Assistant Clinical Director

Position Title:

Assistant Clinical Director of ARCH

Reports To:

Clinical Director - ARCH

Direct Report(s):

Residential Care Supervisor, Program Assistant, ARCH Intake Support Specialist, Volunteers/Interns as assigned


The Assistant Clinical Director supports and coordinates the overall operation of the program and provides leadership and direction to assigned program staff. Expectations regarding the quantity of work are outlined in essential functions, duties and responsibilities.

Essential Functions, Duties & Responsibilities

Program and Quality Assurance

  • Coordinates the overall operation of program with the Clinical Director, President/CEO and Consulting Psychologist.
  • Assists the Clinical Director in the development of the program, program goals, and in the review of the program performance.
  • Implements and maintains Division of Behavioral Health, CARF, Medicaid, and Department of Public Health standards and regulations.
  • Oversees safety procedures, regulations and requirements. Responsible safety trainings are conducted in accordance to CARF, DPH and other state and municipal requirements.
  • Assists the Program Coordinator with facility emergencies as needed.
  • Assures that agency policy and procedures are integrated into daily program operations.

Behavioral Management/Programming

  • Responsible for working with the Residential Care Supervisor to assure a safe and therapeutic environment at all times.
  • Monitors and implements milieu therapies.
  • Models effective behavioral management interventions for staff.
  • Intervenes and/or oversees interventions on the resident’s behaviors individually and as a house as needed.
  • Brings needed program changes and house interventions to the Clinical Director and implement as needed.
  • Provides a culturally relevant therapeutic setting for residents.
  • Assumes the role of the liaison and coordinator with the Anchorage School District teachers.


  • Responsible for orientation, training, and supervision of assigned staff.
  • Participates in the hiring process for both RCA’s and Milieu Specialists.
  • Provides feedback to supervisees, both verbally and through written performance evaluations.
  • Identifies areas for continued growth and develops skill development activities and training plans to meet these needs.
  • Works with Residential Care Supervisor to ensure quality training for new and current behavioral management staff.


  • Demonstrates and models advanced clinical skills in the areas of groups, individual counseling, crisis management and case management.
  • Oversees implementation of weekly clinical interventions from the treatment team.
  • Assists the chemical dependency counselors with case management duties as needed.
  • Acts as on call supervisor on a rotating basis.

External Relations

  • Assists the Clinical Director in the development and maintenance of the effective relationships with referents and allied agencies.
  • Oversees recruitment efforts for behavioral management staff.
  • Participates in public relations activities as assigned.

Other Duties

Assures the maintenance of client confidentiality and the safeguarding of client information as per 42 C.F.R. part 2 and HIPAA privacy and security Regulations. Performs other duties as assigned or indicated. Expected to complete all assigned duties in accordance with timelines established by immediate supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in counseling or related field with three years of paid experience, with one year in substance abuse field working with adolescents and families and one year supervisory experience
  • Ability to make sound decisions based on information available.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills


Bachelor’s degree with five years of paid experience, with one year in substance abuse field working with adolescents and families and one year supervisory experience

  • Ability to work flexible hours (including days, evenings and some weekend hours.) Ability to travel if required (must have own transportation.)

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Works in office areas. Interacts with staff, consultants, and outside vendors. May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds. The vision requirement includes close vision.


Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.

I have read and understand this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth herein. I accept the position and agree to abide by the requirements set forth and will perform all duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability. I further understand that my employment is at-will; that my employment may be terminated at-will by Volunteers of America Alaska or myself, with or without notice for any reason not expressly prohibited by law.