University of Charleston

Posted March 2, 2020

Assessment and Research Director

West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc.

 at the University of Charleston



The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc. seeks an Assessment and Research Director (ARD). The ARD will implement, assess and evaluate the outreach activities of the Institute. This position will also work collaboratively with the Institute’s President and community and collaborative partners including but not limited to the City of Charleston, Charleston Area Medication Center, First Choice Services and the United Way for Central West Virginia. For example, as part of the collaboration between the WV DII and the City of Charleston, the ARD is responsible for assessing the short and long-term impact of the City’s Quick Response Team (QRT), aggregating overdose data, assisting in designing and implementing OD mapping, and identifying gaps in services related to recovery and prevention services/resources. The ARD will also develop evaluation models for Institute programming and activities, assist with grant writing, and prepare grant reports.


The mission of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction. The Institute is housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia’s state capital.


The Assessment and Research Director reports directly to the Institute President.



  • Represent the Institute at community forums, events and meetings in the absence of the Institute President
  • Work collaboratively with the City of Charleston’s QRT and Community Addiction Response Effort (CARE) to evaluate program effectiveness and determine gaps in recovery and prevention resources in Charleston and Kanawha County
  • Conduct data analyses and aggregate overdose data for the City of Charleston
  • Review, compare, contrast, and aggregate external data (emergency room, homeless outreach, HIV/HVC, etc.) to determine gaps in services and identify community needs
  • Work with the City of Charleston to plan joint outreach activities to eliminate stigma, promote recovery, and support area youth
  • Develop evaluation plans and strategies and conduct assessment of institute outreach, prevention programs, and grant activities
  • Assist with the planning and execution community forums and events to further the mission of the Institute
  • Assist the Institute in attracting sufficient future funding to assure sustainability
  • Assist the President in the preparation of grant applications to advance the Institute’s mission and programming; and compile reports and analyze data needed for grant reporting and assist in submission of those reports
  • Coordinate grant activities and programs as directed by the Institute President
  • Produce and coordinate high quality communications of research findings
  • Assist with and/or facilitate Institute activities as needed
  • All other duties as assigned by the Institute President
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required




  • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a relevant field is required
  • Five or more years of successful full-time work experience preferred
  • Track record of accomplishment in both data analysis and grant writing preferred
  • Ability to present complex data to laypersons and external partners and stakeholders
  • Willingness to develop evaluation plans and conceptual models that influence policy and practice related to prevention, treatment and recovery services
  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both verbal and written required
  • Ability to interact effectively with widely diverse audiences and collaborators – e.g., higher education, business, government, media, social service, volunteers, etc. required
  • Genuine affection for and commitment to the State of West Virginia required
  • Experience with OD mapping, aggregation of data, and/or epidemiological disease mapping and surveillance preferred
  • An understanding of the impact of the opioid epidemic on the Appalachian Region preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products such as Word, PowerPoint and/or Excel and data analysis software required



Applications should include a covering letter, a curriculum vita, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references to


All applications received by March 16, 2020 will receive full consideration.


The University of Charleston is an Equal Opportunity Employer