Director, Substance Use Disorder Programs

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CAI, a training, technical assistance, and research-to-practice nonprofit organization, is seeking a highly motivated professional for the full-time position of Director, Substance Use Disorder Programs. The preference is for this position to be based in our NYC office, but we are open to candidates who would be based in any of CAI’s other offices (Albany, Buffalo, Atlanta, Jackson, Denver, or Los Angeles) or remote candidates based elsewhere in the U.S.

General statement of responsibilities

Reporting to CAI’s President, the Director of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Programs is the senior subject matter expert responsible for expanding and maintaining CAI’s portfolio of initiatives focused on addressing SUD. This includes providing leadership for working with a team of multidisciplinary professionals in developing and delivering innovative capacity building (i.e., training and technical assistance) programs and assuring the scientific integrity of the interventions promoted through CAI programs.  The Director will possess a thorough knowledge of existing and emerging SUD-related national priorities and the field of science and evidence-based SUD interventions and their application and implementation in diverse settings.

Major tasks and responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

  • Provide oversight for a portfolio of CAI SUD-related projects and Continuing Education Credit processes for SUD-related service providers.
  • Be an expert resource to CAI staff in the development of SUD-related interventions and capacity building program activities and materials.
  • Develop, in partnership with curriculum and training team, SUD-related training curriculum and technical assistance activities and materials, tailored for context and target audience.
  • As part of a team, deliver SUD-related training programs and technical assistance.
  • Review all SUD-related interventions training programs and technical assistance activities developed by CAI to assure scientific integrity.
  • Act as primary liaison with partners and funders including providing oversight for and responding to budget and reporting requirements.
  • Provide direction and oversight for SUD-related programs evaluation, monitoring and CQI activities with CAI Director of Research and Evaluation.
  • Provide leadership for dissemination of lessons learned and program successes through articles and manuscripts and oral presentation at conferences and meetings.
  • Provide leadership, in partnership with CAI’s development director and other senior staff, in identification of and responding to funding opportunities and other collaborations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Project-specific tasks and responsibilities

  • Overdose Data to Action (OD2) Initiative: Provide oversight for and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to support diverse organizations and stakeholders in utilizing a trauma-informed care approach and working collectively to reduce overdose in New Jersey.
  • SAMHSA ORN STR-TA funded Substance Use Disorder as a Chronic Condition Learning Collaborative: Provide oversight for and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide subject matter expertise in the design and delivery of Learning Collaborative activities whose goal is to strengthen and implement CBO and jail/prison systems to build the capacity of people who are incarcerated in pre or post release to mitigate risk of SUD relapse
  • SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information: work with the Project Director and as part of a team to provide subject matter expertise in the design and delivery of technical assistance and training programs to build the capacity of professionals to apply federal privacy regulations related to the provision of SUD-related services on the job.

Minimum education, experience, and other required skills

Social Worker, Psychologist, Nurse, or Physician; Master’s degree or higher in health science or public health; LMHC or CRC credentials; and/or 5 years of related Substance Use Disorder intervention experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years recent clinical experience and/or demonstrated, progressive administrative and management experience in SUD field
  • Practical and applied experience in fostering adoption and integration of evidence-based SUD interventions/practices in the field (e.g., MAT, Harm Reduction/Needle Exchange, Abstinence)
  • Knowledge and understanding of current trends and best and evidence-based interventions and practices for addressing and preventing SUD
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct progress of a multidisciplinary team towards a common goal
  • Familiarity with adult learning and capacity building approaches
  • Proven networking and communication (written & oral and editing) skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a high-pressure/ high-workload environment
  • Good planning skills; attention to detail, extremely organized; and ability to multi-task
  • Proficient in the use of standard office technology and Microsoft Office suite application
  • Some travel required

Other requirements

In keeping with CAI’s “safety first” approach during the COVID-19 epidemic, to ensure the health of our employees and the public whom we interact with, we are requiring all CAI employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New hires must show proof of at least one vaccine shot prior to their first day of work. (If someone is unable to obtain a vaccine due to a medical/disability or religious reason, they may contact CAI’s HR department; contact information will be provided as part of the interview process.)


The salary range for this position is $90,000- $115,000. CAI offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Account (DCA)
  • Transit Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance – company sponsored up to $50,000
  • Long term disability (LTD)
  • Short term disability (STD)
  • 401K retirement plan after three (3) months of employment
  • 401K company match of up to 3% of salary after the completion of one (1) year of service
  • Semi-monthly payroll, the 15th and last day of each month
  • Flexible and Hybrid work schedules
  • Vacation and Leave benefits:
    • 11 Holidays per year
    • 2 Personal days year
    • 12 Sick days per year
    • 10-15 Vacation days per year increasing after 4 years of service
    • 1 Cancer Screening Day per year
    • Bereavement Leave
    • Jury Duty Leave

How to apply

Apply online now.

CAI is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.