Shatterproof is a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States. Addiction is the most significant health crisis in the United States today. For the 20.4 million adults in America with a substance use disorder, the devastation caused by the disease can be crushing. In 2018, more than 175,000 deaths in the U.S. were related to alcohol and other drugs – the third largest cause of death in the nation. Of those deaths, 47,000 were from an opioid overdose. The opioid crisis cost society an estimated $696 billion in 2018 alone. The impact is felt across a broad swath of society, from health care to employers to the government. Even more tragic, the social isolation and anxiety brought on by COVID-19 has made the addiction crisis that much worse. Addressing this health crisis is more important now than ever. Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Shatterproof draws from the extensive business experience of its senior leadership and uses a for-profit, ROI-focused lens to create results. Its strict commitment to science, evidence-based solutions, and transformational change has informed the business plan it executes daily. Shatterproof is transforming the healthcare delivery system so that every person facing addiction has access to quality care and treatment based on science. Addiction is a treatable disease, not a weakness. By changing people’s attitudes and behaviors, Shatterproof is reducing the shame in order to encourage patients to seek life-saving treatment, and providing reassurance, compassion, and support for a full and fulfilling life. Shatterproof is providing science-based educational resources that aid in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of addiction, while building hope, confidence, and resiliency within families and communities, and advocating for life-saving policies.
Addiction has an impact on all people, but like most health conditions in the United States, the negative impact of this disease on Black and Latino communities is disproportionate. Therefore, Shatterproof denounces racism and is committed to listening, learning, supporting, and advocating for health equity. Structural racism underlies the various responses to the phases of the addiction epidemic in America and it can only be reversed by taking an anti-racism approach. In the 1980s, when addiction was perceived as rampant amongst communities of color, the crisis was met with stigmatizing and discriminatory policies. Now, the opioid epidemic has reframed addiction as a disease, while simultaneously whitewashing the response by continuing to ignore the crisis within communities of color. Despite having higher increases in opioid overdose deaths tied to fentanyl, Black Americans have significantly lower access to treatment. For example, white patients are 35 times more likely than Black patients to receive buprenorphine, one of the proven medications for treating opioid use disorder. Eliminating the disparities of these metrics must be a part of the addiction response.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Shatterproof in the search for a Chief Development Officer.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer, a newly-created senior leadership role at Shatterproof, will be responsible for fundraising and development activities and will help establish and nurture relationships that enhance Shatterproof's financial resources, visibility, and impact. The Chief Development Officer will evaluate, develop, and implement the infrastructure needed to expand and diversify Shatterproof's donor base. The location of this position is flexible with a preference for the Northeast corridor (access to Washington, DC).
HOW TO APPLY
Click here for more information or to apply. A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success in a building a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources), preferably in public health, public policy, and/or substance use disorder treatment on a national level. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Shatterproof to reverse the addiction crisis in the United States, help reduce the stigma of addiction, improve treatment quality and access, and save lives.