Director of Opioid Response Response


Division of Community Engagement
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$91,272.00 - $123,600.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Opioid Response Unit
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

The Division of Community Engagement has an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to lead the Opioid Response Unit. This Unit partners with local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations, mental and health care providers, as well as other local partners to provide settlement funds to support treatment, recovery, and harm reduction. The work of this team changes lives of the residents of Colorado. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about substance- use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction and have excellent communication skills to partner with stakeholders around Colorado. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply!

This position is open only to residents of Colorado.

The Division of Community Engagement strives to be Coloradans’ open door to the Attorney General’s office in the operation of five programs: Outreach and Engagement, Consumer Engagement and Data Services, Safe2Tell Colorado, Opioid Response, and Grants and Partnerships. On behalf of the Attorney General, the Opioid Response Unit (“ORU”) is committed to working with local governmental and regional partners across our State to address the opioid crisis.  The ORU works closely with city and county governments; state agencies; non-profit and faith-based organizations; substance use disorder treatment and recovery providers, mental health providers, and other health care providers; schools; and local law enforcement. The opioid settlement funds support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, criminal justice, and awareness and prevention programs. Relationship development and management with stakeholders are key to this position’s responsibilities.

The Director of Opioid Response (“the Director”) helps inform and lead the Attorney General’s opioid response strategy, including oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, most of which is held by a National Administrator.  The Director also manages the governance of the Colorado Opioid Abatement Council (“COAC”), the governing body of 70% of the opioid settlement funds; the Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds Advisory Committee (“OCRF”), the collaborative and advisory body for the state share of the opioid settlement funds; and works directly with the Director of Community Engagement to facilitate the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force (“SATF”).

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law.

Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated. 

Nine years of professional experience overseeing a program or managing operations of a team.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in communications, public administration, sociology, social work, psychology or a closely related field; AND Five years of professional experience overseeing a program or managing operations of a team.


A Master’s or doctoral degree in communications, public administration, sociology, social work, psychology, or a closely related field; AND Three years of professional experience overseeing a program or managing operations of a team.

Required Competencies: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals;
  • Critical thinking skills including the ability to adapt to meet changing demands;
  • Strong communication skills, including written and oral communication;
  • Ability to listen effectively, identify, analyze, and address a wide variety of issues;
  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, the preferred applicant will also demonstrate and clearly describe the some or most of the following skills and experience in their job application:

  • Experience supervising employees, including coaching, training, and prioritizing work assignments;
  • Experience assisting with process innovation/ improvement in a professional setting;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience managing difficult conversations;
  • Experience overseeing operations of a team or organization, including managing resources, budget, and ensuring strategic plan is being met;
  • Experience as a project manager, overseeing multiple projects. Experience should include managing fiscal and human resources;
  • Experience with community relationship development, especially in substance-abuse or recovery settings;
  • Professional experience having to regularly conduct public speaking on behalf of your organization;
  • Experience with a customer relationship management (CRM) system, such as Salesforce.

Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.

Conditions of Employment:

  • This position will be required to travel, including occasional overnight trips. Position may travel up to 33%. Applicants must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license.
  • This position is eligible for hybrid work options. The position will be required to be in the office at least 3 days a week, and additionally on an as-needed basis.
  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.

View the full job announcement and apply by visiting our State of Colorado Jobs page.

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