American Institutes for Research

Director, AIR Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is seeking to hire a senior leader experienced in business development and project management, with expertise in substance use disorders and in evidence-based practices to address the disorders. The candidate will lead AIR’s Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (CARES) and work with AIR staff in building new work that fulfills AIR’s mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. The candidate will develop and execute a business strategy that builds on AIR’s existing work in the following areas: health professional education, training and technical assistance; practice guidelines and evidence standards; patient and family engagement; and data interpretation and public health strategy. The ideal candidate will have experience supporting federal, state, and/or local agencies to implement and assess practices and policies that involve multi-system programs including healthcare, public health, criminal justice and human services.


Established in 1946, AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. AIR works with federal, state, and local government agencies, philanthropies and other organizations to conduct research and evaluation and provide technical assistance in the areas of education, health and workforce development, in the U.S. and abroad.


AIR's work in health spans promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery across the life span. We focus on issues of mental health and substance use disorders, violence, trauma, HIV and AIDS, and other chronic illnesses. In justice and law enforcement, for example, we have done extensive work with drug courts, youth mentoring, and reentry. AIR’s methods include those for rigorous research and evaluation, as well as for knowledge translation, design of communication campaigns and extensive technical assistance and capacity building to implement evidence-based practices at the state and local levels. With approximately 1,200 staff, AIR’s main office is located in the Washington DC area, with major satellite offices in Northern CA; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; Boston, MA; and Atlanta, GA. 


The Director of AIR’s Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a strategy to expand a portfolio of work that reduces negative outcomes related to substance use.
  • Build and maintain relationships with federal and state agency leaders and foundation stakeholders.
  • Direct and participate in the development of proposals for work in substance-used related work funded by federal, state, local and foundation clients.
  • Provide technical expertise to conceptualize proposal strategies, approaches and methods.
  • Serve as a primary investigator on substance-use related projects.
  • Work with AIR's Human Resource Department identify internal and external talent needed to build capacity and work.
  • Design an overall strategy for building AIR’s preeminence in substance-use related work and establish AIR’s reputation as a leading source for research and technical assistance among key audiences.
  • Represent AIR at congressional hearings and key conferences.
  • Present findings at national conferences.
  • Author seminal thought pieces, monographs, or articles in the substance use space.
  • Facilitate Advisory Board meetings to gain input from other leading national experts.


  • 10+ years of demonstrated expertise in addiction services, including programmatic implementation, training on related topics, and research and evaluation.
  • Proven track record in setting vision and strategic direction for new work, based on trends, needs, and organization’s strengths.
  • Proven track record in writing and winning sizeable proposals to gain new work.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team of professionals with backgrounds in clinical care and/or public health.
  • Advanced degree required, with preference for individual with clinical substance use background (i.e., addiction medicine physician, advance practice nurse, psychologist or social worker).
  • Networks with key professional associations, universities, and other organizations striving toward similar goals.
  • Extensive experience working with federal, state, county or municipal agencies.
  • Leadership roles in designing and implementing substance use programs and/or evaluations.
  • Familiarity with substance use-related state and local datasets that can inform strategic solutions.
  • Ability to reach out and engage other organizations and experts in successful partnerships.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.




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