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President West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute

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President West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute Posted - 1/23/2019

The creators of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute seek a dynamic and innovative president to provide effective leadership for the Institute. The president serving in this newly created position will assist in shaping the strategic plan and activities of the Institute which will be housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia’s state capital.

The mission of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction.

The hiring of a president will launch the activities of the Institute. The Institute president will work closely with the six-person Board of Directors of the Institute and a member of the Board of Directors who is serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. The Institute has been funded with a major charitable gift and its affiliation with the University of Charleston provides significant resources, visibility, and connections to support the fulfillment of the Institute’s mission.


  • Implement the initial strategic vision and mission of the Institute and help develop an on-going vision and mission
  • Direct the work of Institute employees and volunteers
  • Manage all operational functions of the Institute, including budget oversight and day to day operations
  • Identify the most effective drug intervention strategies
  • Produce or coordinate high quality communications of research findings
  • Manage or coordinate media relations/campaigns for the Institute
  • Lead an informational campaign to understand substance abuse as a medical and health issue
  • Create an information repository for parents and grandparents of substance abusers
  • Promote genuine collaboration among substance abuse responders
  • Generate policy recommendations for public officials and business and community leaders
  • Encourage and support drug education efforts directed at young people
  • Assist the Institute in attracting sufficient future funding to assure sustainability
  • Coordinate the work of the Institute with the CEO and the working team
  • Collaborate with the University of Charleston on all relevant UC and Institute activities
  • Inspire faculty and students to cooperate on research and service delivery
  • Build social network for educating target groups and the general population
  • Hire and supervise one full-time staff member and student assistants
  • All other duties as assigned by the Chairman or Board of Directors


  • An advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s level in a relevant field is preferred
  • Ten or more years of successful full-time work experience including leadership roles
  • Track record of accomplishment in one or more areas of the Institute’s work – i.e., research, education, drug intervention, and/or community outreach
  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to interact effectively with widely diverse audiences and collaborators – e.g., higher education, business, government, media, social service, volunteers, etc.
  • Proven ability as a leader of a team of colleagues who share passion for drug intervention
  • Action oriented, visionary, and charismatic leader with the zeal to meet and exceed goals
  • Trustworthy self-starter with an authentic and inspiring leadership style.
  • Genuine affection for and commitment to the City of Charleston and the State of West Virginia
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective collaborations
  • Ability to travel overnight to areas such as Huntington, Morgantown, Martinsburg, Clarksburg, and Southern West Virginia to coordinate work sessions, activities, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products such as Word, PowerPoint or Excel

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to [email protected]. Applications should include a covering letter, a curriculum vita, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references. References will not be contacted without notification of the applicant. All applications received by February 4, 2019, will receive full consideration.

The University of Charleston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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Posted: 2/7/2019
Application Due: 4/2/2019
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