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7 Nov 2023

Full-Time Program Manager, Substance Abuse Programs

APLA Health – Posted by APLA Health Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description


The Program Manager, Substance Abuse Programs provides overall management and oversight to the Prevention Department’s substance abuse programs. In this role, the Program Manager is responsible for program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for all Prevention Department substance abuse programs including, but not limited to, DHSP and SAMHSA. The Program Manager ensures that all substance abuse programming is in alignment with APLA Health & Wellness’ harm reduction philosophy and larger health education goals.



  • Provides supervisory duties to program staff including, but not limited to:
    • Hiring program staff
    • Training of new program staff
    • Conducting employee evaluations
    • Dispensing disciplinary action up to and including the termination of program staff
    • Approval of time off/vacation requests
    • Developing training plans
      • Setting yearly program objectives/goals
  • Develops and monitors program budgets.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of programming that addresses substance use/abuse/misuse.
  • Develops and implements program evaluation and quality improvement plans in collaboration with the Evaluation Specialist.
  • Oversees the development and design, layout of social marketing materials supporting prevention activities, including, but not limited to; program flyers, publicity campaigns, monthly calendars and other materials as needed.
  • Works with stakeholders and APLA Health & Wellness’ community partners, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, treatment centers, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and other community-based organizations.
  • Ensures the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Prepares quantitative and qualitative reports as assigned.
  • Participates in the public policy arena through the attendance of community/public meetings and planning groups.
  • Ensures the dissemination of lessons learned by developing and submitting abstracts for presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Supervises volunteers as necessary.




Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field OR four years’ experience working in HIV prevention and/or in health education related programming with individuals who are using/abusing/misusing substances. Minimum of five years’ experience managing staff; developing program budgets; monitoring program evaluation and engaging in program development activities required.


Experience with health education/health promotion and program development. Familiarity with the harm reduction model. Experience in conducting outreach and community organizing among individuals who are active and/or former substance users. Familiarity with the challenges of working with individuals who are actively using substances and the harm reduction model. Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred. Strong oral and written skills required.


Knowledge of:

Health disparities; health education and behavior modification theory; human sexuality, substance abuse, HIV/STDs, and behavior change principles and strategies; social networks; motivational interviewing; training strategies and curriculum development; available community services; cultural and linguistic competence; effective communication skills; prevention theory and techniques; psychosocial and mental  health factors affecting quality of life; data management; HIV/AIDS-related issues;


general computer knowledge; community resources; instructional design principles; health and social concerns of the diverse populations who are substance users; risk reduction theory and principles of social marketing.


Ability to:

Work independently; work effectively with diverse staff, volunteers and professionals; work effectively with diverse community stakeholders who may hold a wide range of opinions on a controversial subject (e.g., substance use); organize stakeholders and engage community building and establish linkages between stakeholders; identify particular goals and objectives with respect to harm reduction; meet frequent, sometimes conflicting deadlines in a rapidly changing environment; act as liaison to local prevention planning body; work with researchers in the substance use field; respond with sensitivity to social inequities and diverse ethnic groups; design and implement program process and outcome evaluation; maintain confidentiality.



This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper. Local and out-of-state travel required.



Must possess a valid California driver’s license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes.

Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster or Medical/ Religious Exemption required.

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How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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