Manager, Organizational Development + Capacity Building

The Position

Do you want to end overdose? Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to promoting the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? The Manager of Organizational Development Capacity Building role will work across teams at National Harm Reduction Coalition (NHRC) to lead the provision of services and externally-facing resources to support the creation of strong, sustainable, and resilient harm reduction organizations across the US. 

The ideal candidate is an individual who is well versed in the best practices of organizational development for community based organizations or non-profit service providers including harm reduction and syringe service programs. They should be interested and adept in guiding harm reduction organizations, ranging from underground collectives to larger organizations with more formal infrastructure, to successfully apply best practices specific to their individual organizations’ needs. In this role, the Manager will work with NHRC team members and community stakeholders to formulate and drive strategy for this core element of work, responsive to community needs. This will involve drawing on the depth of experiences, skills, and resources already held by NHRC staff while building out additional competencies based on community demand. 

This position was developed in response to requests from our community and the programs we serve for greater support in this area as harm reduction and syringe service programs are expanding across the country and facing new challenges. Key areas highlighted in community consultations so far include program planning and evaluation, fundraising and development, fiscal health, human resources, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and board and volunteer development. 

The recent increase in federal funding for harm reduction programs is posing specific challenges as programs attempt to apply and access these opportunities. We are especially interested in having someone join our team who has an understanding of federal grant making and can guide both our community stakeholders and NHRC team in best practices for meeting federal funding requirements. 



Organization Description

The National Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use and structural violence. As a national organization we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy
  2. harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual trainings, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs
  3. national and regional convenings
  4. grantmaking
  5. fiscal sponsorship
  6. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis


Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: the National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces and dialogue that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies. 


  • Work with our team to build and implement strategy to expand NHRC’s portfolio of organizational development capacity building services and resources, responsive to community demand. This will include: 
    • Determining the right spaces and systems to discuss and coordinate this area of work across our grantmaking programs, and other trainings and technical assistance including the CDC’s National SSP TA Center project with a particular focus on managing federal and state funding opportunities
    • Act as the steward of our new and existing resources on organizational development (contacts, templates, presentations, etc.) while working with folks from across NHRC to build new resources responsive to demand. 
    • Developing and delivering training and technical assistance to organizations and community stakeholders both in group and one-on one-settings in collaboration with other staff depending on areas of focus. 
    • Partnering to vision cohort learning/peer mentorship on related topics, including involvement with the Executive Director Mutual Aid group, as needed. 
    • Supporting evaluation of this portfolio of work in terms of long-term impact measurement. 
  • Synthesize services and resources in a way that is rooted in the organization’s strategy and designed to mobilize and activate the audience to improve program quality and accessibility for and uplift voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, including those who speak languages other than English, LGB/TGNC+ folks, people who use drugs, people who engage in sex work, people who have experience with incarceration, people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C, people experiencing housing instability, immigrants, and others at intersections of oppression by centering language justice, disability justice, and translation needs and developing a directory of community content experts. This includes centering language justice, disability justice, and translation needs as part of this work and developing relationships to support the building out of an ongoing directory of community content experts. 
  • Center racial equity in delivering this work; proactively applying this lens to communicate our values and to who we offer support to in our work. 
  • Support development of internal staff capacity to respond to organizational development capacity building requests through shadowing opportunities and guidance on using any tools and resources collated and developed. 
  • Collaborate with the  Communications team in the development of organizational development related materials, toolkits, templates, one-pagers, and other materials based on community need assessed through training and capacity building projects and events. 
  • Support the Development team in identifying ongoing opportunities for both internal funding and opportunities for our community stakeholders, including those specifically related to organizational and leadership development. In addition, collaborate with team leads to identify, triage, and respond to relevant fee-for-service opportunities. 
  • Collaborate with the Contracts team as needed to report to funders regarding this work across relevant contracts. 
  • Participate in inter-department working groups, committees, hiring processes, and other opportunities to gain insight into other department work and activities that strengthen our organization. 
  • Participate in all-staff planning and preparation for the bi-annual National Harm Reduction Conference. 
  • Additional duties as necessary



  • Inspired by NHRC’s mission and strategic priorities. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with 3 of that at a manager level or equivalent experience in organizational development that resulted in the creation of stronger, more sustainable organizations. 
  • Strong content knowledge of harm reduction, public health, and social justice
  • Demonstrated ability to guide organizations to successfully apply organizational development approaches and build infrastructure to support strong and sustainable organizations. 
  • Experience in working with both internal and external stakeholders on short and long-term projects 
  • Outstanding management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a decentralized, mostly remote environment
  • Excellent and nuanced communication abilities and range 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and facilitation skills to build trust and relationships with community partners 
  • Ability to use discretion and keep sensitive information provided by organizations, in the course of delivering these services confidential


Position requires moderate travel to heavy travel,  approximately 14 - 21 days per year


Remote (US Only)


NHRC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $61,800 - $77,250. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.  


Deadline to Apply: Jun 2, 2022