WVPP Seeking Dynamic Individual to Join our Substance Use in Pregnancy Team!

West Virginian Perinatal Partnership NAS Rural Health Project Coordinator Job Description

1. Title
NAS Rural Health Project Coordinator


2. Overall Responsibility

The NAS Rural Health Project Coordinator is a full-time (35-40 hours a week), three-year grant-funded position. The Project Coordinator will work on a substance use in pregnancy project focused on serving at-risk women and their infants in Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Randolph counties. The RCORP-NAS project is funded by the U.S. Health Services Administration (HRSA). RCORP’s overall goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder in high risk rural communities; the goal of the RCORP-NAS Project is to specifically reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in rural communities by improving systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health.

The Project Coordinator will work closely with West Virginia Perinatal Partnership’s project director, other WVPP staff, and community partners working on substance use disorder initiatives directed toward pregnant and parenting women. West Virginia Perinatal Partnership (WVPP) is the lead on a Consortium funded through the RCORP-NAS grant that includes the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine/Center for Rural and Community Health, Greenbrier Physicians, Inc. and Women’s Health Care at Davis Medical Center.

Overall the project seeks to improve integrated care and care coordination for pregnant and parenting women with or at-risk for substance use disorder (SUD) in Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Randolph counties. The project coordinator will work work closely with consortium members to address basic needs and improve local conditions to support recovery by coordinating activities related to prevention, treatment, and recovery across systems in the target area. See the attached Project Abstract for additional details.

WVPP is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission of improving health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies in West Virginia. Substance use in pregnancy has long been identified as a major problem negatively affecting the health of mothers and babies in the state. WVPP’s work to address substance use in pregnancy is critical to the organization’s mission and the Project Coordinator is an important one.

Due to COVID-19, at this time the Project Coordinator must be able to successfully conduct outreach through phone and internet. As soon as it is deemed safe, it is expected that the Project Coordinator will travel frequently across the three-county area in order to identify and build relationships in person. Familiarity with the region, especially systems of care serving pregnant and parenting women, is desirable.


3. Accountability

The Project Coordinator shall be accountable to and receives direction from the WVPP Substance Use in Pregnancy Project Director.


4. Responsibilities

a. Programmatic

Work with consortium members to finalize the logic model and to develop and implement a strategic plan based upon the logic model. Both the logic model and strategic plan are requirements, and templates are provided by HRSA to all recipients of the RCORP-NAS project.

Inventory all programs, agencies, and organizations working in the area of and/or impacted by maternal substance use in the target area, including but not limited to substance use treatment providers, primary care health care providers, pediatric health care providers, drug courts, day report centers, educational and social services.

Work with WVPP staff and Consortium members to identify educational needs of community providers serving pregnant and parenting women with SUD and for providers serving infants diagnosed with NAS and/or affected by maternal substance use.

Identify experts to conduct trainings and schedule trainings.

Create documents required for trainings, including flyers, sign-in sheets, and evaluations. Maintain all forms and documents in an organized system.

Arrange trainings on women’s health and empowerment education for at-risk persons of reproductive age in collaboration with WVPP staff.

Work with WVPP staff and Consortium members to identify and promote anti-stigma messages specifically to reduce stigma and judgment of pregnant and parenting women with SUD.

Work with WVPP staff to share project information on social media through websites, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Speak at local meetings about the RCORP-NAS project in order to promote its goals and objectives. Assist with public education, trainings, and information efforts related to the program to include talking to media outlets, public speaking, and social media posts.

b. Administrative

In cooperation with the Executive Director, Project Director, and Consortium members develop a workplan for the project. The workplan will include plans for outreach, reasonable goals for training, identify key timelines for project activities, and other items necessary to meet the requirements of the project. One measurement of success will be implementing this plan in a timely manner.

Maintain administrative reports and statistical information on activities as assigned.

Track, collect, aggregate, and report qualitative data and information from Consortium Members to fulfill HRSA’s reporting requirements.

Ensure that policies and procedures are followed, specifically HRSA project requirements.

Participate in RCORP-NAS sponsored regional and national meetings.

Participate in monthly progress call with the HRSA Project Officer and HRSA-funded technical assistance provider.

Participate in WVPP substance use in pregnancy related meetings, including the Substance Use in Pregnancy Committee.

Assist the project director in responding to inquiries and requests from HRSA staff in a timely manner.

Participate in weekly WVPP staff meetings and other planning activities.

Attend meetings of other organizations, committees, and coalitions as assigned.

c. Financial

Prepare invoices and expense reports for work-related expenses.

Provide assistance with grant reporting as needed by the Executive Director.


5. Skills and Knowledge Required

Excellent communicator with interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and trust with diverse providers and program staff.

Strong writing and oral skills.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with many different stakeholders and constituencies.

Knowledge of issues related to substance use in pregnancy, including needs and barriers faced by at-risk women. Need not be an expert on SUD but awareness of and experience with issues faced by this population a plus. Willingness to learn is essential.

Experience working with systems of care that provide services to women and children in the targeted region and a familiarity with social, health, and judicial systems.

Well organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Ability to work independently and take initiative.

Experience using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


6. Education

Master’s degree in a related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


7. Compensation 

This is a three-year contract position. The contractor will be paid $45,000 – $50,000 per year. At this time there are no fringe benefits available for the position.

8. Work Location

The position will work remotely during COVID-19. Access to WIFI is necessary in order to fulfill responsibilities. As noted this project focuses specifically in Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Randolph Counties and as such, preference will be given to an applicant residing in, or having close ties to, this area of the state.


To Apply

WVPP would like to have the Project Coordinator in place by January 15, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted by Zoom.

Submit a resume and contact information for three references by email to Janine Breyel.


West Virginia Perinatal Partnership
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program—Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Project Abstract

Project Title: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program—Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Requested Amount: $499,950
Applicant Organization Name: West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, Inc.
Applicant Organization Address: 1018 Kanawha Blvd East, Suite 1100 Charleston, WV 25301 Applicant Organization Facility Type: Nonprofit organization serving as a collaborative of providers working to increase health outcomes of mothers and babies
Project Director Name and Title: Janine Breyel, RCORP Project Director
Project Director Phone and Email: 304.216.3437; jbreyel@hsc.wvu.edu
Data Coordinator Name and Title: TBH
Data Coordinator Phone and Email: TBH
EIN Number Exception Request in Attachment 8? No
Letter from Urban Parent Organization in Attachment 12? No
How Applicant First Learned About the Funding Opportunity: Grants.gov
Number of Consortium Members and List of Consortium Members: 4

WV Perinatal Partnership

Davis Medical Center

Greenbrier Physicians, Inc.

WV School of Osteopathic Medicine

Brief Description of the Target Population: Pregnant women, mothers, and women of childbearing age who have a history of, or who are at risk for, SUD/OUD and their children, families, and caregivers
Rural Service Area: Full Rural Counties/Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Randolph Counties in West Virginia
Focus Area: Improving integrated care and care coordination
Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Strategies: Specific prevention activities include increasing access to family-planning services to women of childbearing age who have or are at risk for SUD/OUD through the Love Your Birth Control! Campaign. To harness cross-section collaborations to improve access to behavioral and reproductive health among the same target population, the consortium will work with Drug Courts, Day Report Centers, and others to implement the Time Out! For Me curriculum. Further, the WVSOM will work to build capacity of Drug Free Moms and Babies (DFMB) programs in the service area though assessment, resources, and training in national standards of care for pregnant and parenting women. Specific treatment activities include decreasing social barriers to treatment among pregnant women and mothers through the creation of a NAS toolkit and anti-stigma campaign. To increase the number of providers and other health and social service professionals who are able to diagnose and treat pregnant women, WVSOM will provide a series through livestream that educates on screening and identification, best practices, addressing special needs, etc. Specific recovery activities to improve community understanding and support for different pathways in recovery include creating a specialty peer recovery coaching for pregnant and parenting women training using the I Got This: A Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Pregnancy and Beyond. To address basic needs and improve local conditions to support recovery, the consortium will coordinate activities related to prevention, treatment, and recovery across systems in the target area.

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