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Director, Substance Use Disorder Project

Foundation for Healthy Communities

The Foundation for Healthy Communities collaborates with hospitals, community partners, state departments and insurers on statewide initiatives that improve the health and health care for all New Hampshire residents and their families.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) is a non-profit organization that works statewide to improve health and healthcare through innovative partnerships with both individuals and organizations.  Founded in 1968 as an education and research organization for the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA), the Foundation was reorganized in 1995 to meet the needs of a changing healthcare system. The Foundation is led by a board of directors with a broad range of expertise which guides its strategic and programmatic efforts.   Today, the Foundation is a partnership between New Hampshire hospitals, health plans, home care agencies, community organization and other healthcare stakeholders focusing on quality of care, access to health services, and prevention as the major priorities of work, aligning with the Foundation’s mission of improving total population health for all communities. 

In its work with partners statewide, the Foundation’s key objectives are to improve total population health by promoting innovative, high value quality practices within organizations and communities; to lead change strategies that educate, create and sustain healthier communities and make the healthy choice the easy choice; and to promote access to affordable health care and resources that support the well-being of all people.

Purpose: Responsible for improving the quality of substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment services in health systems throughout New Hampshire.  This position is primarily dedicated to the maintenance of a SUD project focused on assisting hospitals addressing opioid use.  The project works to support the implementation of medication for addiction treatment (MAT) services in health care settings and assist hospital emergency departments (ED) to improve access to quality SUD treatment for ED patients.  The position will provide partial support the Foundation’s project Improving Hospital Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Communities. The position will serve as the lead staff support for SUD and addiction quality improvement initiatives of the Foundation for Healthy Communities.


Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in addiction studies or a health care discipline.
  • Minimum four years’ experience in a health care organization or experience working in the field of SUD treatment or support.
  • Excellent organizational skills, an aptitude for detailed problem solving and ability to meet all deadlines.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • A commitment to health equity.
  • Preference for experience in contract management. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team oriented collaborative environment.
  • Ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships at all levels with external organizations and with internal staff.
  • Some in-state travel is required. Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.\
  • Adherence to confidentiality requirements. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead statewide project to improve access to SUD treatment services.  Work closely with health care providers in communities and State officials on strategies for MAT program development.  Work with targeted hospital EDs to improve access from EDs to SUD treatment services.
  • Develop and manage contracts with external organizations that specify services to be delivered and reporting requirements to ensure accountability for the delivery of quality care.
  • Manage all administrative tasks related to the project including internal and external financial and program reporting requirements.
  • Provide guidance, support, and direction to other staff members on shared project goals.
  • Support SUD and addiction quality improvement initiatives of health care systems.
  • Establish and maintain timely communication with all project stakeholders. 
How to Apply:

This position is full-time, exempt, benefits eligible and is office based in Concord.  The position reports to the Executive Director.  Interested candidates may apply by supplying a cover letter and resume to Sally Short at by March 20.

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Date Added: March 4, 2020

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