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Drug Endangered Children Program Manager (212883)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Statewide (Full-Time)

Posted: May 14, 2024


Job Description:

Do you want to help ignite change in Kansas communities to protect and support vulnerable children affected by their parents’ substance use issues? Apply now for this exciting opportunity! Work shoulder to shoulder with communities blazing a trail in new ways to keep families intact while dealing with difficult issues in community settings. Grant experience is helpful but not necessary. Will be working with national, state, and local partners.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children are looking for a program manager to develop and implement efforts to address children in Kansas who are living in environments where their parents/caregivers are using, selling, manufacturing, or cultivating substances putting them at risk for significant abuse and neglect. Duties would include:

  • Coordinate process to award funding to communities and assist local communities with development and implementation of DEC efforts.
  • Ensuring grant deliverables including reporting are met.
  • Actively seek new, applicable funding opportunities.
  • Work with multidisciplinary stakeholders across the state.
  • Provide training about drug endangered children, adverse childhood experiences, impact of trauma.
  • Coordinate annual conference targeting multidisciplinary professions.
  • Implementation of statewide media campaign and website upgrade.

The position will be remote but will include travel to attend meetings and trainings. A bachelor’s degree is required. This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to build successful partnerships and effectively collaborate. Understanding systems that serve children and families as well as having lived experience is helpful.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Coordinate process to award funding to communities. Respond to requests for program information. Appropriately represent the agency at assigned state and national conferences, meetings, and workgroups. Ongoing research for new trends, evidence-based practices, etc. related to drug endangered children work. Actively seek new, applicable funding opportunities; coordinate grant writing efforts; actively participate in any new or existing funding opportunities. Collaborate with partners on existing interventions (e.g. naloxone training). Develop and implement community of practice for grantees. Ensure implementation of statewide media campaign focused on drug endangered children (includes development of outreach materials, press conferences, translation, and public service announcements). Assist with development, improvement, and maintenance of Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered website. Develop outreach materials to promote and highlight program. Assist with the development of a collection and reporting process for required grant performance data. Develop/improve guidelines, memoranda of understanding and protocols for participating partners. Ensure grant deliverables are met. Develop and enhance planning and execution of the Restorative Justice efforts across Kansas as they intersect with the DCE efforts. Will work with community partners as well as State partners in developing a Focus Group to ensure all voices are heard as well as incorporate other partners into the process.

Coordinate statewide DEC training. Travel to national meetings, required trainings and conferences (will include out of state travel). Coordinate annual conference targeting multidisciplinary professions. Coordinate statewide trainings for targeted professional associations and other statewide organizations. Host webinars for multidisciplinary audiences at least quarterly focused on increasing identification of DEC. Provide training about DEC at statewide conferences and other venues. Develop/update online trainings. Provide training and technical assistance to current DEC alliances, grantees and interested communities in Kansas.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in planning, organizing, and directing the work of a program. Education may be substituted for experience as determined by the relevant agency.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Collaboration and partnership building.
  • Ability to function independently while working closely with a team.
  • Project coordination/management.


  • Bachelor’s degree.

Licensing & Certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications:

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health administration, criminal justice, social work, nursing, or related field.
  • Master’s degree in public health, health administration, criminal justice, social work, nursing, or related field.
  • Group leadership/meeting facilitation.
  • Training development and delivery.

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave.
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply:

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Contact Information:

[email protected]

Salary Range

$ $23.27 to $25.70