Grant Project Specialist, State Opioid Response (SOR) Recovery Housing

Website Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals

Type: Contractor position subject to ongoing funding renewal; full time (35 hours per week)

Summary: The position is in the Research, Data Evaluation, and Compliance Unit (Data Unit) of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH). The position works on the Recovery Housing program of the SAMSHA-funded Federal/State Opioid Response (SOR) grant.  The SOR grant funds recovery housing for eligible RI residents in recovery from substance abuse.  The Grant Specialist oversees the recovery housing dataset, and the GPRA survey data collection.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and/or oversee project data collection in accordance with protocols, including collaborating with partnering agencies to ensure timely and accurate data collection.
  • Develop and maintain project datasets; oversee data quality assurance protocols and provide technical assistance to community partners.
  • Recruit and train interns in GPRA survey data collection and provide ongoing supervision.
  • Perform client outreach and data collection as needed.
  • Generate clear visual data summaries such as tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Manage and analyze data using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
  • Deliver technical assistance and support to partnering agencies, with a focus on meeting quality assurance standards and achieving program fidelity.
  • Conduct data collection activities and participate in evaluation efforts to determine program effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and utilization.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with stakeholders, including but not limited to other RI State Agencies, Offices, and community partners.
  • Respond to inquiries for purposes of program monitoring and evaluation as requested.

Education: Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of skills and experience. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience conducting community-based research, data management and quality monitoring.
  • Experience conducting outreach for the purpose of data collection.
  • Experience training and supervising students or junior staff.
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills; experience with data analysis programs (Stata or R) preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professional and administrative officials, governmental officials, community partners, and the public.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This job classification description represents general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.

How to Apply:

BHDDH is using Knowledge Services to fill this position. Knowledge Services works with many staffing agencies to fill openings for contract positions at the State, sharing the job description and rate information provided by the State with each staffing agency and requesting they submit resumes of qualified candidates. Knowledge Services shares those resumes with BHDDH and BHDDH works with the staffing agencies representing candidates to schedule interviews. Once BHDDH completes interviews, they notify Knowledge Services and request that offers be made. The staffing agency then makes the offer to the candidate and if the candidate accepts, takes them through onboarding.

Candidates must be represented by a staffing agency to apply for these positions. Choosing a staffing agency to represent you is part of applying for this position and we encourage you to be thoughtful about this. Different staffing agencies will offer different rates, and some may offer benefits. You can reach out to multiple staffing agencies to discuss what they can offer you regarding pay rate and benefits before deciding which staffing agency you will allow to represent you.

How to Apply:

  1. Click this link: The link will bring you to a list of staffing agencies you can choose from to represent you.  Ignore the title (‘COVID-19 response jobs’) – there are more than just COVID-19 response jobs; it’s an old title.
  2. Read the information about each staffing agency and decide which agency or agencies you would like to reach out to. As mentioned above, you can reach out to multiple staffing agencies before deciding who you would like to represent you.
  3. You will need to contact each staffing agency you want to reach out to. To do that, click the name of a staffing agency. This will bring you to a contact form with 5 fields: first name, last name, email, phone number, and message.
  4. Fill out the contact form, being sure to use a valid phone number and an email address you check frequently. In the message field, say “I am reaching out about posting ID 115583, the Grant Project Specialist 5000 position at BHDDH. I would like to learn more about this position.” Be sure to fill out a contact form for each staffing agency you are interested in.
  5. Each staffing agency you contact will reach out to you, providing info about the position and their agency. Read through all these materials and consider them carefully. When you decide which agency you want to represent you, you will provide your application materials (resume, etc.) and sign a Right to Represent (RTR) form with them, which means you cannot work with any other staffing agency for this position.
  6. The staffing agency representing you will submit your application materials. If you are selected for an interview, your staffing agency will reach out to you to schedule the interview.

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