Phoenix House Program Director Calipatria State Prison in Calipatria, California

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.

Phoenix House California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) program. The CDCR program is a Single-Level Substance Use and Disorder Treatment (SUDT) program. The SUDT program is designed for offenders who demonstrate the willingness to maintain appropriate behavior to take advantage of such programming and for offenders who have been referred to the program based upon substance use or possession infractions.

The goal of the Phoenix House California CDCR program is to address offenders’ criminogenic needs prior to release and to facilitate a successful transition back to their communities in order to reduce their likelihood of re-offending.

The treatment services include a wide range of substance use treatment components; assessments, treatment planning, case management, group and/or individual counseling, skill building, drug education, and relapse prevention.

The Program Director plans, organizes, directs and coordinates aspects of the program; indirectly supervise all staff, develops, interprets, and administers policies and procedures governing the programs, and administers appropriate strategies for recruitment, selection, and retention of staff.

The Program Director:

  • Oversee the evaluation, selection, hiring and training of the Contractor staff;

  • Coordinate invoicing;

  • Submit the Contractors Monthly Progress Report and the Weekly Red Flag Report to the PA;

  • Manage the placement of Participants into community-based transitional care services;

  • Responsible for the overall administration of the day-to-day delivery of program services;

  • Work with the CCII and appropriate institution staff in planning, direction and coordination of all Program related facility activities;

  • Ensure that a monthly program service activities plan is posted for the Participants

  • Responsible for the overall supervision and oversight of all Contract staff;

  • Responsible for fiscal monitoring and expenditures

  • Responsible for implementation of systems and monitoring techniques to assure Agreement compliance;

  • Review Participant treatment files;

  • Evaluates staff performance and provide applicable coaching and trainings;

  • Assure compliance with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) policies and procedures; and

  • Works collaboratively with the CDCR Program and institution staff.



  • The Program Director shall meet one of the following requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences or related fields with at least one (1) year of administrative experience in Single-Level Substance Use and Disorder Treatment (SUDT) program; or

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences or related field and at least two (2) years of administrative experience working in a SUDT program.


  • Administrative experience working in a SUDT program.

  • In the event that the Program Director provides direct substance use services to the Participants, the Program Director must be certified as an Alcohol and Drug (AOD) counselor, with a certifying organization recognized by DHCS.


  • Knowledge of the dynamics of alcohol/drug related problems and their impact upon patients and their families;

  • The social factors involved in substance abuse;

  • The principles and techniques of rehabilitation counseling and their application to individuals possessing chemical dependencies;

  • Community resources available to persons with alcohol/drug related problems;

  • The physiological and psychological effects of chemical dependency;

  • General social, economic and health problems;

  • Ability to interview and counsel;

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;

  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing;

  • 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.

  • Valid California (CA) Driver’s License.

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

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