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Women’s Treatment System Specialist

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 Women’s Treatment System Specialist will provide training and technical assistance to substance addiction programs serving women, on issues relevant to substance use and pregnant/postpartum women, opiates, medicated assisted treatment (MAT) and substance exposed newborns (SEN), and will provide training to programs in evidence-based practices. This position requires regular state-wide travel.

NOTE: This is a full-time position and is based in Cambridge, Mass.

Reports to

Assistant Director

Essential Functions

  • Provide training and consultation on gender-responsive interventions, on serving pregnant and parenting women affected by substance use disorders, opiates, MAT and SENs, to providers serving women and children across MA
  • Offer resources including training and consultation to other system serving women affected by SUD and their children, including child welfare, mental health, corrections, maternal-child health and hospital-based systems.
  • Act as a resource to state agencies, hospitals and other systems in need of resources and/or referrals to treatment services
  • Work to address systemic barriers to women accessing SUD treatment, across multiple systems
  • Provide treatment programs with resources to utilize evidence–based interventions shown to be effective with women and children, including pregnant women
  • Work closely with other IHR programs addressing women’s treatment to coordinate capacity building and training efforts
  • Attend all staff meetings and trainings
  • Other related duties
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required


  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus


  • Advanced degree in social work, public health, or related field preferred
  • Previous experience providing training and consultation to other professionals
  • Previous experience working with women affected by SUD, and their children
  • Understanding of system of care
  • Understanding of evidence-based practices appropriate for programs serving women, including pregnant and postpartum women
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse cultural groups
  • Energetic and flexile; ability to work well independently and as part of team
  • Statewide travel; must have regular access to a reliable car and valid driver’s license

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle

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.

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.

Women’s Treatment System Specialist
40 hours
Cambridge, Mass.