Assistant Director ***3,000 Sign-On Bonus Available***

Post Date:  Jul 21, 2024

St. Louis, MO, US, 63103

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31995
Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. Read more about the incredible recognition that we received!


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 


The Assistant Director is responsible for:

  • Assists in planning and monitoring program budgets and expenditures; and developing and refining program policies, standards, and services.
  • Oversees directly and through subordinate supervisory personnel, the day-to-day operation of an assigned substance use treatment program, and ensures client needs and contractual obligations for quality and quantity care are met.  Where applicable, provides direct supervision to program professional therapists, operations, and/or office support staff.
  • Coordinates with clinical director to oversee client services by auditing client records, reviewing client treatment and discharge plans, and conducting client case reviews to ensure consistent and timely treatment.  Reviews compliance with established program objectives, government regulations, and accreditation standards.  Coordinates with the clinical director to oversee supervisors and counselors meet service delivery objectives and compliance standards.
  • Conducts regular clinical staff meetings to review clinical treatment plans and documentation, and ensure clinical standards compliance, and provide advice and guidance in resolving complex case problems.  In collaboration with clinical director, reviews program client admissions for appropriate placement. Approves recommendations for client disciplinary actions and discharges as appropriate.
  • Interviews, evaluates qualifications and employment histories, and recommends hiring of team members or placement of student interns.  Recommends approval of performance evaluations of assigned staff, or discipline or discharge as appropriate.
  • Assesses and evaluates staffing patterns and caseload distributions.  Prepares appropriate work and time-off schedules in accordance with established guidelines and contractual obligations, and to achieve efficient staff utilization.
  • Oversees orientation, training, and development of clinical staff.  May coordinate and conduct scheduled in-services, or arrange outside training services in accordance with contract terms.
  • Assists in developing and refining program policies and procedures; and research, planning, securing approval of, and implementing new or enhanced program services.
  • Assists in planning and administering program budgets by controlling purchases, reviewing and approving budgeted expenditures, monitoring budget variances, and recommending corrective actions as necessary.
  • Investigates, documents, and resolves complaints or incidents concerning clients, family members, visitors, or staff.  Refers sensitive issues to supervisor.
  • Works with supervisors, counselors, operations, and where applicable, business office or referral organization staff, in monitoring and controlling program census, and ensuring maximum utilization of treatment resources.
  • Serves as program liaison, and maintains and fosters cooperative working relationships with variety of referral resources and services, community organizations, and criminal justice and social services agencies.  Supports program outreach and public relations initiatives through such activities as scheduling tours or conducting group presentations.
  • Directs individual, group and, where applicable, family counseling sessions; and assumes client caseload as necessary in response to workload or staffing shortages, and to maintain quality and continuity of care within assigned center.  Assumes responsibilities of Director in his/her absence.
  • Compiles various operational and clinical data and information, and prepares related analyses and reports for review and use by Administrative Director in planning and evaluating program services, contract compliance, and achievement of service delivery objectives.   Assists in developing recommendations to improve overall program quality and effectiveness.
  • Maintains and enhances knowledge and expertise through appropriate educational and organizational activities.  Serves on various internal and external committees, such as Utilization Review, as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related field.
  • Minimum five (5) years progressively more responsible experience in the substance abuse treatment field, with at least two (2) years concurrent supervisory experience.
  • Certification or qualification as an CADC counselor is required.
  • Must complete Missouri Credentialing Board Supervision training within 6 months of hire.
  • Analytical and problem solving abilities necessary to plan and schedule the work of others; resolve conflicts; monitor compliance with regulations, standards and contracts, and devise and implement appropriate corrective actions; audit and evaluate treatment plans and documentation; and analyze and summarize qualitative and quantitative data.


Compensation (based on experience and credentials):

  • Range begins at $60,000-75,000
  • ***3,000 Sign-On Bonus Available***
  • Gateway Foundation conducts annual reviews including merit increases.


Benefits at Gateway Foundation:

Health and Wellness:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents
  • Employee wellness program promoting health and fitness and offering cash-saving premiums
  • Employee assistance programs focused on mental health


Financial Wellbeing:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 3% employer match 
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability and Life and AD&D Insurance paid for by Gateway
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) 
  • ***3,000 Sign-On Bonus Available***


Flexibility and Time Off:

  • 18 paid time off days per year – accrual rates increase with years of service
  • 9 paid company holidays
  • Work-life-balance


Personal Development:

  • Training & Development Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement - up to $5,250 per calendar year
  • eLearning access to online courses that provide CEU’s and job-related training
  • Clinical Supervision: Formal and informal guidance


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Nearest Major Market: St Louis