Director, Office Of Provider Engagement & Regulation
Posted on Nov 5, 2020 by State of Maryland Jobs
This position leads and directs the work of the Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation (OPER). In response to the opioid overdose crisis in Maryland and in an effort to better coordinate controlled dangerous substance (CDS) prescriber support services and regulations, the Office of Controlled Substance Administration (OCSA) and the Prescription Drug Monitoring/Overdose Prevention Applied Data Programs (PDMP) were merged, effective February 4, 2019, creating OPER. OPER will continue the functions of both OCSA and PDMP with a more targeted focus on supporting prescribers and dispensers in the initiation and continuation of best practices to ensure appropriate patient use of opioids.
This position manages, through subordinate deputies, a total budget of approximately $4.8 million and a staff of approximately 41, residing in permanent State positions (23 PINs) and contractual employment.
OPER has the authority to issue Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Registrations to healthcare providers, establishments and researchers who prescribe, administer, dispense, store, label, compound, import, export, manufacture, distribute, and conduct research or instructional activities with COS. These CDS registrants are also subject to inspections by OPER staff to ensure compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.
OPER is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing operations and enhancement of data systems designed to prevent and mitigate substance misuse. With other government agencies, non-profits and professional societies, OPER develops educational initiatives on prescription drug abuse and diversion targeted to healthcare providers and regulators, law enforcement, and the general public. This position requires extensive leadership, communication, customer service and strategic planning skills along with experience in program planning, monitoring and analysis.
Qualified candidates must possess a masters degree from an accredited college or university in public health, pharmacy, medical, nursing, social work or other related clinical degree. Candidates must also possess at least 6 years of professional experience in program planning, monitoring and analysis, including at least 1 year of experience supervising those who manage the work of others.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Desired candidates should also possess:
Experience in local or state government;
Experience overseeing and driving strategic health policy development;
Experience overseeing a state, local or federal regulatory agency; and,
Experience in CDS/opioids, pharmacy, and/or healthcare data.