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Outreach Specialist

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health

Wisconsin Voices for Recovery (WIVFR) is Wisconsin\’s only statewide recovery network currently supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services. Wisconsin has many growing Recovery Community Organizations, businesses, and other non-profit groups that are working to celebrate the strengths and address the needs of their communities.

Some goals of Wisconsin Voices for Recovery include:

  1. Reduce addiction and recovery stigma through education and increasing public\’s personal contact with the individuals in recovery and their family members.
  2. Provide technical assistance in rural areas around development of Recovery Support Services
  3. Engage in capacity building efforts in order to support other recovery community organizations and individuals
  4. Focus on regional training and education
  5. Reduce the number of fatal overdoses across Wisconsin through installation of Nalox-ZONE boxes and provision of free naloxone

Wisconsin Voices for Recovery will:

  • BUILD strong, organized recovery communities
  • HOST recovery activities, events, and celebrations
  • ADVANCE efforts to eliminate stigma around addiction and recovery, and support harm reduction
  • PARTNER with other statewide Recovery Community Organizations

The Outreach Specialist roles & responsibilities are designed to support Wisconsin Voices for Recovery grants projects and initiatives. This position will assist with identifying and working with community-based organizations and leaders. The Outreach Specialist will engage with various organizations to gather their input on barriers to recovery and challenges faced by their communities. This position may also support integration of peer support into healthcare systems and the community as well as the development of relationships between these different partners.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.


Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.

  • 20% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
  • 25% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
  • 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 5% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • 5% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
  • 20% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers


Preferred Bachelor’s Degree, areas of study include Social Work, Counseling, Public Health or related field. 



  • Relevant work experience in Substance Use Disorders and Recovery field required
  • Experience with data entry, data monitoring, and data reports
  • Experience in training individuals and groups of people
  • Excellent communication skills, including group discussion facilitation skills
  • Experience with formal and informal presentations for a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity through knowledge in diversity, inclusion and social justice issues


  • Knowledgeable of Recovery Support Services and treatment options for a variety of populations including BIPOC, LGBTQ, and rural
  • Experience working with Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs), community-based organizations relevant to Substance Use Disorders and recovery from Substance Use Disorders, and other stakeholders
  • Experience working with REDCap
  • Experience with writing program progress reports
  • Experience with invoicing and working with grants
  • Experience with Recovery Coaching and/or Peer Support Specialist Models
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are a certified CCAR Recovery Coach Trainer (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) and/or Peer Support Specialist Trainer


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Date Posted
October 26, 2022
Job Type
Madison, WI

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