March 25, 2021

Manager, Coalition Development

Department: National Coalition Institute – Training, Coalition Development TA & Outreach (TTAO) Department

Reports to: Deputy Director of Training, Coalition Development TA & Outreach

Employment Status: Full-time, exempt

Location: 625 Slaters Lane, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314 * Telework is not optional with this position

Position Summary:

The Coalition Development (CD) Manager is responsible for the management and enhancement of CADCA’s National Coalition Development Support Delivery System (CDS). The CD Manager will work directly with the Deputy Director of Training, Coalition Development TA and Outreach to carry out the National Coalition Institute’s mission of facilitating intensive, comprehensive technical assistance to coalition, state and federal leaders.  Additionally, the CD Manager will oversee and supervise the work of the CDS Associate. This position focuses on building new coalitions and strengthening the capacity of existing ones with an emphasis on the Drug-Free Community (DFC) Support Program grant recipients, economically disadvantaged communities and coalitions serving special populations throughout the United States and its territories.                                                                         

Specific Duties:

The CD Manager will be required, among other tasks, to:

  • Supervise a team (staff and consultants) that provide direct coalition development support to the prevention field with an emphasis placed on DFC Government Project Officers, new year 1 and 6 DFC grant recipients, participants in the National Coalition Academy (NCA) and other unfunded DFC grant applicants
  • Coordinate/lead with other CADCA Managers to provide proactive outreach to new DFC grant recipients and individuals attending the National Coalition Academy
  • Manage intake, and supervise the assessment of all coalition development support referrals, and triage requests for resolution (DFC and non-DFC)
  • Research, monitor and analyze emerging trends and coalition development support data findings to continuously improve delivery and create tools/resources to better support other CADCA departments and the prevention field; Develop reports on this research and trending topics, as requested
  • Interface with DFC Federal Partners including Project Officers in the coordination, delivery and reporting of coalition development support for DFC grant recipients
  • Produce monthly reporting on CDS progress for internal and external stakeholders
  • Analyze CDS data, strategically plan and update data collection to meet goals and objectives of CDS as well as reporting requirements
  • Collaborate with other Institute/CADCA departments to create resources and materials and manage distribution mechanisms for products
  • Collaborate with Training, Coalition Development TA and Outreach colleagues to support special projects
  • Contribute to CADCA’s business development efforts by identifying new partners, writing sections of proposals to funders
  • Lead the implementation of CDS (technical assistance and/or project management) on special projects within the team or with other CADCA departments
  • Lead the strategic development of plan to support coalitions in states that have minimal DFC grant recipients funded, coalitions with special/unique populations
  • Lead team of consultants in the development of new coalition development products and resources for distribution to the field
  • Supervise and develop CDS Associate and consultants
  • Provide coalition development oversight and direct service at National conferences, customized training services, and federal partner trainings
  • Lead/support the writing of grant submissions/re-applications for the Institute
  • Manage, track and report on all grant deliverables, as required   

Required Skills:

The CD Manager must be an experienced substance misuse prevention professional who has demonstrated competencies in the above areas.  The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Knowledge of theory, concepts, and practical application of effective substance misuse prevention strategies including the prevention-treatment-aftercare continuum.
  • Ability to investigate and apply best practices appropriate for the substance misuse prevention field.
  • Understanding of CADCA’s community problem-solving methods and the Strategic Prevention Framework.
  • Expertise regarding the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and its eligibility requirements.
  • Support departmental goals by ensuring revisions and new products reflect changes in public health science, practice, and implementation.
  • Ensure a coordinated presence and alignment of departmental goals and priorities; will liaise with subject matter experts and other staff on curriculum revision.
  • Explore and provide recommendations to streamline coalition development and other program functions.
  • Understand web-based technical assistance delivery systems.
  • Experience in leading a substance misuse prevention or related coalition.
  • Superior analytical skills, plus demonstrated skills to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Superior report writing and communications skills.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure and extra hours if needed on assignment.

Training and Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in health-related field.
  • Between 3-5 years of substantive experience in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention field.
  • Substance Use/Misuse Prevention Coalition leader experience preferred.

Amount of travel: 30% annually

Salary Range: $62,000 - $70,000

Interested candidates can submit their Cover Letter and Resume to:

  • Dr. Joy Sweeney, Deputy Director, Training, Coalition Development TA and Outreach
  • Email:  jsweeney@

We appreciate the efforts to submit applications for this position however only those candidates screened-in will be contacted to continue through the interview process. Thank you.