Co-Director, “Narconomics” Project/Research Technical Staff

Applications Due By: January 6, 2022

This position will serve as the co-director of a multi-phase research project investigating the illicit drug markets within five major U.S. cities: 1) Baltimore, 2) New York City, 3) Cleveland, OH, 4) Salt Lake City, UT, and 5) Portland, OR. These five cities are geographically diverse and located within five separate HIDTA regions throughout the U.S.: Washington/Baltimore; New York/New Jersey; Ohio, Rocky Mountain, and Oregon/Idaho, respectively.

This research project will provide an in-depth look into the business operations of drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) by using multiple qualitative and quantitative data sources. Borrowing from the fields of economics, business management and administration, this innovative research will analyze the dynamics and inner-workings of DTOs in order to understand their business models and identify their greatest vulnerabilities. This information will then be used to design effective strategies for law enforcement to reduce the drug supply and decrease drug demand; thereby, reducing overdose deaths. This project will also provide significant opportunities to identify areas for collaboration among public health, behavioral health, and harm reduction partners and ultimately, link people who use drugs with treatment or care. 

The project co-director should be enthusiastic about the research process, possess a demonstrated proficiency with qualitative research and analysis; have a general interest in law enforcement, drug trafficking organizations, and their business operations; and be able to thrive in a fast-paced setting, and succeed while working in a collaborative environment. 

The work-site for this position is located in Reston, VA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the primary liaison for the research project with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Providing management and oversight of the research portfolio
  • Leading collaboration efforts among stakeholders
  • Managing grant award activities


  • Ph.D. in business, economics, public health, social sciences, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Considerable (typically 5+ years) experience with project coordination related to research/evaluation/program management or public health in academia, industry, or government
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work and collaborate within and across teams both inside and outside of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively in an interagency environment with federal, state, and local law enforcement and/or drug intelligence analysis
  • Demonstrated proficiency with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R, SAS)
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, to allow for the ability to prioritize competing demands and manage a growing research team
  • Professionalism, maturity, and experience working with people from diverse identities, affiliations, and settings
  • Familiarity with public health and public safety policies and practices
  • Experience with critically reviewing and summarizing literature, interpreting research results, and drafting reports and scholarly products in a variety of formats for dissemination
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance
  • Travel is expected for this position (25%, once allowed). 

How to Apply:

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Chief Security Officer

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) will work within the Network Operations Center to effectively monitor and maintain the security of the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA’s applications, databases, computers, and websites. The CISO will also be tasked with establishing enterprise-wide security policies, developing data breach resiliency plans, overseeing system update communications, and managing the information security financials.

Key responsibilities include:

*  Security operations

*  Compliance

*  Disaster recovery

*  Documentation

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Master’s degree in IT related field is preferred.

Experience: Must have at least 7 years’ experience working with security in the IT field with networking, systems administration and virtualization experience. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and/or Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.         Communication and Presentation Skills
2.         Knowledge and Understanding of the Business and its Mission
3.         Incident Management
4.         Knowledge of Regulation and Compliance with Standards

** Must be able to pass National Security background check and obtain a Secret Level security clearance. **

Review the vacancy announcement at and click the external applicant link to apply