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Assistant Director
Rochester, New York - United States
Posted Date - 08/31/17, Respond By - 09/08/17

Program:                    New Directions

Location:                    To be determined

Position:                     Assistant Director     

Hours:                        37.5 hrs/wk

Salary:                        $45,686 - $62,362 annually




Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the New Directions -Health Services Dept. Director, the Asst. Director’s role is to assist in the planning, directing and management of New Directions departmental and clinical operations. The Asst. Director focuses on management, oversight and assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of ND Substance Abuse Services Clinic; and coordinates, develops, and implements policies and procedures in compliance with legal and funding source requirements. This position works closely with the ND Dept. Dir. and assists in developing, implementing and evaluating ongoing ND policies/procedures; promoting services offered from the New Directions Clinic and promoting chemical dependency and mental health awareness/intervention and treatment. Primary duties for this position include: program recruitment of individuals/families; program development; planning & management; fund, grant & resource development; fiscal management; human resource management & training; advocacy; community & customer relations; record maintenance and compliance training;  developing collaborative partnerships; facilities/site management;  program monitoring, reporting and evaluation; strategic planning and implementation of quality assurance strategies to ensure compliance with governing regulations and best practices in service delivery.  Clinical duties include: supervising daily clinical operational procedures; scheduling counselors; reviewing intakes/ discharges; reviewing evaluations and treatment plans; consumer assessment and diagnosis; consultations; treatment negotiations/planning; coordinating and conducting trainings; counseling and case management; conducting evaluations and facilitating individual and group sessions. The ND Asst. Dir. provides substance abuse and mental health related leadership; builds community coalitions, and is responsible for advocating for system change and support in increasing awareness and opportunities for those impacted by substance abuse and related factors.


Qualifications/Education and Experience:

  • Education: Master’s Degree required in Social Work, Psychology or related field; requires and Qualified Health Plan Certification (QHP) as defined by OASAS preferred; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Experience: Requires a minimum of five (5) years  of  direct work experience in substance use disorders involving the application of evidenced based practices and methodologies; requires  three (3) yrs. experience in an upper management/leadership position, that includes direct supervisory and management responsibilities. Ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well in a team environment is essential. Volunteer recruitment/management experience is a plus. Experience working in a not-for-profit, public/ community based setting helpful.

  • Requires a strong level of knowledge of chemical dependency/ mental health issues/treatment strategies; knowledge of consumer, community needs, care engagement, treatment adherence barriers, related statistical data & trends in care; knowledge of priority populations individuals incarcerated/pre-release and increasing awareness among those at high-risk of substance abuse and their family/caregivers/friends. Must have good understanding and sensitivity of related issues faced by individuals/families in recovery.

  • Knowledge of related local, state and national public policy issues, health disparities and advocacy strategies preferred; knowledge of health care provisions, prevention & intervention strategies required; knowledge of epidemiology, demographic influences, accessibility to treatment, health related issues and advancements in care helpful.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships with community, business, financial, municipal organizations; and other sectors of the community both public and private.

  • Knowledge of  the Greater Rochester community, with focus on chemical dependent and substance abuse resources, agencies and referrals relevant to the client population required( including mental health, physical health, primary care, criminal justice, department of social services and other resources including emergency).

  • Requires excellent communication skills, oral & written; experience in preparing, interpreting and disseminating a variety of informational & educational materials/related OASAS, OMIG, ABC, ND, substance use policies and procedures; and 822 Regulations for an Outpatient Clinic. Requires ability to diagnose CD clients, conduct axis 1-5, Global Assessment Function scoring, make diagnostic impressions from DSM-V Statistical Manual and incorporate into consumer records. 

  • Must have good fiscal management experience; knowledge of budget components, allocation methods, developing and monitoring budgets required. Experience working on fund/resource development initiatives and strategies is required. Ability to identify and research funding opportunities; and assist in developing grant proposals for funding/ program resources is required.

  • Experience and knowledge of strategic planning & execution, community & organizational development, outcome measurements, Program development and evaluation methods are preferred.

  • Requires strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiasm, sensitivity and ability to work with diverse individuals/groups from diverse back-grounds, in a variety of settings is required. Experience facilitating Advisory Committee sessions/forums, meetings, presentations, and related special events is a plus.

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships at all levels within the organization; must have strong interpersonal skills; should possess an aptitude and/or creativity for directing and motivating consumers.

  • Requires proficiency with all Microsoft Office Applications: Word, Excel,  Outlook, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook; should be proficient in 10e11eCR,  OASAS, and ARES computer programs; experience managing data base systems, data entry and maintaining electronic & paper records/file systems; experience analyzing and preparing reports, forms, spreadsheets and related communications required; ability to complete documentation in preparing related presentations and announcements.

  • Bi-lingual capabilities preferred: English/Spanish.

  • Requires the physical health and physical capability to work in an office as well as a clinical environment.

  • Requires a valid NYS Driver’s License, and access to reliable transportation daily.

  • Background and Department of Correction and Community Supervision Security Clearance are required.



The above description covers the principle functions of the job. It is not intended to be a complete listing of all the miscellaneous incidental or substantially similar duties, which may be assigned during normal or emergency operations.


  • Experience
    3-5 Years
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