Substance Abuse Program Administrator (#MDDZ61)
$54,100.00 Yearly Min / $67,625.00 Yearly Mid / $81,150.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

The class incumbent administers a comprehensive substance abuse program which includes coordinating medical and psychological detoxification and aftercare services in a 24 hour facility.

  • Supervises staff of 7-10 professional employees.

Nature and Scope

The incumbent reports to an administrative supervisor and is involved in relicensure activities, implementing quality assurance standards and instituting program policies, rules, regulations and guidelines. An incumbent is responsible for coordinating counseling and medical treatment services, monitoring crisis, residential treatment and aftercare treatment phases of the rehabilitative program, and acting as a liaison with public, private, community agencies and special interest groups. Work includes ensuring staff have current information regarding client needs, available resources and provision of services. In addition, an incumbent prepares statistical and narrative reports regarding program activities.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Directs the daily operation of a regional substance abuse program.
  • Participates in team conferences and directs intensive casework and counseling activities provided by professional staff.
  • Plans, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of counseling and other staff.
  • Maintains a variety of contacts and works with community projects and group organization when needed.
  • Evaluates quality of services provided and recommends new or revised programs or service delivery techniques; implements approved recommendations.
  • Supervises residential treatment activities, counseling programs, intervention services and other related activities.
  • Interacts with other agencies, such as mobile crisis unit and conduct follow-up activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of counseling work, principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and practices pertaining to substance abuse.
  • Knowledge of community organizations and available health resources.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of substance abuse symptoms and addictive behavior.
  • Knowledge of administrative and supervisory principles and techniques.
  • Skill in identifying training and staff development needs.
  • Skill in program design and implementation.
  • Skill in data collecting, report writing and presentation of information.
  • Ability to work effectively with public, government and community agencies, clients and professional community.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Substance Abuse Program Administrator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in health or human services work such as applying theories, principles, laws and practices of health or human services programs and services that assist with and improve life for individuals, families, or communities such as financial support, employment, unemployment, housing, health care/disease prevention, substance abuse, child protective services, physical/mental health treatment and prevention or rehabilitation. 
  2. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  3. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  4. Knowledge of health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation. 
  5. Knowledge of developing policies or procedures.
  6. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.