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Older Women’s Services Coordinator

The Institute for Health & Recovery is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Older Women’s Services Coordinator will partner with Cambridge Health Alliance and other organizations serving older individuals, to implement a project designed to combat opioid use and misuse among women age 60 to 80 in Cambridge and Somerville. Activities will include offering therapeutic groups to older women; training staff who work with older women; and disseminating information to inform partners about the risks of opioid use among older women. Will produce quarterly reports to funder Office of Women’s Health and will convene an Advisory Council quarterly.

Reports to

Executive Director

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with partner BSAS to identify and access materials they have in multiple languages that address the risks of opioid misuse for elders.
  • Distribute materials widely and solicit input and feedback.
  • Identify cable shows likely to be watched by elders and offer to appear and discuss the risks of opioid use for this population of older women.
  • Provide outreach to partners to identify women 60 to 80 in need of services.
  • Offer groups to older women to provide support, break down isolation, and increase their efficacy in addressing any concerns about opiate use.
  • Offer groups and resources to older women that allow them to increase their ability to use grounding and coping strategies when triggered by trauma or pain.
  • Use resources and strategies from Seeking Safety to support women in identifying their trauma and triggers.
  • Work with IHR staff to be trained in Seeking Safety and Elder SBIRT.
  • Identify staff at partner agencies in need of training on opioids and their risks, including those prescribed.
  • Design and deliver regular trainings for staff on substance use issues, addiction, Seeking Safety and Elder SBIRT.
  • Assist staff and partners in making appropriate referrals to treatment for older women and their family members if needed.
  • Convene Advisory Committee quarterly; prepare agenda and reports for each meeting.
  • Maintain accurate records, data and reporting as required by the program and OWH.
  • Meet regularly with evaluators ICH to discuss evaluation process for project.
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director for individual supervision.
  • Other related duties
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required


  • Strong sense of professionalism, responsibility, accountability, dependability and ownership of projects
  • Excellent Verbal and Written Communication Skills
  • Organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Problem Solving
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Coordination and Team work
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Training, presentation planning skills
  • Valuing Diversity


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, human services, or related field preferred; and 3–5 years’ experience working with substance abuse issues, older adults, and/or gender-responsive services.
  • Experience coordinating a complex program with many different aspects; organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse cultural groups
  • Experience with gender-responsive services; older women; substance abuse issues
  • Understanding of links between trauma and substance abuse
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to track and synthesize information from multiple different sources

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel to multiple sites
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

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IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Older Women’s Services Coordinator
37 hours
Cambridge, MA
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