Associate Director, Building Advocacy To Transform Approaches To Addiction

Join an organization at the forefront of health advocacy across the nation

Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer and community leadership to transform the American health system. Our first priority is quality, affordable health care for all and to ensure that all individuals and communities sustain the power to influence local, state and national decisions that affect their health. Since 1998, we have provided leadership and support to consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations working to ensure the health care system serves everyone – especially historically marginalized communities. Community Catalyst strengthens organized consumer voices in communities, at statehouses and on Capitol Hill when advocates fight for changes that improve our health.

As an organization, we believe an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for our employees. Additional information is available at

The Position

Our Program on Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations builds broad-based consumer advocacy to change local, state and national policies and practices. We catalyze action to boost prevention of drug and alcohol addiction, promote diversion from arrest, and expand insurance coverage and access to high-quality care.  Our goal is to help people lead healthier lives by improving health services and community supports that address problematic use of drugs and alcohol, and by increasing access to those services.

The Associate Director is a newly created position to help the Director oversee and implement the goals and activities of the growing program, including cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns to change public policy and sophisticated technical assistanceto support service innovation. The Associate Director will provide leadership, focused on internal operations, and will help to shape the program’s future direction. The individual will also partner with the Director to represent the program and collaborate with other projects and teams across the organization, and externally.  This is not a clinical position.

The Associate Director will also support the program staff to provide excellent, tailored technical assistance to state and local partners across the country that builds stronger advocacy and innovative programs to address substance use disorders.  The individual will also coach some of these partners directly on policy analysis, advocacy strategies and organizational development.

The successful candidate will be a versatile leader and team player with proven strength in management, administration, collaboration and communication. The candidate will join a program that is an organizational leader on issues of racial equity.


The Associate Director will be supervised by the Program Director for Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations.






Community Catalyst is based in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, GA; Washington DC; St. Louis, MO; Lansing, MI; and New York City. We expect the Associate Director to be based in our Boston office.


Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Associate Director, SUD” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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