Associate, Drug User Health

  • Full-time

Company Description

 NASTAD is a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. Our mission is to advance the health and dignity of people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and intersecting epidemics by strengthening governmental public health and leveraging community partnerships. 

Our work advances NASTAD’s four strategic priorities: 1) Strengthen public health systems for HIV and hepatitis prevention, surveillance, and care; 2) Advance health and racial equity, and stigma elimination, focusing on disparately impacted communities; 3) Implement integrated approaches to address HIV, hepatitis, STIs, harm reduction, and the social determinants of health; 4) Strengthen organizational excellence within NASTAD and its member jurisdictions.

NASTAD serves as the Systems Coordination Provider (SCP) for the 47 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B jurisdictions funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA-20-078), as part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative. As part of this work, NASTAD develops tools and resources to support health departments in EHE Phase I jurisdictions to improve coordination across health systems and collaboration with key stakeholder groups.

NASTAD Background

Our Mission & Vision

NASTAD is a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. Our mission is to advance the health and dignity of people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and intersecting epidemics by strengthening governmental public health and leveraging community partnerships. Our vision is a world committed to ending HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and intersecting epidemics. We want to center on racial justice, anti-racism, and anti-white supremacist principles as we think about, approach, and conduct our work.

Job Description

The Drug User Health team at NASTAD aims to support partnerships between public health and social service systems and community-based harm reduction, syringe services, and overdose prevention programs to address the prevention, care, treatment, and policy needs related to comprehensive drug user health services. NASTAD has leveraged this unique positionality between governmental public health and community-based groups to advocate for increased resources in the form of technical assistance, material resources, and direct funding to community-based harm reduction programs, to increase overall access to effective and evidence-based low threshold health services for people who use drugs.

Job Summary

The Associate, Drug User Health plays a vital role in expanding the organization’s capacity to address the impacts of the intersecting crises of drug use, HIV/AIDS, and viral hepatitis in community and public health settings, particularly within state and local health departments and Syringe Services Programs (SSPs). The Associate’s core activities will entail administrative and logistical support to NASTAD’s Drug User Health team in the delivery of technical assistance (TA) and training to health department and community-based programs. This position works closely with the team to facilitate effective coordination across multifaceted project activities and deliverables. This position will report to the Senior Manager, Drug User Health and will be expected to work with other NASTAD teams, including Hepatitis, Prevention, Health Care Access, Health Systems Integration, and Health Equity to support cross-program collaborative activities.



Essential Duties

·        Provide logistical and administrative support to the team’s technical assistance activities across projects, with a specific focus on the National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance Center, including support for conference calls, webinars, and virtual and in-person technical assistance and training events.

·        Manage documentation and tracking of TA activities by performing data entry in an online platform, ensuring that data is accurate, submitted in a timely fashion, and updated as necessary.

·        Coordinate external communication with consultants, partner organizations, TA recipients, and other stakeholders including the management of email listservs and google groups.

·        Support the team in managing ongoing projects with programs and consultants, including coordination with the Finance and Accounting team.

·        Assist with the development of work plans, memos, meeting minutes, and email communications.

·        Manage project-related files by ensuring that all necessary materials are current, properly filed and stored, including updates to public-facing electronic resources.

·        Assist with the review, development, and delivery of technical assistance resources and activities to meet the needs of health department and community-based drug user health and harm reduction programs through the National Harm Reduction TA Center, jurisdictional Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) planning, and other channels.

·        Support project planning, including updates to project management tools and tracking timelines and progress toward deliverables, in alignment with federal grant requirements.

·        Contribute to federal funder reporting and documentation.

·        Assist with the onboarding of new team members.

  • Interact with and respond to the needs of health department and community-based organization staff members in a timely manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

·        Must be committed to the following principles: minimizing harm, trustworthiness and transparency, the value of lived experience, collaboration and mutuality, centering client voices and affirming agency, recognizing risk is real, belief in the importance of our clients and resilience.

·        Must have a strong commitment to promote cultural, racial, language and gender access and equity.

Experience, Expertise, and Education

·        Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (4 years of relevant training or work experience is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) and 1-3 years of relevant work experience.

·        Experience and/or training in project coordination and administrative support.

·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Excel.

·        Experience working with cross-functional teams.

·        Prior experience or interest in public health, harm reduction, viral hepatitis, HIV, or a related field is preferred.

Environment and Scheduling

·        Full time, 40 per week role

·        Interest in working with a national HIV, viral hepatitis, and drug user health organization.

  • Interest in working within a dynamic work environment and with diverse partners and stakeholders.
  • Willingness to travel up to 15% of the time when it is safe to do so.
  • Remote work is possible.
  • Commitment to Anti-Racism values



  • Leadership - Integrates into their work a strategic vision and critical analysis that optimizes success for projects, and organizational priorities as applicable.
  • Communications - Strategically communicates internally and externally in a clear, concise, respectful, and trauma-informed manner; simplifies complicated concepts and communicates them clearly regardless of the situation or audience.
  • Teamwork - Proactively contributes toward the completion of team tasks and team building. Champions an anti-racist, collaborative, and supportive organizational team culture.
  • Reliability and Adaptability - Takes ownership of own objectives and performance. Independently completes tasks in a timely and consistent manner. Adapts to, and integrates into own tasks, changes in the work environment, priorities, and organizational needs.
  • Problem Solving and Analytical Thinking - Takes a solutions-focused approach to problem-solving: identifies a problem, finds the root cause, and structures logical solutions. Able to solve problems by analyzing situations and applying critical thinking to resolve them.



Additional Information

Environment and Scheduling

·    $46,800 - $49,400 (and commensurate with experience)

·       Full-time, 40 hours/week role.

·       Remote work is possible.

·       Interest in working with a national HIV and hepatitis public health organization.

·       Interest in working within a diverse environment.

·       Commitment to Anti-Racism values.

We encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply. We recognize that to accelerate the end of the HIV and hepatitis epidemics, our workforce must be representative of groups that have been disproportionately impacted.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.