TITLE OF VACANCY: Law Enforcement Strategic Director

POSITION TYPE: Professional

ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative

LOCATION:  Statewide, all 55 counties

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Law Enforcement Strategic Director will help educate law enforcement, first responders, and correctional staff on overdose reversal, emerging drug trends and testing equipment, stigma awareness and reduction, and emotional intelligence. Overarching outcomes of the position are to facilitate positive change among law enforcement communities and implement long lasting solutions to the SUD epidemic through buy-in and policy change. The Law Enforcement Strategic Director will develop effective and on-going relationships between municipal, county, and state law enforcement across the state, a learning environment between law enforcement and policy makers to educate decision makers on state supported diversion programs and data platforms as well as promote best practices in prevention/early intervention, treatment, and recovery strategies, themes and messages.

The Law Enforcement Strategic Director will promote state led diversion programs such as, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, the Angel Initiative, Quick Response Teams, Police and Peers, etc.

Population of Focus: Includes all branches of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, civic leaders, corrections staff, behavioral health and social/human services professionals and paraprofessionals.

 

DUTIES

  • Improve law enforcement response to SUD overdose and facilitate entry into treatment
  • Increase engagement between law enforcement and treatment and recovery facilities
  • Increase emotional intelligence and coping skills of law enforcement
  • Improve protocols to increase law enforcement referrals to psycho-social support
  • Increase training opportunities
  • Strategically partner with the efforts of The WV Law Enforcement Initiative: Project EQ (see attached overview) to take advantage of direct communications with law enforcement  chiefs of police, sheriffs, and superintendents statewide. This is critical in establishing new  partnerships and promoting higher levels of engagement between law enforcement officers and citizens suffering from SUD.
  • Re-introduce law enforcement officers to Law Enforcement and Diversion (LEAD), Quick Response Teams (QRT), and Police and Peers (PNP).
  • Implement anti-stigma education and training campaign that includes social intelligence
  • Facilitate relationships between treatment, medical, or recovery professionals or paraprofessionals and law enforcement.
  • Include first responder mental health first aid and buddy aid and how to identify indicators among peers.
  • Assist law enforcement with programs and services available to include systems navigation to resources such as ODMAP and the ODCP OD dashboard that facilitate participation in SUD services.
  • Develop relationships, collaborate, and coordinate with community resources needed to assist law enforcement.
  • Link first responders and staff to naloxone training.
  • Educate law enforcement on best practices regarding fentanyl test strip distribution.
  • Participate in and provide feedback to the Governor’s council on substance abuse and policy
  • Develop a sustainability plan that reflects services continuity beyond the end of the program cycle
  • Provide SUD training at the Public Safety Expo in Charleston, WV (date TBD).
  • Develop SUD surveys (pre and post training) for law enforcement officers to help determine future social intelligence training classes.
  • Provide Addiction 101 & Stigma Awareness and including Drug Trends and Tools training at the West Virginia State Police Academy to the probationary basic officers and cadets in  partnership with emotional intelligence training.
  • Provide 12 SUD training sessions for law enforcement strategically throughout the state.
  • Serve as strategic planner and facilitate community / law enforcement events to help bridge gaps in substance use response plan. These events will help develop a state strategic plan to incorporate best practices to include law enforcement into overall response.
  • Participate in the Law Enforcement subcommittee of the Governor’s Council on SUbstance Abuse PRevention and Treatment.
  • Participate in BBH, ODCP and peer reviews as required.
  • Work with the appropriate BBH ODCP program manager to meet the requirements if SAMHSA or BBH have changes in policy, procedure, or allowable activities.
  • Develop specific recommendations to facilitate law enforcement engagement in deflection programs and training
  • ICW BBH & ODCP implement a process to track, disseminate, and educate law enforcement on the use and limitations of fentanyl test strips. As fentanyl test strips do not indicate safe or unsafe levels of fentanyl, if it is present, naloxone will be offered simultaneously to mitigate risk of overdoses as much as possible.
  • Maintain compliance per West Virginia Code §16- 46-6(a)(2). Community naloxone distribution data must be reported to the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) prior to the 10th day of the month to ArcGIS survey123 platform. West Virginia Code §16- 46-6(a)(2) outlines a data collection system to maintain compliance with federal prescription monitoring.
  • Ensure that any purchases made with grant funds comply with federal and state regulations, are included in the approved detailed line-item budget (DLIB) and budget narrative, and clearly meet a specific goal or objective of the grant.
  • Be trained and required to use the system for any agency with access to the Bureau for Behavioral Health and ODCP Infrastructure platform.
    Provide SUD training at the Public Safety Expo in Charleston, WV (date TBD).
  • Develop SUD surveys (pre and post training) for law enforcement officers to help determine future social intelligence training classes.
  • Provide Addiction 101 & Stigma Awareness and including Drug Trends and Tools training at the West Virginia State Police Academy to the probationary basic officers and cadets in  partnership with emotional intelligence training.
  • Provide 12 SUD training sessions for law enforcement strategically throughout the state.
  • Serve as strategic planner and facilitate community / law enforcement events to help bridge gaps in substance use response plan. These events will help develop a state strategic plan to incorporate best practices to include law enforcement into overall response.
  • Participate in the Law Enforcement subcommittee of the Governor’s Council on SUbstance Abuse PRevention and Treatment.
  • Participate in BBH, ODCP and peer reviews as required.
  • Work with the appropriate BBH ODCP program manager to meet the requirements if SAMHSA or BBH have changes in policy, procedure, or allowable activities.
  • Develop specific recommendations to facilitate law enforcement engagement in deflection programs and training
  • ICW BBH & ODCP implement a process to track, disseminate, and educate law enforcement on the use and limitations of fentanyl test strips. As fentanyl test strips do not indicate safe or unsafe levels of fentanyl, if it is present, naloxone will be offered simultaneously to mitigate risk of overdoses as much as possible.

 

EXPECTATIONS
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director demonstrates strong inter-personal skills, and the ability to work with diverse populations
facing crisis situations in a professional and diplomatic manner.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director demonstrates self-control and exhibits an attitude of mutual respect and tolerance.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director demonstrates ethical conduct and good work habits such as punctuality and attendance.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director works effectively as a member of a team within a multi-disciplinary framework.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director has excellent communication skills, oral and written, excellent presentation skills using current technologies, and the ability conduct and participate in meetings.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director maintains a valid driver’s license.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director is self-motivated and demonstrates the ability to manage multiple tasks/assignments to accomplish high-quality work to meet demanding deadlines with little direct supervision.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director is knowledgeable in the field of addiction, treatment, recovery help, and employment trends.
• The staff member demonstrates self-direction and the ability to use software applications for personal productivity and collaboration.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director has existing employer contacts and experience presenting to business, industry, and governmental agencies.
• The Law Enforcement Strategic Director maintains confidentiality of participant records and program files.
• Position includes extensive travel.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Associates degree in education, social work, or human services field; bachelor’s degree preferred. Job knowledge/work experience or life skills considered in lieu of degree. Experience in law enforcement.
• Extensive experience using different types of technology devices and information management software.

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP:
This position is a will and pleasure employee of the Mountain State ESC. Continuation of the position is dependent upon funding, enrollment, and program performance. Each employee is subject to termination at any time, with or without notice, cause or compensation. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to immorality, incompetency, cruelty, insubordination, intemperance, willful neglect of duty, unsatisfactory performance, the conviction of a felony or
guilty plea or pleas of not contest to a felony charge, misuse of funds or property, violations of law or policies, lack of need, or lack or loss of funding.

SALARY: $80,000 commensurate with education level and years of related experience.

NOTE: Candidates for employment must complete a cover letter, resume, and official application form. Resume must include:

  • list of educational institutions attended, course of study, dates attended, and certificates earned;
  • list of employers for the past ten years;
  • description of responsibilities /work experience in previous employment;
  • alignment of work experience with posted job description;
  • list of at least three references including address and telephone numbers.

APPLY TO: Jan Hanlon, Executive Director
501 22nd Street
Dunbar, WV 25064
www.mountainstateesc.com/job-postings OR email rjpreece@k12.wv.us

DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED: Mountain State ESC will grant equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless or race, age, religion, color, sex or national origin and no discrimination based on these factors will be made in the salary, promotion, demotion, transfer, or termination of any employees.