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Program Director

The Boston Public Health Commission is seeking a Program Director for the Transitions Program. The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Bosto​n​

Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission – to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Addictions Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Support Services; and Emergency Medical Services.

Job Description 

  • Responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Transitions Program, a short-term inpatient substance abuse treatment program for men and women in early recovery.
  • Responsible for the design, implementation, and oversight of all services at Transitions Program, including, but not limited to; planning and development, programmatic policies and procedures, treatment protocols and clinical documentation.
  • Leads in development of a shared philosophy, treatment model, and operations protocols creating a comprehensive and coordinated delivery of substance abuse services.
  • Oversees development/implementation of evidenced based practices and curricula related to substance abuse, mental health, trauma, and like-skills.
  • Ensures program clients are provided with comprehensive health, mental health, case management and substance abuse services.
  • Oversees program’s compliance with state licensing and federal regulations, and all reporting requirements and evaluation.
  • Establishes new partnerships, linkages, and program collaborations with community programs.
  • In collaboration with Associate Bureau Director, develops program policies to ensure safety and improve clinical services, case management and programming.
  • Serves as primary liaison with Health Care for the Homeless medical team.
  • Ensures completion of all program’s clinical documentation. Oversees monthly/quarterly/annual clinical chart reviews to ensure the delivery and documentation of high quality clinical services.
  • Develops streamlined and comprehensive system of documentation in accordance with shared treatment philosophy.
  • Oversees upkeep of program’s physical facility and ensures all program spaces adhere to ADA regulations and DPH licensing requirements. Ensures physical facility is kept clean, attractive and maintains a welcoming and therapeutic environment.
  • Serves as primary liaison with vendors that provide Transitions program with services and that supply client food, cleaning, laundry, clinical laboratories and other.
  • Provides direct supervision to assigned staff, included but not limited to clinical manager, admissions coordinator and coordinators.
  • Develops/ maintains an organizational culture that fosters staff professional development and provides adequate supervision and support.
  • Facilitates healthy team development and skill building integral to the delivery of clinical services.
  • Ensures program’s compliance with performance evaluation schedules. Responsible for assessing training needs of staff in order to develop planned comprehensive staff training programs.
  • Works in a confidential capacity with Associate Bureau Director and Bureau Director and meets regularly with supervisors regarding all aspects of program operations, including but not limited to matters pertaining to program staff and other confidential matters.
  • oversees recruitment, hiring, performance evaluation, promotion, and termination of all program staff.
  • Makes and recommends management and personnel decisions regarding program, including but not limited to promotion, transfer and assignment of staff, and imposition of discipline.
  • Represents management in grievance and arbitration process, including but not limited to hearing and adjusting grievances, and attending grievance and arbitration hearings. Recommends reviews and assists in creation of proposals for collective bargaining on behalf of the program and may attend and participate in collective bargaining as management representative.
  • Participates in management team meetings; assists Associate Bureau Director with new initiatives and projects and in seeking funding sources; assists in fulfilling monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements; shares in fulfilling critical responsibilities of clinical manager when absent from program.
  • Manages all program funding including state contracts and other external funding. Monitors program’s third party billing activities.
  • Supervises process improvement activities.
  • Provides emergency coverage through a cell phone system as scheduled.
  • Operates independently.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:  

Master in a Mental Health related field with LCSW, LICSW, LMHC preferred or Master in a Mental Health field with CADAC certification desirable. Minimum 2 yrs experience in supervising the provision of clinical services to adults in outpatient or residential settings. Ability to formulate, interpret and evaluate theoretical knowledge of chemical dependency and related issues and translate them into practical application in residential treatment settings. Ability to develop and implement a comprehensive continuum of substance abuse services. Demonstrated knowledge of gender and cultural issues pertinent pertinent to addiction, treatment, and the recovery process.

Additional Information

Boston residency required, or willingness to relocate within 6 months, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., This position requires direct client/patient contact and as a result of such direct contact, certain immunizations will be recommended and/or required prior to commencement of employment duties., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, This is a grant funded position, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants 

Pay Range

$70,000 – $72,000

Standard Hours



35 hours per week M-F with on call responsibilities

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