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Seeking Advocate – Substance Use

Career opportunity: full or part-time advocate, substance use project

Job Description:

DRNC has an immediate opening for a half-time or full time advocate for new projects designed to combat disability discrimination in healthcare and carceral settings against individuals with Substance Use Disorder, including Opioid Use Disorder. The projects are funded through September 2023, with the strong potential for extended funding. The advocate will investigate settings in which people with SUD/OUD may be subject to discrimination, provide support for legal advocacy, engage with other stakeholders, and disseminate information to the public and other stakeholders regarding discrimination against people with SUD/OUD. Experience and an interest in healthcare is preferred.

Job Duties include successfully:

  • Identifying and investigating instances of potential discrimination against people with SUD/OUD in healthcare settings;
  • Eliciting and analyzing relevant facts through on-site monitoring and/or fact investigation; through witness interviews and document review;
  • Providing other staff with relevant information and findings;
  • Providing or assisting with trainings, town halls, and outreach efforts designed to increase internal and public understanding of SUD/OUD and overdose prevention;
  • Educating stakeholders about the project and the rights of people with SUD/OUD, using a variety of formats, as appropriate to the audience, such as in-person and virtual meetings; written materials, including fact sheets; and pre-recorded formats;
  • Engaging in effective outreach to BIPOC and other communities on the issues specified above;
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with subject area stakeholders;
  • Representing DRNC at coalition meetings, community outreach events, and stakeholder groups;
  • Contributing to planning and implementing the project’s priorities;
  • Compiling information and preparing reports for funders, the DRNC Board of Directors, and P&A affiliates;
  • Maintaining complete and accurate records in DRNC’s case management system consistent with agency policies and procedures; and
  • Performing other relevant job duties, as assigned and with appropriate supervision based on prior job experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (three years or more), with a preference for the following areas: sociology, psychology, social work, or other related human services field
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, appropriate to the audience and desired work product
  • Direct advocacy experience with, or general knowledge of, issues affecting people with SUD/OUD
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision and coaching

Desirable qualifications:

  • Lived experience with SUD (strong preference)
  • Lived or other experience with disability
  • Community outreach experience with underserved communities
  • Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish, or another non-English language

DRNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Individuals who increase the diversity of our team are especially encouraged to apply. We participate in E-verify.

This is a temporary, half-time position created through a private grant. The current grant period ends September 30, 2023. In our current judgement, funding is reasonably expected to continue after the current grant cycle.

Compensation Package: The monetary compensation range is $21.06-$30.96/per hour, based on experience as determined by agency policy.

Send a resume and letter of interest explaining your qualifications, experience, and interest in the position to: Include Advocate, Substance Use Project in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.

Closing Date: Priority given to applications received by January 31, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

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