Associate Program Director (Calipatria State Prison) (Calipatria, CA)


Reporting to the Program Director, the Associate Program Director supports the Program Director in the day-to-day programming activities and provides direct supervision to the Supervising Counselor(s) on site.


  • Be on-site, working an average of forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday, during programming hours. Exceptions include vacation, sick leave, CDCR approved meetings, trainings, or State holidays.
  • Be responsible for the overall administration of the day-to-day delivery of program activities in the absence of the Program Director;
  • Provide oversight, training, and support to the Supervising Counselor(s);
  • Coordinate with the Supervising Counselor(s) to develop the monthly reports documenting counseling staff's progress made towards achieving their AOD certification;
  • Coordinate monthly staff training days with the Supervising Counselor(s);
  • Support the Program Director, as requested; and
  • Work collaboratively with CDCR/CCHCS and institution staff.
  • Attends all required staff training sessions in accordance with Phoenix House and state licensing requirements, completes all training on time
  • Attends and participates in program and all staff meetings
  • Adheres to and promotes the Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values while acting as a role model for others
  • Other duties as assigned



The incumbent in this position supervises the Supervising Counselors


The Associate Program Director shall be certified as an AOD Counselor, with a certifying organization recognized by DHCS, unless exempt per Section XI. CONTRACT PERSONNEL, letter H. AOD Certification.

  • The Associate Program Director shall have a working knowledge of SUDT programs and must meet at least one (1) of the following requirements:
    • Licensure as a LCSW or LMFT, must be licensed a minimum of 2 years, and completed supervision course that meets BBS standards.
    • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a social service-related field and at least one (1) year of supervisory experience working in a SUDT Program; or
    • An Associate's Degree in a social service-related field and at least three (3) years of supervisory experience working in a SUDT Program; or
    • Five (5) years of supervisory experience working in a SUDT Program.
  • Must maintain a valid California Drivers' License, have proof of automobile insurance and maintain a safe driving record based on Phoenix House policy


  • Demonstrated commitment and adherence to Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values: I CARE For? Integrity, Collaboration Appreciation, Respect, Excellence, and Forward-Thinking
  • Proficiency in MS Office systems
  • Modern principles of training and education
  • Program evaluation methods and report writing
  • Ability is required to conduct several projects simultaneously
  • Analyze complex problems and adopt an effective course of action
  • Effectively supervise the work of others
  • Ability to utilize an electronic healthcare record
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with patients
  • Ability to model positive behavior and demeanor
  • Understanding of addiction, co-occurring models, and treatment modalities
  • Understanding of patient development and family systems
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to be flexible; problem solver, self-directed; customer service-oriented, and collaborative
  • Skills and ability to engage and develop a rapport with patients and families of various backgrounds
Job location: Calipatria, CA
Job number:349