Peaceful Spirit Division Director – Job Description


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JOB TITLE:                            Peaceful Spirit Division Director 

REPORTS TO:                       Executive Director

SUPERVISES:                       Assigned Personnel

EMPLOYEE STATUS:         Regular/full-time/salaried/exempt


Director will be responsible for assuring that the community oriented treatment center delivers quality care to the targeted population.  The Director will also assure program compliance with the requirements of the Colorado Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health and the Indian Health Service as well as other regulations and applicable laws. Duties include programs, personnel and facilities management.


These are the most significant performance factors involved with this position and they will be the principal factors on which the employee will be evaluated:

  1. Establish the Peaceful Spirit organizational structure, delineate and assign relationships and responsibilities and set division-specific policies. Design and operate internal systems as required to achieve program goals and to comply with SUCAP Policies. Develop interagency cooperative agreements as appropriate.
  2. Create a team of qualified staff members and facilitate their interaction to provide high quality services. Perform personnel management with consistency and in compliance with SUCAP Personnel Policies.
  3. Develop and maintain communications systems between staff members, staff and clients, the program and its partners and others.
  4. Perform local and area-wide needs assessments as needed and lead staff and community members to plan for additional services or changes in program emphasis to address the identified needs.
  5. Conduct program activities cooperatively with those related activities conducted by Indian Health Service, Axis Health System, Tribal Council, medical staff, social workers, judicial, tribal, State, SUCAP, Federal and County law enforcement institutions and services and others.
  6. Establish program specific operating policies and recommend adjustments in the SUCAP procedures and policies where necessary and/or appropriate.
  7. Counsel clients and families as appropriate.
  8. Monitor the quality of services provided by the program, including meals and housing, programs, activities, outpatient services, etc.
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness of the program in terms of behavioral changes in clients, the amount and nature of services provided, and in terms of client satisfaction with the services received. Make adjustments as assessments dictate.
  10. Prepare program budgets; monitor program budget activities; and prepare budget modifications as needed.
  1. Prepare monthly activity report and submit on a timely basis to the Executive Director. Attend regular SUCAP Board of Directors meetings and other organizational activities as appropriate.
  2. Research advances in addiction, addiction treatment and prevention, recommending changes in local treatment modalities when appropriate.
  3. Supervise the Clinical Supervisor; provide clinical guidance and support as needed.
  4. Oversee case management activities provided by Counselors and Clinical Supervisor.
  5. Oversee the Multisystemic Therapy program and supervise the PS MST Supervisor.
  6. Assist in the preparation of grant applications for submission to funding agencies; research and establish contact with possible sources of additional program funding.
  7. Coordinate an ongoing and regularly scheduled program of public relations and information utilizing local newspapers and radio stations and public events. Consistently maintain and update the Peaceful Spirit page on the SUCAP website and frequently contribute to the SUCAP and Peaceful Spirit Facebook pages. Represent the division and the organization at meetings and functions, as needed. Service as a professional representative of the SUCAP Organization at all times.
  8. Serve as a member of the SUCAP organizational management team, on organization-wide committees with board members and other management staff, and perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Education/Professional Experience


  1. MA in a discipline with a strong correlation to behavioral health, addiction treatment, social work or related field.
  2. At least five years of experience in administration of human service programs; minimum of two years must have been in administration of a treatment or counseling program.
  3. Must have, or be able to obtain within six months, a Colorado Certified Addictions Counselor I certificate. Must continue training and in a timely manner obtain Counselor III certification.
  4. Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of others as demonstrated by at least two years of successful supervisory experience.
  5. Well established writing and oral skills; e.g. report/proposal writing and oral presentations.
  6. Must have, or obtain within 45 days of hire, a current CPR and 1st aid card.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and their families, SUCAP staff, other agencies and the public; positive work references will be required.
  8. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  9. Recovering substance abusers must have at least 2 years of documentable sobriety, and must maintain sobriety during employment. Must abide by Peaceful Spirit Alcohol Drug Free policy.
  10. Willingness to work a flexible schedule to meet program and organizational needs.
  11. Must have reliable transportation, valid Colorado Driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and be eligible for coverage under SUCAP vehicle insurance.
  12. Must pass the criminal history and child abuse/neglect background checks.
  13. Southern Ute TERO applies.


  1. Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor Certification.
  2. Knowledge of economic, cultural, and social characteristics of La Plata County, the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the Ignacio community.
  3. Familiarity/experience working with Indian Tribes desirable.
  4. Demonstrated experience in formal program evaluation efforts.
  5. Experience with third party payment systems.
  6. Experience with program evaluation strategies.

Language Skills:


  1. Well-established written and oral skills; e.g. report/proposal writing and oral presentation.
  2. Ability to comprehend, communicate, and implement program goals, objectives and operations and to relate these to administrative objectives and missions.

Mathematical Skills


  1. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure. Ability to compute rate and percent.
  2. Ability to create budgets, understand budget reports and manage program budgets.

Reasoning Ability


  1. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures.
  2. Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting division policies and procedures.
  3. Ability to collect, assemble, correlate and analyze data, understand facts and devise solutions to administrative or programmatic issues.
  4. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required

Physical Requirements


  1. Lifting weights of as much as 50 pounds may be required.
  2. Work will require extensive use of computers with exposure to video display terminals, the need to work in front of a computer terminal for extended periods of time and repetitive motion with data entry and the use of a computer mouse.
  3. Adequate hearing is required to hear/talk with all individuals, and to use telephones in a variety of settings.
  4. Ability to drive up to 350 miles in one day.

Computer Skills:


  1. Able to proficiently use word processing, presentation, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet programs and able to readily learn specialized computer applications.

Work Environment

  1. Work is performed in an office in a residential treatment facility, with some exposure to environmental stress and possible frequent interruptions.
  2. Frequent communication with employees and others on a daily basis, including telephone/text, face-to-face and computer based interaction

This job description does not constitute a contract for employment.