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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, trauma, and recovery, and will provide training to programs in evidence-based practices. This position requires regular state-wide travel. Works closely with IHR team and staff of the state’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS).

This is a half-time 24 hours/week position and is based in IHR’s Cambridge office.

Reports to

Assistant Director

Essential Functions

  • Provide training and consultation on gender-responsive approaches, and on serving pregnant and parenting women affected by substance use disorders, to providers serving women and children across MA
  • Develop resources including empowerment framework, training and consultation to SUD system serving women affected by SUD and their children, including child welfare, mental health, corrections, maternal-child health and hospital-based systems.
  • Respond to requests from BSAS for planning and development of emerging and ongoing projects.
  • Work on system-building for women in need of SUD treatment; support for collaboration across multiple systems serving women and families
  • Work closely with other IHR programs addressing women’s treatment to coordinate capacity building and training efforts
  • Documentation on systems integration/capacity building initiatives throughout MA treatment system
  • 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


  • Advanced degree in social work, public health, or related field preferred
  • Previous experience developing and documenting written materials for providers
  • Previous experience working with women affected by SUD, and their children
  • Understanding addiction treatment and mental health systems of care
  • Understanding evidence -based practices that address co-occurring disorders among women and families
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse cultural groups
  • Energetic and flexible; 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
24 hours
Cambridge, Mass.
Position Closed