Inst- Deputy Director Peer I

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Instructor - Deputy Director Peer I

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Deputy Director position will work under the direction of the current Program Director of 24 years, who will be phasing in to retirement. This position will receive coaching and mentoring by the current Director for no less than 12 months. During this period of transition, job responsibilities will transfer from the current Director to the Deputy Director as appropriate. Upon successful completion of the transition, the Deputy Director will assume the Program Director position of Peer l on or before October 1, 2019.

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) is one of the largest substance use disorder treatment providers in Colorado, treating between 2,500 - 3,000 individuals each year. ARTS is the clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine with an annual budget of $17 million. ARTS employs approximately 250 individuals across its programs. Over the last 40 years, ARTS has focused on delivering cost-effective treatment to individuals who have the most severe and chronic substance use disorders. ARTS has an extensive history working with an underserved offender population. Individuals receiving services benefit in many ways, including enhanced employability and productivity, increased family stability, improved social relationships, strengthened parenting skills and healthier children, reduced criminality, and diminished risk of HIV infection and other alcohol and drug-related medical problems.

Peer I is a residential substance use disorder treatment program within ARTS. Peer I is an 80-bed Therapeutic Community (TC) that offers long-term, intensive treatment for adult males with chronic substance use disorders, related anti-social behaviors and co-occurring mental health disorders. The majority of Peer I clients are referred through Community Corrections, Department of Corrections and Parole. Clients treated at Peer I have multiple failed treatment episodes, and need treatment that addresses both their substance use and their criminal thinking errors and behavior. Peer I is the only offender based contracted Therapeutic Community for men in the state of Colorado. Treatment is long-term and structured, and emphasizes the client's gradual re-entry back to the community. Participants learn to be accountable to the TC community through a hierarchical model of treatment stages that reflect increased levels of personal and social responsibility. The TC model is based on "community as method" or mutual self-help where all individuals within the TC assume responsibility for not only their own recovery, but that of their peers, and hold each other responsible for making meaningful changes. Services and treatment activities at Peer I rely on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), stages of change, and community reinforcement to help shape pro-social attitudes, behaviors, and enhanced coping skills. While in treatment, individuals receive services that not only focus on recovery from substances and maintenance of mental health, but treatment that focuses on social functioning, education/vocational skills, and positive community and family ties.

The continuum of care continues from residential to the Outpatient Therapeutic Community (OTC). The OTC program provides outpatient treatment and monitoring to clients that transition from both the Peer I residential program and the women's residential program at the Haven, and includes the administration of two transitional housing facilities on the Ft Logan campus. OTC's average census is 120 individuals.

Nature of Work

This position reports to the current Director of Peer I and is a member of the ARTS Senior Management Team. This position will be jointly responsible is responsible for the administrative, clinical and fiscal management of the Peer I Therapeutic Community programs. This position will learn to direct and manage all components of the Peer I program, which include the residential treatment TC, Peer I; the continuing care treatment program, Outpatient Therapeutic Community (OTC); and the two transitional living houses located on the Ft. Logan campus.

Supervision Received: This position is supervised by the Peer I Director.

Supervision Exercised:

Direct Supervision

  • This position provides direct supervision and training to the Assistant Director of Peer I; Liaison to Prison TC's; PREA Coordinator; Peer I Operations Supervisor; Vocational Coordinator; Peer I Administrative Assistant; Peer I Intake Department; and the Outpatient Therapeutic Community Coordinator.
Indirect Supervision
  • Facilitates the weekly staff meeting for the Peer I Management team and a monthly staff meeting for all Peer I staff.
  • Regularly co-facilitates the weekly staff meeting at OTC to help monitor program performance, integrity and enhance client outcomes.

Job Duties
  • Direct and manage the administration of services provided at Peer I and OTC, including fiscal budgeting and supervision of clinical programs. This position will ensure Peer I and OTC programs operate within budgeted revenues, providing solutions and responding to budget shortfalls. This position shall be vigilant of potential new revenue streams and respond to these as appropriate. This position will ensure compliance with reimbursements and client fee collections.
  • Oversee quality of clinical care, including adherence to evidence-based practices that include behavioral, psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments. Responsible for adjusting treatment methods and technologies, as indicated by available resources and clinical research.
  • This position will provide or delegate appropriate supervision for counselors in the Peer I and OTC programs.
  • Ensures adherence to various licensure, regulatory, and clinical requirements from state and federal entities including the Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Corrections, Signal Behavioral Health Network, etc.
  • Develops and revises program policies and procedures to meet changing demands of external entities and internal processes.
  • Reports and monitors critical incidents and corrective action plans as needed.
  • Represents Peer I/ARTS on various local and state work groups, coalitions, meetings, and Community Correction Boards. Serve as a liaison between Peer I and DOC/parole.
  • Promotes integration of primary care for clients with behavioral health services through partnerships with primary care providers.
  • Coordinates with ARTS Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Fellows to ensure quality of care for clients.
  • Oversees training program for all Peer I staff.
  • Assists ARTS Development Director in writing grant and contractual applications to ensure cutting edge treatments are available for patients, and to promote fiscal health of program. Provide project oversight of grants when applicable.
  • Attend Division of Substance Dependence meetings.
  • Teaches courses on substance abuse related topics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and also participates as a group leader with second year medical students in small group lecture and interview sessions.
  • Present information regarding therapeutic communities, substance abuse treatment, and recovery within a community correction arena at colleges, universities, community organizations and other community stakeholder meetings.


  • Building Customer Loyalty and Partnerships - Developing, strengthening and leveraging relationships by encouraging two-way communication within and across workgroups in a manner that cultivates commitment, trust, and results. Meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
  • Clinical Emphasis - Provide clinical supervision and skills training, designing and facilitating trainings that effectively translate clinical knowledge and skills throughout learning opportunities.
  • Communication - Communicating complex information to people with varying levels of education, training, and different learning styles. Conveying information and ideas in ways that are engaging, clear and concise; listens actively to others.
  • Continuous Learning - Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skills on the job and learning through their application.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity - Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences; recognizing the value of diverse perspectives and experiences, applying skills in developing rapport with individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, fostering a work and learning environment reflective of the community at large as well as presenting learning opportunities that are responsive to diversity and inclusivity of others.
  • Decision Making - Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probably consequences.
  • Emotional Intelligence - Establishing and sustaining relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others' emotions and behavior; leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one's behavior matches one's values and delivers intended results.
  • Innovation - Creating novel solutions with measurable value for existing and potential partners; experimenting with new ways to solve work problems and seizing opportunities that result in unique and differentiated solutions.
  • Planning and Organization - Establishing an action plan for self and others to complete work efficiently and on time by setting priorities, establishing timelines, and leveraging resources.
  • Quality and Results Orientation - Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how detailed; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; and achieving observable outcomes.
  • Resolving Conflict - Helping others deal effectively with an antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; using appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement.
  • Stress Tolerance - Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (i.e., experiencing time pressure, conflict, stressful situations, etc.); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, counseling psychology, or a related field.
  • Licensure, either as a Psychologist, Social Worker, Professional Counselor
  • Must be certified as an Addictions Counselor III, at minimum.
  • Registered with Colorado Department of Regulatory Agency (DORA)
  • 5 years of professional experience including 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of staff, faculty, community members, and vendors
  • Experience working in a substance abuse treatment environment.
  • Knowledge of multiple Evidenced-Based Practices for substance use disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, Motivational Interviewing, etc.
  • Must have experience successfully navigating program compliance and audits and have the ability to comply with extensive rules, policies, and procedures that come from multiple sources.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite software, including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook.
  • Minimum of two years of experience with budget management.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Driver's License.
  • Must agree to fingerprinting, criminal background check, and child abuse registry check.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior work experience that demonstrates abilities related to customer relations and/or customer service.
  • Experience working in a University or higher education setting.
  • Experience working in a Therapeutic Community.
  • Experience working with criminal justice involved individuals.
  • Additional education and/or experience in a business discipline or business environment.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14023

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 10, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00699586





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Posted: 7/11/2018
Application Due: 9/7/2018
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