Job Announcement – Workforce Development Manager


The Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI),  a nonprofit organization based in Ridgeland, MS whose mission is to engage in partnerships and activities to improve the health of Mississippians,  is seeking  a Workforce Development Manager for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment training and development activities under a grant from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health . Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references to  No phone calls or walk-ins please. Deadline for application submission is Friday, November 16, 2018.

Position:   Workforce Development Manager (WDM); 100% FTE

Position Description: This position requires a person who possesses the ability to coach and lead staff to success. The candidate for this position should be a mature, results-oriented person who can help develop and manage a comprehensive, evidence-based, data-driven workforce development program for professionals working in the substance use disorders (SUD) field.  The ideal candidate should be a visionary, systems-thinker with the ability to build and maintain relationships with funders and other stakeholders. The WDM will have primary responsibility for the Workforce Development program under the direction of the Senior Workforce Development Advisor/CAO and in working with the workforce development team. The candidate should possess exceptional organizational skills and a thorough understanding of substance use disorders; comprehensive knowledge of developing training plans and content and possess strong facilitation skills with the ability to deliver workshops online and in-person. The ideal candidate will have experience in Learning Management Systems (LMS), knowledge of adult learning theory and principles and experience applying for continuing education units. He/she should be able to work independently and with teams, be proficient in Microsoft Office and other software, have the ability to work under limited supervision and demonstrate proficiency in cultural competence


Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on reference checks, training delivery, technological and writing skills.


Duties and Responsibilities:


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the daily responsibilities of the Workforce Development activities as outlined in the Workforce Development contract with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health
  • Provide guidance, coaching and direction to workforce development staff
  • Develop efficient infrastructure for facilitating Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) workforce development activities
  • Assess the training and educational needs of the SAPT workforce and use information to develop evidence-based, culturally appropriate, interactive in-person and online training content that responds to adult learning styles
  • Deliver interactive, evidence-based, culturally appropriate in-person group and online training on substance abuse prevention and personal development
  • Select and/or develop training aids including handouts, PowerPoint presentations, modules and other relevant aids
  • Coordinate administrative functions necessary to deliver and document training programs
  • Ensure evaluation of workforce development training and use relevant evaluation data to revise or recommend changes in instructional objectives and methods
  • Assist in securing contractual subject matter experts who possess appropriate credentials, can develop and/or deliver online and in-person training utilizing adult learning theory and culturally appropriate content
  • Ensure that efficient program processes and other results are sustained throughout the workforce development efforts
  • Participate in training and technical assistance opportunities for the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Serve as an administrator for the LMS and ensure that all content is branded with workforce development logo, content utilizes adult learning theory and principles and all components are working effectively for users (log in, CEU certificates, etc.)
  • Develop a workforce development training catalog and widely disseminate to SAPT professionals and professionals in other related disciplines
  • Ensure that the workforce development facility calendar is maintained and update and that participants are maintained in a data base
  • Use social media to engage participants and promote SAPT Workforce activities
  • Promote SAPT workforce development at designated conferences and meetings
  • Assist in the development of informational brochures, resource articles, and written materials for training purposes
  • Pursue instructor certification in CRP, CPI, Mental Health CPR, Naxalone, Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPTS) and other trending topics as needed
  • Prepare, collect and process pertinent information to allow participants to earn CEU’s
  • Respond timely to calls, emails and requests for assistance
  • Respond timely to requests for onsite training and coordinate regional workshops for SAPT professionals
  • Identify other training opportunities and resources for SAPT professionals and publicize on Workforce Development Web site
  • Ensure that all workforce development materials, Power Points, Web site and training content is consistent with the Workforce Development brand
  • Prepare reports and evaluation information to submit to funder
  • Stay current on SAPT trends, best practices, pursue and maintain SAPT credentials and participate in opportunities for professional development
  • Other duties as directed and necessary to fulfill project goals


Qualifications: Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, Communications, Administrative Services, Healthcare Administration, Social Services, or related field. SAPT Credentials such as Certified Prevention Specialist/Manager CPS/CPM; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and others. Candidate should possess at least five years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.


Supervisory Relationships: The WDM will report to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)


Skills and knowledge:

  • Authoritative command of written English
    ·Exceptional communication skills
    ·Knowledge of public health communications and evaluation
    ·Knowledge of web-based communications tools and social media
  • Strong editorial skills
  • Proven experience in designing multiple training events in a corporate setting
  • Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and adult learning principles
  • Adequate knowledge of learning management software
  • Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods, tools and techniques
  • Sound decision making and organizational skills
  • Ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and in database software
    ·Confidence, judgment, and grace under pressure
    ·Initiative and resilience in the face of ambiguity
    ·Works well both independently and as part of a team
    ·Flexibility; nimble in response to an evolving workload
    ·End-user/customer/client/colleague service orientation; focus on product over process
    ·Independent, critical thinking
    ·Adept at learning new software and adventuresome with emerging technologies and tools
    ·Ownership of work; a self-starter who can prioritize tasks and manage his/her time
    ·Ability to see the connections among the discrete elements of a project, or across projects
    ·Systematic approach to tasks that ensures consistent output quality
    ·Openness to constructive feedback, input, redirection; positive, lifelong learning orientation
    ·Attention to detail, but always in the service of bigger pictures objectives and outcomes
    ·Commitment to the MSPHI mission and staff values
  • Exceptional customer relation skills

Personal qualities: The idea candidate should be a self-starter and problem-solver. He/she should possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate others. The candidate should be, forward thinking, think beyond the traditional and exemplify professional integrity.


Amount of travel and other special conditions or requirements:  Moderate travel statewide (Occasional evenings and nights)


Salary and Benefits $65,500-$70,000. Paid holidays. 403b retirement plan. No health or dental benefits available at this time


Hours per day or week: 40


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