Training Associate

Brief Overview:

We are searching for a full-time, Training Associate for the Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Project (OOPTP), and for other related public health training and/or capacity building initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to development of a new project, and share training and project development expertise while gaining a deeper understanding of substance use and overdose prevention in Massachusetts. The Training Associate will be based in Boston.

Position Description:

Through the Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Project (OOPTP), Health Resources in Action provides technical assistance and training in overdose and prevention harm reduction practices for staff and service providers in community corrections centers, homeless shelters, family shelters, public libraries, and other venues. HRiA will also bring together professionals in the field to discuss, identify, and promote strategies, techniques, and best practices for opioid overdose prevention. The OOPTP is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

The Training Associate for the OOPTP will provide opioid overdose prevention training and related technical assistance to sites across Massachusetts. The Training Associate will be part of a dynamic training team and work with a co-trainer at most sites. They will function as a substance use/opioid overdose subject matter expert and trainer on the team. They will contribute to training development, delivery, and evaluation. In addition, the Associate will manage other aspects of the work, communicate with partners and clients, develop training materials, and help coordinate meetings and events. The Training Associate will also support the work of the Training and Capacity Building Department and other projects as applicable.

The Training Associate will report to the Managing Director of Training and Capacity Building Department, and will collaborate with our substance use disorder projects at HRiA (e.g., the Massachusetts and Illinois Helplines). This is an exempt, full-time position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Training Associate will be responsible for the development and implementation of trainings for the Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Project in collaboration with the Co-Directors of the project. The Associate will be part of the Training and Capacity Building team, and will collaborate with other staff focused on substance use disorders. They will provide significant project management expertise in a fast-paced, high-intensity, high-visibility context to ensure the effective, efficient, and timely implementation of the project. This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Supporting the development and implementation of a flexible but specific workplan for the project.
  • Communicating effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with the team and with Co-Directors of the project.
  • Coordinating and participating in weekly team meetings, in collaboration with the Co-Directors of the project.
  • Managing the scheduling of the trainings with the Administrative Assistant.

Project Work

  • Helping develop and refining the training curriculum for the OOPTP.
  • Conducting in-person trainings and providing technical assistance to staff of target organizations and programs across Massachusetts, including community corrections facilities and homeless services providers.
  • Contributing significant substance use and opioid overdose expertise to development, implementation, and evaluation of the OOPTP and other projects as applicable.
  • Supporting the work of the Training and Capacity Building Department by assisting with program development, training, and administrative functions.
  • Contributing technical skills and/or content expertise to other related HRiA projects and to the organization, as appropriate or needed.
  • Using feedback data to refine trainings and/or identify future training or technical assistance needs.
  • Collecting and reporting data for overall evaluation and reporting.

Thought Leadership

  • Maintaining or building skills in management, supervision, substance use, and related content areas.
  • Contributing to blogs, HRiA website content, and other sources to share and promote our expertise.
  • Presenting at local conferences/events with senior HRiA staff, as appropriate
  • Suggesting ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees.

New Business Development

  • Assisting with proposal writing and/or submission as needed; this may include working with the Managing Director and other staff to prepare scopes of work and budgets for contract extensions, as well as working with the Development Manager to prepare proposals for rebids or other new opportunities.
  • Contributing to HRiA website, blogs, and other opportunities to market services and expertise.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, public health, or a related field is recommended for this position, or commensurate experience.  Master’s degree is a plus.
  • 2-4 years of professional experience or a commensurate combination of education and experience. Additional years of experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in training and curriculum development
  • Expertise in opioid crisis, overdose prevention, and substance use disorders.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience in public speaking, facilitation, and training delivery.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities and timelines.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but also to work independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions.
  • Respectful of cultural differences, and values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Two years of sobriety requested for people in recovery.
  • Driver’s license and ability/willingness to take part in trainings across Massachusetts.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. HRiA encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.


Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.


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