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CCMHRSB seeking project director


The Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board seeks a Project Director to coordinate all services and activities of the SERG grant. The grant has been awarded to the State of Ohio to support community wellness and resiliency following the train derailment in East Palestine. 


SERG Project Director


The primary responsibility of the Project Director for the SAMHSA Emergency Response Grant (SERG) is to coordinate all services and activities for the project.  The Project Director will serve as the “face” of the project by marketing the project and building relationships with relevant community stakeholders to ensure community investment. The Project Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the goals, objectives and activities of the grant(s). The objectives of the grant are: 1) to meet the immediate and ongoing behavioral health needs of the East Palestine, OH, community resulting from the February 2023 train derailment and subsequent trauma-related concerns; 2) to minimize the long-term impact of the East Palestine train derailment and foster resilience by creating a positive environment and sense of belonging in the community; and 3) to expand and enhance the county’s crisis response system to ensure adequate and effective intervention in crisis or disaster situations.  

This is an independent contract position that will be available from March 27, 2023, through the grant end date, as identified in the specific SAMHSA grant award(s).



  • Provide daily oversight of the grant
  • Oversee the implementation of the project activities, internal and external coordination, development of materials, and facilitation of meetings
  • Provide leadership for daily operations including, but not limited to, training and development, providing budgetary information, providing data and research, attending/convening/facilitating partner meetings, and monitoring of deliverables
  • Develop project activities, including securing locations, assigning staff, ensuring materials are available, etc.
  • Monitor all SAMHSA SERG contracts/agreements
  • Coordinate/provide training to community and behavioral health professionals
  • Serve as liaison with behavioral healthcare systems across the county
  • Build relationships with behavioral health systems and other community systems (e.g. healthcare, education, law enforcement, government, faith-based, other social services, etc.)
  • Provide mentoring/coaching opportunities for new training instructors
  • Work with Board fiscal manager and director to ensure solvency of programmatic budgets
  • Work closely with providers and any evaluators to oversee the data collection and analysis of the project to ensure the project is meeting intended outcomes
  • Act as the SERG project champion with behavioral healthcare and community systems
  • Serve as liaison to SAMHSA and OhioMHAS to ensure compliance with grant expectations
  • Attend relevant trainings and workshops to increase knowledge and enhance skills



  • Master’s degree in a behavioral health, social work or related field, and/or a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or other behavioral health field with experience preferred (degrees in other fields, such as public health, public administration, human services, etc., with behavioral health experience considered)
  • Independent clinical/therapeutic credential preferred (MD, DO, PhD, LPCC, LISW, LIMFT, LICDC, etc.)
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in clinical service provision, project oversight, and/or project development



  • Knowledge of mental health, substance use, and crisis services
  • Preference given to individuals with direct behavioral health experience
  • Strong project management skills essential
  • Superior training and public speaking skills required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Organizational skills required
  • Ability to handle sensitive data
  • Proficient in handling multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and with minimal supervision
  • Goal oriented, determined and self-motivated
  • Skilled at understanding and relating to people from a wide variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Strong computer and database experience, including required experience in PC software (Word and Excel)




  • Valid driver’s license, insurance and operational vehicle
  • Flexible and evening hours may be required based on project tasks
  • Travel required and may be frequent
  • Oversight of other staff assigned to project

Submit cover letter, resume, and references to

Executive Director Marcy Patton

PO Box 500, Lisbon, OH 44432

FAX: 330-424-8033


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