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Substance Use Services Assistant Director

Location: Mt. Vernon, NY, United States
Date Posted: Nov 27, 2023

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Location: Mount Vernon, NY (256 Washington Street)

Hours:  Full-time 35 hours/week (8:30am-4:30pm, with flexibility for evenings if needed)

Salary: $85-90k, commensurate with experience and credentials.

Position Summary: The Substance Use Services Assistant Director is responsible for ensuring Mount Vernon Outpatient Substance Use treatment services licensed by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and Vocational Assistance Project (VAP) services are effectively meeting the needs of individuals and families overcoming substance use challenges and addiction. They directly supervise a team of substance use counselors, vocational counselors, and peers supporting Westchester communities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Yonkers, and Mount Kisco.



Program Management

  • Provides strategic planning, coordination of coverage, and development of workflows and protocols to maximize efficiencies, quality care, and technology utilization.
  • Sets and monitors key performance indicators related to the quality of care and program success, including financial targets.
  • Interviews, hires, and trains new hires within Sunrise SUD Clinic, the Vocational Assistance Project, and the State Opioid Response (SOR) outreach team.
  • Serves as an agency representative in the community and with key stakeholders related to addiction treatment – attends provider meetings.
  • Conducts outreach and builds relationships with potential referral sources with the aim of facilitating access to SUD care
  • Completes grant reporting and ensures compliance with program funding sources.


  • Directly supervises Sunrise (SUD Clinic) Senior Counselor, VAP (Vocational Assistance Project) Supervisor, and counseling/outreach team members.
  • Identifies needs and opportunities to enhance service provision and processes, as well as implements solutions, especially to mitigate participant risk and support well-being during recovery and beyond.
  • Provides individual and group supervision; completes annual evaluations of direct reports.
  • Reviews and approves timesheets and PTO/Sick requests, ensuring coverage.
  • Ensures compliance protocols, clinical care, documentation meet or exceed standards of care and regulations including monitoring of high-risk cases, participation in audits, responses to any corrective action plans, and maintaining licensure.
  • On-call for crisis after hours as needed.


  • Utilizes a strengths-based harm reduction approach to care and supervision, integrating best practices and clinical excellence.
  • Directly provides assessments/intakes, individual and/or group counseling, including off-site services in the community.
  • Engage in extensive outreach in the community to build the off-site services and community outreach component of the substance use services.


  • New York State Licensed CASAC required (CASAC2 or MASTER preferred), LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, or LMFT.
  • A minimum of 5 years of direct experience in an 822 OASAS program working with adolescents, adults, and families to support recovery from alcoholism and other addictions, co-occurring disorders, complex trauma and psychosocial stressors of poverty, abuse, abandonment, grief/loss, low/no literacy, and/or criminal justice involvement.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to supporting the well-being and recovery process of individuals and families struggling with complex challenges related to alcohol and/or substance use, including medication assisted treatment.
  • Familiarity with 822 OASAS documentation requirements, from assessment through termination/graduation from care.
  • Experience with community outreach, providing presentations and information sessions, off-site services, as well as referral generation to grow a successful substance use program.
  • Familiarity and experience with vocational assessments, counseling, and job placement with individuals in recovery from addiction and alcohol use.
  • Familiarity with Westchester County System of Care and resources for the full range of behavioral health and medical needs.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement whole-person strengths-based care throughout addiction services, integrating medical, mental health, addiction, and other social determinants of health needs utilizing a collaborative interdisciplinary team approach.
  • Supervisory experience and perspectives that support a commitment to training, professional/personal development, quality supervision, and teamwork.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and abilities to problem-solve, and quickly cultivate and implement solutions.
  • Positive attitude and demeanor with an ability to engage individuals of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and needs.
  • Experience with electronic medical records and budget development/management is required.


Travel Requirements: ~30%

Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to perform the job's essential functions successfully. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position, which are reviewed in each case. While performing the responsibilities of the role, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use his or her hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.




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