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Program Director - Baton Rouge, LA

Cenikor Foundation is a non-profit organization and one of the largest substance abuse treatment centers in the nation. We are currently seeking a Program Director for our Detox/Short-term inpatient program in Baton Rouge, LA.


The Program Director manages day-to-day detox and short-stay operations at the program level, assisting the VP/SVP in providing leadership, direction, and administration operations. Ensures strategic and operational goals and objectives are established and attained in the context of quality and cost effective service to clients.


  1. Ensure regulatory compliance with federal and state standards as well as Cenikor policies and procedures.
  2. Manage staff and program resources to ensure completion of strategic plan and goals. Monitor program progress to ensure compliance with the strategic plan and suggests new policies and procedures to the CEO/President as needed.
  3. Oversee clinical treatment program ensuring effective administration and all regulatory requirements are consistently met.
  4. Ensure documentation compliance and timely communication with insurance billing department to get maximum payment on accounts.
  5. Ensure weekly training and observation is conducted and documented with all applicable clinical staff.
  6. Participate in providing an optimum environment for client recovery.
  7. Oversee group process to ensure regularly scheduled group sessions are provided.
  8. Uphold the core principles of Cenikor’s culture and create a positive working environment for all team members.
  9. Prepare and present facility reports for the VP.
  10. Develop and manage local Advisory Board and quarterly meetings.
  11. Cultivate relationships with new and existing supporters of Cenikor through scheduled meetings and events.
  12. Assist and participate in fundraising activities, including facility tours, public speaking engagements, special events and donor recognition activities.
  13. Assist the VP in setting annual staff goals, managed and reported to the Corporate Office on a monthly basis.
  14. Gather information on activities for the monthly facility report and submit report by the 5th business day of each month.
  15. Work cooperatively with the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager to establish the annual budget for the facility each year. Submit the annual budget to the VP and the Chief Financial Officer for approval as scheduled. Approve expenditures within signing authority.
  16. Ensure that facility QA committee meets monthly and email meeting minutes to the corporate office by the 15th of each month.
  17. Report all client injuries to the VP and CFO within 24 hours and report all staff injuries to the CFO and Human Resource Department within 24 hours.
  18. Communicate critical administration and operational problems or concerns to the VP/SVP within 12 hours.
  19. Communicate concerns regarding capital expenditures, budgetary or financial matters, etc. within 12 hours to the VP or Chief Financial Officer.
  20. Ensure that the client satisfaction survey is completed submitted to the corporate office per the communicated process and deadline.
  21. Participate in weekly phone or in-person meetings with the VP.
  22. Monitor program progress to ensure compliance with the strategic plan and suggests new policies and procedures to the VP as needed.
  23. Work with the Human Resource Department for staffing, training, employee relations issues, performance evaluations and maintenance of personnel files, documentation and licensure requirements for facility staff.
  24. Ensure that all employee disciplinary actions and complaints are documented in compliance with foundation policies and procedures, with the knowledge and assistance of the Human Resource Department and VP and following local, state and federal and laws.
  25. Maintain strict confidentiality on all client and foundation matters and refer questionable issues to your supervisor.
  26. Perform additional duties as assigned and consistent with the exempt functions as defined in this job description.


  • Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Must have strong leadership and negotiation skills.
  • Must be capable of leading by established goals and objectives.
  • Must demonstrate exemplary ethical and business standards.
  • Must be able to discern facts from opinion and remain objective when listening to conflicting opinions.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be cost effective in managing the full scope of the program.
  • Ability to consistently uphold the Core Principles of Cenikor’s Culture:
    • Demonstrate mission of service to our clients
    • Positive, respectful communication with both staff and clients
    • Demonstrate self-motivation and perseverance to achieve goals
    • Role model appropriate, professional behaviors including appropriate client boundaries
    • Work effectively as part of a team, helping to set up others for success


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.


  • Two (2) years’ facility administrator experience required.
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in substance abuse treatment services preferred.
  • Medically supported detox/short-stay experience preferred.

Licensure Required:

  • Clinical Licensure preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License required




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