Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Director of Planning and Development

Title: Director of Planning and Development

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Director of Planning and Development for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) oversees all of the Bureau’s program planning, systems development, and new pilot initiatives, in collaboration with the Bureau Director and senior managers. This includes development and implementation of the strategic plan, new program models, workforce development, evidence based practices, statewide support services, overdose prevention, federal grant writing and implementation, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant submission, the consumer input and consumer movement, the standards of care, women’s and family services, and identified priority populations.

This position plays an important role in examining the system of substance use services in the state and designing appropriate programming to fill the gaps and meet the needs. In order to make recommendations, the Director must keep abreast of the latest research findings and new trends in substance abuse treatment practice. The position is responsible for working with the Bureau Director and senior managers to seek federal funding opportunities that further the goals of the Bureau. The Director of Planning and Development represents the Bureau in meetings within DPH, inter-agency collaborations, and at regional and national conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As a member of the Senior Management Team, works closely with the BSAS Director and other senior managers in order to coordinate Bureau initiatives and activities.
  • Leads the Planning and Development Unit, and Coordinators of federal grants. Staff members are responsible for such initiatives as: consumer and recovery support initiatives, legislative tracking, workforce development, procurement development and coordination, federal grant applications, Massachusetts Screening Brief
  • Intervention and Referral to Treatment (MASBIRT), The Helpline, services for special populations, statewide support services, and new initiatives. Grant staff supervision includes all federal grants.
  • Directs implementation for portions of the strategic plan (Governor’s Opioid Plan) including development and implementation of new models of programming such as co-occurring enhanced Residential Treatment, Residential Treatment for individuals with cognitive impairments, family residential treatment, SBIRT and other evidence-based practices, performance management, as well as the continuum of care and the SUD waiver implementation.
  • Administers the Bureau’s procurement process, including writing and releasing Requests for Response (RFR’s) and managing the review and award-decision process.
  • Oversees the writing and submission of federal grants including the federal block grant and the implementation of awarded federal grants.


  • Clinical and programmatic knowledge of, and expertise in, substance use direct services, management, program and systems development.
  • Skills, knowledge, and experience working with multi-cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, disabled, and LGBTQ groups and individuals, and an understanding of the diverse community issues related to the design and development of substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Knowledge of substance use as it impacts both individuals and families.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in the substance use treatment field nationwide.
  • Knowledge of systems development and systems building.
  • Ability to direct and supervise a large staff.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of conducting employee performance evaluations.
  • Ability to resolve personnel issues effectively.

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