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Project 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 Project Coordinator for Older Women’s Services, POWER 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 aged 55 and up in Cambridge and Somerville. Activities will include training and capacity building for partner agencies who work with older women on a variety of topics; offering psycho-educational groups to older women; and disseminating information to inform partners and the general public about the risks of opioid use and misuse 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 partners/BSAS to identify and access materials that address the risks of opioid misuse for elders;
  • Distribute materials widely and solicit input and feedback.
  • Prepare for and appear on local access cable shows at least twice a year to discuss the risks of opioid use for this population of older women.
  • Offer prevention based psycho-educational groups to older women in community settings to provide information and skills on pain and stress management, opioids, and to break down isolation,
  • 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.
  • Build capacity in community settings to offer therapeutic groups to older women around addiction and stress tolerance
  • Develop and offer presentations in community settings to older adults about opioids, pain, and trauma
  • Work with IHR staff to be trained in Seeking Safety and Elder SBIRT.
  • Work with partner agencies and other community organizations to initiate training programs for staff who work with older women on topics related to opioid use/misuse, trauma, and SBIRT
  • With partner agencies guidance, identify staff at partner agencies in need of training on opioids and their risks, including those prescribed.
  • Work with partner MASBIRT to help community based partners integrate SBIRT protocols into their operating procedures
  • Work collaboratively with other IHR staff members to design and deliver regular trainings for partner agency staff on issues related to opioids, addiction, trauma and Seeking Safety, motivational interviewing and Elder SBIRT.
  • Assist partners and partner staff 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.
  • Participate in evaluation process and management, including data input
  • Meet regularly with evaluators ICH to discuss and revise as needed evaluation process
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director for individual supervision.
  • Communicate with IHR’s main office in Cambridge through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor;
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings;
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


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


  • 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.
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • 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
  • Independent worker and strong self-management skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to track and synthesize information from multiple different sources
  • Strong sense of professionalism, responsibility, accountability, dependability and ownership of projects
  • Training, presentation planning skills
  • Organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel to multiple sites

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.

Project Coordinator
40 hours
Cambridge, MA
Position Closed