City of Providence

Job Type: Non-Union

Job Posting: COP-00081-23

Salary: $95,082 to $103,938

Job Grade Level: A22

Department: Healthy Communities Office

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Mayor’s Chief of Policy and Resiliency, this position leads, plans, coordinates, and directs the activities of the Healthy Communities Office and all related grant activities and requirements. The Director oversees HCO staff and ensures that staff are meeting program goals and conducting all required grant and program reporting.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides high-level oversight and is accountable for the fiscal management and programmatic deliverables of the staff and any consultants and subcontractors.
  • Advises the Mayor and senior policy staff on housing, youth health, overall wellness, and chronic disease prevention issues and makes policy recommendations.
  • Oversee alignment of city-based supports for people in Providence experiencing homelessness or who are underhoused in coordination with relevant City Departments, the State of Rhode Island and local nonprofits.
  • Coordinates the City’s addiction and overdose prevention activities, seeking opportunities to advance social determinants of health and the four major dimensions of recovery: health, home, purpose, and community.
  • Proactively assesses funding opportunities and writes grant applications for Department projects.
  • Manages staff within the assigned programs including hiring, training, performance evaluation, scheduling of workload, and retention of assigned personnel.
  • Supervises and correlates program involvement within the department, and with other departments, volunteer groups, outside agencies, and local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Assists in the preparation of the city as well as program budget and monitors and approves program-related purchase orders and expenditures.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal and state fiscal and programmatic requirements.
  • Represents the City to school districts, public agencies, other community organizations, and media regarding substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and other public health issues.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by their supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Psychology, or related social services field; and/or five to ten (5-10) years’ work experience in public health or public policy development, with at least three years in a supervisory role.
  • Subject matter expertise in housing as a public health issue, behavioral health and recovery-oriented systems of care and/or lived experience with any of these topics.
  • Acute cross-cultural awareness, with a demonstrated ability to center equity in policy-making and analysis.
  • Experience leading public health initiatives, housing support initiatives and/or substance use prevention campaigns.
  • Experience developing and managing media, public affairs strategy development, and community mobilization.
  • Knowledge of best practice and evidence-based prevention policies and/or the ability to conduct in-depth program analysis of chronic disease and substance use prevention programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working across sectors and demographics, bridging siloes, and facilitating coalition-based actions.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills, including experience producing reports.
  • Flexible schedule as some nights or weekends may be required.


Posting expires when position is filled.


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