PIRE’s Louisville Center is currently engaged in a growing portfolio of projects within the State of Ohio.  These state and federally funded projects seek to develop community-based coalitions and communities of practice to plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate program activities focused on preventing problem gambling, suicide, and opioid, psychostimulant, and other drug use. Other projects focus on crisis services, Ohio’s 988 transition, and on engaging communities in addressing the social determinants of health.

We are seeking a Program Manager who, with minimal supervision, will support PIRE Louisville’s Ohio Project Team with planning, implementing, and coordinating evaluation and research activities for our Ohio-based projects.  Responsibilities include working closely with project directors (PIRE and external), funders and funding agencies, grants managers, and cross-component teams to lead project activities and components, to ensure implementation of program activities, to lead and/or contribute to grantee reporting, and to ensure that deliverables are completed with quality and in a timely manner. In this professional role, the Program Manager must handle multiple projects simultaneously and fast-paced schedules with professionalism, maturity, poise, and confidence. This position requires frequent contact with funders, external partners, and communities. Success in this role requires this person to have experience working to design and implement community-focused learning and technical assistance programs, experience with public health approaches to community health issues, and ideally knowledge of substance abuse prevention programs, strategies, and approaches.  Knowledge of and/or experience working with state agencies and/or local and regional community-based organizations within Ohio is preferred.

Examples of the team’s current and recent work on Ohio behavioral health prevention and promotion initiatives include: the Rise and Thrive Initiative (https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/for-schools/rise-and-thrive-initiative), the Community Collective Impact for Change Initiative (https://collectiveimpact.mha.ohio.gov/), The Ohio SPF-Rx Initiative (http://www.ohiospfrx.org/), 988 (https://mha.ohio.gov/about-us/priorities/national-988-suicide-and-crisis-lifeline-launches-in-ohio), and the Ohio Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Prevention and Promotion (https://preventioncoe.ohio.gov/).

Applicants must have excellent analytical abilities as well as verbal/written communication, organization, and presentation skills. Applicants are required to a submit writing sample in addition to their cover letter and resume.

This position is full-time (1.0 FTE preferred, with flexibility between .6 FTE and 1.0 FTE for the right candidate) with a salary range of $32-$41 per hour. The ideal candidate will be based in Ohio, able to work effectively in a teleworker position, and to travel for Ohio project meetings as needed. This position is formally a part of PIRE’s Louisville, KY Center. There is no relocation assistance for this position.

Benefits Overview:

·         Up to 7 weeks of accrued PTO during the first year

·         Company provided Retirement Plan

·         Company provided Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment of $100k

·         Company provided Short- and Long-Term Disability

·         Medical, Dental and Vision coverage


·         Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science or related area. Master’s Degree in Social Science or related field preferred.

·         2-3 years applicable experience with social science and/or public health program delivery or research projects.

·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office required.

·         Demonstrated track record of applying appropriate frameworks and culturally responsive methods to training, research and evaluation.

·         Technical expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research and evaluation methods.

·         Working knowledge of federal and/or Ohio state policies and programs in at least three of the following areas: (1) substance use prevention (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs); (2) prescription drug use prevention/opioid use prevention; (3) minority health and health disparities; (4) social determinants of health; (5) rural health; (6) suicide prevention.

·         Experience with business development, such as developing and maintaining strong client relationships and forming strategic partnerships.

·         Eligible to work for any employer in the US.

·         Valid driver’s license and access to licensed, insured, and reliable personal transportation for required statewide travel.

·         Travel in non-pandemic periods is estimated to be 10-15% of working time.

·         Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

·         Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

·         Working knowledge of SPSS preferred.


·         Compile background research (i.e., literature reviews, environmental scans).

·         Co-create and lead project activities and components.

·         Develop project workplans and/or monitor workplan progress to ensure all work plans are being executed as described in contracts and ensure all deliverable deadlines are met on time.

·         Track and manage project activities and components including budgets, timelines/schedules, project deliverables, and client relations.

·         Work with project sponsors to meet project objectives.

·         Facilitate collaborations with any/all other appropriate entities related to the projects as required/as necessary to achieve program goals.

To apply for this position, please visit https://pirecareers.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/251

About PIRE

PIRE has a significant national presence in the area of applied science, with funded research projects at its centers on prevention, treatment, and policy research. PIRE scientists and practitioners continually focus on the design and implementation of complex program evaluation strategies and the conduct of research related to health and social issues, and criminal justice. PIRE practitioners and scientists provide training and technical assistance in many health-related areas to states and communities that are attempting to improve public health. For more information about PIRE go to www.PIRE.org.

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PIRE is a diverse community devoted to the promotion and acceptance of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender or physical ability. Each employee, regardless of position, is expected to support actively the organization's commitment to such diversity by displaying a positive attitude toward and acceptance of all employees regardless of such differences.

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