, statewide travel is required. Requires extensive computer use and ability to be mobile in small confined spaces. The incumbent must be able to lift and transport boxes and case materials.
Incumbent works primarily at the Indiana State Department of Health office in the Fatality Review and Prevention Division. Significant in-state travel may be required.